The Pirate Bay’s Oldest Torrents Survived 15 Years of Turmoil

The Pirate Bay has been around since 2003 and is still going strong. The longest surviving torrents on the site recently turned 15 years old. While these torrent files are still being seeded after many turbulent years, the file-sharing world and the web itself have completely changed.

Rightscorp Done Anti-Pirating? Stock Worthless, Website Gone

Rightscorp, the infamous anti-piracy company that hounded hundreds of thousands of alleged file-sharers for cash settlements, seems to be waiting for the grim reaper to arrive. At the time of writing, its shares are worth $0.0025 each and its website account has been suspended.

Movie Piracy Giant Egy.best Shuts Down

One of the most-visited movie piracy sites in the world shut down this week. Egy.best, which was extremely popular in Arabic speaking countries, threw in the towel without any further explanation, leaving millions of movie and TV-show fans behind.

YouTuber Sends Lawyer After UFC to Stop ‘Unfair’ Takedown Notices

The owner of a popular post-fight boxing commentary channel on YouTube is demanding that the UFC stops taking down his videos, which only use still images from fights. With help from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Boxing Now's John MacKay points out that his videos are fair use, adding that unwarranted…

MPAA / ACE Shut Down ‘Pirate’ IPTV Service, Seize Domain

An IPTV provider offering thousands of movies and around 600 live TV channels has been shut down following action by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment. As One Step TV's subscribers complain on the service's Facebook page, its domain now redirects to ACE after being taken over by the MPAA.

Canadian Parliamentary Report Proposes Tough Copyright Measures

Canada's Heritage Committee has released the results of its study on artists remuneration. In a new report, it recommends that the Government takes a series of measures to strengthen the position of creators. The far-reaching proposals include an extension of the copyright term, limiting fair dealing rights for educational purposes,…

Aussie Music Industry Wins First Ever Stream-Ripping Site Blocks

Sony, Universal, and Warner, with assistance from Music Rights Australia and the Australasian Performing Right Association, have obtained a blocking injunction against four major stream-ripping sites. Australia's ISPs will now prevent their subscribers from accessing 2conv, Flv2mp3, FLVto and Convert2mp3.

RIAA Obtains Subpoena to Unmask YouTube-Ripping Site Operator

The RIAA is attempting to unmask the operator of YouTube ripping site YouTubNow. The popular platform receives around 15 million visits per month but now stands accused of infringing RIAA members' copyrights by offering content by Gloria Estefan, Robert Palmer and Nu Shooz, among others.

Supreme Court Refuses Eminem Publisher’s Case Over Copyright Damages

The legal battle between Eminem's publisher and New Zealand's National Party will not go to the Supreme Court. While it is clear that the political party's use of an Eminem knockoff track wasn't permitted, the Court doesn't believe the publisher's appeal to increase the $225,000 damages award is warranted.

US Govt. Seizes Millions in Cash & Crypto in Movie Piracy Case

The United States Government has seized millions in cash and cryptocurrency as part of a movie and TV show piracy investigation carried out by Homeland Security Investigations and the MPAA. PayPal appears to have played an early key role by providing information on two subscription-based 'pirate' sites. From there, the…

Judge: Number of ‘Unprovable’ Piracy Cases is Alarmingly High

Copyright-trolling outfit Strike 3 has suffered a severe blow in a New York federal court. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein has thrown out over a dozen cases, signaling a variety of problems. Among other things, the Judge noted that the frequency of improperly accused pirates, more than one in three,…