YouTube Pays Users’ Legal Bills to Defend Fair Use

Google has strengthened its stance towards wrongful DMCA notices that serve to intimidate YouTube users. Drawing a symbolic line in the sand, Google says it will cover legal costs associated with defending four videos which all use copyrighted content but are protected under 'fair use' legislation, should they be targeted…

Australian ISP Rejects ‘Pirate Site’ Blocking Attempt

A small Australian Internet provider is refusing to block a website that allegedly infringes on the copyrights of a local construction company. Lawyers demanded a blockade citing Australia's new anti-piracy legislation, but the ISP believes that it's an attempt to bypass a law which is already flawed.

Blizzard ‘Stole’ Our Source Code, Bot Maker Says

Blizzard Entertainment has obtained the source code of the popular Heroes of Storm cheating bot Stormbuddy. Facing a million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit, a freelance developer reportedly struck a deal with Blizzard. The German company behind the bot now accuses Blizzard of stealing its code and says it will stop…

Arrests as Police Target Latin America’s Largest Pirate Site

Police have arrested the owners of Latin America's most popular 'pirate' site. With a reported 60 million visits per month and a database of 150,000 links, Mega Filmes HD was Brazil's 48th most used site overall. After being listed as a "notorious market" by the United States Trade Representative, Mega…

Movie Studio Will Interrogate Suspected Popcorn Time Users

The makers of the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler are allowed to interrogate Internet subscribers whose connections were used to pirate the film, a federal court has ruled. The filmmakers requested the depositions in order to discover the true identities of several Popcorn Time pirates.

Operator of U.S. Music Piracy Sites Jailed For Three Years

The former operator of two large music sharing sites has been jailed in the United States. Rocky P. Ouprasith, 23, of Charlotte, N.C., ran RockDizMusic and RockDizFile before they were shut down by the U.S. Government in 2014. He now faces a 36-month prison term, two years of supervised release,…

Popcorn Time’s Alive, Full Comeback In the Works

Last month the most used Popcorn Time fork shut down, with several key developers facing legal action in Canada. The MPAA claimed one of the biggest successes in recent history but the victory may only be temporary. There are already several fixes that make the app work again and one…

Rightscorp Burns $4 For Every Dollar Pirates Pay in Fines

Piracy monetization firm Rightscorp has just turned in another set of disappointing results for the third quarter of 2015. After losing $424K during the three months ended September 30, the company has recorded a net loss of $3.1m for 2015 thus far. That means that for every dollar it receives…

MPAA Wants $10 Million Piracy Damages From MovieTube

The MPAA is asking a New York federal court to issue a default judgment against the operators of MovieTube and several associated websites. The movie studios demand a total of $10.5 million in statutory damages, arguing that the persons behind the sites made significant profits from their copyright-infringing activities.

Sky Warns Subscribers of More Piracy Threats Incoming

Sky Broadband is warning customers in the UK that they are likely to receive new correspondence from a porn company regarding alleged illegal downloads. The ISP has sent out letters to subscribers in the past few days advising that Golden Eye International is likely to contact them with demands for…

Demonii Torrent Tracker Shuts Down For Good

The popular torrent tracker Demonii has permanently closed following the MPAA's legal action against its operator. In just a few years Demonii had become the largest BitTorrent tracker online, coordinating the downloads of dozens of millions of people at any given point in time. Today, an alternative is needed.