‘Tor and Bitcoin Hinder Anti-Piracy Efforts’

A new report published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office identifies a wide range of 'business models' that are used by pirate sites. The organization, which announced a new collaboration with Europol this week, signals Bitcoin and the Tor network as two key threats to ongoing anti-piracy efforts.

VKontakte & Universal Music Close to Anti-Piracy Deal

Social networking giant vKontakte is reportedly close to doing a licensing deal with Universal Music. 'Russia's Facebook' has been embroiled in legal action with the label after failing to tackle rampant piracy on its platform, but according to insiders the companies are now close to settling their differences.

Nintendo Cracks Down on Pokémon Go ‘Piracy’

Millions of people around the world are totally caught up in the Pokémon Go craze. Interestingly, many of these are playing "pirated" copies of the game. Nintendo is now trying to address this issue by sending takedown requests, hoping to make at least make some pirate sources harder to find.…

Expanding Pirate Site Blocks Spark Censorship Fears

A Norwegian court has ordered ISPs to block subscriber access to eight pirate streaming sites, including WatchSeries, TUBE+, and CouchTuner. The new blockades are welcomed by Hollywood's major studios, but the local Pirate Party fears a slippery blocking-slope leading to overbroad censorship.

Google Ends Lawsuit Against Mississippi AG Over Piracy Practices

Google has dropped its lawsuit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. The search giant had been attempting to defend itself against an investigation into its anti-piracy practices but according to court papers filed Wednesday, some kind of collaboration is now on the agenda.

Google: Punishing Pirate Sites in Search Results Works

Google released an updated overview of its anti-piracy efforts today. The company notes that many pirate sites have lost the vast majority of their search traffic due to its downranking efforts. However, Google stresses that it won't remove entire domain names from its search results, as this could lead to…

UK Forbids Gambling Services From Advertising on Pirate Sites

The regulatory body responsible for keeping gambling clean in the UK has announced a new licensing condition for operators. Following a consultation with stakeholders, licensees will be required to prevent their advertisements appearing on sites that provide unauthorized access to copyrighted content.

Sky Wins ‘Pirate’ Domain Name Dispute, Forgets to Take it Down

British broadcasting giant Sky has won a WIPO domain name dispute against a pirate site that was streaming their content without permission. WIPO's arbitration commission handed over the skysportslive.tv domain to Sky a few weeks ago. However, even under Sky's ownership it still links to pirated streams.

VPN Provider PIA Exits Russia After Server Seizures

Private Internet Access is informing users that some of its servers in Russia may have been seized by the authorities. The company believes that it may have been targeted due to its strict no-logging policy, something which puts it at odds with Russian data-retention rules.

Romanian Govt. Seizes Leading Pirate Site Domain

Romania, the country with Europe's fastest average Internet connection speeds, has stepped up its piracy crackdown. The Ministry of Justice says it has seized the domain of one of the country's most popular movie and TV show streaming sites as part of a criminal investigation.

BTDigg Shut Down Due to Torrent Spam, For Now

Popular torrent search engine BTDigg is showing signs of life after weeks of downtime. The site, which discovers new files through BitTorrent's Distributed Hash Table (DHT), blames spam torrents for the sudden shutdown. The site's operators will consider a comeback if they can find a way to deal with the…