China Shuts Down 290 Websites in Piracy Crackdown

China says that a campaign running since the summer has resulted in the closure of 290 copyright-infringing websites. Fines have also been handed down over the illegal downloading of movies and games with 33 cases ending up in court. Meanwhile, the United States has called out China over other 'pirate'…

I Know What You Downloaded on BitTorrent….

Most people know that BitTorrent is far from anonymous, but seeing all your recent downloads listed on a public website is still quite a shock. 'I Know What You Download' says it does exactly that, and also helps people to uncover the torrenting habits of friends with a nifty spy…

vKontakte Responds to US Notorious Pirate Market Allegations

Despite its work with rightsholders, this week the United States Trade Representative described Russian social networking giant vKontakte as one of the world's most notorious pirate markets. Speaking with TorrentFreak, VK says it will continue its work to proactively license all the content available on its platform.

US Government Targets Pirate Bay and Other ‘Piracy Havens’

The US Government has listed some of the largest piracy websites and other copyright-infringing venues. The USTR calls on foreign countries to take action against popular piracy sites such as The Pirate Bay, which has important "symbolic value," according to the authorities. In addition, stream-ripping is mentioned as an emerging…

Australian Govt Advisory Body Digs in Over Fair Use & Geo-Unblocking

A final inquiry report published by the Australian government's Productivity Commission is steadfastly maintaining the position that citizens should have the right to use VPNs to access geo-restricted content. The advisory body is also unmoved when it comes to delivering fair use exceptions, stating that rightsholder objections are based on…

Takedown Notices Can’t Stop Unfinished ‘Mummy Trailer’ From Spreading

Yesterday, IMAX accidentally leaked an unfinished trailer of The Mummy film, which will air in movie theaters next summer. The video, without proper music or sound effects, turns out be quite amusing. However, Universal Pictures isn't happy with all the attention and is trying to fight its distribution with various…

UK Police Arrest Man For Selling ‘Pirate’ Kodi Devices

A man who sold devices containing piracy-enabled custom builds of Kodi has been arrested in the UK. The 32-year-old company director from Norfolk was detained by police last week. Since then, both the man and his wife have allegedly been subjected to death threats on Facebook.

Nature Picks ‘Pirate’ in This Year’s Top People in Science

Over the past year science's pirate portal Sci-Hub has become the center of an academic debate about copyright's 'stranglehold' on science. The site was sued by one of the largest academic publishers but also received praise from researchers. This controversy makes its founder, Alexandra Elbakyan, one of the top ten…

Which VPN Services Take Your Anonymity Seriously?

VPN services have grown increasingly popular in recent years, but not all are completely anonymous. Some VPN services even keep extensive logs of users' IP-addresses for weeks. To find out which are the best VPNs, TorrentFreak asked several dozen providers about their logging policies, and more.

First Aussie Pirate Bay Block Gets Defeated in Seconds

Telstra has become the very first Australian ISP to block The Pirate Bay, a move designed to crack down on piracy in the country. However, the blocking method chosen by the ISP is the most basic option permitted under the Federal Court's order. As a result, it's been defeated in…

Denuvo: We Don’t Give Refunds When Games Get Cracked

The company behind Denuvo has refuted claims that refunds are given to games companies when titles are cracked within a specific time frame. The makers of Doom removed the protection because it had served its purpose, the company's co-founder said. But if it's been paid for and doesn't affect performance,…

ExtraTorrent Takes on ‘Leeching’ Proxy Sites

ExtraTorrent has taken steps to block unofficial proxy sites from "stealing" traffic and thus, their revenue. This will also help to keep users safe from rogue sites that may cause other kinds of harm. Of course, ExtraTorrent users are still welcome to use any of the official proxies to bypass…