Canada Is a Hotbed for Online Piracy, Rightsholders Claim

The MPAA, RIAA and other entertainment industry groups are unhappy with how the Canadian Government is approaching the problem of online piracy. The country remains very appealing to pirate sites, they claim, while ISPs often fail to warn infringing subscribers effectively.

KAT Adds Torrent Streaming: Expect Bloodshed, Tech Devs Warn

Following moves by The Pirate Bay to introduce on-site video streaming, today KickassTorrents implemented the same feature. The people at Torrents-Time, the people behind the technology, say that the development marks the start of a revolution. "Expect a bloodshed," they warn.

Kim Dotcom’s Extradition Appeal Set For August

The United States government will have to wait another six months for the appeal in the Kim Dotcom extradition case to be heard. A judge in the High Court in Auckland has just denied US requests for Dotcom's appeal to be fast-tracked, instead setting a date for this coming August.

Hollywood Wants to Shut Down Pirate Bay’s Streaming Technology

The streaming technology freshly embedded into The Pirate Bay is under fire from the Hollywood-backed anti-piracy outfit BREIN. Torrents-Time is an "illegal application" according to BREIN's lawyer but in a response the group behind the software warns the Hollywood-funded group to back off or face criminal proceedings for extortion.

Beware: Piracy Defense Lawyers Can Be “Trolls” Too

Every month hundreds of people are sued for sharing copyrighted media through file-sharing networks, mostly BitTorrent. This practice is big business for copyright holders and lawyers alike. Unfortunately, however, not all defense attorneys appear to have the best interests of their clients at heart.

Hollywood Dealt With, Showbox Provokes Record Labels

Showbox is a hugely popular all-in-one application for viewing the latest movies and TV shows on Android platforms and, with a tweak or two, on desktop machines too. Quite possibly installed on millions of devices, Showbox has just added free Spotify-like music streaming functionality, a move that's bound to irritate…

God Can Stop Piracy, Research Finds

The MPAA, RIAA and various other anti-piracy groups have been trying to stop piracy for decades, without much result. A newly published paper on piracy and religion suggests that this is hardly surprising, as God appears to be one of the few who can really change people's attitude towards piracy.

Labels Target RuTracker Domain as Blocking Fails to Stop Site

Last month entertainment industry bodies finally succeeded in having leading Russian torrent site RuTracker permanently blocked by local ISPs. But with that ban failing to bring the site to its knees, rightsholders say they will now attack RuTracker's domain. It's unclear whether that will succeed but rightsholders remain undeterred.

Anti-Piracy Company Explores New Ways to Convert Pirates

While many anti-companies are consumed with simply taking down content or even suing end users, others are also exploring ways to be a little more creative. To that end London-based MUSO has just launched Retune, a platform which aims to engage potential customers during their efforts to obtain unauthorized content.

Pirate Group Suspends New Cracks to Measure Impact on Sales

The China-based cracking group that recently bemoaned Denuvo's anti-piracy system as all but unbreakable has delivered a second surprise announcement. 3DM says it will stop working on single-player games cracks for at least a year so it can assess whether genuine sales will be affected.