Google & Apple Order Telegram to Nuke Channel Over Taylor Swift Piracy

Popular instant messaging service Telegram has for the first time blocked access to an entire channel following pressure from Google and Apple. It's understood that following complaints from Universal Music, that the channel was offering illegal downloads of the Taylor Swift album Reputation, the companies ordered Telegram to take action.

Sci-Hub Loses Domain Names, But Remains Resilient

Sci-Hub, often referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," lost three of its domain names this week. The suspensions are likely the result of the lost court case against the American Chemical Society. Despite the setback, Sci-Hub remains resilient, pointing out that there are other ways to access the…

Game of Thrones Leaks “Carried Out By Former Iranian Military Hacker”

A man who leaked confidential Game of Thrones information and unaired HBO shows has been charged by the Department of Justice. Behzad Mesri, an Iranian national, is said to have demanded $6 million in Bitcoin from HBO. US authorities are warning that while he's currently at large, for Mesri "winter…

Google Wipes 786 Pirate Sites From Search Results

Google and several leading Russian search engines have completely wiped 786 'pirate' sites from their search results. That's according to telecoms watch Rozcomnadzor, which reports that the search providers delisted the sites after ISPs were ordered by a Moscow court to permanently block them.

170 ‘Pirate’ IPTV Vendors Throw in the Towel Facing Legal Pressure

Backed by two recent rulings from the European Court of Justice, anti-piracy group BREIN has pressured dozens of vendors of copyright-infringing IPTV services to halt their sales. Those who still fail to comply risk tens of thousands of euros in fines and potential prison sentences, the group warns.

UK Government Publishes Advice on ‘Illicit Streaming Devices’

The UK's Intellectual Property Office has today published advice on so-called 'Illicit Streaming Devices'. Noting the importance of ensuring that copyright holders get paid, the IPO warns that 'Kodi boxes' and 'Android TV boxes' present a threat to child welfare while presenting an electrical safety hazard to the public. If…

Kodi Addon Dev Says “Show of Force” Will Be Met With Defiance

Cease-and-desist letters, hand-delivered this week to several Kodi developers by the world's most powerful entertainment companies, were designed to intimidate. That's the belief of an as-yet-untouched Kodi dev who informs TF that while many people in the scene are simple "one man bands", most won't be intimidated by these multi-billion…

Danes Deploy ‘Disruption Machine’ to Curb Online Piracy

Danish anti-piracy group RettighedsAlliancen is taking a scattered approach to combat piracy. The piracy 'disruption machine,' as they call it, distributes a list of hundreds of pirate sites to ISPs, ad-brokers, search engines, payment processors and other intermediaries, who all expected to take action in response. In the future, this…

Original Torrentz Domain Names Listed For Sale

After serving as the most used torrent meta-search engine for more than a decade, Torrentz shut down last year. The reason behind the sudden shutdown decision remains unclear but it appears that the owner is moving on for good as the site's domain names are now listed for sale.

“The Commercial Usenet Stinks on All Sides,” Anti-Piracy Boss Says

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has responded to last week's Usenet related raids. The Hollywood-backed group describes Usenet as a refuge for pirates of all ilks, with uploaders, site owners and resellers working in tandem to facilitate copyright infringement. "It's stinking on all sides," Kuik says.