Sony & Warner Sue TuneIn For Copyright Infringement in UK High Court

Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group are reportedly suing US-based streaming audio provider TuneIn for copyright infringement in the UK. Industry sources say a claim covering at least 800 unlicensed music streams was filed at the High Court last week. TuneIn is yet to respond to what could be…

Pirate Bay Suffers Downtime, Tor and Proxies are Up (Updated)

The Pirate Bay has been hard to reach over the past day, causing concern among some BitTorrent users. The outage is likely caused by technical issues, so the site is expected to rebounce soon. Meanwhile, the site's proxies and its Tor domain are still working fine.

Russia Plans Instant Movie Pirate Site Blockades, Without Court Order

The Russian Ministry of Culture has tabled a new proposal that will allow filmmakers to have pirate sites blocked within 24 hours, without a court order. Officials say that new measures are needed to better protect the revenues of the local movie industry. Interestingly, the plan applies only to local…

Sky: People Can’t Pirate Live Soccer in the UK Anymore

Sky's head of litigation made a rather surprising statement at an industry convention in Macau this week. Matthew Hibbert told those in attendance that thanks to site-blocking, it's no longer possible to watch pirated live soccer in the UK anymore. Meanwhile, the UK Intellectual Property Office has revealed that when…

MPAA Warns Australia Not to ‘Mess’ With Fair Use and Geo-Blocking

The MPAA has submitted its 2018 list of foreign trade barriers to the U.S. Government. The document reveals that Hollywood is concerned that Australia is considering implementing fair use exceptions, allowing circumvention of geo-blocking, and expanding safe harbor provisions for online services. In addition, the MPAA notes that stiffer penalties…

Top 10 Torrent Site TorrentDownloads Blocked By Chrome and Firefox

TorrentDownloads, one of top 10 torrent sites on the Internet, has been blocked by Chrome, Firefox, and utilities including MalwareBytes, for being unsafe. According to the site's operator, an affiliate advertiser was responsible for causing the alarm but action has now been taken to remove the bad actor from the…

Aussie ‘Pirate’ Blocking Efforts Switch to Premium IPTV

After blocking dozens of torrent and streaming sites, rightsholders in Australia have switched towards premium IPTV. For a monthly fee, HD Subs delivers at least 600 live premium channels plus hundreds of top movies on demand, via set-top boxes and its own app. Village Roadshow and several major studios want…

US Court Grants ISPs and Search Engine Blockade of Sci-Hub

Sci-Hub, often referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," has suffered another blow in a US federal court. The American Chemical Society has won a default judgment of $4.8 million for alleged copyright infringement against the site. In addition, the publisher was granted an unprecedented injunction which requires search…

Fate of The Furious Cammers Found Guilty, Hollywood Fails to Celebrate?

When two men were caught 'camming' the movie Fate of the Furious earlier this year, there was plenty of news coverage. MPAA investigators helped to catch the perpetrators, who were swiftly brought to justice. While both were subsequently found guilty, Hollywood pretty much ignored the news, probably for good reason.

Steal This Show S03E10: The Battle Of The Bots

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode, we talk to Ben Nimmo, Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab.