UK Piracy Police Deprioritize Domain Suspension Requests

Suspending pirate domain names is no longer a priority for City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). After ICANN ruled that registrars don't have to suspend domain names without a valid court order, the police have decided to put more emphasis on other enforcement tactics.

Portugal Rapidly & Voluntarily Blocks Dozens More ‘Pirate’ Sites

Courtesy of copyright holders, ISPs in Portugal have received a large new batch of 'pirate' domain notifications from the government. A voluntary anti-piracy agreement means that the providers now have until November 13 to implement a full subscriber blockade, putting the country on course to become the world leader in…

Aurous Gets Beaten Up By the RIAA But Peace is Near

The RIAA is demanding a preliminary injunction to bring the downed Aurous music service to its knees. While Aurous is fighting back, the RIAA's lawyers are giving their adversaries a legal beat down, using developer Andrew Sampson's words against him and giving his legal team a mountain to climb. But…

U.S. Judge Explores Return of Megaupload Data

There's a chance that after four years Megaupload users may be reunited with their lost files. U.S. District Court Judge Liam O'Grady has asked several stakeholders to chime in on the possible return of the Megaupload servers, which also holds crucial evidence for Kim Dotcom's defense.

YTS / YIFY Signs Unprecedented Settlement With MPAA

For several years YTS/YIFY has been one of Hollywood's biggest arch-rivals but both sides came to an unprecedented agreement in recent weeks. Instead of going to trial over the alleged widespread piracy facilitated by the site, the MPAA signed a deal with its operator, ending a multi-million dollar lawsuit before…

Google’s “Pirate Update” Fails to Punish Streaming Sites

A new report released by streaming search engine JustWatch has revealed that Google's "Pirate Update" drastically decreased the visibility of torrent sites in search results. However, the algorithm changes failed to punish illegal streaming portals, which still draw billions of visitors from search engines.

U.S. Asks Judge to Rule Kim Dotcom’s Evidence Inadmissible

As Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing defense continues, the U.S. government has just asked the presiding judge to rule all of the Megaupload founder's evidence inadmissible. However, Dotcom informs TorrentFreak that the effort failed. "The Judge has said he wants a fair extradition," he said.

MPAA Can Access Popcorn Time Services & VPN, Court Rules

An interim injunction handed down by a judge in Canada has granted forensic experts under MPAA supervision access to hosting accounts and domains operated by Popcorn Time, including VPN.ht, its official VPN service. Nevertheless, VPN.ht remains defiant, insisting that its service exists outside Canada and has not been compromised.

Found a New YTS / YIFY Site? It’s a FAKE

The TorrentFreak inbox is bursting with news that YTS and YIFY are making a comeback. Granted, the sites we're being linked to look like the real deal but they are fakes, every single one of them. Even the people who carried out a hostile takeover of EZTV are getting in…

Largest BitTorrent Tracker Demonii Will Shut Down Soon

The MPAA initiated shutdown of YTS and associated release group YIFY will have an even larger impact on the torrent ecosystem than many people expected. The group is also the operator of the largest public tracker, Demonii, which will shut down soon.

MPAA: We Shut Down YTS/YIFY and Popcorn Time

The major movie studios of the MPAA are behind the recent shutdown of the torrent site YTS, the associated release group YIFY, and the main Popcorn Time fork, PopcornTime.io. In an international effort spanning Canada and New Zealand, visits were carried out at the premises of at least two key…

Dallas Buyers Club Can’t Interrogate ‘Pirates,’ Judge Rules

The makers of the Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club are continuing their crackdown on BitTorrent pirates. As part of this effort they have recently asked the court for permission to depose several suspects. However, the court has now denied this request, highlighting the "possibility of abuse."