Court Orders Italian ISPs to Block Popcorn Time

Italian Internet providers must block access to Popcorn Time, the Criminal Court of Genoa ordered today. The order affects three domain names including those of the most used forks. Whether the blockade will be very effective is doubtful as the applications themselves will still work.

MPAA Demands Extraordinary Measures to Prevent Piracy

Companies wishing to process, handle or distribute video content for the MPAA have to go to extraordinary lengths to become accredited by the Hollywood group. From background checks on all personnel and the banning of certain types of clothing, to food restrictions and personal searches, the MPAA hopes to keep…

Offcloud Downloads Torrents to Google Drive and Dropbox

For people who are constantly on the go, it can be quite convenient to download torrents remotely. With Offcloud this is an option. The service enables users to download torrents directly to their Dropbox or Google Drive account, automatically syncing the files across all devices.

The Pirate Bay Is Down…

The Pirate Bay is down at the moment, causing a mild panic among many BitTorrent users. While some fear the worst, the site probably won't be offline for very long.

Universal: Smart Pirate Site Owners Get Round Restrictions

The managing director of Universal Music in Sweden has hinted at the futility of trying to block and shut down pirate sites. Per Sundin, a key figure in the prosecution of The Pirate Bay, says that site operators will always find a way to adapt, so making legitimate services such…

Popcorn Time Blames Hollywood For Its Popularity

Popcorn Time and its users continue to face pressure from copyright holders but the application's developers don't plan to cave in anytime soon. Instead, they're turning the tables, blaming Hollywood's lack of affordable legal options for Popcorn Time's success.

First Netflix 4K Content Leaks to Torrent Sites

Pirates have found a way to circumvent the 4K copy protection on Netflix, resulting in the first ultra high-definition leak. A copy of the first episode of Breaking Bad worth nearly 18 gigabytes is currently being traded on various torrent sites and more leaks are expected to appear in the…

Pirate Bay Founder Released From Jail But Immediately Re-Arrested

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm was released from a Danish prison yesterday, only to be immediately re-arrested by police. The Swede is now expected to be extradited back to his home country where he will be returned to prison, but not before appearing in court today to appeal the decision.

Tech Giants Want to Punish DMCA Takedown Abusers

The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, has published an extensive research paper on the future of copyright in the digital landscape. One of the main suggestions is to extent current copyright law, so that senders of wrongful DMCA takedown notices face serious legal consequences.

Piracy: Hollywood’s Losing a Few Pounds, Who Cares?

Following news this week that a man is facing a custodial sentence after potentially defrauding the movie industry out of £120m, FACT Director General Kieron Sharp has been confronted with an uncomfortable truth. According to listeners contacting the BBC, the public has little sympathy with Hollywood.