Pirate Bay Founder: The ‘Piracy’ Scene Needs Innovation

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde says that the "piracy" scene needs more innovation if it wants to sustain itself. In the wake of the KickassTorrents shutdown, he argues that the current ecosystem relies too heavily on a few large sites. More decentralization is the key to solve this vulnerability.

Steal This Show S01E14: KickassTorrents Down!

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the shutdown of KickassTorrent following a criminal complaint from the United States Government. Our guests are Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde, isoHunt founder Gary Fung and U.S. Pirate Party chairman Andrew Norton.

Openload Domain Suspended By Namecheap

Openload, one of the largest file-hosting sites on the Internet, has had its domain suspended. According to the site's operator, domain registrar Namecheap took action last evening after receiving "too many DMCA complaints". Openload says all complaints are actioned within 24 hours.

Court Orders News Site Blocked Following Article Piracy

Blocking torrent and streaming sites is a regular occurrence in many countries but the practice is now extending to other areas. Following a complaint by Russian news site Gazeta, the Moscow City Court has ordered a news portal to be blocked by ISPs after it 'pirated' a tourism article.

KickassTorrents Community Resurrects, Without Torrents

KickassTorrents may be down, but the KAT 'family' is still very much alive. A group of site admins and moderators have started a new community, bringing back many users of the site under the same roof. The new home doesn't offer any torrents, however, and it's still doubtful if the…

20th Century Fox Accuses Kim Dotcom of Asset Freeze Breach

20th Century Fox has accused Kim Dotcom of breaching a freeze on his assets imposed following his arrest in 2012. According to claims made by the studio in the New Zealand High Court, Dotcom took a US$154,000 loan from his lawyers on behalf of a trust for his children.

KAT Takedown Triggers Traffic Spike at Torrent Sites

Earlier this week KickassTorrents was taken down following a criminal investigation into the site's alleged owner. Since then, millions of frequent users have taken refuge elsewhere. The Pirate Bay and ExtraTorrent are among the major beneficiaries, with the latter reporting an instant traffic spike of more than 300%.

VKontakte CEO: Time to Remove Us From ‘Pirate’ Blacklists

After years of legal disputes, leading Russian social networking site vKontakte has struck a deal with Universal Music to license content uploaded to the platform by its users. TorrentFreak caught up with vKontakte CEO Boris Dobrodeyev to discover how the deal will help end accusations of piracy and remove vKontakte…

isoHunt Founder Settles with Music Industry for $66 Million

After a decade of lawsuits, the iconic torrent site IsoHunt has settled its last remaining legal dispute. Gary Fung, the Canadian founder of the defunct search engine, has agreed to pay a $66 million settlement to the local music industry group and is glad he can move on with his…

KickassTorrents’ Connections to the US Doomed the Site

Following the shutdown of KickassTorrents, the next pretenders to the torrent throne will be weighing up the pros and cons of pirate life. There are lessons to be learned for those willing to take the risk, but can any setup be truly bullet-proof when challenged by the US Government?

Digital Citizens Slam Cloudflare For Enabling Piracy & Malware

Consumer interest group Digital Citizens Alliance has published a new report highlighting the connection between pirate sites and malware delivery. The group says that as many as one in three pirate sites are engaged in the practice, assisted by US-based companies including Cloudflare.