Tax Authority Grilled VLC Player Over Link From a Torrent Site

With more than two billion downloads, VLC is one of the most popular media players around. The open source tool can play virtually every video file available and comes recommended by many, including some pirate sites. The latter has drawn the attention of France's Tax Investigation Branch, which suggested that…

Denuvo Piracy Crisis as Resident Evil 7 Gets Cracked in Record Time

After just five days on the market, the Denuvo-protected PC version of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has already appeared on pirate sites. Denuvo usually offers months of protection, so this is not only a record defeat but a landmark moment for the world's most famous anti-piracy technology.

BREIN Shuts Down ‘Pirate Cinema’ on Facebook

Anti-piracy group BREIN has shut down a popular Facebook page that acted as an online movie theater, live-streaming popular movies to tens of thousands of followers. The page in question was operated by a Dutch man who, faced with an ex parte court order, agreed to a €7,500 settlement.

BitChute is a BitTorrent-Powered YouTube Alternative

YouTube is without doubt one of the Internet's best platforms, but it does have its weaknesses, particularly when it comes to monetizing controversial content. Using BitTorrent under the hood to avoid expensive bandwidth bills, could the recently launched BitChute become a viable alternative?

‘Nerd Judge’ Questions Evidence in KickassTorrents Case

The legal team of alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin is trying to have the criminal case against him dismissed in the US. District Court Judge John Z. Lee has scheduled an oral hearing for next week to discuss the request, and he recently questioned whether the US Government's evidence is…

The US ‘Six Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Scheme is Dead

The "six-strikes" Copyright Alert System is no more. In a brief announcement, MPAA, RIAA, and several major US ISPs said that the effort to educate online pirates has stopped. It's unclear why the parties ended their voluntary agreement, but the lack of progress reports in recent years indicates that it…

ISPs Don’t Have Blanket Immunity From Piracy, BMG Says

Music rights group BMG has asked a New York federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Internet provider RCN. The ISP requested a declaratory judgment on their potential liability for pirating subscribers. However, according to the music group, ISPs don't have "blanket immunity" against secondary infringement claims.

‘Pirate’ Kodi Box Seller Enters “Not Guilty” Plea in Landmark Case

The man at the center of a landmark case involving the supply of "fully-loaded" Kodi boxes pleaded not guilty this morning. Middlesbrough shopkeeper Brian Thompson admits selling modified set-top boxes but denies that they were primarily designed to "facilitate the circumvention of effective technological measures."

DailyMotion Permanently Blocked in Russia After Copyright Complaints

Video-hosting platform DailyMotion has been permanently blocked in Russia . The platform, owned by French company Vivendi, was ordered to be blocked by the Moscow City Court after repeated allegations of copyright infringement were not adequately addressed by the company.

Demonoid Suffers Extended Downtime Due to Hosting Issue (Update)

The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has been offline for more than two days due to an unforeseen hosting problem. The site's operators planned to move the site to a new location earlier this week but hit a roadblock. While the site could remain offline for a few more days, the…