Norwegian Police Seize Popcorn-Time “Information” Site

Norwegian economic crime police have seized the domain name of a local Popcorn-Time website. The site in question didn't offer any copyright infringing material, but featured news articles and links to external sites where the popular application could be downloaded. No arrests were made.

Warner Theme Park Pirated Artists’ Music For Six Years, Court Rules

The Supreme Court in Spain has ruled that during a six year period a Warner Bros. themed park failed to compensate artists and rightsholders. The Court found that between 2002 and 2008 Warner Park (Parque Warner) used unlicensed music in a "intense and continuous" manner and must now pay compensation…

Spotify Threatens ‘Clone’ Music Service With Legal Action

A site that uses a mashup of Spotify and YouTube to offer free music to the public has received a legal threat from Spotify. 'Syotify' makes use of a script widely available online but Spotify is now demanding that the service hands over its domain name and stops offering services…

“Disgusted” Member of Parliament Intervenes in Internet Piracy Case

A Member of Parliament has intervened after an 83-year-old grandmother was accused of illegally downloading the Robert Redford movie The Company You Keep and hit with a demand for £600. Ian Austin MP has called on the UK Business Secretary to safeguard consumers from copyright trolls and will also raise…

Steal This Show S01E07: Did P2P Break the Law?

Today we bring you the seventh episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode we talk with the Techdirt's Mike Masnick and Engine's Evan Engstrom.

Dutch Govt Denies Blame For Movie Piracy Losses

The Dutch Government has no intention of compensating local film companies for the piracy losses they have allegedly suffered. A coalition of filmmakers is demanding 1.2 billion euros in piracy damages claiming that the Government failed to deter illegal downloading, but the Dutch Minister of Justice denies any liability.

BitTorrent Client Transmission Infected With First Mac Ransomware

Transmission, one of the most used non-commercial BitTorrent clients, has the dubious honor of becoming the first OSX application to be infected by ransomware. Users who install the malicious application risk having their computers encrypted, with attackers demanding a Bitcoin payment to decrypt it.

Apple is Running BitTorrent Trackers in Cupertino

Apple is not known for being friendly towards BitTorrent software in its App Store but it appears the technology giant isn't averse to using the technology itself. In fact, according to data provided by "Internet of things" search engine Shodan, Apple is running BitTorrent trackers from dozens of IP addresses…

Google Asked to Remove 100,000 ‘Pirate Links’ Every Hour

Copyright holders are continuing to increase the number of pirate links they want Google to remove from its search results, which have now reached a record-breaking 100,000 reported URLs per hour. This remarkable milestone is more than double the number of pirated links that were reported around the same time…

Ahoy! Kanye West Now Has His Own Pirate Bay

After threatening The Pirate Bay with a lawsuit, Kanye West was exposed as a pirate himself this week. The controversy made headlines all around the world and The Pirate Bay team even offered a helping hand. Perhaps even better, there's also a dedicated "Kanye Bay" spin-off which should make the…

Hollywood’s Site Blocking Plans Require Net Neutrality Changes

The MPA has submitted proposals to Brazil's Ministry of Justice asking ISPs to block subscriber access to 'pirate' sites. The proposals are part of a public consultation which gave stakeholders the chance to shape legislation that governs the use of the Internet. However, the MPA's demands will require changes to…