IsoHunt Founder Returns With New Search Tool

As founder of the now-defunct torrent search engine isoHunt, Gary Fung was one of the early BitTorrent pioneers. Nearly five years after his search engine was shut down by the MPAA, Fung releases a new search tool this week. Not a torrent-specific site, but he aims to create a revolution…

Pirate Party Urges Swedish Govt to Stop ‘Copyright Troll’ Invasion

The Swedish Pirate Party is calling on Justice Minister Morgan Johansson to put a halt to the wave of threatening piracy letters that have swept the country in recent months. The party likens the so-called copyright trolling campaigns to extortion and wants local courts to raise the evidence bar.

Hollywood Studios Get ISP Blocking Order Against Rarbg in India

Hollywood continues to expand its blocking efforts around the globe. Most recently, several major studios including Disney Enterprises and Warner Bros obtained a blocking order against the popular torrent site Rarbg in India. More than twenty ISPs must block the site, while the Government is instructed to help enforce the…

Russia’s Encryption War: 1.8m Google & Amazon IPs Blocked to Silence Telegram

Russian authorities are attempting to crush messaging platform Telegram. After refusing to hand over its encryption keys so that users can be spied on, last week a court ordered the service to be blocked. Yesterday broad action was taken, with ISPs blocking more than 1.8 million Telegram-utilized IP addresses belonging…

Microsoft Denies Piracy Extortion Claims, Returns Fire

Last year the Rhode Island-based company Hanna Instruments accused Microsoft and the Software Alliance of trying to extort money via baseless piracy claims. In their reply, the two organizations deny these allegations, showing that Hanna's own evidence reveals that it used unlicensed product keys.

TV Broadcaster Wants App Stores Blocked to Prevent Piracy

A Hong Kong-based broadcaster involved in a blocking application at Federal Court in Australia has requested a drastic action to reduce piracy. TVB is trying to restrict access to an IPTV service which operates via an Android app but in addition to targeting specific domains, it also wants app stores…

How Pirates Use New Technologies for Old Sharing Habits

From the moment the first people came online, the Internet has been used to share information. Over the years this evolved from simple text-based commands, to point-and-click uploads of hours of video. Pirates are often at the forefront when it comes to finding new ways to share content, eager to…

Pirate Site-Blocking? Music Biz Wants App Blocking Too

With thousands of websites blocked all around the world on copyright grounds, pirates are continuing to innovate. The rise of apps designed to provide free content represents a fairly recent development but one the entertainment industries are keen to stem. The CEO of Warner Music Russia now says his company…

Google Search Receives Fewer Takedown Notices Than Before

Following years of increases in the volume of takedown requests, the tide appears to be turning at Google search. The number of received DMCA notices for alleged pirate links has dropped 25% compared to 2016. That's the first downward trend since Google started counting.

MPAA and RIAA Still Can’t Go After Megaupload

A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload's request to place the cases filed by the RIAA and MPAA on hold for another six months. The lawsuits have been frozen for years now, as the parties are waiting for progress in the criminal case against the defunct file-sharing service.