Pirate Bay Founders Acquitted in Criminal Copyright Case

Four key Pirate Bay figures have a little something to celebrate this morning. After standing accused of committing criminal copyright infringement and abusing electronic communications, yesterday a Belgian court acquitted Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström.

Bitcoin Bounties Aim to Turn Pirates Into Snitches

Due to its decentralized nature, Bitcoin has often been mentioned in the same breath as BitTorrent in recent years. Now, a solution being touted by a technology company sees the virtual currency being used to track movie and music leaks by turning pirates into paid snitches.

MPAA Wants to Kill Domain Name Privacy, For Some

The MPAA has submitted its comments in response to a new ICANN proposal that may expose website owners who registered their domains through WHOIS privacy protection services. According to the Hollywood group it is essential that operators of "illegal" sites can be revealed without a subpoena or court order.

“U.S. Copyright Group” Shuts Down Portugal’s Largest Pirate Site

Last week the operator's of Portugal's largest pirate site announced they were throwing in the towel after their site became too big to manage. Just days later there's a slightly different narrative emerging, one that blames a U.S.-based copyright group and a cross-continent operation for shutting down one of the…

Prominent Legal Experts Rally Behind Megaupload

A group of prominent legal experts, including the Cato Institute, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Institute for Justice have come out in support of Megaupload and Kim Dotcom. The groups urge the appeals court to undo the forfeiture of millions of dollars in assets, which they…

Censoring Pirate Sites is Counterproductive, Research Finds

A new study has found that blocking access to torrent and linking sites results in the opposite effect. Instead of driving people towards legal websites and services, many of the blocked sites simply move to other domain names where they enjoy a significant and sustained boost in traffic.

Pirate Bay Damages Debt Doubles, No One Pays a Penny

The four individuals convicted of operating The Pirate Bay were all ordered to pay copyright holders millions in damages but to date none have paid a penny. Pirate Bay financier and former multi-millionaire Carl Lundström isn't running to Hollywood with a sack of cash either. "I have it good in…

Popcorn Time Warns Users Against Malware and Scams

Popcorn Time has issued a warning against scammers who abuse the popular brand to trap people into downloading malware or paying for access. To guide users in the right direction and prevent future complaints, the developers are sharing some handy tips and tricks.

TPP: U.S. May Not Force DMCA on Other Countries

A recently leaked copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership's 'Intellectual Property' chapter has revealed a United States prepared to accept intermediary liability frameworks already in place in some partner nations. This means that countries like Canada, for example, would not have to adopt a DMCA-style process.

David Guetta: Piracy Brings Fans to My Concerts

For more than a decade piracy has been a hot topic in the music industry. While some of the major labels have tried to eliminate the problem by taking pirates to court, others prefer a more positive approach. DJ and producer David Guetta says that the industry should embrace piracy,…

Israeli Court Lifts Ineffective Popcorn Time Ban

Israeli Internet providers are no longer required to block access to Popcorn Time websites. A District Court has lifted a preliminary injunction arguing that access restrictions are ineffective. The decision is a major disappointment for the local anti-piracy outfit ZIRA, which was also ordered to pay the legal fees of…

‘Pirate’ Site Admin Ordered to Pay Hollywood $12.8m

The operator of a forum which linked to Hollywood movies, TV shows, music and software has been hit with a massive claim for damages. After previously being sentenced to one year in jail, the 26-year-old must now pay Hollywood at least $12.8m plus a further $4.4m to a pair of…