The Future of Aussie Pirate Site Blocking: Six Additional Facts

This week pirate site blocking arrived in Australia after years of planning and negotiations. We take a look at some of the lesser-discussed points from the Federal Court's ruling which allow for the rapid expansion of site blocking based on the trusted words of rightsholders.

‘Screener Season’ is Here, But Where are the Piracy Leaks?

The end of December is a season of gifts, also for movie pirates. The special presents they are anxiously waiting for don't show up under the Christmas tree though, but usually on torrent sites and streaming portals. The question is, will there be any this year?

Australia’s Pirate Site Blockade Boosts Demand For VPNs

The Pirate Bay and other sites must be blocked by local Internet providers, an Australian court ruled this week. While the measures have yet to be implemented, many pirates are already trying to find ways around them. Data from Google shows a big surge in "VPN" searches and VPN services…

Popcorn Time Goes International With Multi-Language Dubbing

One of the most popular Popcorn Time forks has added a feature that will give it even broader appeal among its international audience. In addition to its usual subtitling, the variant has added support for multi-language dubbing, something that should be of great value to children, the developers say.

Prenda Copyright Trolls Arrested and Charged With Fraud and Extortion

For years Prenda Law extracted millions of dollars in cash settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates, leaving misery in its wake. While the firm no longer exists, two of its principals have now been arrested. The duo hafe been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering, and perjury. Interestingly, The…

Pirate Bay & KickassTorrents Music Uploader Jailed For a Year

A man who uploaded the UK’s Top 40 singles to The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents each week has been jailed for a year. The Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) claims that Wayne Evans, a 39-year-old known online as OldSkoolScouse, cost them more than £1m in a single year.

MPAA Takes Credit for The Shutdown of KickassTorrents

Earlier this year KickassTorrents was taken down following a criminal investigation into the site's alleged operators. While the U.S. Department of Justice handles the case, based on an FBI investigation, they were not the only ones involved. According to comments made by MPAA boss Chris Dodd, Hollywood played a crucial…

The Pirate Bay and Other Pirate Sites Will Be Blocked in Australia

Following a case brought by several prominent rightsholders, the Australian Federal Court has ordered dozens of local Internet service providers to block The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, SolarMovie, plus many proxy and mirror services. The event marks the start of mass-blocking Down Under.

Court Protects BitTorrent Pirate From Overaggressive Filmmakers

Filmmakers and other rightsholders should not be allowed to aggressively exploit copyright law for financial gain. In a recent court order, an Oregon Judge denied the makers of The Cobbler a request for more than $17,000 in attorney fees, arguing that individual downloaders don't have to pay for more than…

Music Industry Pressures Trump on Piracy Ahead of Silicon Valley Meeting

Donald Trump will meet with some of the biggest technology companies during a round-table discussion in New York this afternoon. Ahead of the meeting the RIAA and an A to Z of music groups have written an open letter to the president-elect, pressing him over piracy and the protection of…