KickassTorrents Celebrates ‘Happy Torrents Day’

For the fifth year in a row KickassTorrents is celebrating Happy Torrents Day by encouraging users to download and share as much as possible. The initiative is dedicated to "freedom of sharing" and the latest edition features various challenges and competitions.

Piracy Group Thanks HDFury as “Sponsor” for Netflix Leak

As part of a recent HD leak of the Netflix movie Pee-wee's Big Holiday, Scene group 'Team QCF' has openly thanked HDFury and described the tech outfit as one of its sponsors. The mention is rather controversial as HDFury's parent company is being sued in the U.S. over the piracy-enabling…

UK Government Video Urges Advertisers to Boycott Pirate Sites

The UK's Intellectual Property Office has published a video which urges advertisers to boycott 'pirate' sites. The video claims that since torrent and similar sites facilitate "fraud, organized crime, and even terrorism", advertisers should liaise with the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit to gain access to a special advertising blacklist.

‘Pirate’ Sites Ordered to Pay $450,000 for Expendables 3 Leak

A federal court in California has ordered the operators of three file-sharing sites to pay $150,000 each for copyright infringement offenses. The men are being held responsible for their role in distributing leaked copies of The Expendables 3 and must now compensate movie studio LionsGate for the damages it has…

RuTracker to Bypass Web Blockade With IM Delivered Torrents

Torrent giant RuTracker is proving that wherever there's a web blockade, there's a way to bypass it. In a move already being criticized by record labels, RuTracker is said to be preparing a bot system that will utilize Russian Facebook founder Pavel Durov's Telegram messaging system to deliver uncensored magnet…

Transmission Releases Long-Awaited BitTorrent Client For Windows

Transmission, one of the most used BitTorrent clients, is now available for Windows. The community driven application has had a dominant presence on OS X and Linux distributions for more than a decade, and brings a "fast, easy and free" experience to the Windows platform with its first official release.

There Will Be No More Internet Piracy Superstars

During the past decade and a half there have been some amazing characters in the Internet piracy scene. With their devil-may-care approach to dealing with copyright holders they became heroes to millions. Now, however, that honeymoon period is well and truly over. The stakes are too high, there will be…

Original DVD Screeners Widely Available on eBay

When studios send out DVDs of the latest movies for the consideration of awards voters, that content is supposed to be on lockdown. Instead, copies of virtually all movies leak to the Internet and are downloaded by millions. Later, adding insult to injury, these DVDs appear in dozens of eBay…

Kim Dotcom Fights For “Mega Millions” in U.S. Appeals Court

Megaupload's legal team was back in court this week in an effort to reclaim an estimated $67 million in assets previously seized by the U.S. Government. Megaupload's appellate counsel refuted the claim that Kim Dotcom and his former colleagues are fugitives, noting that the District Court ruling violates due process.

Google: First Amendment Doesn’t Protect MPAA’s Secrets

In a new court filing Google strikes back at the MPAA, who want to keep their lead counsel from testifying at a deposition. According to Google, the Hollywood group can't invoke its First Amendment privilege to keep its lobbying efforts secret in order to avoid scrutiny or embarrassment.

Police Raid Usenet Service, Arrest Operator, Seize Data

A France-based Usenet provider says that his service has been raided and shutdown by the police. The 5,000 user 'Newsoo' service appears to have been a labor of love for its owner, but all data is now in the hands of authorities after he was arrested. A long-standing complaint by…