SXSW 2017 on BitTorrent: 7.86 GB of Free Music

The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the largest and most popular in the United States and for the thirteenth year in a row, SXSW is sharing DRM-free tracks of the performing artists. This year's release features 1,201 tracks and can be downloaded for free in one…

Huge Scandal Engulfs Greek Anti-Piracy & Royalties Group

Greek anti-piracy and royalties group AEPI is in crisis after a government-commissioned investigation found huge irregularities in its accounts. Following an audit by Ernst & Young, it was discovered the group had failed to pay more than 42 million euros owed to artists. They did pay themselves well, however, with…

MPAA’s Anti-Piracy Injunction Targets Wrong IP-Address Due to a Typo….

Going after alleged pirate sites through third-party service providers such as domain registrars and hosting companies is a sensitive issue. With the SOPA pushback fresh in mind, the MPAA is now carefully testing this approach in court. Considering the delicate matter at hand it's rather painful that a recent injunction…

Police Investigate Former BPI Anti-Piracy Chief & PIPCU Board Member

The BPI's former head of anti-piracy is under police investigation, TorrentFreak has learned. Former policeman David Wood was an important stakeholder figure at the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit but was dismissed from the BPI for gross misconduct in 2015. The music group recently forced Wood into bankruptcy.

Piracy? RIAA Labels Asked Us to Promote Their Music, Spinrilla Says

Popular hip-hop mixtape site and app Spinrilla has responded to the piracy lawsuit filed by several RIAA labels last month. The company reveals that it uses a piracy filter the labels themselves suggested, and adds that many of the allegedly infringing works were promoted upon the labels' requests.

eBook Pirates Are Relatively Old and Wealthy, Study Finds

A new study has found that people who illegally download eBooks are older and wealthier than most people's perception of the average pirate. Commissioned by anti-piracy company Digimarc, the study suggests that people aged between 30 and 44 years old with a household income of between $60k and $99k are…

MPAA and RIAA Present Plan to Recover Megaupload’s Failing Hard Drives

The MPAA and RIAA have asked a Virginia federal court for a preservation order to recover and secure stored Megaupload data. Last year, Megaupload's former hosting company Cogent had warned that several drives, which are preserved as evidence, have become unreadable. The rightsholder groups say they want to act swiftly,…