UK ‘Piracy Warnings’ Are Coming This Month; Here’s How it Works

This month UK Internet providers will start their long-awaited piracy alerts campaign. With help from copyright holders and support from the Government, ISPs will send email notifications to subscribers whose connections are allegedly being used to pirate content. Today we take a look at what's in store.

BREIN Reveals Anti-Piracy Tactics and Achievements

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has been very active over the past year. Through various enforcement actions it targeted hundreds of sites and services, with many shutting down or leaving their hosting providers. In addition, a strong focus on prolific uploaders resulted in several settlements with pirating BitTorrent, file-hosting, Usenet and…

Public Domain Project Calls on EU to Abandon Piracy Filter Proposals

A project tackling issues concerning the public domain in the digital environment has called on the European Commission to abandon its proposals for mandatory service provider filtering of user-uploaded content. Communia, which has Creative Commons as a founder member, says such filters will violate users' fundamental rights.

Pirate Bay Offered to Help Catch Criminals But Copyright Got in the Way

The Pirate Bay is often portrayed by copyright holders as a site that has no respect for the law, but that overstates the truth. According to one of its original founders, when the torrent site offered to help the authorities catch some really serious criminals several years ago, the police…

RIAA and MPAA Back $25 Million Piracy Verdict Against Cox

Several entertainment industry associations including the MPAA and RIAA have submitted their opinions in the landmark piracy case between Cox Communications and BMG. Contrary to telecom industry and digital rights groups, they argue that the District Court made the right decision by holding the ISP responsible for pirating subscribers.

U.S. Homeland Security ‘Harbors’ BitTorrent Pirates?

Information provided by a torrent monitoring outfit suggests that pirates are linked to places where you don't expect them. To the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for example, which helped to take down KickassTorrents website a few months ago.

NewTrackon Tracks Torrent Trackers

BitTorrent trackers point torrent clients to other clients so that they can share content, but how does one go about finding trackers that actually work? NewTrackon is a site which indexes BitTorrent trackers and checks them all to ensure they're up and ready to track your content.

Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2017

Which torrent sites are the most popular this year? As we continue a long-standing tradition, we see that The Pirate Bay comes out as the king of torrents once again. Since several torrent sites have shut down in recent months, this year's top list also reveals some newcomers.

A Bunch of Weak Anti-Piracy Measures Are Still a Pest to Pirates

Ask any pirate if site-blocking works and the answer will probably be a resounding "no." Ask them if ISP warnings or DMCA notices have much of an effect and it's likely they'll give the same answer. However, a range of weak measures has a cumulative effect and the ability to…

Battle of The Bots! ‘Dubious’ Pirate Sites Trigger ‘Bogus’ Takedowns

Anti-piracy enforcement on the Internet is largely run by automated 'bots' which scour the websites for infringing content, firing millions of takedown notices in response. At the same time, there are also 'machines' that try to profit from piracy, generating dubious search results in order to lure pirates in. Is…