Most Millennials Regularly Stream Pirated Content, Survey Finds

More than half of all North American millennials regularly use pirate streaming services to watch TV-shows or movies, a new survey shows. While legal streaming is preferred, pirate sources are more popular than traditional TV, DVDs or Blu-Rays. Interestingly, only a tiny fraction of the respondents feel guilty about using…

Uploaded.net Terminates Accounts of Persistent Pirates

Popular file-hosting service Uploaded.net terminated the accounts of many users this week, citing frequent copyright infringements. The account holders in question, many of which used the site to generate revenue, are no longer able to share their files and are actively looking for alternatives.

It’s “National Get a VPN Day” in Australia

Australia's mandatory data retention scheme comes into effect today, with telecoms providers expected to retain and store their customers' Internet usage metadata. In response, privacy group Digital Rights Watch has declared this event National Get a VPN Day, vowing to equip citizens with the tools they need to avoid surveillance.

Nagra Targets Pirate Kodi Streaming Addons and IPTV

While reasonably effective satellite and cable TV anti-piracy systems do exist, these are being entirely circumvented by pirate content delivered over the Internet. No surprise then that conditional access companies such as NAGRA are spreading their wings, targeting illegal IPTV and third-party Kodi addons.

WWE Takes Suspected BitTorrent Pirates to Court

WWE Studios Finance has filed a series of lawsuits against alleged downloaders of the movie "Eliminators," which features WWE superstar Wade Barrett. Through so-called "copyright troll" lawsuits, the daughter company of World Wrestling Entertainment hopes to uncover the identities of dozens of BitTorrent pirates to recoup their losses.

Kim Dotcom Takes Fight Over Seized Millions to US Supreme Court

Kim Dotcom has petitioned the US Supreme Court in the hope of regaining control over millions of dollars in assets that were seized by the US Government. Dotcom's legal team is challenging the finding that as a fugitive, Megaupload's founder has no standing to reclaim his seized property.

Portugal Passes Bill to Restrict Use of DRM, Grant Circumvention Right

Portugal's parliament has approved a bill that will restrict how Digital Rights Management is applied to some creative works, including those in the public domain or funded by public entities. Even when DRM is present, citizens will be able to circumvent the protection for education and private copying purposes.

Kodi Wants to Beat Piracy With Legal Content and DRM

The group behind the popular Kodi software is not happy that their media player is often linked to piracy. Copyright holders would like Kodi to block certain pirate add-ons, but the team doesn't believe that would be effective. Instead, they're inviting rightsholders to join their platform and are considering the…

Magnetico: A Personal Torrent Search Engine That Can’t Be Shut Down

The centralized nature of torrent sites means that they're always vulnerable to being shut down. However, a new project called Magnetico aims to solve that problem by crawling BitTorrent's Distributed Hash Table and generating an index on a machine controlled by the user. This week, TF caught up with its…

Court Extends Hold on Megaupload’s MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits

A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload's request to place the cases filed by the RIAA and MPAA on hold for another six months. The lawsuits have been frozen for several months now, as the parties are waiting for progress in the criminal case against the defunct file-sharing service.