Yarrrr! Dutch ISPs Block The Pirate Bay But It’s Bad Timing for Trolls

By the end of today, two major Dutch ISPs will be blocking The Pirate Bay after several years of legal dispute. While local anti-piracy outfit BREIN will be rubbing its hands at this fairly historic victory, it comes at a less opportune time for the copyright trolls waiting to squeeze…

Cloudflare Bans Sites For Using Cryptocurrency Miners

Web-based cryptocurrency miners became a big thing recently when The Pirate Bay trialed one to generate extra revenue. Now, however, TorrentFreak has learned that Cloudflare has banned at least one torrent proxy site for deploying a miner on its platform. According to Cloudflare, unannounced miners are considered malware.

MPAA Reports Pirate Sites, Hosts and Ad-Networks to US Government

The MPAA has submitted a new list of “notorious websites” to the US Government. The list features a wide variety of pirate sites including The Pirate Bay, Gostream, and Rapidgator, and also mentions fully-loaded streaming boxes. For the first time, the overview also includes ad-networks, highlighting the Canadian company WWWPromoter…

Porn Copyright Trolls Terrify 60-Year-Old But Age Shouldn’t Matter

As people get used to the wave of copyright trolling that has flooded the Internet in recent years, fewer cases hit the headlines. Every now and again, however, a special case appears, such as the one in Canada where a 60-year-old woman has been accused of downloading porn several times.…

Judge Recommends ISP and Search Engine Blocking of Sci-Hub in the US

Sci-Hub, which is regularly referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," faces one of the strongest anti-piracy injunctions we have seen in the US to date. A magistrate judge in Virginia has recommended a broad order which would require search engines and Internet providers to block the site.

Iran Arrests Six Movie Pirates After Rival ‘Licensed’ Pirates Complain

Six people said to be the administrators of 'pirate' movie site Tinymoviez have been arrested by Iranian authorities. What makes the case unusual is that it's possible for such sites to be licensed by the state, to legally 'pirate' Hollywood content. It's reported that licensed 'pirate' site operators complained about…

Supreme Court Denies Kim Dotcom’s Petition Over Seized Millions

The US Supreme Court has denied the petition of Kim Dotcom and his former Megaupload colleagues over millions of dollars in seized assets. While this means that all legal options in the US have been exhausted, Dotcom's legal team now plans to take the issue to New Zealand and Hong…

‘New “DeUHD” Tool Can Rip UHD Blu-Ray Discs’

A Russian company has released a Windows application that claims to rip UHD Blu-ray discs. The tool, dubbed 'DeUHD,' currently supports a limited number of drives and discs but is the first commercially available application to decrypt AACS 2.0 protected discs.

EFF Warns Against Abusive Lawsuits Targeting Kodi Add-on Repository

The EFF is speaking out against abusive lawsuits from copyright holders that aim to expand copyright liability for neutral platforms, such as third-party Kodi add-on distributors. The digital rights group calls out two recent lawsuits against TVAddons where the operator of the service is being held accountable for offering downloads…

Six Strikes Piracy Scheme May Be Dead But Those Warnings Keep on Coming

The so-called six-strikes anti-piracy scheme in the United States may be dead but file-sharers should be aware that they're still being monitored. Over the past several weeks there have been increasing reports of people receiving multiple copyright notices from various ISPs, something which puts accounts at risk.

‘China Should Crack Down on Pirate Streaming Box Distributors’

The MPAA, RIAA and other entertainment industry groups wants China to step up its game when it comes to copyright enforcement. While significant progress has been made in recent years, new threats regularly emerge. One key issue that's highlighted is pirate streaming boxes, many of which are sold from China.