BREIN is Taking Infamous ‘Piracy’ Hosting Provider Ecatel to Court

Anti-piracy outfit BREIN will get a witness hearing against the operators of Ecatel, a hosting provider with a reputation for taking on customers other hosts prefer to avoid. BREIN says that Ecatel and associated companies host copyright-infringing websites and ignore takedown demands. The operators say that BREIN's complaint amounts to…

Game of Thrones Pirates Arrested For Leaking Episode Early

Four people have been arrested in connection with the leak of the fourth episode of Game of Thrones' latest season. The leak, which took place early August in advance of its commercial release, carried the watermark 'Star India'. All four men will be detained for a week while an investigation…

Curb Your Enthusiasm on Those HBO Leaks

The people behind the HBO hack have released a new series of breached data to the press. The new batch of leaks includes episodes from the highly anticipated ninth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," as well as other titles including "Barry,” "Insecure" and “The Deuce.” While there's no shortage of…

New Premier League Blocking Disrupts Pirate IPTV Providers

This weekend the Premier League began a new round of actions targeting illegal streaming. Reports reveal disruption at many IPTV providers, with some indicating that using VPNs is now a must for UK IPTV subscribers. Interestingly, however, sources at some providers claim to have already mitigated the threat.

MPAA Revenue Stabilizes, Chris Dodd Earns $3.5 Million

The latest MPAA tax filing shows that the revenue generated by the anti-piracy group has stabilized after a few rocky years. The group's main income sources are major Hollywood studios, which contribute $65 million a year. The filing further reveals that MPAA boss and former Senator Chris Dodd earned an…

Controlling Millions of Potential Internet Pirates Won’t Be Easy

This week a man in the US uploaded the remaining three episodes of Power to the Internet in advance of their commercial release. It was clear he didn't care about being identified. Or, presented with tools to pirate with ease, it's possible he didn't even consider it. With that in…

Popcorn Time Devs Help Streaming Aggregator Reelgood to ‘Fix Piracy’

A group of developers, who previously were the masterminds behind one of the most-used Popcorn Time forks, are now trying to meet people's streaming needs legally. After being shut down by the MPAA, they joined streaming aggregator Reelgood. One of the goals is to provide a "pirate site" interface to…

Piracy Narrative Isn’t About Ethics Anymore, It’s About “Danger”

The MPAA's former VP of Worldwide Internet Enforcement says that the industry narrative on piracy is no longer based on trying to get people to act ethically. Hemanshu Nigam says the discussion today is based around the dangers that pirate sites can pose to those who visit them. Few listened…

DMCA Used to Remove Ad Server URL From Easylist Ad Blocklist

Easylist, the popular adblock filter list used by millions of subscribers, appears to be under attack. Github, where the project is maintained, has recently received a DMCA notice requiring a domain URL to be removed from the list. That domain appears to be owned by US-based anti-adblocking company Admiral.

Usenet Pirate Pays €4,800 ‘Fine’ After Being Exposed by Provider

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has signed a hefty settlement with a prolific Usenet uploader. The man was identified by Usenet provider Eweka, which was ordered by a local court to cooperate. While this type of sharing is a relatively small niche, the same procedure may also apply to torrent users…

72-Year-Old Man Accused of ‘Pirating’ Over a Thousand Torrents

A 72-year-old Hawaiian man is being accused of downloading a pirated movie. The copyright holder, no stranger to these type of lawsuits, also listed over 1,000 other pirated downloads that are tied to the same Internet account. Thousands of dollars in damages are being demanded, alongside claims the elderly man…