Torrentz Shuts Down, Largest Torrent Meta-Search Engine Says Farewell, one of the world's largest torrent sites, has announced "farewell" to its millions of users. The meta-search engine, which hosted no torrents of its own but linked to other sites including The Pirate Bay, has decided to cease its operation. The surprise shutdown marks the end of an era.

MPAA Anti-Piracy Cutbacks Lead to “Bullying” Lawsuit

The ASA, formerly known as the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, is being sued by its former managing director for discrimination and bullying. A decision by the MPAA to reduce funding to the group led to Mark Day, a former MPA legal counsel, being dismissed while he was on sick…

BREIN Settles With Prolific Usenet Uploader for €15,000

Acting on behalf various copyright holders, anti-piracy group BREIN has signed a €15,000 settlement with a prolific Usenet uploader. The man, who uploaded over 18,000 music releases, informed fellow Usenet users that he's out of the game. BREIN, meanwhile, says it will continue its quest against uploaders of copyrighted material.

Report: Operating Systems Should Actively Block Pirated Downloads

Apple, Google and Microsoft, are in an ideal position to deter piracy, according to a new report published by Black Market Watch and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. The controversial report opts for voluntary or mandatory blocking of pirated content on the operating system level.

Atlantic Records Subpoenas Reddit to Identify Music Leaker

Atlantic Records has asked a New York judge to help reveal the identity of an individual who leaked an unreleased track to Reddit. Following a late June launch, Heathens, a track by Twenty One Pilots, was scheduled to appear on "Suicide Squad: The Album" this week. However, a Reddit user…

KAT Shutdown Aftermath: iTorrents Aims to Replace Torcache

The shutdown of KickassTorrents had a pronounced impact on the torrent ecosystem. Not only did one of the largest torrent indexers disappear, the popular torrent storage cache Torcache also vanished overnight. As a result, several sites were left without a good torrent repository, a gap hopes to fill.

Court Rules Whole Site Blocking Justifiable in Piracy Fight

Forcing ISPs to block entire websites to tackle Internet piracy is justifiable, a court in India has ruled. The decision by the Delhi High Court means that copyright holders will not have to target specific URLs when attempting to stop infringement on sites that are involved in widespread piracy.

ISP: We’re Not The Internet Piracy Police

Copyright holders in Sweden are pushing for tougher measures against online piracy, claiming that Internet providers generate hundreds of millions in profit from infringement. Local ISP Bahnhof rejects the claims as "pure nonsense" and says that they are not going to adopt the role of piracy police.

Europe Has The Highest Online Piracy Rates, By Far

An in-depth analysis of billions of worldwide visits to torrent, streaming and download sites has revealed that Europe is a hotbed for piracy. The piracy rate is the highest in Latvia, where nearly half of the population visits pirate sites, and the entire global top ten is made up of…

Getty Images Bites Back in $1 Billion Copyright Dispute

Last week Carol Highsmith filed a copyright complaint against Getty Images after an agent threatened the photographer for using her own photograph without their permission. Now Getty is fighting back, warning that it will defend itself vigorously if the dispute can't be settled.

Peter Sunde’s Pirate Innovation Dream Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

This week, Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde reiterated his belief that the pirate scene and its sites will need to innovate and collaborate to stay alive. Intrigued, TF spoke with several players in the torrent scene to see if something like this might emerge sometime soon. The upshot: don't hold…