China Bans Unauthorized VPN Services in Internet Crackdown

According to a notice published by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the government has launched a 14-month campaign to crack down on 'unauthorized' Internet platforms. That includes censorship-busting VPN services, which will require government pre-approval to exist.

French Police Shut Down Pirate Streaming Site, Arrest Operator

French police have shut down the popular pirate streaming site Films-regarder.co and arrested its operator. According to the local movie industry group ALPA, which referred the case to the authorities, the site may have caused more than 30 million euros in damages.

After ‘Pirate Shoplifting’ Stunt, Movie Director Speaks Out

After director Casey Tebo went "shoplifting" to make a point about online piracy, commenters on YouTube and Twitter showed him no mercy. However, noticing that no matter how far the director was pushed he remained friendly, TF caught up with him for a chat. What we found was a really…

Piracy is Theft! Classic Anti-Piracy Ads From the ’90s

Piracy is by no means a new phenomenon. The entertainment industries have been concerned by unauthorized copying for several decades, and still are. Anti-piracy campaigns are not new either, and today we take a look at some classic examples from the early '90s.

Powerful Copyright Alliance Mulls its Own Anti-Piracy Service

The powerful pro-copyright organization Copyright Alliance appears to be mulling its own anti-piracy service. In a survey published this week, the organization, which counts the MPAA, RIAA and dozens of other large groups as members, asked if copyright holders would use such a service if one was available.

UK Police Threats Fail to ‘Impress’ Pirate Site Operator

City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit is targeting online piracy on multiple fronts. Besides pressing advertisers and hosting companies, pirate site owners are also being contacted directly. This week some fresh letters were sent out, urging operators to shut down or go legit. However, not all recipients are…

Netflix VPN Crackdown, A Year of Frustrations

Last year Netflix launched an aggressive campaign to prevent its users from bypassing geo-blockades through VPN services. The crackdown has met fierce resistance around the world but is still in effect. Today we review the current state of affairs with some prominent VPN providers, many of whom voice concerns about…

Steal This Show S02E09: The Information Apocalypse

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode, we talk to Jeremy Kauffman, founder and CEO of the blockchain-based, P2P content platform LBRY.

Megaupload 2.0 News Delayed By ‘Expected’ Roadblock

A few hours ago Kim Dotcom was gearing up to make an important announcement about a new version of the defunct Megaupload service. However, with minutes left to go, the Megaupload 2.0 plans hit an "expected" roadblock, which means that the wait continues.

London Has Fallen Copyright Trolls Test Norway After US Retreat

The copyright trolls behind the action movie London Has Fallen are testing out the Norwegian market after things got tricky in the US. In November, LHF Productions backed away from suing a US citizen after they were threatened with exposure, but now they're demanding money in Europe.