Torrents Turn Rambo-Prequel Novel into a Success

When the aspiring Italian author Wallace Lee had his stories about Rambo targeted with a takedown notice, he considered becoming a "pirate writer." Luckily, however, Rambo's creator came to the rescue by officially sanctioning his work. And with help from torrent sites, "Rambo Year One" is now a critically acclaimed…

Sceper Set to Return After Attempted Sale “Turned Into a Scam”

Sceper, one of the most popular release blogs of recent times, disappeared without warning earlier this year after "real-life" issues got in the way of delivering pirate media to the masses. Now the site is preparing a comeback after the planned sale of the platform reportedly turned into an attempted…

U.S. Drops Indictment Against Alleged Operator of Pirate App Store

The US Government has asked a federal court in Georgia to dismiss the indictment against an alleged pirate app store operator. This means that, after more than half a decade, this case will be closed. The US previously accused the defendant of being linked to Applanet, but could not back…

Yandex and Google Put on Notice Over ‘Pirate’ Search Results

Russia's most powerful entertainment producers and distributors have written to Yandex, the country's leading search provider, demanding the removal of 'pirate' sites from search results. The letter, signed by movie, music, and TV bosses, demands both detection and deletion of content. According to one of the signatories, Google will receive…

PayPal Bans Soulseek Over Piracy Concerns, Again

Soulseek, one of the oldest file-sharing applications around, has been banned from accepting donations through PayPal due to piracy concerns. According to digital rights group EFF, which tried to intervene on behalf of Soulseek, this is a form of "financial censorship" that's become increasingly widespread.

Epic’s Fortnite Copyright Infringement Claims Need Work, Court Says

Fortnite developer and publisher Epic Games hoped to get a default judgment against an alleged cheater from Russia, but the court is not yet convinced. US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler believes that the copyright infringement claims are not sufficient to grant a permanent injunction and has asked the developer to…

UK Govt Mulls Options to Make Anti-Piracy Enforcement Easier

The Intellectual Property Office has published its latest corporate plans and strategies. In addition to improving services, the IPO wants to enhance the climate for rightsholders by making enforcement options, such as site blocking, both cheaper and easier. The IPO also wants to forge deals with Internet intermediaries while making…

YouTube Download Sites Throw in the Towel Under Legal Pressure

Several video downloading and MP3 conversion tools have thrown in the towel this week, disabling all functionality following legal pressure. Pickvideo.net states that it received a cease and desist order, while Video-download.co and EasyLoad.co reference the lawsuit against YouTube-MP3 as the reason for their decision.

TVAddons: Telco Bailiffs Enter Operator’s Home Over Unpaid Attorney’s Fees

Exactly a year after Canada's largest telecoms companies executed a warrant against TVAddons founder Adam Lackman, unwelcome visitors have again attended his home. After a court order to pay attorney's fees of CAD$50,000 went unsettled, bailiffs representing Bell, Rogers, and Videotron turned up at Lackman's home Wednesday in an effort…

Crunchyroll Addon For Kodi Hit With Fatal Copyright Complaint

A popular Kodi addon that provided access to one of the very best sources of Japanese anime and Asian entertainment has been withdrawn from the public. The Crunchyroll addon facilitated access to the service of the same name, provided users already had a legitimate subscription. But now the addon is…