Really? Buy a Pirate TV Box, Get a Free Cruise?


The outfit behind an illicit streaming device is taking 'pirate' advertising to new levels. Claiming endorsements from Christina Millian and YouTube star Jordyn Jones, 'Z Stream Box' has commissioned a full infomercial in which the company promises buyers free TV and a free luxury cruise.

Scene Group Asks For Bitcoin Donations, Gets $0


The Scene is generally known as a network of 'pirate' release groups mostly interested in sharing content among each other. In these circles money is rarely discussed, but one relatively new group has broken this taboo with a call for Bitcoin donations. Thus far the result is rather disappointing.

ICANN: We Won’t Pass Judgment on Pirate Sites

Following more pressure from rightsholders, domain name oversight body ICANN has again made it clear that it will not act as judge and jury in copyright disputes. In a letter to the president of the Intellectual Property Constituency, ICANN chief Stephen Crocker says that ICANN is neither "required or qualified" to pass judgment in such cases.

BitTorrent Protocol Turns 15 Years Old Today


Fifteen years ago a developer named Bram Cohen posted a short message online, announcing his new file-sharing tool BitTorrent. Three years later his protocol was responsible for a quarter of all Internet traffic, and now it helps people to share hundreds of petabytes of data per day.

KickassTorrents Removed More Than 1 Million Torrents


KickassTorrents, one most popular sites on the entire web, offers access to millions of torrents. Users add several thousands of new files to the site every day, but not all of those survive. In fact, over the past few years the site has removed more than a million torrents to comply with rightsholders' takedown requests.