UK’s Piracy Blocklist Now Exceeds 3,800 URLs


By now, most UK Internet users have gotten used to pirate sites being blocked by their ISPs. Internet providers have been ordered to block a wide variety of torrent, direct download and streaming portals that offer copyright-infringing content. The full list uf URLs, which includes several reverse proxies, has now swelled to more than 3,800 according to one of the ISPs involved.

Kim Dotcom’s Historical Speeding Conviction Still a Deportation Danger


Could a historical speeding conviction see Kim Dotcom kicked out of New Zealand if the case to extradite him to the United States fails? That's the situation faced by the Megaupload founder, as an investigation into how he became a resident in the country after not declaring a traffic offense turns two-and-a-half years old.

Getty Images Slams Google For Seeking Copyright Safe Harbor

The proposed introduction of a 'safe harbor' provision to Australian copyright law is producing yet more conflict today, with Getty Images accusing Google of promoting piracy. The image library says providers like Google "do nothing" to detect or prevent copyright infringement and that safe harbors actually encourage them to turn a blind eye.

Demonoid Returns After Two Months Downtime

After nearly two months of downtime, the semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid resurfaced online this weekend. The site was pulled offline due to hosting problems and had to endure some internal struggles as well, but barring a few bugs, it's now back in action.

Streaming ‘Pirate’ Video is Illegal, High Court Judge Says


When users stream illegal content from an illegal source, rightsholders insist that's copyright infringement. However, the EU Commission notes that it's probably not an offense, a stance recently supported by Trading Standards in the UK. Interestingly a High Court judge has just thrown his hat into the ring, stating it's against the law.

SXSW 2017 on BitTorrent: 7.86 GB of Free Music


The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the largest and most popular in the United States and for the thirteenth year in a row, SXSW is sharing DRM-free tracks of the performing artists. This year's release features 1,201 tracks and can be downloaded for free in one go, with help from "SXSW Torrents."