Pirate Streaming Site 123Movies Rebrands as GoMovies (Updated)

After several days of downtime, pirate movie streaming site 123movies has renamed itself to GoMovies for a fresh start. With the brand change and a new domain name, the popular site hopes to clearly set itself apart from the many fake sites that surfaced online recently.

DMCA Doesn’t Shield Cloudflare From Anti-Piracy Injunctions, Court Rules

When the RIAA targeted CDN provider Cloudflare with an injunction to block access to a known pirate site, the company objected. Cloudflare argued that the DMCA shielded the company from the broad blocking requirements. However, a Florida federal court has now ruled that the DMCA doesn't apply in this case,…

BitTorrent Inc. to Refocus on What Made it Rich – uTorrent

BitTorrent Inc is best known for its uTorrent client, but in recent years the company has publicly placed almost all of its emphasis on other projects, despite the software being its major breadwinner. Now, however, it appears the company is set for another shake-up, with yet another CEO and a…

‘Pirate’ Movie Streaming Sites Declared Legal By Italian Court

A Court of Appeal in Rome has overturned a 600,000 euro ruling against four unlicensed sites that offered streaming movies to the public. The Court found that merely providing links does not qualify as distributing files protected by copyright, even though the sites generated revenue via advertising.

Third of EU Citizens OK With Piracy When There Are No Legal Options

A new study from the European Union Intellectual Property Office has found that 31% of EU citizens believe that Internet piracy is acceptable when legal options aren't immediately available. Also, in a clear signal to content providers, a massive 83% say they would prefer to consume content from affordable legal…

Are You Sure You Want That DMCA Takedown to Be Permanent?

A content industry dream is to order infringing content to be taken down and for it to remain down permanently, no matter what. That's currently outside the scope of the DMCA, but some anti-piracy outfits are already trying their luck by suggesting that content should never reappear. Perhaps it wouldn't…

Pirate Bay’s Oldest Torrents Are ‘Teenagers’ Now

The oldest torrents on The Pirate Bay are turning thirteen years old, which means that they're 'teenagers' now. While it's not unprecedented for a website to be online for this long, keeping a torrent 'alive' through all these years is a rather impressive accomplishment.

Rightscorp Boss Signs Deal That Could Be Bad News For Pirates

The new CEO of failing anti-piracy Rightscorp has signed a deal that will see him being paid large sums of money if he can turn the company around. How that will be achieved remains to be seen, but with the pool of file-sharers getting smaller and ever-harder to track, a…

Lawyers & Academics Warn UK Against Criminalizing File-Sharers

A group of campaigners, copyright scholars and lawyers have sent a letter to the UK Government, urging it to narrow the definition of online criminal copyright infringement in the Digital Economy Bill. The signees warn that the current definition of criminal copyright infringement is too broad and could be used…

Netflix Gets Serious About Its Anti-Piracy Efforts

Since Netflix's priorities are shifting more to the production of original content, piracy is also turning into a more serious problem. The company wasn't very concerned about copyright infringement in the past, but today it has its own "Global Copyright Protection Group" and an anti-piracy focus that's on par with…