Russia Blocks 4,000 Pirate Sites Plus 41,000 Innocent as Collateral Damage

A new study has revealed the extent of the collateral damage caused by Russia's site blocking regime. Introduced in 2013, blocking legislation was designed to prevent piracy and has since blacked-out more than 4,000 sites. However, due to its cumbersome nature, an additional 41,000 sites have also been affected, raising…

Sci-Hub Faces $4.8 Million Piracy Damages and ISP Blocking

Sci-Hub, which is regularly referred to as the "Pirate Bay of science," faces another setback in a US federal court. After the site's operator failed to respond, the American Chemical Society now requests a default judgment of $4.8 million for alleged copyright infringement. In addition, the publisher wants a broad…

Chinese Man Jailed For Nine Months For Selling VPN Software

A man who sold VPN software via a website has been sentenced to nine months in prison by a Chinese court. The decision, handed down earlier this year but only just made public, notes that the software supplied by the man allowed the public to circumvent China's Great Firewall while…

YouTube-MP3 Settles With RIAA, Site Will Shut Down

YouTube-MP3, the world's leading YouTube ripping site, has agreed to shut down indefinitely and hand over its domain to the RIAA. A private settlement agreement, including an undisclosed payment, will end the copyright infringement lawsuit which was filed by several major record labels last year.

Pirate Sites and the Dying Art of Customer Service

With many pirate sites developing reputations for instability recently, there's an increasing need among users for more information about problems and downtime. However, the trend is the opposite, with users left guessing about site outages while communication channels stay silent. But really - are pirates in any position to demand…

Director of Kim Dotcom Documentary Speaks Out on Piracy

Last week the documentary "Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web" was released to the public. While sales are going well, it was inevitable that the film would be widely shared among pirates too. Today we catch up with director Annie Goldson to hear her thoughts on piracy and how the…

How Much Does ‘Free’ Premier League Piracy Cost These Days?

The Premier League is engaged in pioneering action to cut down on the availability of pirated matches in the UK. This will inevitably drive up the complexity of obtaining high-quality pirate streams for free and increase costs for premium feeds. Today, TF takes a look at several common 'pirate' setups…

‘Pirate’ Site Uses DMCA to Remove Pirated Copy from Github

Soccer Streams is widely known to provide links to pirated sports streams and is no stranger when it comes to receiving DMCA takedown requests. However, the site doesn't shy away from sending their own either. The site recently asked GitHub to remove a repository because it published their code without…

Search Engines Will Open Systems to Prove Piracy & VPN Blocking

Leading Russian search engines have met with local telecoms watchdog Rozcomnadzor to work out how the services will stop pirate sites, mirrors, VPNs, and other anonymization tools from appearing in search results. Search engines will now receive lists of banned resources automatically and will mesh their IT systems with the…

Torrent Sites Suffer DDoS Attacks and Other Trouble

The past few days have been pretty hectic for many torrent sites, several of which have suffered downtime due to DDoS attacks. But the trouble doesn't stop there. WorldWideTorrents had its domain name suspended, while IsoHunt.to has disappeared without a trace.