Massive Piracy Case Ends in Disappointment for Hollywood

A five year-old case billed by prosecutors as the largest of its kind to go trial in Sweden has ended in disappointment for Hollywood. Accused of administering an infamous 'Scene' topsite known as 'Devil', the defendant faced copyright infringement charges on more than 2,200 movies. He's just received probation and…

Pirate Bay Led Hollywood The Way, Co-Founder Says

During his stay in prison, Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij was deprived of the Internet and forced to view broadcast TV. A grueling experience, but not as bad as it used to be, something the Pirate Bay can take credit for in part. Still, Fredrik believes that there's plenty of…

Project Free TV Streaming Site Shuts Down

In a crowded marketplace Project Free TV grew to become one of the most visited streaming indexes around, gaining popularity with fans worldwide through its TV scheduling and discovery features. But after many years' loyal service Project Free TV now displays just one word on its homepage: Goodbye.

EU Starts Geo-Blocking Antitrust Case Against U.S Movie Studios

The European Union has today launched an antitrust investigation against several large U.S. movie studios and Sky UK. The European Commission wants to abolish geographical restrictions and has sent a statement of objections over the geo-blocking practices of six major US film studios including Disney, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros.

YouTube Faces Russia Web Block Over Pirate Content

YouTube has been given just days to respond to copyright infringement complaints or face blocking measures in Russia that for some could take down the whole site. The local telecoms watchdog says that since YouTube has failed to completely remove links to two TV series despite earlier complaints, action is…

Universal Asks Google to Censor “Furious 7″ IMDb Page, and More

Universal Pictures has sent a rather unfortunate takedown notice to Google. The movie outfit wants the search engine to take down the IMDb listing for one of its movies, as well as other legitimate content. Google, has yet to respond to the self-censorship effort and is currently investigating the request.

Most Aussie Pirates Are the Industry’s Best Customers

A survey commission by the Australian government has found that more than a quarter of all local Internet users consume content illegally online. Interestingly, while 7% of the population were found to be hardcore pirates who spend nothing on legitimate content, those who pirate and also buy legally are the…

uTorrent Flagged As ‘Harmful’ by Anti-Virus Companies and Google

Several anti-virus vendors have begun blocking uTorrent after identifying the software as malicious or potentially dangerous. In addition, Google Chrome is currently blocking several pages on uTorrent's official website. According to the reports the popular file-sharing application is linked to riskware and trojans.

Grooveshark Co-Founder Josh Greenberg Dies Aged 28

Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg has been found dead at the home he shared with his girlfriend in Florida. He was 28. A medical examiner’s autopsy found no explanation for the cause of death and police said there was no evidence of injuries or drugs.

French Anti-Piracy Regime Breaks 5 Million Warning Barrier

The famous French "graduated response" initiative for dealing with online piracy has now sent out more than five million warnings to alleged infringers. The latest figures published by the Hadopi agency also reveal that 169 people were referred to the public prosecutor in the first half of 2015, up from…

UK Anti-Piracy ‘Education’ Campaign Starts This Summer

This summer will see the long-awaited start of "Creative Content UK," a broad anti-piracy effort from ISPs and copyright holders. The UK Government-funded program aims to warn and educate illegal file-sharers in the hope of decreasing piracy rates over time.