‘Blocking Pirate Sites Through Court is Uncertain, Slow and Expensive’

Fairplay Canada sees its own site blocking proposal as the best option to counter infringing websites. In a reply response to the CRTC, the coalition argues that the 'alternative' judicial option is uncertain, costly, and will take a lot of time. The response further criticizes misleading and false comments from…

Police Arrest Suspected Member of TheDarkOverlord Hacking Group

Serbian police say they've arrested a suspected member of TheDarkOverlord hacking group as part of an international operation led by the FBI. Authorities say the group amassed over 50 victims over the past several years but it was its hack of a company affiliated with Netflix and the subsequent leaking…

Internet Association Blasts MPAA’s ‘Crony Politics’

The Internet Association, an industry group that consists of several large technology companies, has lashed out against the MPAA. In a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, they accuse Hollywood's main lobbying group of using the Facebook scandal for "rent seeking" and "crony politics" to further its own…

Roku Displays FBI Anti-Piracy Warning to Legitimate YouTube & Netflix Users

Legitimate users of the Roku platform were greeted by an ominous message over the past few hours when accessing official channels including YouTube and Netflix. An FBI warning, which advised that "unauthorized copying is punishable under federal law", noted that the channels had been removed due to repeated claims of…

Metallica Was Right About Suing Napster, Guitarist Says

It's been nearly two decades since Metallica launched their crusade against Napster and piracy in general. While the band has received a lot of critique for it, guitarist Kirk Hammett says it was the right decision, suggesting that piracy destroyed the music business. But, while Hammett is mourning the state…

Police Launch Investigation into Huge Pirate Manga Site Mangamura

The hunt is on to identify the operators of Mangamura, a huge pirate manga site that apparently shut itself down in April. In the last few months of its existence, Mangamura was accessed well over half a billion times, which led Toyko-based Kodansha, Japan's largest publisher, to file a criminal…

The Pirating Elephant in Uncle Sam’s Room

US entertainment companies are lobbying and litigating in favor of pirate site blockades around the globe. In addition, they're also urging domain registries to ban pirate sites, a practice even the US authorities are helping with. These measures are needed to protect revenues, the argument goes. But if that's the…

Pirate IPTV Service Goes Bust After Premier League Deal, Exposing Users

Pirate IPTV service Ace Hosting has shut down and gone into liquidation after agreeing to pay the Premier League a copyright settlement of £100,000. With unpaid VAT and corporation tax bills running to £260,000 also unpaid, Ace subscribers and resellers, who are owed around £353,000, are set to have their…