Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 08/19/19

This week we have three newcomers in our chart. Aladdin is the most downloaded movie. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the articles of…

Netflix’s First Pirate Site Blocking Application Granted in Australia

The first 'pirate' site blocking application in Australia featuring US streaming giant Netflix was granted by a judge in Federal Court this morning. Netflix successfully teamed up with Roadshow Films, Disney, Columbia and many other studios to have well over 100 domain names associated with torrent, streaming and similar sites…

DISH Files $10m Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Easybox IPTV

After sending hundreds of fruitless cease-and-desist notices to 'pirate' IPTV provider Easybox IPTV, DISH Networks has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the service in the United States. DISH states that the defendants, which offer both pre-configured devices and separate channel subscriptions, are acting with willful, malicious intent while showing…

Anti-Piracy Efforts Are Unlikely to Beat Sci-Hub

Elsevier and other academic publishers see 'pirate' site Sci-Hub as a major threat to their billion-dollar industries. Many researchers, however, can't function properly without the notorious site. Since anti-piracy efforts are unlikely to beat the site, perhaps it's time for the publishers to draw a lesson from Sci-Hub instead?

Man Tried to Burn Down Telecoms Watchdog to Avenge Pirate Site-Blocking

A man in Russia who admitted to attempting three arson attacks says he took action in response to the authorities blocking pirate sites. The prosecutor demanded two years in prison but the man, who tried to burn down the offices of telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor, has now received 18 months probation.

Disney and Charter Team Up on Piracy Mitigation

The Walt Disney Company and Charter Communications have signed a new distribution agreement. Aside from providing more Disney content to Charter subscribers, the companies will also join forces to combat piracy. What this collaboration will entail remains unknown for now, but it's an interesting step, especially since Charter is currently…

Cloudflare Flags Copyright Lawsuits as Potential Liabilities Ahead of IPO

Cloudflare, the CDN company currently serving around 20 million Internet domains, sites, applications and APIs, has filed to go public. In its statement, the company warns that the activities of some of its customers, which include pirate sites, could expose it to significant copyright infringement liabilities in the future.

YouTube Forbids Monetizing Short Music Clips Through Manual Content-ID Claims

YouTube has announced that it will update its manual Content-ID claiming policy. Starting next month, rightsholders are forbidden from manually claiming videos that use short or unintentional music fragments. Those who repeatedly violate this new policy will have their manual claiming rights revoked. With the new policy, YouTube hopes to…

‘Google Blocked TorrentFreak From Appearing in Search Feature’

Documents released by whistleblower Zachary Vorhies suggests that Google actively blocked hundreds of sites, including TorrentFreak, from its Google Now service. The blocklist doesn't provide a specific reason for the blockade, but other sites are flagged for having a high user block rate or for peddling hoax stories. Vorhies has…

‘Get it Right’ Hopes High-Profile Social Influencers Can Deter Piracy

The UK's Get It Right (From A Genuine Site) campaign is trying a fresh approach as part of its mission to deter people from accessing content illegally. With the help of 'social influencers' including popular YouTube Caspar Lee, the first episode of a new video mini-series aims to offer insight…

Ads on Pirate Sites Can Hurt Sales, Survey Finds

Advertising on pirate sites can seriously harm certain brands, a new survey has revealed. The Trustworthy Accountability Group and Brand Safety Institute report states that the majority of people would buy less products from the companies as a result. The question remains, however, whether these people actually use pirate sites…