RIAA’s Piracy Claims are Misleading and Inaccurate, ISP Says

Internet provider Grande Communications and the RIAA continue their fight in court. Much of the battle thus far has centered around evidence of copyright infringement. In a new filing at a Texas District Court, the ISP stresses that the RIAA's evidence is misleading, as it doesn't prove any actual distributions…

Hotspot Shield VPN Reported to FTC For Alleged Privacy Breaches

Hotspot Shield VPN, a popular service that claims to enhance users' privacy while providing anonymity, has been reported to the Federal Trade Commission. The Center for Democracy & Technology has called for an investigation, claiming that the service logs user activity and employs third-party tracking mechanisms to deliver targeted advertising.

Lawyer Says He Was Deceived Into BitTorrent Copyright Trolling Scheme

A lawyer who worked on dozens of cases designed to extract cash settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates is now suing his former paymasters. Lawyer James Davis, who litigated Dallas Buyers Club and London Has Fallen cases, says the people involved in the scheme deliberately deceived him. He's now demanding at…

‘US Should Include Fair Use and Safe Harbors in NAFTA Negotiations’

The Re:Create Coalition is offering a strong counter view to recent demands from copyright groups, urging the US to add strong copyright protections to the NAFTA negotiations. The coalition argues that if strong copyright enforcement is a central issue, fair use and safe harbor protections should be included as well,…

Seller of ‘Fully Loaded’ Kodi Boxes Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

A man who sold so-called "fully loaded Kodi boxes" over a 30 month period has pleaded guilty to money laundering offenses. Julian Allen was arrested by police in 2015 following a joint operation with Trading Standards officers and Sky TV. Authorities will now try to recover more than £135,000.

Torrentz Shut Down A Year Ago, But The Name Lives On

Today, exactly one year ago, Torrentz.eu decided to throw in the towel. After operating its popular torrent meta-search engine for more than 13 years, the site suddenly 'wiped' its entire results index. Millions of people were left without their favorite torrent site but a year later, the Torrentz brand is…

ESET Tries to Scare People Away From Using Torrents

IT security company ESET has published a rather curious article which portrays the use of BitTorrent as a security threat. Noting that merely downloading a torrent client could "infect your machine and irreversibly damage your files", the piece focuses on a pair of rare incidents to present an overall climate…

Court Won’t Drop Case Against Alleged KickassTorrents Owner

An Illinois federal court has denied a motion to dismiss the criminal case against alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin. Among other things, the defense argued that torrent files themselves are not copyrighted content. The court decided, however, that the US Government's case is strong enough, so it will move forward.

Next Game of Thrones Episode Leaks Online Early

HBO is doing its best to limit Game of Thrones piracy, but despite their efforts the fourth episode of the current season has leaked early. A few hours ago, a pirated copy started circulating across various file-sharing and streaming sites. The leak appears to be an internal copy, carrying a…