UK Porn Filters Could Mean Sweaty Palms For Piracy Blockers

This summer the UK government will attempt to ban underage access to sites that have a third or more of their content dedicated to porn. Everyone will be required to verify their age and sites that don't comply with the regime will be blocked by ISPs. However, citizens who seek…

Top Film Director Sees Piracy as Most Successful Form of Distribution

In many countries it can still be a challenge to access some films through legal channels. If that's the case people can pirate them instead, legendary German film director Werner Herzog says. According to the movie industry veteran, piracy has been the most successful form of distribution worldwide.

‘Game of Thrones Season Premiere Pirated 54 million Times in a Day’

Data published by piracy monitoring firm MUSO suggests that the season opener of Game of Thrones was pirated 54 million times in the first 24 hours. Unauthorized streaming services were most used, while torrent downloads were good for roughly ten percent of the total. Most pirates come from India, followed…

Germany: Upload Filters Can Only Be Prevented “As Far As Possible”

Much of the debate preceding the vote on the new EU Copyright Directive had proponents stating that since so-called "upload filters" weren't explicitly mentioned in the text, opponents must be scaremongering to suggest they will become a reality. In a statement in the wake of Monday's Council vote, Germany now…

Demonoid Founder ‘Deimos’ is Believed to Have Passed Away

The founder of Demonoid, one of the most iconic torrent trackers in history, is believed to have passed away. Deimos suddenly disappeared without a trace last summer. According to information reviewed by Demonoid's staff, he was likely the victim of a tragic accident.

Ukrainian Cyberpolice Unit Announces Launch of “Operation Pirates”

The Ukrainian government has announced the launch of a new campaign to crack down on online piracy. According to the head of the country's cyberpolice unit, "Operation Pirates" is set to run for a month with support from major media companies, broadcasters, and anti-piracy groups.

Premiere of Final Game of Thrones Season Triggers Piracy Bonanza

With hundreds of thousands of people flocking to torrent and streaming sites, the premiere of Game of Thrones' final season has once again ignited a piracy feast. This morning over 120,000 BitTorrent users are actively sharing copies of the episode, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Starz Goes on Twitter Meta-Censorship Spree to Cover Up TV-Show Leaks (Updated)

American entertainment giant Starz is continuing to remove tweets that link to a TorrentFreak news report about leaked TV-shows. Even worse, it's also targeting our follow-up article that discusses the overbroad takedown effort. These notices are having the opposite effect, however, as they're only encouraging more people to share our…

Movie Companies Target Showbox ‘Pirate’ Sites in US Court

Several independent movie studios, including the makers of "The Hitman's Bodyguard" and "London Has Fallen," have filed a lawsuit against websites that distribute and promote the popular movie streaming application Showbox. In their complaint, they brand the Android application as a pirate tool that's used to mislead the public.

U.S. Set-Top Box Warning Could Apply to Large Numbers of Streaming Pirates

The Federal Communications Commission has issued an Enforcement Advisory that has the potential to affect large numbers of pirates in the United States. The FCC reports an increase in the marketing of streaming-capable set-top devices that do not comply with US law. Those who contravene relevant legislation face fines that…