Viacom has decided to get tough with a website streaming its content online without permission. In a lawsuit filed at a California court the media giant complains not only of copyright and trademark infringement but also cyber-squatting and unfair competition. Time will tell if Nick-Reboot.com's 'fair use' defense will prevail.
The Pirate Bay is still having difficulty keeping the ship afloat. After a curious login problem redirected users to the wrong accounts this weekend, the upload functionality now appears to be broken. As a result, no new files have been added to the site for half a day.
Following a European trend, the Portuguese Intellectual Property Court has ordered local ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay. The legal action, brought by copyright holders, resulted in an injunction which orders the ISPs to block access to the popular torrent site and dozens of its proxies.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Birdman.' 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' completes the top three.
It shouldn't even be controversial. If you're lying about holding a copyright monopoly to something, you're infringing on that work's distribution, and should suffer the same penalties as any other infringer does today.
A new study into IP litigation over the past 20 years has revealed that file-sharing has transformed copyright litigation in the United States. In particular, attacks against anonymous file-sharers dominated the landscape of the past decade, with just three companies now responsible for 93% of all John Doe lawsuits.
In an attempt to make it harder for people to find pirated copies of its movies, NBC Universal has tried to remove several TorrentFreak articles from Google's search results. Apparently, talking about piracy is already enough for websites to be hit by takedown requests.
VPN services have become an important tool to counter the growing threat of Internet surveillance, but unfortunately not all VPNs are as anonymous as one might hope. In fact, some VPN services log users' IP-addresses and other private info for months. To find out how anonymous VPNs really are, TF…
As predicted here on TF in January, an HD copy of Fifty Shades of Grey has just leaked onto the Internet from a Chinese source. But while hundreds of thousands of downloaders are going crazy for the quality, those looking for super-sexy scenes may be disappointed - the copy is…
The MPAA is one of the ICANN partners shaping future policy for the domain name system. With Hollywood being the driving force behind the group the MPAA is particularly interested in making it harder for pirate sites to register and keep their domains, as recent efforts show.
Andrus Ansip, Europe's Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, wants to abolish geoblocking. Restricting user access to content based on their location, which Netflix, YouTube and others do, is discrimination, he says. "I want to pay – but I am not allowed to. I lose out, they lose out," Ansip…
After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega's encryption is being cited as a key problem.