Takedown Resistant ‘Hydra Proxy’ Launches to Beat Censorship

One year ago UK police noisily took down Immunicity, a site dedicated to providing access to blocked websites. To mark this anniversary a new platform titled Hydra Proxy has launched with the aim of providing a takedown resistant service for all. TorrentFreak caught up with its founder to learn more.

MPAA Seeks New Global Anti-Piracy Vice President

The MPAA is seeking an individual to assist with the execution of its global anti-piracy strategies. Among other things, the new Vice President, Global Content Protection will be required to develop and manage relationships with high-level law enforcement officials around the world.

Spotify: Piracy May Surge Without a Freemium Option

Spotify is generally considered to be a piracy killer. Thanks to the company's ad-supported free tier it guarantees a smooth transition from the dark corners of the Internet to a fully licensed service. However, Spotify is now warning that without its freemium option, piracy may surge once again.

UK Piracy Police Asked Domain Registrars to Shut Down 317 Sites

Since its launch two years ago, the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has requested domain name registrars to suspend 317 pirate sites. A lot of requests were denied, but police say they don't know how many. The numbers were made available in response to a Freedom…

Court Orders 20 Big Piracy Sites Blocked in Denmark

Following a complaint filed by anti-piracy group Rights Alliance, 20 leading 'pirate' sites will soon be blocked in Denmark. The blocking order, handed down yesterday by a district court, will be respected by the country's leading ISPs following the signing of a piracy code of conduct in 2014.

Dallas Buyers Club Wants to Interrogate Suspected Pirates

The movie studio behind the movie Dallas Buyers Club continues to hunt alleged copyright infringers in the United States. In a new court filing the company explains the measures it takes identify the true pirates. As part of this strategy the filmmakers want the court to grant two hour depositions…

Indonesia Blocks The Pirate Bay, IsoHunt, Others

After promising a strong response to piracy for several years, Indonesia has finally taken action against The Pirate Bay. Along with fellow torrent index IsoHunt.to, the site is among almost two dozen others now ordered by the Ministry of Communications to be blocked at the ISP level.

Movie Studio Sues Popcorn Time Users In The U.S.

The makers of "The Cobbler" movie have filed a lawsuit at a federal court in Oregon directed at 11 users of the popular Popcorn Time software. According to the filmmakers Popcorn Time doesn't have any reasonable legitimate use, something of which the users should have been aware.

Rightscorp’s DMCA Subpoena Effort Crashes and Burns

Rightscorp's efforts to unmask file-sharers using the DMCA has crashed and burned. After a federal judge ruled in favor of ISP Birch Communications and quashed the anti-piracy firm's subpoena, Rightscorp appealed the decision. Now the company has backed down, handing the ISP and privacy a big win.

Police Arrest Men For Spreading Popcorn Time Information

Police in Denmark have arrested the alleged operators of two Popcorn Time guide websites. The domains of both operations have also been seized by the authorities. The case is controversial in that both sites were Popcorn Time information resources and neither linked to copyright-infringing material.

U.S. Government Grabbed Dotcom’s Millions “As a Last Resort”

The U.S. Government has informed the Court of Appeals that the civil forfeiture case against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom was launched as a last resort. The authorities feared that Dotcom and his colleagues would regain possession of the millions in seized assets and argue that they are properly labeled as…

Universal Music and Kim Dotcom Prepared a Deal to Tax Google

A recording of Kim Dotcom and several Universal Music executives captured two days before the Megaupload raids has revealed the label planning to do a deal with the entrepreneur. Amid discussion of 'taxing' Google by diverting its ad revenue to the label, the execs offered to downgrade Dotcom from "evil"…