Google Highlights DMCA Abuse in New Copyright Transparency Report

Google has released a new and improved version of its Copyright Transparency Report. The revamped report makes it easier to get insights into over a billion reported URLs. Among other things, Google now specifies how many URLs it does not remove and why, highlighting various cases of DMCA abuse.

Videomega Uploaders Outraged as Popular File-Hosting Site Disappears

Videomega is a huge file-hosting service and one of the world's largest sites, period. However, during the past few days, the site disappeared and its alleged operator dropped off the radar. This has outraged uploaders to the site who are usually paid commission based on the number of views they…

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 09/12/16

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Captain America: Civil War' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows'. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' completes the top three.

Magazine Ran Software Pirate Contest “To Protect Consumers”

Encouraging users to commit illegal acts on the best pirate platforms has the potential to land a publication in trouble these days, but it hasn't always been the way. Back in 1989, popular magazine World of Computers ran a "consumer protection" competition to determine the best pirate software suppliers. How…

‘Will Trump Shut Down The Pirate Bay?’

Apparently, there's a rumor circulating that The Pirate Bay might shut down soon. Various news sites have been speculating about the demise of the popular torrent site and what may happen next... Could Donald Trump be the one to pull the trigger?

Paramount Wipes “Infringing” Ubuntu Torrent From Google

It's no secret that copyright holders are trying to take down as much pirated content as they can, but targeting open source software is not something we see every day. Paramount Pictures recently sent a DMCA takedown to Google, listing a copy of the popular operating system Ubuntu. An honest…

TorrentFreak Gets Its First YouTube Copyright Claim, And It’s Bull….

After having covered many YouTube copyright and Content-ID horrors stories, we can now share a personal experience. A few days ago we uploaded the archive of old TorrentFreak TV episodes to YouTube and within hours we received our very first copyright claim. Ironically, it's from a friend of the site…

Researcher Finds Critical Vulnerabilities in Hollywood Screener System

A prominent security researcher has discovered serious vulnerabilities in a system that allows awards voters to watch the latest movie screeners online. Chris Vickery, who previously gained access to the 'World-Check' terror, crime and sanctions database, informed TF of his discovery last month after an unsecured database was left open…

395,000 uTorrent Forum Accounts Put Up For Sale By Hackers

In June, it was revealed that uTorrent's forums had been hacked, putting at risk the personal details of hundreds of thousands of users. Now it being reported that the database has been put up for sale on a darknet marketplace. The package is said to contain almost 395,000 accounts but…

EU Court: Not-For-Profit Hyperlinking Usually Not Copyright Infringement

A ruling from the European Court of Justice has clarified when the posting of hyperlinks to infringing works is to be considered a 'communication to the public'. Those who post links to content they do not know is infringing in a non-commercial environment can relax, but for those doing so…

ISP Deletes IP-address Logs to Fend Off Piracy “Extortion Letters”

Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof continues to fight against copyright holders that target alleged file-sharers. The company explains that it has setup its logging policies in such as way that it can refuse requests for IP-address information from so-called copyright trolls, suggesting that other ISPs should follow suit.