Flood of Abusive Piracy Notices Crashed Verizon’s Mail Server

Verizon is taking a stand against the millions of invalid DMCA notices it receives for allegedly pirating subscribers. At one point the ISP received two million piracy warnings in one day from anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, which effectively crashed one of Verizon's mail servers.

Pirate Bay & KickassTorrents Uploader Stung For €7,500

Another uploader to torrent sites including The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents has agreed to pay a cash settlement to Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN. After other members of his group were identified the man apparently stopped uploading torrents and lay low, but that didn't stop BREIN from catching up with him.

Elsevier Complaint Shuts Down Sci-Hub Domain Name

Sci-Hub is facing millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. As a result of the legal battle the site just lost one of its latest domain names. However, the site has no intentions of backing down, and will continue its…

Popcorn Time Could End Up on New Set-Top Boxes, Lawmakers Warn

Promises by the FCC to open up the set-top box market had the MPAA spooked last month, with warnings that pirate sites would take advantage of a more open format. Now lawmakers appear to be taking notice, with leaders of the House Judiciary Committee warning that Popcorn Time or worse…

Pirate Bay Founder Aims to Disrupt Online Advertising Industry

After disrupting the entertainment industry with The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde now hopes to do the same with the advertisement business. Today, Sunde's micropayment service Flattr teamed up with Adblock Plus, offering publishers a way to get paid without having to show annoying ads.

KickassTorrents Must Be Blocked in Finland, Court Rules

KickassTorrents, the world's most popular torrent index, will soon become more difficult to access in Finland. An order handed down by a specialist court following a 2015 change in the law now compels the country's seven largest ISPs to block the site. Limitations on the instruction has left rightsholders disappointed,…

National Assembly ‘Kills’ French Three-Strikes Anti Piracy Law

The French three-strikes anti-piracy law "Hadopi" is heralded by copyright holders as an effective way to curb piracy. However, in France the legislation has often been criticized and in a surprise move against the will of the Government, the National Assembly has now voted to dismantle it in a few…

Swedish Police Want to Block The Pirate Bay & Seize Domains

Sweden's national coordinator for IP enforcement has advised the government that sites like The Pirate Bay should be blocked by ISPs without need for lengthy court battles. Furthermore, since their domains are effectively tools for committing crimes, they should be seized while preliminary investigations are underway.

Prince Fights Piracy From Beyond the Grave

Prince may have gone forever but his music lives on, selling millions of copies in the days after his death. However, to ensure that life for those unwilling to pay isn't being made too easy, Google has been receiving thousands of requests to remove links to pirate Prince songs, takedowns…

Pirate Bay Gets a ‘Massive’ $9 in Donations, Per Day

When The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites started accepting Bitcoin donations a few years ago, copyright holders voiced concerns about this new 'unseizable' revenue stream. Thus far, this fear seems unwarranted with TPB raking in an average of $9 per day in Bitcoin donations over the past year. While…