Mexican Govt Officials Reprimanded For Olympics Piracy

Significant commercial interests lie behind the Olympic Games so protecting trademarks and copyrights are high on the agenda. To that end, the organizers in Rio have just taken action against several Mexican government officials after one of them recorded a gymnastic event and posted it on social media.

BREIN Tracks Down Facebook Music Pirate, Settles for €7,000

Anti-piracy group BREIN has tracked down a prolific cyberlocker uploader who shared pirated music in a dedicated Facebook group. The man agreed to sign a €7,000 settlement and left the group, which shut down soon after. In addition, Facebook closed several other groups that were focused on sharing copyright infringing…

Kim Dotcom & John McAfee “At War” Over Megaupload 2.0 Revelations

Kim Dotcom has made a surprise announcement relating to his under-development Megaupload 2.0 project. The entrepreneur informs TorrentFreak that John McAfee's MGT Capital Investments offered to invest $30m plus stock into the business but it soon became clear that the aim was to drive up the stock price at MGT.…

Anti-Piracy Firm Rightcorp Continues to Lose Big Money

Piracy monetization firm Rightscorp continues to lose money. Revenue over the most recent quarter has dropped significantly compared to last year and the company is still miles away from turning a profit. Instead of generating more money from alleged pirates, Rightscorp must set aside $200,000 to settle accused file-sharers it…

Universal Music Settles In-Flight Music Lawsuit for $30m+

Universal Music Group has settled a long-running lawsuit with an in-flight entertainment provider. UMG sued Global Eagle in 2014 claiming willful infringement of thousands of artists' songs including those from Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. After being found liable by a US Court in April, Global Eagle promised an appeal,…

Reddit Refuses to Disclose Alleged Music Leaker’s IP Address

Reddit is refusing to hand over the personal details of one of its users to Atlantic Records. The user is accused of obtaining a copy of a single by band Twenty One Pilots ahead of its commercial release and posting a link on the site. But Reddit says the record…

Nintendo Pressure Shuts Down Fan-Made Pokémon Uranium Game

In an effort to protect its copyrights, Nintendo has managed to shut down yet another fan-made game that took years to develop. After generating over a million downloads in just a few days, the makers of the popular RPG Pokémon Uranium decided to cave in to legal pressure from the…

US Seizes Dotcom’s Millions, Entrepreneur Fights Back

On Friday, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected efforts by Kim Dotcom to regain control over millions of dollars in assets seized by the US Government. By remaining outside the US, the court found that the Megaupload founder is a fugitive from justice. But Dotcom isn't ready to give…

The Growing Importance of Torrents Meta-Search

The shutdown of KickassTorrents last month probably won't be the last involving a major site as the authorities tend to home in on the largest players. That being said, smaller sites attract less attention but visiting them all is a nuisance. With meta-search, however, finding their torrents is easy.

Pirate Bay is The King of Torrents Once Again

This week The Pirate Bay quietly celebrated its 13th anniversary. Where other giants have fallen in the past, the notorious Pirate ship has stayed afloat. Today we chat with the TPB-team to discuss their remarkable achievement.