Killing Spotify’s Free Version Will Boost Piracy

Spotify is generally hailed as a piracy killer, with music file-sharing traffic dropping in virtually every country where the service launches. However, much of this effect may be lost if recent calls to end Spotify's free tier are honored.

Mega Consults Legal Team Over New Piracy Report

A new Hollywood commission report investigating the revenue sources of more than 600 supposedly infringing sites has controversially included file-hosting site Mega. The listing marks the second time in a matter of months that the cloud-storage service has been accused of online piracy via an industry-connected report. Yet again, the…

Which VPN Services Take Your Anonymity Seriously? 2015 Edition

VPN services have become an important tool to counter the growing threat of Internet surveillance, but unfortunately not all VPNs are as anonymous as one might hope. In fact, some VPN services log users' IP-addresses and other private info for months. To find out how anonymous VPNs really are, TF…

BBC Wants Google to Remove Top Gear’s IMDb Page

BBC Worldwide has sent tens of thousands of takedown requests to Google this week, but not all reported links are as bad as they claim. In fact, the company is targeting the IMDb pages of several of its own shows, including Top Gear and The Game, as well as one…

Trial of Torrent Site Admin and Hosting Provider Concludes

An intriguing case dating back more than 3.5 years ended this week when two men went on criminal trial in Sweden. One was the former sysop of a 26,000 member private BitTorrent tracker. The other provided the site with web hosting and allegedly refused to take the site down when…

Rightscorp Still Can’t Turn Piracy Into Straight Profit

Piracy monetization company Rightscorp has published its results for Q1 2015 and they show that turning piracy into profit still isn't as straightforward as the company might've hoped. Despite protecting more copyrights, bringing more ISPs on board and settling more cases, the company still ended up with an operating loss…

India Orders Piracy Blackout of Vimeo, Pirate Bay and More

The makers of the Indian movie "Piku" have obtained a blocking order against several popular websites including Vimeo, The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents. The order issued by the Indian High Court prohibits the sites and various ISPs from linking to pirated versions of the movie, but may not be as…

Music Industry Reports 200 Millionth Pirate Link to Google

The RIAA and BPI have reached a new milestone in their ongoing efforts to have pirated content removed from the Internet. This week the music industry groups reported the 200 millionth URL to Google. Looking ahead, the BPI is urging Google to introduce more piracy prevention measures, or else Governments…

MPA Report Advises Outreach Campaign Against ‘Pirate’ Ads

A new survey commissioned by the Motion Picture Association into the revenue sources of 'pirate' sites has found that a third of adverts displayed are 'scam' ads designed to trick users or inject malware. According to the report, "awareness and outreach campaigns" could be helpful in warning people away from…

‘Resurrected’ Grooveshark is Actually an MP3Juices Clone

Reports of a resurrected Grooveshark to replace the service that was taken down last week are, to put it diplomatically, the result of 'creative marketing'. Grooveshark.io hit the scene a couple of days ago claiming to be a clone of the shuttered service but it's little more than a re-badged…

Mega’s Bid For Stock Exchange Listing Falls Through

Mega.co.nz, the cloud storage company founded by Kim Dotcom, has failed in its bid to go public via a backdoor listing on the New Zealand stock exchange. While conceding that the news is a disappointment, CEO Graham Gaylard informs TorrentFreak that it is not viewed as a setback for Mega.