Pirate Sites Decrease in Numbers, Increase in Strength

The main lawyer and public face of Pirate Bay nemesis Rights Alliance says that the file-sharing landscape in Sweden has shifted. Henrik Pontén says that while down significantly in numbers, the remaining pirates sites have become more professional, explicitly commercial, while earning "a lot of money".

Piracy Can Boost Digital Music Sales, Research Shows

A new academic paper published by the Economics Department of Queen's University examines the link between BitTorrent downloads and music album sales. The study shows that depending on the circumstances, piracy can hurt sales or give it a boost through free promotion.

UK Gov Opens Consultation on Netflix-Style Geo-Blocking

The UK government has launched a public consultation on the EU's proposals to ban Netflix-style geo-blocking. The government says it wants its citizens to be able to access legally purchased content wherever they travel in the European Union and is now seeking input from copyright owners, ISPs and consumers.

Netflix Wants to Be a Great Carrot For ‘Real’ Pirates

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has responded to the recent backlash over the company's VPN crackdown. Netflix doesn't expect the measures to have any impact revenue wise and says that it wants to be a carrot for 'real' online pirates instead. Recent numbers suggest that the company is on the right…

Pirate Site Trial in Norway Ends in Record Sentence

Despite Norway eliminating music piracy with quality legal offerings, last year several movies studios decided to renew their anti-piracy efforts by raiding the first video portal in years. The case went to trial and the decision has just been handed down. While not as harsh as Warner, Universal and Disney…

All Major Oscar Contenders Leaked on Pirate Sites

Last week the 2016 Oscar nominees were announced, an event that inspired many people to check out the contenders. This increased interest is noticeable in legal channels and on various pirate sites, where all of the 37 Oscar contenders we checked are readily available.

Vladimir Putin’s Internet Adviser Owns a Torrent Site

The man appointed last week as Vladimir Putin's key adviser on Internet related affairs recommended that copyright holders should stop being so demanding on piracy until the local economic situation improves. Surprisingly, it now transpires that Herman Klimenko has a secret life as the owner of a torrent site offering…

VPN Providers Condemn Netflix Blocking Crackdown

VPN providers have unanimously condemned Netflix's crackdown on subscribers who use so-called unblocking services. Several VPN companies have announced counter-measures, while others raise the issue of Net Neutrality, suggesting that there are better ways to tackle abuse.

Court Grants Free Legal Assistance to Accused Movie Pirates

With up to $150,000 in damages available to plaintiffs in copyright infringement cases involving just a single movie, being a defendant can be a scary prospect. However, a judge in the United States has just thrown a small but significant lifeline to a number of assumed pirates, by granting them…

Movie Outfits Flag MPAA’s Search Engine as a Pirate Site

The MPAA has repeatedly urged Google to get tougher on copyright infringement, but recently it learned that anti-piracy efforts also have a downside. Several pages from the MPAA's search engine for movies and TV-shows "WhereToWatch" have been removed from Google's search results, following inaccurate takedown requests from movie companies.