Epic Sues ‘Fortnite’ Cheaters For Copyright Infringement

Game developer and publisher Epic is taking 'Fortnite' cheating very seriously. After banning thousands of accounts, the company has now filed lawsuits against two prolific cheaters of the popular Battle Royale game. "Nobody likes a cheater. And nobody likes playing with cheaters," Epic notes.

Pirate Bay is Mining Cryptocurrency Again, No Opt Out

The Pirate Bay is mining cryptocurrency again, causing a spike in CPU usage among many visitors. For now, the notorious torrent site provides no option to disable it. The new mining expedition is not without risk. CDN provider Cloudflare previously suspended the account of a site that used a similar…

Kim Dotcom Plots Hollywood Execs’ Downfall in Wake of Weinstein Scandal

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Kim Dotcom is offering support to victims of similar abuse. The entrepreneur says he'll find funding for a class-action lawsuit exposing the crimes of high-ranking Hollywood executives. Five years after the Megaupload raid, it seems that having a shared enemy could bring…

Cloudflare CEO Has to Explain Lack of Pirate Site Terminations

Adult entertainment publisher ALS Scan will be allowed to depose Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince, a request that was triggered by the Daily Stormer saga. According to the court, there are grounds to ask the CEO why he has not used his authority to terminate pirate sites. The questioning should be…

Sweden Supreme Court: Don’t Presume Prison Sentences For Pirates

In the wake of a case involving the administrator of a now-defunct private torrent tracker, Sweden's Supreme Court has handed down an important ruling. Following requests from prosecutors seeking jail sentences for copyright infringement, the Court has ruled that the offense is not one where the presumed sentence should be…

Roku Shows FBI Warning to Pirate Channel Users

The popular media player Roku is flashing an FBI anti-piracy warning to users of "pirate" channels, including XTV. After been shown the FBI's well known anti-piracy seal, users are informed that unauthorized copying is punishable under federal law and that the associated channel was removed.

PureVPN Logs Helped FBI Net Alleged Cyberstalker

A Massachusetts man was arrested late last week on suspicion of conducting a cyberstalking campaign against a female former roommate, her friends, and family. Court documents reveal that logs, obtained by the FBI from privacy service PureVPN, helped the prosecution. Until now, PureVPN had always maintained it carried no logs…

SOPA Ghosts Hinder U.S. Pirate Site Blocking Efforts

US music and movie industry companies helped to get pirate sites blocked in many countries but on their home turf, legal action is surprisingly absent. For years we have wondered why local ISPs are being left alone and we now have an answer. Former RIAA executive Neil Turkewitz says that…

Private Torrent Sites Allow Users to Mine Cryptocurrency for Upload Credit

As cryptocurrency mining becomes more closely associated with 'pirate' sites, some private torrent trackers are implementing an interesting solution to their own economic problems. Through the use of miners, users are able to generate revenue for a site but they're also given so-called 'upload credit' in return, which in itself…

Hitman’s Bodyguard Pirates Get Automated $300 Fine

The Hitman's Bodyguard did well at the box office this summer but at the same time, it was one of the most pirated films. The filmmakers were obviously not happy with this development so in a counter-attack, they are now sending out automated $300 fines.

Students Overwhelmingly Vote Pirate Party in Simulated “General Election”

People in Need, a nonprofit that implements educational and human rights programs in crisis zones, has just released the results of a rather interesting project. After polling more than 40,000 Czech students aged 15 and above in a simulated general election, the local Pirate Party booked a decisive victory.