Desperate Rightscorp Burns Through More Piracy Millions

Piracy monetization company Rightscorp has published its results for Q2 2015 and it's yet another three months of misery for the company. At the same time as paying out just $117K to its copyright holder clients, Rightscorp managed to run up $1.95m in expenses, leaving the company with operating losses…

Fox Targets Free Fitness Workout For Using the Word ‘Avatar’

Twentieth Century Fox has a track record of fiercely protesting its intellectual property. So when a website offering free fitness programs started using names of popular film and TV-series, the company sent a broad takedown request. However, not all claims are legitimate as the 'avatar' program they targeted has no…

Torrent Site Uploaders Agree to Snitch on Colleagues

As part of a settlement with anti-piracy group BREIN, three leaders of a piracy release group have agreed to cease and desist their online activities. In addition to paying a cash amount the trio have also agreed to provide information on other group members. BREIN chief Tim Kuik informs TorrentFreak…

Should Web Browsers Block Copyright Infringing URLs?

Two weeks ago the RIAA wrote a letter to BitTorrent Inc, asking the company to block "infringing" downloads in its popular client uTorrent. While it's technically feasible the request treads on a slippery slope. Will the RIAA ask web browsers to block copyright infringing URLs next?

Piracy Stunt Studio ‘Overwhelmed” By Positive Feedback

A game studio that admitted to uploading a rigged copy of its own game to torrent sites informs TF that the positive feedback has been 'overwhelming'. NoodleCake's special version of Shooting Stars! features an unbeatable boss as a marketing stunt, a move that's a million miles better than the anti-piracy…

BitTorrent Can Be Exploited for DoS Attacks, Research Warns

New research shows that BitTorrent clients and BitTorrent Sync can can be exploited for Denial of Service attacks. With the help of the popular file-sharing protocol an attacker can reflect and amplify traffic through fellow file-sharers, boosting the original bandwidth 120 times.

Legal Scholars Warn Against 10 Year Prison for Online Pirates

Legal experts and activists are protesting a UK Government proposal to increase the maximum jail term for online piracy from two to ten years. The proposed extension is disproportionate, ineffective and puts casual file-sharers at risk of long jail sentences, they argue.

Hosting Company Wants to Wipe 1,103 Megaupload Servers

Millions of users lost access to their personal files when Megaupload was raided and soon this data loss may be permanent. Carpathia Hosting's new parent company has asked the court's permission to wipe the servers clean, arguing that it should not bear the high financial costs. Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom…

Dallas Buyers Club Ruling Devastates Copyright Trolling Down Under

The U.S. studio behind the movie Dallas Buyers Club (DBC) has been handed a devastating blow in Australia. The company wanted to 'fine' downloaders many thousands of dollars each but the Federal Court has seen through the scheme and has refused to hand over alleged pirates' identities unless DBC pays…

CNN & CBC Sued For Pirating 31 Second YouTube Video

CNN and Canada's CBC are being sued after the pair allegedly ripped a 31 second video from YouTube and used it in their broadcasts without a license. In addition to claims of copyright infringement, the media giants face allegations that they breached the anti-circumvention measures of the DMCA.

Adult Movie Outfit is Most Litigious Copyright Plaintiff in U.S.

A report crunching more than six years of copyright lawsuits filed in the U.S. has revealed that porn troll Malibu Media is the country's most litigious plaintiff. The company, which demands thousands of dollars from individual file-sharers, filed 4,332 lawsuits since January 2009, fifteen times more than its nearest rival.…