Free Textra SMS App Threatens To Report Android Pirates

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A free Android SMS app that has been downloaded millions of times is spooking people using cracked versions. In a threatening message Textra SMS tells pirate users it has a policy of reporting repeat violators unless they install a legitimate copy in three days. Needless to say, some users are…

RuTracker and Sci-Hub Nominated for Free Knowledge Award

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The Russian Wikimedia chapter has nominated the popular torrent tracker RuTracker and Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan for their annual "Free Knowledge" award. Both sites are praised for their efforts to freely distribute media and scientific publications, although opponents call them out as piracy havens.

Prince’s Death Prompts ‘Awkward’ Piracy Surge

With Prince's unexpected passing the world lost a legend yesterday. The shocking news has dominated the news over the past 24-hours and many people have honored the icon by listening to his music. Ironically, his death also triggered tens of thousands of pirate downloads, one of the things Prince passionately…

Prince Gave a File-Hosting Site a Personal 30 Min Piracy Lecture

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After the sad passing of Prince yesterday, people have been paying tribute to the superstar musician. According to the operator of a file-hosting site that was hosting unauthorized copies of his tracks, Prince once personally called him on his cellphone and gave him a 30 minute talk on the perils…

ISP Vows to Protect Users From a Piracy Witch Hunt

Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof says it will do everything in its power to prevent copyright holders from threatening its subscribers. The provider is responding to a recent case in which a competing ISP was ordered to expose alleged BitTorrent pirates, reportedly without any thorough evidence.

Opera Browser Adds Free and Unlimited VPN

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Opera has become the first major browser to add a free VPN client to its web browser. The VPN offers AES-256 encryption and allows users to browse the Internet privately. In addition, the free VPN also helps to circumvent website blockades, a feature many torrent users will appreciate.

UK Govt Pushes 10 Years Jail For Online Pirates

The UK government has published its conclusions following a consultation into punishments for online copyright infringement offenses. At the earliest opportunity Parliament will be asked to increase custodial sentences up to a maximum of 10 years while ensuring that unwitting pirates are protected.

Kim Dotcom Warns Mega Users to Backup Their Files

Kim Dotcom is warning users of Mega, the cloud storage company he founded in 2013, to back up their files. According to the entrepreneur, Mega is now under the control of Bill Liu, a New Zealand-based Chinese national that is currently fifth on China's most-wanted criminal list.