MPAA Says Pirate Sites Will Take Advantage of Set-Top Box Proposals

Earlier this year the Federal Communications Commission promised to "tear down anti-competitive barriers" by opening up the set-top box market in the United States and freeing consumers from $20 billion a year in rental charges. The proposals have spooked content owners, not least the MPAA who fear that pirate sites…

Pirates Switch From Torrents to Streaming and Download Sites

A new report from piracy tracking firm MUSO reveals that the piracy landscape continues to evolve. Pirate sites received a staggering 140 billion visits last year, but there's a clear shift from torrents to direct download and streaming sites. Interestingly, traffic to private trackers remains relatively stable.

Pirate Bay’s Image Hosting Site ‘Bayimg’ Returns, For a Bit

After one-and-a-half years of downtime, Pirate Bay's image hosting service Bayimg has suddenly reappeared. The site was pulled offline after a TPB server was compromised in 2014, but now it's back. However, according to the TPB team the site's revival will only be short-lived.

Game Of Thrones Season 6 Premiere Triggers Piracy Craze

With more than a million downloads in half a day, the premiere of Game of Thrones' sixth season has once again ignited a piracy craze. People from all over the world grabbed a copy, and this morning over 200,000 BitTorrent users are actively sharing copies of the episode, a number…

Kim Dotcom and MEGA Ratchet Up War of Words

Kim Dotcom and the site he founded, MEGA, appear to be at war. After Dotcom warned users to back up their files last week, MEGA hit back with an attack on the entrepreneur's business plans, noting that his MegaNet project has failed to materialize. Unfazed, Dotcom says MEGA is losing…

YIFY Speaks: Confessions Of A Movie Piracy Icon

For several years YTS/YIFY was one of Hollywood's biggest arch-rivals, but that suddenly ended late last year after its founder was threatened with a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Today, YIFY speaks for the first time after the shutdown. About how it all started, fans, haters, movie piracy and his accomplishments.

Does ‘Piracy’ Make Copyright Infringers Sound Cool?

According to the IFPI's head of anti-piracy, calling illegal downloading "piracy" has become somewhat of a hindrance. Those confronted with the term are more likely to romanticize the topic, Graeme Grant suggests, but can simply changing the name of something really change the beast?

Free Textra SMS App Threatens To Report Android Pirates

A free Android SMS app that has been downloaded millions of times is spooking people using cracked versions. In a threatening message Textra SMS tells pirate users it has a policy of reporting repeat violators unless they install a legitimate copy in three days. Needless to say, some users are…

RuTracker and Sci-Hub Nominated for Free Knowledge Award

The Russian Wikimedia chapter has nominated the popular torrent tracker RuTracker and Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan for their annual "Free Knowledge" award. Both sites are praised for their efforts to freely distribute media and scientific publications, although opponents call them out as piracy havens.

Prince’s Death Prompts ‘Awkward’ Piracy Surge

With Prince's unexpected passing the world lost a legend yesterday. The shocking news has dominated the news over the past 24-hours and many people have honored the icon by listening to his music. Ironically, his death also triggered tens of thousands of pirate downloads, one of the things Prince passionately…

Prince Gave a File-Hosting Site a Personal 30 Min Piracy Lecture

After the sad passing of Prince yesterday, people have been paying tribute to the superstar musician. According to the operator of a file-hosting site that was hosting unauthorized copies of his tracks, Prince once personally called him on his cellphone and gave him a 30 minute talk on the perils…