Police Arrest Man Trying to Sell Brotherhood on the Dark Web

Detectives from the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit say they have arrested a man attempting to sell the movie Brotherhood on the dark web. The 35-year-old is suspected of offering the movie , which is the follow-up to the successful Kidulthood and Adulthood, in advance of its retail release.

Fan-Funded Star Trek Film Claims Fair Use as Defense

The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is heating up again. With a trial scheduled for early next year, both parties have submitted motions for summary judgment. The defendants argue, among other things, that their fan-film clearly falls under fair use.

Surprise! Aussie Internet Pirates Are The Best Customers

A report commissioned by the Australian government has found a drop in piracy rates for 2016. The fall is being attributed to improved availability of legal streaming alternatives, but in a juicy twist, the report also reveals that the much reviled Aussie pirate is often the industry's best customer.

Dreamhack Organizer Arrested in Torrent Site Crackdown

Earlier this month Swedish police took down Rarat.org, one of the largest private torrent trackers in the country. With help from PayPal the authorities were able to identity and arrest the prime target, who also happens to be an organizer of the upcoming winter edition of Dreamhack.

KickassTorrents Defense: U.S. Indictment Remains Fatally Flawed

The legal defense team of alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin has reiterated that the allegations put forward by the U.S. Government are fatally flawed. According to the defense, the Government's indictment still includes several misleading claims, which have no foundation in criminal law.

Pirate Sites Blocked For Showing Gambling Advertising

Pirate sites have a tendency to carry advertising for gambling services but in some regions, notably Russia, online gambling is illegal. So, when torrent and streaming sites carry ads for these services, copyright holders are now reporting them to the authorities who are forcing lSPs to block them.

UK Piracy Blocklist Silently Expands With Hundreds of Domains

UK Internet providers have added close to 500 URLs to the national pirate site blocklist. The expansion follows a request from copyright holders who frequently add new proxies for sites that have previously been barred. Despite this mass-update, the ongoing blocking whack-a-mole is far from over.

Rightscorp Only Has Enough Cash to Last Until December

Rightscorp's dream of turning piracy into profit continues to be a nightmare. In its latest quarterly filing the anti-piracy outfit reports revenue down 35% over the same period last year, alongside a loss of $385,433. Year to date, the company has lost almost $1.4m and only has enough money to…

Pirate App Store Operator Convicted for Criminal Copyright Infringement

Four years ago the FBI took down several pirate Android app 'stores' and later arrested several people connected to the sites. This week one of the SnappzMarket operators, Joshua Taylor, was found guilty. During a bench trial, Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. convicted Taylor for conspiracy to commit criminal copyright…

Tech Companies Urge Trump To Protect DMCA Safe Harbors

Donald Trump isn't in the White House yet is but already under pressure from people hoping to benefit from his influence. Among them Google, Facebook, and Twitter, which have written to the president-elect hoping that he'll uphold the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA to prevent service providers from being…

Music Group Confirms What.CD Raid, Claims Millions in Losses

The French music industry group SACEM has confirmed that several servers, which allegedly belong to What.CD, were confiscated in a raid yesterday. The group applauds the police action, which they say has put an end to millions of dollars in losses caused by the popular music tracker. What.CD, meanwhile, assures…