The Pirate Bay & 1337x Must Be Blocked, Austrian Supreme Court Rules

After a prolonged battle through every stage of the Austrian legal system, the Supreme Court has now ruled that local ISPs must prevent their subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay. The case, filed by a collecting society representing around 3,000 artists, also involves top 10 torrent site 1337x and long…

Microsoft Sued Over ‘Baseless’ Piracy Threats

Microsoft and the BSA are accusing Rhode Island-based company Hanna Instruments of pirating software. Despite facing threats of millions of dollars in damages the company maintains its innocence, backed up by license keys and purchase receipts. The BSA's lawyers are not convinced, however, so Hanna have decided to take the…

Hollywood Studios Force ISPs to Block Popcorn Time & Subtitle Sites

The Oslo District Court has issued a judgment ordering 14 Internet service providers to block subscriber access to a range of websites offering and used by three Popcorn Time application variants. The ban, obtained by six major Hollywood studios, includes a pair of subtitle sites and extends to YTS, YIFY,…

MPAA Lobbies US Congress on Streaming Piracy Boxes

Hollywood is not happy with the increased popularity of pirate streaming boxes. In addition to voicing their concerns in the media, the topic is also part of the MPAA's lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. By adding it to the agenda of US lawmakers, the movie industry hopes to curb the…

Google: Netflix Searches Outweigh Those For Pirate Alternatives

With more options for legal media consumption available today than ever before, Google has revealed an interesting trend in piracy hotbed Brazil. According to the company's analytics, interest in Netflix is on a continuing upward trend, with demand for the streaming service now greater than all other pirate alternatives combined.

Twitter Sued Over Slow Response to DMCA Takedown Request

Photographer Kristen Pierson Reilly has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, claiming that the social network failed to promptly remove a copyright-infringing photo. In a complaint filed in a federal court in California, Pierson demands compensation for the damage she suffered, stating that Twitter took 90 days to remove the image.

Sci-Hub Won’t Be Blocked by US ISPs Anytime Soon

A few days ago a US federal court issued a broad injunction against Sci-Hub, ordering the site's operator to pay millions in damages. On top of that, the court issued a broad injunction granting search engine and ISP blockades under certain conditions. While the order sets a precedent, Google and…

Spanish Police Arrest Seven in Pirate Sports Streaming Crackdown

Police in Spain say they have arrested seven people following a crackdown on illegal sports streaming. Raids took place in several locations around the country, targeting an operation that's said to generate around 1.4 million euros. Seven websites have been blocked and three bank accounts frozen. Police say that further…

Dallas Buyers Club Loses Piracy Lawsuit, IP-Address is Not Enough

Dozens of alleged movie pirates in Spain have been hit with demands for cash settlements this summer. While these 'copyright-trolling' efforts have been profitable in many countries, a Spanish judge has hit the brakes. In a first of its kind ruling, the court dismissed the case due to a lack…

Multi-National Police Operation Shuts Down Pirate Forums

Authorities in Germany are reporting a huge operation targeting two popular 'pirate' forums. Raids were carried out on homes and commercial premises connected to 26 suspects, while data centers in Germany, Spain, Netherlands, San Marino, Switzerland and Canada were searched. Germany has already filed a request with Spain to extradite…

Sony & Warner Sue TuneIn For Copyright Infringement in UK High Court

Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group are reportedly suing US-based streaming audio provider TuneIn for copyright infringement in the UK. Industry sources say a claim covering at least 800 unlicensed music streams was filed at the High Court last week. TuneIn is yet to respond to what could be…