Google Anti-Piracy Agreement Will Target Domain Hopping, Share Search Data

More details surrounding the voluntary anti-piracy agreement between Google, Bing, and major rightsholders have emerged. In addition to efforts to mitigate pirate sites' efforts to jump domains to avoid downranking, the search engines will "exchange detailed information" with rightsholders "on a confidential basis" in order to better understand how users…

Prenda Attorney Pleads Guilty to Operating a Piracy ‘Honeypot’

For years Prenda Law extracted millions of dollars in cash settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates, leaving misery in its wake. Now, John Steele, one of its lead attorneys, has signed a guilty plea admitting the honeypot scheme. The Pirate Bay provided important evidence in the case, as Steele used the…

Italy’s Pirate Site Blocklist Expands with Flashx, RARBG and Others

Following complaints from copyright holders, Italian ISPs are required to block hundreds of websites, a list that continues to expand. During the past week a handful of new sites were added including Flashx and RARBG, with streaming site 123movies being next in line. The question remains, however, how effective these…

UK Govt Refuses to Back Down Over Criminalization of File-Sharers

As part of the Digital Economy Bill winding its way through parliament, there will be a harmonization of penalties for offline infringements with those carried out online. With up to ten years imprisonment on the table, the Open Rights Group asked for a threshold to be put in place, to…

Streaming Pirate Content Isn’t Illegal, UK Trading Standards Says

Every day millions of people use PCs, tablets, phones and Kodi-style devices to stream pirated content, but is it illegal? According to Trading Standards, local UK authorities tasked with investigating commercial organizations, if users only stream and don't download, they're likely exempt from copyright law.

Film Company Launches Fake KickassTorrents to Convert Pirates

A Costa-Rica based film distributor has launched its very own KickassTorrents look-a-like site with a mission to convert would-be pirates. None of the listed torrents provide pirate copies of the movies in question, but they are worth obtaining as they contain two free tickets to watch the movie in a…

Pirate Streaming Site Loses Domain, Advertises New One On Adsense

Nowadays it's not uncommon for pirates sites to lose a domain name following a complaint or a legal dispute. What's rare, however, is that the site then uses Google's advertising platform Adsense to point users to its new home. This is exactly what the movie streaming site Pubfilm is currently…

Movie Company Lawyers Warn Pirate Sites About Looming Blockades

RARBG, one of the world's most popular torrent sites, has just received a pile of paperwork from major rightsholders including Village Roadshow, Disney, Universal and Warner. A letter sent from a Sydney lawfirm claims that the site infringes on "an enormous scale" and says that a blocking application was filed…

Which VPN Services Keep You Anonymous in 2017?

VPN services have become an important tool to counter the growing threat of Internet surveillance. Encrypting one's traffic through a VPN connection helps to keep online communications private, but is your VPN truly anonymous? We take a look at the logging policies of dozens of top VPN providers.

Demonoid is Still Down, But Not Out (Update)

The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has been offline for more than a month. The team behind the site ran into hosting issues and internal problems, which is why a comeback took longer than expected. According to the site's operator, however, new hardware is arriving.

Not Warning Kid About Piracy Makes Father Liable, Court Rules

A German court has ruled that a father is liable for an audiobook his 11-year old son downloaded. The man told the kid to only use the computer for school purposes and not to simply download things. However, the court ruled that this was not a proper anti-piracy instruction.