Microsoft Bing Debuts New DMCA Notice Dashboard

Microsoft's Bing has just debuted a new system which allows any copyright holder to submit and monitor the status of their DMCA complaints to the search engine. At the center of the tool is a brand new dashboard, available to anyone with a Microsoft account.

“If KickassTorrents is a Criminal Operation, Google Should Start Worrying”

Polish authorities have extended the arrest of Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents. His defense team is currently preparing to fight the U.S. extradition request, which will start next month. According to Artem's U.S. lawyer, operating a torrent site is not a criminal offense. "If KickassTorrents is a criminal…

uTorrent’s New Altruistic Mode Baffles Enthusiastic File-Sharers

This week BitTorrent Inc. announced a brand new feature for its uTorrent and BitTorrent clients. By enforcing a 2:1 sharing ratio, Altruistic Mode appears to be designed for the file-sharer who really wants to give back to the community. However, even among the real sharing enthusiasts, we can't find a…

Google Piracy Takedown Requests Double in a Year, Set New Record

Google is coping with a continuous increase of takedown requests from copyright holders who are targeting pirate sites in its search results. The company currently processes a record-breaking 24 million links to "pirate" pages per week, which is more than double the amount it received around the same time last…

A Closer Look at the RIAA Lawsuit Against YouTube-MP3

This week a huge coalition of recording labels headed by the RIAA, IFPI, and BPI, sued YouTube ripping service YouTube-MP3. Today we take a closer look at the lawsuit which was filed against a German company, owned and operated by a German citizen, which could seek damages running into the…

Watching Pirate Streams Isn’t Illegal, EU Commission Argues

This week the European Court of Justice heard a crucial case that will give more clarity on the infringing nature of unauthorized streaming. Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN and the Spanish authorities argued that offering or watching pirate streams is a violation of the EU Copyright Directive. However, the European Commission…

Popular YouTuber Experiments With WebTorrent to Beat Censorship

A popular YouTuber is experimenting with torrent-based technology in order to take control of his content and avoid third-party censorship. Bluedrake says that the potential for freedom when using WebTorrent "blows his mind" and has already carried out tests to get the project underway.

J.J. Abrams Can’t Stop Copyright Lawsuit Against Star Trek Fan-Film

Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios have no plans to end their lawsuit against the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off 'Prelude to Axanar'. Director J. J. Abrams previously announced that the case would be dropped soon. However, paperwork filed in court this week reveals that the movie studios dismiss this claim as…

Man Who Leaked The Revenant Online Fined $1.1m

A man who leaked The Revenant online in advance of its theatrical release has been fined $1.1m. Former studio employee William Kyle Morarity stole copies of the movies while working on a studio lot and uploaded them to private tracker Pass The Popcorn. He also faces eight months’ home detention…

Research: Movie Piracy Hurts Sales, But Not Always

New research published by economists from the European Commission shows that online movie piracy significantly hurts sales. However, the effects differ greatly between countries. And in some cases piracy may actually increase revenue due to a sampling effect.

UK IP Crime Report 2016 Reveals IPTV/Kodi Piracy as Growing Threat

The UK's IP Crime Report 2015/16 has just been published, revealing infringement trends gathered from both governmental and private anti-piracy groups. This year in the online piracy sector IPTV/Kodi, torrent sites and stream ripping are seen as the main threats. Meanwhile, the report reveals that pirating Internet subscribers will be…