Hollywood Writers: Set-top Box Piracy Fears Are Overblown

Copyright holders and cable companies are fiercely against FCC's plan to open up the set-top box market. They fear that this will facilitate piracy and degrade security. As a notable exception, the Writers Guild of America West contradicts these concerns, arguing that more choice for consumers is likely to benefit…

Hollywood Withdraws Funding for UK Anti-Piracy Group FACT

The UK's Federation Against Copyright Theft has received a major blow after the Motion Picture Association advised the anti-piracy group it will not renew its membership. The termination of the 30-year long relationship means that FACT will lose 50% of its budget and the backing of the six major Hollywood…

Australia Officially Abandons Three Strikes Anti-Piracy Scheme

After indications earlier this year that copyright holders and ISPs were having serious problems reaching agreement on who will pay for the three-strikes anti-piracy regime, the project has now officially been canned. In a letter to the Australian Media and Communications Authority, the Communications Alliance and rightsholders have confirmed its…

The Pirate Bay Is Down For 24 Hours (Update)

The Pirate Bay has been down for 24 hours, causing concern among many BitTorrent users. The TPB team is aware of the situation and says they are working on it, so the site is likely to come back soon.

Draft Law Orders Google to Remove Pirate Site Unblocking Advice

A draft bill just published by the Russian government foresees a future in which search engines more aggressively censor search results to protect copyright. Companies such as Google will be given just three days to remove links to proxy and mirroring services and also those that facilitate access to any…

Adobe Warns Software ‘Pirates’ With Popup Message

Adobe is carrying out validation tests to alert users who run pirated copies of their software. Those who have "non genuine" software installed receive a pop-up warning them of the potential consequences. For now the validation tests are limited to Acrobat X users based in the United States.

Fair Use Needs Protecting & All Abusers Need to Be Punished

Fair use is an extremely important facet of copyright law and it needs to be defended when it's wrongly targeted under the DMCA. So, let's get down to business. Those who attempt to stifle it should get punished. And, to balance things up, those who blatantly claim fair use when…

Paramount Will End Case Against Fan-Funded Star Trek Film

Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios plan to end their lawsuit against the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off 'Prelude to Axanar', director J. J. Abrams has announced. While the parties have yet to submit the paperwork to court, they are finalizing their settlement discussions.

New Game of Thrones Episode Leaks Online Early

The latest episode of Game of Thrones has leaked online a day before its official premiere. The leak reportedly comes from HBO Nordic where the show was made available a day early, and since then it's been widely shared on various pirate sites.

TorrZan Allows You to Download Torrents Via Telegram

TorrZan is a new service that allows Telegram users to download torrents through their favorite instant messaging application. The Telegram bot can find files on popular torrent sites and downloads them securely through its service. When the transfers are complete, users can download or play the files directly through the…

Steal This Show S01E10: ‘The Dark Side Of OTT’

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode we discuss recent news stories, and talk about the 'dark side' of Over The Top TV.