Founder of Fan-Made Subtitle Site Convicted for Copyright Infringement

Fansubbing site Undertexter.se was raided by police in the summer of 2013, following complaints from Hollywood. Four years later the case has come to an end after a Swedish District Court sentenced the operator for copyright infringement. The decision confirms that the unauthorized distribution of movie subtitles is a crime…

NSA Spied on Early File-Sharing Networks, Including BitTorrent

A document just published as part of the Edward Snowden leaks has revealed the NSA was actively monitoring file-sharing networks more than 12 years ago. Particular success was reported against both KaZaA and eDonkey, with the NSA managing to compromise the encryption on both while gaining access to sharers' computers…

Pirates Are Not Easily Deterred by Viruses and Malware, Study Finds

Nearly 40% of all Singaporeans download or stream movies, TV-shows, and sports events for free, a new study reveals. The primary reason to turn to pirate sources is that they're free. Although most pirates know that they may run into viruses and malware, the lure of free content is simply…

Indian Movie Actor Mobbed By Press After Arrest of Torrent Site Admin

Actor Vishal Krishna, who also takes a prominent anti-piracy stance in the local film industry, was at the center of extraordinary scenes last night in India. Following reports that a prominent site operator had been arrested, Vishal was mobbed by excited members of the press brandishing a swathe of microphones.…

Narcos’ Cali Cartel Threatens to ‘Kill’ Illegal Downloaders

A few years ago Netflix wasn't all too worried about piracy but now that it produces a lot of original content, this has changed. The company now has a "Global Copyright Protection Group" and also enlists its 'own' stars to address the issue head on. The executive board of 'Cali…

KinoX / Movie4K Admin Detained in Kosovo After Three-Year Manhunt

In 2014, police in Germany revealed a manhunt for two brothers said to be behind streaming sites Movie4K and KinoX. Unusually, authorities claimed the pair were violent and possibly armed, hardly common traits among pirate site operators. It's now been revealed that one of the brothers has handed himself into…

SceneAccess Torrent Tracker Shuts Down

SceneAccess has thrown in the towel. Its admins pulled the plug on the private tracker after operating for more than a decade. According to a public notice, the decision was the result of dwindling donations, which made it hard to pay the bills.

Music Industry Urges YouTube to Block Stream Rippers

Last week the world's leading YouTube ripping site shut down after reaching a settlement with several major record labels and its representatives. The shutdown of YouTube-MP3 followed a lawsuit in the US, but many music industry insiders feel that it shouldn't have got that far. Instead, they want Google and…

Demonoid Hopes to Return to Its Former Glory

The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid returned from the ashes earlier this year and is slowly rebuilding its community. The site's founder, who's back in charge once again, is working on a new and improved version of the site and hopes Demonoid will one day return to its former glory.

No, Google Drive is Definitely Not The New Pirate Bay

This week, citing a crackdown on torrent sites, numerous articles declared Google Drive and similar cloud storage services to be "The New Pirate Bay". While such platforms can indeed facilitate the distribution of content, there should be no illusion that they offer anything like the decentralization and corporate detachment offered…