UK Police Arrest Man For Selling ‘Pirate’ Kodi Devices

A man who sold devices containing piracy-enabled custom builds of Kodi has been arrested in the UK. The 32-year-old company director from Norfolk was detained by police last week. Since then, both the man and his wife have allegedly been subjected to death threats on Facebook.

Nature Picks ‘Pirate’ in This Year’s Top People in Science

Over the past year science's pirate portal Sci-Hub has become the center of an academic debate about copyright's 'stranglehold' on science. The site was sued by one of the largest academic publishers but also received praise from researchers. This controversy makes its founder, Alexandra Elbakyan, one of the top ten…

First Aussie Pirate Bay Block Gets Defeated in Seconds

Telstra has become the very first Australian ISP to block The Pirate Bay, a move designed to crack down on piracy in the country. However, the blocking method chosen by the ISP is the most basic option permitted under the Federal Court's order. As a result, it's been defeated in…

Denuvo: We Don’t Give Refunds When Games Get Cracked

The company behind Denuvo has refuted claims that refunds are given to games companies when titles are cracked within a specific time frame. The makers of Doom removed the protection because it had served its purpose, the company's co-founder said. But if it's been paid for and doesn't affect performance,…

ExtraTorrent Takes on ‘Leeching’ Proxy Sites

ExtraTorrent has taken steps to block unofficial proxy sites from "stealing" traffic and thus, their revenue. This will also help to keep users safe from rogue sites that may cause other kinds of harm. Of course, ExtraTorrent users are still welcome to use any of the official proxies to bypass…

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.