Defense Asks U.S. to Drop Case Against Alleged KickassTorrents Owner

The legal defense team of alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to drop the charges against his client and release him from prison. According to his lawyers, the alleged site owner can't be held criminally liable for pirated files KAT users may have downloaded.

KickassTorrents Domain Goes Up for Sale

One of the main domains associated with the now-defunct KickassTorrents website has gone up for sale. Registered with the same Costa Rican registry as the site's main domain, is available via the SEDO marketplace for a minimum bid of $230.

Ninjavideo Uploader Featured on Interpol’s “Wanted” Criminals List

Half a decade after the U.S. Government took down the popular video piracy site Ninjavideo, one of the key defendants is still at large. The landmark case resulted in several prison sentences and the authorities haven't given up on catching the last suspect either, who's now featured on Interpol's list…

Torrentz Gone, KAT Down, Are Torrent Giants Doomed to Fall?

Over the past couple of weeks, two of the largest torrent sites on the Internet shut down. After KickassTorrents was shut down by the U.S. Government, meta-search engine also said farewell yesterday. Looking back over the years, they are not the only torrent giants to have fallen.

Noisia Handle Their Album Leak Without Blaming Fans

Every artist on the planet is prone to having their music leaked in advance of its commercial release and of course that's a real headache for all involved. Last week it happened to Drum and Bass legends Noisia but instead of going off the deep-end, the trio managed the problem…

Megaupload 2.0 Will Link File Transfers to Bitcoin Transactions

Kim Dotcom is teasing fresh information about his Megaupload 2.0 project set to launch in January 2017. Noting that every file transfer will be linked to a bitcoin transaction, Dotcom says the new platform will take decentralization, anonymity & encryption "to the next level".

Torrentz Shuts Down, Largest Torrent Meta-Search Engine Says Farewell, one of the world's largest torrent sites, has announced "farewell" to its millions of users. The meta-search engine, which hosted no torrents of its own but linked to other sites including The Pirate Bay, has decided to cease its operation. The surprise shutdown marks the end of an era.

MPAA Anti-Piracy Cutbacks Lead to “Bullying” Lawsuit

The ASA, formerly known as the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, is being sued by its former managing director for discrimination and bullying. A decision by the MPAA to reduce funding to the group led to Mark Day, a former MPA legal counsel, being dismissed while he was on sick…

BREIN Settles With Prolific Usenet Uploader for €15,000

Acting on behalf various copyright holders, anti-piracy group BREIN has signed a €15,000 settlement with a prolific Usenet uploader. The man, who uploaded over 18,000 music releases, informed fellow Usenet users that he's out of the game. BREIN, meanwhile, says it will continue its quest against uploaders of copyrighted material.

Report: Operating Systems Should Actively Block Pirated Downloads

Apple, Google and Microsoft, are in an ideal position to deter piracy, according to a new report published by Black Market Watch and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. The controversial report opts for voluntary or mandatory blocking of pirated content on the operating system level.