EZTV Disappears From Google After Hostile Takeover

Despite being run by 'scammers' the EZTV website is still drawing millions of visitors per week. However, the site is getting little love from Google. The search engine has completely wiped the domain from its top search results, pointing out the hostile takeover instead.

Aussie ‘Pirate’ Site-Blocking Bill Given the Green Light

The Australian parliamentary committee investigating the government's 'pirate' site-blocking Bill has given the legislation the green light. In a report published this morning the committee recommends that following several amendments the Bill should be passed. As a result, sites such as The Pirate Bay will soon by off-limits to Aussie…

Pirate Party Adopts Torrent Tracker to Fight Legal Pressure

Coppersurfer, one of the largest torrent trackers on the Internet, has been targeted by copyright holders throughout Europe. Most recently, a German court ordered a local hosting provider to hand over the personal details of its operator. In response the Greek Pirate Party has decided to adopt the tracker, providing…

Kim Dotcom’s MegaNet Preps Jan 2016 Crowdfunding Campaign

Kim Dotcom's dream of a people-powered, censorship-resistant Internet will rely on the goodwill of supporters to get off the ground. In an announcement this morning, the entrepreneur confirmed that his MegaNet project will seek equity via a crowd-funding campaign set to launch on the January 2016 anniversary of the raid…

Elsevier Cracks Down on Pirated Scientific Articles

Academic publishing company Elsevier has filed a complaint at a New York District Court, hoping to shut down the Library Genesis project and the Sci-Hub.org search engine. The sites, which are particularly popular in developing nations where access to academic works is relatively expensive, are accused of pirating millions of…

EU: Copyright Legislation is Pushing People to Piracy

Speaking at Midem yesterday, Andrus Ansip of the European Commission shared his vision for the Digital Single Market. Noting that geo-blocking is bad for business, Ansip said that opening up content across borders and providing good legal options is the best way to tackle piracy. "Our legislation is pushing people…

SurfTheChannel Admin Facing Jail Again Over Unpaid Piracy Debt

The former operator of the SurfTheChannel streaming site who received a landmark four year sentence in 2012 is facing another lengthy stretch behind bars. Anton Vickerman was released in 2014 but must now pay back £73,000 his site is said to have generated in advertising. Failure to do so by…

Warner Bros. Demands Cash From “Friends” Pirates

The iconic sitcom Friends aired its last episode more than a decade ago, but that doesn't mean Warner Bros. is letting people pirate the show without consequences. Over the past several weeks the movie studio has sent automated fines to alleged pirates, demanding $20 for the downloading of episodes from…

BitTorrent’s DHT Turns 10 Years Old

DHT, the much misunderstood, frequently maligned, yet somewhat critical aspect of Bittorrent turned ten recently. Launched initially by the Azureus client (now Vuze), BitTorrent Inc.’s version joined its mainline client a few weeks later. Now, a decade on, DHT underpins much of the BitTorrent world. This is its history.

Criminals When You Pirate, Criminals When You Pay

Online content pirates are regularly labeled 'thieves' by entertainment industry companies. However, we're now seeing genuine customers being branded as "criminals", simply because they access Netflix from another country using a VPN. Talking to customers like this is not only offensive, but arrogant in the extreme.