Prince’s Death Prompts ‘Awkward’ Piracy Surge

With Prince's unexpected passing the world lost a legend yesterday. The shocking news has dominated the news over the past 24-hours and many people have honored the icon by listening to his music. Ironically, his death also triggered tens of thousands of pirate downloads, one of the things Prince passionately…

Prince Gave a File-Hosting Site a Personal 30 Min Piracy Lecture

After the sad passing of Prince yesterday, people have been paying tribute to the superstar musician. According to the operator of a file-hosting site that was hosting unauthorized copies of his tracks, Prince once personally called him on his cellphone and gave him a 30 minute talk on the perils…

ISP Vows to Protect Users From a Piracy Witch Hunt

Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof says it will do everything in its power to prevent copyright holders from threatening its subscribers. The provider is responding to a recent case in which a competing ISP was ordered to expose alleged BitTorrent pirates, reportedly without any thorough evidence.

Opera Browser Adds Free and Unlimited VPN

Opera has become the first major browser to add a free VPN client to its web browser. The VPN offers AES-256 encryption and allows users to browse the Internet privately. In addition, the free VPN also helps to circumvent website blockades, a feature many torrent users will appreciate.

UK Govt Pushes 10 Years Jail For Online Pirates

The UK government has published its conclusions following a consultation into punishments for online copyright infringement offenses. At the earliest opportunity Parliament will be asked to increase custodial sentences up to a maximum of 10 years while ensuring that unwitting pirates are protected.

Kim Dotcom Warns Mega Users to Backup Their Files

Kim Dotcom is warning users of Mega, the cloud storage company he founded in 2013, to back up their files. According to the entrepreneur, Mega is now under the control of Bill Liu, a New Zealand-based Chinese national that is currently fifth on China's most-wanted criminal list.

Pirate Bay Founder: Streaming Model Could Ignite New Piracy War

As streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify gain even greater traction, so does the centralization of online content that consumers no longer own. According to Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde this business model holds subscribers to ransom, with the threat of content being suddenly taken away now a constant…

Pirate Site Blocking Boosts Interest in VPNs, Research Shows

New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that UK pirate site blocks increase people's interest in VPN services. However, the blocks also decrease the overall numbers of visits to pirate sites, while boosting the use of legal services such as BBC's iPlayer and Netflix.

Microsoft’s Azure Awarded FACT Anti-Piracy Seal of Approval

Azure, the cloud computing platform created by Microsoft, has become the first service of its type to gain certification from anti-piracy group Federation Against Copyright Theft. The accreditation means that Microsoft has implemented many physical and digital processes designed to thwart online pirates.

Netflix: VPN Blockade Backlash Doesn’t Hurt Us

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says that the recent crackdown on VPN and proxy users hasn't hurt the company's results. The VPN blockade only affects a small but vocal minority, according to Hastings, and there are no signs that hordes of subscribers are abandoning ship.

KickassTorrents Next Target For Aussie Piracy Blocklist

Record labels Universal, Warner, Sony, and Albert & Son have filed an application at the Federal Court of Australia to have KickassTorrents and associated proxy sites blocked at the ISP level. The action follows a complaint filed by Foxtel to block sites including The Pirate Bay.

Obama’s a Coward For Not Hitting Google Over Piracy, Filmmaker Says

The producer of dozens of movies including The Expendables trilogy and London Has Fallen has branded Barack Obama a "coward" for failing to take on Google over piracy. Avi Lerner says that the government is scared of the search giant and anyone not helping to stop piracy "should go to…