Pirate Site With No Traffic Attracts 49m Mainly Bogus DMCA Notices

It's likely you've never heard of mp3toys.xyz since the site has very little traffic. However, thanks to a bungling anti-piracy outfit, the site is now the second most complained about 'pirate' site on the Internet, with Google receiving more than 49 million notices in just over six months.

Is Megaupload’s ‘Crime’ a Common Cloud Hosting Practice?

Five years ago the US Government launched a criminal case against Megaupload and several of its former employees. One of the main allegations in the indictment is that the site only deleted links to copyright-infringing material, not the actual files. Interestingly, this isn't too far off from what cloud hosting…

Kids Shouldn’t Use the Internet, Russia’s Site-Blocking Chief Says

The head of Rozcomnadzor, the body that oversees website-blocking in Russia, made a shocking statement this week. According to Alexander Zharov, children under ten years of age shouldn't use the Internet, and there's "nothing good" about a three-year-old who uses a tablet to watch cartoons.

Judge Splits $750 Piracy Penalty Between BitTorrent Peers

A District Court judge in Seattle has taken a novel approach in a series of default judgments targeting alleged BitTorrent pirates. Since the defendants are accused of sharing files in the same swarm, they should also share the penalty among each other, the judge argues. According to the order, these…

Study: 70% of Young Swedish Men Are Video Pirates

A new study from Sweden has found that just over half of all young people admit to obtaining movies and TV shows from the Internet without paying, a figure that rockets to 70% among young men. With The Pirate Bay about to be blocked by one ISP with more to…

Cogent’s Broad Pirate Site Block Was ‘Collateral Damage’ of a Court Order

The mysterious pirate site blockade by Internet backbone provider Cogent was a 'mistake.' The Pirate Bay and dozens of other pirate sites were blocked as collateral damage, following a broad court order directed at a yet unnamed target. According to Cloudflare, which owns the associated IP-addresses, courts should understand how…

MPAA: Dealing With Kodi is the $64,000 Question

While torrent sites have been a thorn in the side of the MPAA for more than a decade, there's a new kid on the block. Speaking at the Berlin Film Festival, MPAA chief Chris Dodd cited the growing use of the Kodi platform for piracy, describing the problem as the…

Cloudflare Puts Pirate Sites on New IP Addresses, Avoids Cogent Blockade

The Pirate Bay and dozens of other pirate sites that were blocked by Cogent's Internet backbone are now accessible again. Cloudflare appears to have moved the sites in question to a new pair of IP-addresses, effectively bypassing Cogent's blackhole. Whether Cogent has plans to block their new home as well…

Cox Must Pay $8 Million to Cover BMG’s Legal Fees in Piracy Case

Internet provider Cox Communications must pay more than $8 million to compensate the legal fees of music group BMG. The Virginia federal court argues that the Internet provider crossed a line with its "deeply flawed DMCA defense" and sees the high fees as a proper incentive to improve its anti-piracy…

UK Could Force Google to Tackle Piracy, By Law if Necessary

Copyright holders and Google are reportedly close to a deal to limit the appearance of infringing content in search results. However, in case that doesn't happen, an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill, should it be approved, will see the government impose an anti-piracy code on search engines.