Russia Orders Public Tracker to Block Itself, Site Refuses

A popular stand-alone public BitTorrent tracker has effectively been ordered to block itself by Russia's telecoms watchdog. In a complaint, Rozcomnadzor orders the site to take action against its main URL, but the site neither carries nor curates any infringing content and has no mechanism to take hashes down.

BitTorrent Expert Report Slams Movie Piracy Evidence

In California, a copyright case between adult movie studio Malibu Media and a John Doe is heating up in court. The alleged downloader discredits the actions and technical evidence provided by the makers of the "X-Art" series, using a very detailed expert opinion from a former BitTorrent Inc. employee to…

UK Piracy Alerts: The First Look Inside the Warning System

Last month it was revealed that UK ISPs were ready to begin sending out piracy warnings to their customers. Today we can reveal what an actual warning looks like and how the GetItRight website dovetails with ISP systems in order to handle and document users' infringement notices.

Spanish Police Shut Down ISP’s IPTV Piracy Business

Following a complaint from the UK Premier League, Spanish police raided an ISP in Malaga which offered unlicensed IPTV subscriptions. The Internet provider serves many local customers and is reportedly owned by two UK citizens, who remotely tried to destroy evidence while the raid was ongoing.

Rojadirecta Ordered to Shut Down By Spanish Court

A court has ordered famous sports streaming site Rojadirecta to shut down. The ruling, which was handed down following a complaint from broadcaster Movistar+, requires Rojadirecta parent company Puerto 80 to pay damages. Broadcasters estimate the site cost them 500 million euros a year.

Blocking The Pirate Bay is Allowed Under EU Law, AG Concludes

Internet providers in Europe can be ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay, even though the site itself doesn't store any infringing material. This is the advice Advocate General Szpunar has sent to the EU Court of Justice in what may turn out to be a landmark case.

Search Engines & Copyright Holders Ready Voluntary Anti-Piracy Code

Google and other search companies are close to striking a voluntary agreement with entertainment companies to tackle the appearance of infringing content links in search results. Following roundtable discussions chaired by the UK's Intellectual Property Office, all parties have agreed that the code should take effect by June 1, 2017.

Steal This Show S02E10: In Surveillance Valley

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 journalist and writer Yasha Levine .

Accused File-Sharer Beats ‘Copyright Trolls’ in Finnish Court

The wave of so-called 'copyright-trolling' piracy lawsuits in Finland has resulted in the first win for an accused file-sharer, totaling €28,000 in legal fees. A local court ruled that the copyright holders lacked sufficient evidence to show that the person in question downloaded the files, in part because the Wi-Fi…

Movie Cammer & Prolific Uploader Receives Community Sentence

A man from the UK who admitted recording movies in a cinema then uploading them to the Internet has been handed a community sentence. Shaun Forry was charged with fraud and copyright infringement offenses, but despite recording two movies and illegally distributing more than 670 others, he avoided a custodial…