Police Arrest Cinema Goers Over “Pirate” Audio Recording

Two men have been arrested at a cinema in the UK after being found in possession of an audio recording of the movie The Divergent Series: Allegiant. The men, aged 19 and 44, have been released on police bail pending further inquiries and are now banned from all cinemas in…

Aussie Pirate Bay Blocking Process Begins in Federal Court

Foxtel and the movie distribution division of Village Roadshow appeared in Federal Court today in the first legal action in Australia aimed at blocking pirate sites. Their targets include The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, isoHunt, TorrentHound and SolarMovie but due to existence of dozens of proxies, mirrors and clones, the process…

BREIN Threatens Pirates With High ‘Fines’, Warns VPN Users

Hollywood-funded anti-piracy group BREIN has announced that it will begin pursuing legal action against individual BitTorrent users who share copyright infringing content. These pirates can look forward to settlement demands of several thousands of euros and the group plans to punish VPN users even harder, if they are exposed.

Pirate Party to Dominate Iceland Parliament, Survey Finds

The Pirate Party would dominate Iceland's parliament if elections were held today. That's the conclusion of a new survey which found that the Pirates appear to be maintaining an impressive lead over their rivals, with around 38% of voters saying they will be voting for the party and kicking the…

Private Tracker Member Data Leaked Via BBCode Exploit

A vulnerability in a popular private tracker has enabled a security expert to extract private data about site members and staff. The flaw, which was discovered by a concerned member, was a relatively easy exploit but one that could have had serious consequences. The possibility remains that other sites are…

Piracy Keyword Filters for Usenet Don’t Work, Expert Says

This week Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group BREIN reiterated its demands for a keyword-powered piracy filter to disable access to copyright infringing material on Usenet. However, according to one of the copyright enforcement experts at IP-Arrow, these keyword filters are very costly and not effective at all.

Netflix Can’t Stream House of Cards Globally, Blames Licensing Deals

Netflix's release of the fourth season of House of Cards has turned into a bitter disappointment for fans in dozens of countries. Due to "legacy" licensing agreements, Netflix is not allowed to show its own original programming in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Hong Kong, causing many people…

VPN Provider’s No-Logging Claims Tested in FBI Case

While many VPN providers say they do not log their users' activities in order to protect anonymity, it's not often their claims get tested in the wild. However, a criminal complaint filed by the FBI this week notes that a subpoena sent to Private Internet Access resulted in no useful…

Australian Movie Giant Considering Legal Action Against Pirates

After his appointment earlier this week as chairman of education-based anti-piracy outfit Creative Content Australia, Graham Burke has hinted at more ominous plans. The Village Roadshow boss has revealed that not only is his company tracking pirates online, but is now "actively considering" tracking them down through the courts as…

MPAA Wants to Keep Its Anti-Piracy Secrets From Google

Hoping to find out more about the collaboration between the MPAA and Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood, Google recently requested a deposition of MPAA lead counsel Steve Fabrizio. This week the Hollywood group told the court that the request goes too far, claiming that Google is using the legal…