After 4 Years… Copyright Holders Still Think Megaupload is Alive

More than four years after Megaupload was taken down by the U.S. Government, several prominent copyright holders still 'think' that the site is hosting infringing content. Automated bots operated by their anti-piracy partners continue to send Google numerous takedown notices for Megaupload URLs, more than it received when the site…

The Pirate Bay Offline For 24 Hours

The Pirate Bay has been down for 24 hours, causing concern among many BitTorrent users. The TPB team is aware of the situation and says the problems are being caused by technical issues, so the site is likely to rebounce soon.

Google Won’t Take Down Links to Censored Celebrity Sex Story

The celebrity couple at the center of a row over a secret threesome will have to wait until Monday to find out whether their injunction forbidding the publication of their names will be upheld. In the meantime anti-piracy outfit Web Sheriff has asked Google to remove links to dozens of…

Judge Allows Popcorn Time “Pirate” to Keep on Torrenting

A federal court in Oregon has signed off on a judgment against a Popcorn Time user who streamed a copy of the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler. While both parties have already agreed on a permanent injunction, the judge in question stripped the parts requiring the defendant to remove all…

vKontakte Appears to Be Cracking Down on eBook Piracy

Social networking giant vKontakte appears to be taking action to end eBook piracy on its platform. The site has become known as a great place to download unauthorized copies but according to industry sources, vKontakte appears to have initiated some kind of "takedown-staydown" mechanism.

MPAA Wants ISPs to Disconnect Persistent Pirates

The MPAA wants Internet providers and services to take stronger actions against persistent copyright infringers. Ideally, the most egregious pirates should lose their accounts permanently, the group says. To accomplish this ISPs should be required to track the number of notices they receive for each account.

Sky Subscribers Hit With New Wave of Piracy Notices

Customers of UK ISP Sky are being hit with a new wave of 'pay-up-or-else' letters from copyright troll outfit GoldenEye International. The letters seen by TorrentFreak include the usual claims but recipients should be warned that corresponding with the company by email is a frustrating process.

Harry Potter Publisher Goes on a Bizarre Anti-Piracy Rampage

The publishing platform responsible for marketing J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series has gone on a bizarre anti-piracy rampage. Pottermore and its anti-piracy partners told Google that J.K. Rowling's Wikipedia page was infringing, but sadly that's just the tip of a ridiculous DMCA notice iceberg.

Paramount: We Own The Klingon Language

The ongoing lawsuit between Paramount Pictures, CBS Studios and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is raising some interesting copyright questions. The spin-off makers argue that several of the Star Trek related elements they use are not copyrightable, but the movie studios clearly disagree.

Anti-Piracy Firm Wants ISPs to Pay for Pirating Subscribers

Piracy monetization firm CEG TEK is recommending that the U.S. Copyright Office should hold ISPs responsible for pirating subscribers. Among other things, the company proposes that, after an initial warning, Internet providers should pay a $30 fine each time a subscriber is caught downloading copyrighted content.

Piracy Fails to Prevent Another Box Office Record

Piracy is not killing the movie business. According to the MPAA's Theatrical Market Statistics report the industry has just turned in a record year, with $38.3b taken at the box office. Meanwhile, MPAA chief Chris Dodd is set to meet Napster founder Sean Parker, whose Screening Room threatens to upset…