TorrentFreak Gets Its First YouTube Copyright Claim, And It’s Bull….

After having covered many YouTube copyright and Content-ID horrors stories, we can now share a personal experience. A few days ago we uploaded the archive of old TorrentFreak TV episodes to YouTube and within hours we received our very first copyright claim. Ironically, it's from a friend of the site…

Researcher Finds Critical Vulnerabilities in Hollywood Screener System

A prominent security researcher has discovered serious vulnerabilities in a system that allows awards voters to watch the latest movie screeners online. Chris Vickery, who previously gained access to the 'World-Check' terror, crime and sanctions database, informed TF of his discovery last month after an unsecured database was left open…

395,000 uTorrent Forum Accounts Put Up For Sale By Hackers

In June, it was revealed that uTorrent's forums had been hacked, putting at risk the personal details of hundreds of thousands of users. Now it being reported that the database has been put up for sale on a darknet marketplace. The package is said to contain almost 395,000 accounts but…

EU Court: Not-For-Profit Hyperlinking Usually Not Copyright Infringement

A ruling from the European Court of Justice has clarified when the posting of hyperlinks to infringing works is to be considered a 'communication to the public'. Those who post links to content they do not know is infringing in a non-commercial environment can relax, but for those doing so…

ISP Deletes IP-address Logs to Fend Off Piracy “Extortion Letters”

Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof continues to fight against copyright holders that target alleged file-sharers. The company explains that it has setup its logging policies in such as way that it can refuse requests for IP-address information from so-called copyright trolls, suggesting that other ISPs should follow suit.

Megaupload: Court Copy-Pasted U.S. Lawyers, Made Glaring Errors

A New Zealand District Court made several major errors when it decided to grant the extradition of Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload colleagues, Dotcom's lawyer said today. Noting that the judge copy-pasted extensively from lawyers working for the U.S. Government, he argues that there is absolutely no legal ground to…

Anti-Piracy Groups Petition Clinton & Trump for Tough Copyright Laws

Two leading anti-piracy groups have penned an open letter and Change.org petition calling on Clinton and Trump to adopt a tough approach to copyright law. Copyright Alliance and CreativeFuture, which count dozens of major studios and record labels among their members, say that protecting content is vital, no matter which…

Pirates Plunder 4K Hateful Eight, But Did They Crack DCP?

While there's still no sign of a consumer disc release it appears that a 4K version of Tarantino's Hateful Eight has just been leaked online. The big question now is did pirates achieve this with capture technology or are we witnessing a proper Digital Cinema Package crack as they're currently…

Scary Torrent Site Blocking Message Has to Change, Judge Rules

The High Court of Bombay has clarified that simply viewing a pirated file won't land people in jail. This question was raised after a blocking message shown by many Indian ISPs made this claim. The court ordered ISPs to show an updated message. In addition, providers should consider an ombudsman…

Devs Rename Game to ‘DMCA’s Sky’ Following Nintendo Legal Threats

As Nintendo continues to rid the world of fan-made games which dare to mention the company's characters, one dev team has bitten back. Rather than completely back down, the people behind No Mario's Sky have rebranded their platformer as DMCA's Sky. Sadly, that couldn't stop it being withdrawn from triannual…

Swedish ISP Attacks Copyright Trolls, Over Trademark Infringement

Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof is launching a direct attack against Spridningskollen, the group that's spearheading the copyright trolling efforts in Sweden. Bahnhof accuses the anti-piracy outfit of trademark infringement and demands the shutdown of its website.