Swedish ISP Attacks Copyright Trolls, Over Trademark Infringement

Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof is launching a direct attack against Spridningskollen, the group that's spearheading the copyright trolling efforts in Sweden. Bahnhof accuses the anti-piracy outfit of trademark infringement and demands the shutdown of its website.

Warner Bros. Flags Its Own Website as a Piracy Portal

Warner Bros. is vigorously trying to prevent pirated content from showing up in search results, but in doing so the movie studio has shot itself in the foot. Recently, Warner asked Google to take down several of its own pages, claiming that they are copyright-infringing.

Do Pirates Care if Torrent Sites Turn a Profit?

For many years and for millions of people, file-sharing was seen as just that. Need a file? Take one. Have one I don't? Share one back. However, with the mainstream commercialization of the pirate scene, some believe that the golden era of sharing culture is being left behind. But really…

Top Torrent Sites See Traffic Surge After ‘Shutdowns’

The past month has been a turbulent one for the torrent community. With the closure of KickassTorrents and Torrentz.eu, two of the largest players were gone without prior notice. Today we take a look at the aftermath, showing that the big sites have expanded their userbases but that some smaller…

Publishers Fail to Block Russia’s Top Search Engine Over Pirate Links

After Russia's leading search engine Yandex failed to remove links to pirate books from its search results, publisher Eksmo filed a complaint with the Moscow Court. Technically, Yandex could've found itself blocked nationwide for copyright non-compliance but in the end, cooler heads prevailed.

TIDAL Shuts Down TIDAL Downloader Tool

Just days after its official release, the TIDAL downloading tool "TiDown" is already in trouble. The music streaming service wasted no time and quickly pulled it offline, with help from GitHub. The developer doesn't plan to fight the takedown request, but it will be very hard to prevent the open…

Police Seize Two Perfect Privacy VPN Servers

VPN provider Perfect Privacy has had two of its servers seized by Dutch police, as part of an active investigation. Police bypassed the VPN service and went directly to the company's hosting provider, I3D, who complied with a subpoena requesting the hardware. At the time of writing, it remains unclear…

Attention Swedish Pirate Bay Users, Copyright Trolls Have Arrived

After years of being left alone by entertainment industry companies, regular file-sharers in Sweden are now in the cross-hairs of copyright trolls. Using data gathered by anti-piracy outfit Excipio, lawyers are about to send users of The Pirate Bay and similar sites demands for hard cash - or else.

New BBC iPlayer Rules Easily Defeated, Especially via VPN

A change in the law means that from today, all UK viewers of BBC iPlayer need to pay a £145.50 license fee, regardless of which services they use. The UK's TV licensing body says it will crack down on those using iPlayer without a license but in reality that will…

Pirate Android App ‘Store’ Member Jailed For 46 Months

A unique FBI operation carried out four years ago targeted several pirate Android app marketplaces, seizing their domains and arresting their operators. This month saw the first conviction, with SnappzMarket's 'PR manager' Scott Walton receiving a 46-month prison sentence for conspiracy to commit copyright infringement.