Indian Piracy Blocks Scare Torrent Users With 3-Year Prison Sentence


Blocking torrent portals and other pirate sites is nothing new in India, but a recently updated blocking message is causing panic among torrenters. According to a new blocking notification, torrent users face a prison sentence up to three years and a hefty fine if they continue downloading copyright infringing content.

Fail: Anti-Piracy Outfits Send Takedown Request For Non-Existent Torrents

HBO, Paramount Pictures and other copyright holders are sending takedown notices for torrent links that have never existed. The notices accuse sites of distributing recent movies and TV-shows. However, the services in question have been down for a year, showing that anti-piracy groups automatically generate links based on hashes without any verification.

How Legitimate Content Killed an “Ethical” Torrent Site


In the early days of P2P, saving money on media was a key motivator for people to pirate online. But now, with the market beginning to mature, it is the timely availability of content in convenient formats that has the ability to tackle the piracy issue. For one iconic torrent site, availability of legitimate content was to prove fatal.

Dallas Buyers Club Lawyer Calls Out “Copyleft” TorrentFreak


In an attempt to uncover various BitTorrent pirates, Dallas Buyers Club attorney James Davis asked a California District Court for permission to interrogate Internet subscribers whose connections were used to pirate the film. In his request the lawyer warns against an aggressive "BitTorrent defense bar," which apparently uses the Pirate Party and TorrentFreak to push a dangerous copyleft agenda.

Google Saves Anthropoid Movie From Anti-Piracy Meltdown

World War II thriller Anthropoid was released in the United States last week and as usual, an anti-piracy outfit has been busy taking down 'pirate' links from Google. However, that's proven somewhat problematic, since the movie hasn't even been leaked yet. Sadly, this initial screw-up is just the tip of the iceberg.