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…

Piracy Brings a New Young Audience to Def Leppard, Guitarist Says

While many artists have stepped up to demonize piracy over the years, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell prefers to see the upside. Describing the effects as "fantastic", Campbell says there's a whole new audience coming to the band's shows, bringing fresh energy to the performance. But how much of this…

Font Maker Sues Universal Music Over ‘Pirated’ The Vamps Logo

Universal Music Group is being sued by HypeForType, which accuses the record label of using 'pirated' copies of its fonts for the logo of The Vamps. The font is widely used for artwork, promotion material and merchandising of the popular British band, and the font creator is looking for a…

Dutch Film Distributor to Target BitTorrent Users For Cash ‘Fines’

Netherlands-based movie distributor Dutch Filmworks is set to target Internet users who download and share copyrighted content using BitTorrent. Details of the plan have been made public by the Dutch Data Protection Authority, which needs to be formally advised in order for the data collection to go ahead. Users found…

TVAddons Returns, But in Ugly War With Canadian Telcos Over Kodi Addons

Bell Canada, TVA, Videotron, and Rogers are collectively suing Kodi addon repository TVAddons, TorrentFreak can reveal. The lawsuit targets TVAddons' operator for the alleged unlawful distribution of Kodi software addons. It's fair to say that thus far, this process has revealed some of the most shocking abuses of power ever…