Piracy Brings a New Young Audience to Def Leppard, Guitarist Says

While many artists have stepped up to demonize piracy over the years, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell prefers to see the upside. Describing the effects as "fantastic", Campbell says there's a whole new audience coming to the band's shows, bringing fresh energy to the performance. But how much of this…

Font Maker Sues Universal Music Over ‘Pirated’ The Vamps Logo

Universal Music Group is being sued by HypeForType, which accuses the record label of using 'pirated' copies of its fonts for the logo of The Vamps. The font is widely used for artwork, promotion material and merchandising of the popular British band, and the font creator is looking for a…

Dutch Film Distributor to Target BitTorrent Users For Cash ‘Fines’

Netherlands-based movie distributor Dutch Filmworks is set to target Internet users who download and share copyrighted content using BitTorrent. Details of the plan have been made public by the Dutch Data Protection Authority, which needs to be formally advised in order for the data collection to go ahead. Users found…

TVAddons Returns, But in Ugly War With Canadian Telcos Over Kodi Addons

Bell Canada, TVA, Videotron, and Rogers are collectively suing Kodi addon repository TVAddons, TorrentFreak can reveal. The lawsuit targets TVAddons' operator for the alleged unlawful distribution of Kodi software addons. It's fair to say that thus far, this process has revealed some of the most shocking abuses of power ever…

HBO Got Hacked, Game of Thrones Spoilers Surface Online

Hackers have stolen proprietary information from the media giant HBO. The leak includes a confidential outline for the fourth episode of the current Game of Thrones season, and episodes of Ballers, Barry, Insecure, and Room 104 are among the loot. The Game of Thrones leak doesn't include the full episode,…

BitTorrent Users Form The World’s Largest Criminal Enterprise, Lawyer Says

When someone uses a BitTorrent client to download content, it might seem like a small and insignificant act. However, according to a law firm trying to extract payment from five alleged infringers, every single one is engaged in the largest criminal enterprise ever witnessed on planet earth, one that threatens…

RIAA: Hip-Hop Mixtape Site Has No DMCA Safe Harbor

Spinrilla, a popular hip-hop mixtape site and app, is defending itself against a piracy lawsuit filed by several RIAA labels. The company argued that the DMCA's "safe harbor" shields it from infringing files that were uploaded by its users. However, the RIAA points out that Spinrilla doesn't have the required…

Russia Bans ‘Uncensored’ VPNs, Proxies and Tor

A new bill, just signed into law by President Putin, requires proxies, VPNs, Tor and other anonymizing services to prohibit access to blocked domains. If these services fail to comply, they will be blocked themselves. Search engines also face sanctions for linking to banned sites.

Time-lapse Visualizes Game of Thrones Piracy Around The Globe

Game of Thrones is heavily pirated throughout the world, that's not a secret. But what does this torrent-piracy rush hour look like when visualized on a world map? Thanks to the alpha60 project we get an answer, as well as various other insights into this unofficial viewership.

Now Kodi ‘Navi-X’ Domains Get Signed Over to Law Firm

Last week several domains previously operated by Kodi addon repository TVAddons were transferred to a Canadian law firm. This week the action continued, with domains previously connected to the now-defunct Kodi addon Navi-X suffering the same fate. Meanwhile, more TVAddon domains have been placed in the law firm's hands.