Game of Thrones Premiere Ignites Annual Piracy Bonanza

With hundreds of thousands of people jumping on the latest torrents for the season seven premiere, Game of Thrones remains the most-shared TV show on BitTorrent. However, the piracy landscape is much broader than that, and the yearly piracy bonanza is clearly noticeable on streaming sites as well.

Village Roadshow Invests $1.5m in Anti-Piracy Technology Company

Australian entertainment giant Village Roadshow and its co-executive chairman have invested AUS$1.5m in a company developing anti-piracy technologies. Linius Technologies holds a patent which allows for the virtualization of video files, enabling the modification of streaming content on-the-fly and the viewing of secure "ghost files" on users' devices.

Movie Studios Wipe Pirate Site Homepages From Google Search

Over the past two weeks, dozens of pirate streaming sites had their homepages stripped from Google's search results. The removals are triggered by a series of targeted takedown requests sent by the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend, which acts on behalf of several major Hollywood studios.

That Horrible Sinking Feeling When You See a Pirate’s Dark Future

After more than a decade writing about piracy, viewpoints inevitably twist and turn but it's still the human elements that manage to stir up emotions. Stories about site operators ending up fined or jailed are commonplace, but seeing the car crash from the beginning isn't pleasant. These are human beings,…

Just How Risky is Internet Piracy in 2017?

With 2017 more than half way done, the battle against Internet piracy continues at a significant pace, with the world's largest entertainment companies still flexing their muscles. The big question, however, is whether those who engage in the practice are still likely to get caught and punished for their actions.

Pirate Sites Ordered to Pay $1 Million in Damages to ABS-CBN

A district court in Florida has ordered the operators of 19 pirate websites to pay $1 million each. The default judgment was ordered in favor of media giant ABS-CBN, which has managed to score several victories in US courts this year. The sites in question are mostly smaller streaming portals…

GoMovies Moves to GoStream.is and Evades Google ‘Ban’

The popular movie streaming site Gomovies has relocated to a new domain name once again. Going forward, the site will be operating from gostream.is and will no longer list any infringing links on the homepage. The change comes right after the site's previous homepage was removed from Google following a…

Pirate Bay Founder Wants to Save Lives With His New App

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde likes to innovate to improve people's lives, but with his latest project, he wants to save them too. Currently under development by members of the former Flattr team, the app is a digital version of traditional early warning siren-based systems that alert the public to…

Copyright Troll Claims Texan Woman Downloaded Over 54,000 Torrents

Copyright holders have leveled some quite outrageous accusations over the years, but Malibu Media is taking it to the next level. The company is trying to convince a Texas woman to settle a piracy lawsuit over 15 downloads while accusing her of a further 54,000 downloads of content belonging to…

China Denies User VPN Crackdown, Blames False “Foreign Media” Reports

Following a report that Chinese authorities had ordered state-owned ISPs to block VPNs, the government has published a statement. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said no such notice had been issued and "legitimate access" to the global Internet, by businesses and general users, will be permitted.

Usenet Provider Giganews Sues Perfect 10 For Fraud, Demands $20m

In a prolonged legal action over copyright, Usenet provider Giganews retaliated against adult publisher Perfect 10 and beat it through every step of the legal system. Now Perfect 10 owes Giganews $5.6m, but the publisher hasn't paid up. That's prompted a new $20 million lawsuit from Giganews which alleges serial…