MPAA: Almost 70% of 38 Million Kodi Users Are Pirates

During a panel discussion hosted by the Copyright Alliance this week, the MPAA's Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs had a few choice words about Kodi. Noting that the platform itself is legally used by around 12 million users, a further 26 million configure the media player with piracy addons.

Book Author Trolled Pirates With Fake Leak to Make a Point


Best selling author Maggie Stiefvater, known for The Raven Cycle books, is taking a stand against online piracy. Responding to people who claim that piracy doesn't hurt sales, the author shared a personal experience showing the opposite. When The Raven King was released last year she flooded the Internet with fake pirated copies, triggering an interesting response.

Osama Bin Laden Compound Was a Piracy Hotbed, CIA Reveals


This week the CIA released an additional 470,000 files that were found at Osama Bin Laden's former Abbottabad compound. Among this treasure trove of information are hundreds of copyright-infringing files, including games, movies, TV shows, software, anime and more.

Kim Dotcom Wins Settlement Over Military-Style Police Raid


Kim Dotcom and former wife Mona have reached a settlement with police over the heavy-handed raid on their home in 2012. The exact amount is confidential but is believed to run into at least six figures, amounts that have also been paid to other Dotcom associates including Bram van der Kolk and Mathias Ortmann.

Hollywood Keeps Screener Piracy ‘Alive’ by Mailing 70,000 Discs a Year


Every year movie studios send out tens of thousands of DVD and Blu-ray discs to awards voters. Although it's much cheaper and safer to use digital screeners which can only be watched online, the studios keep the physical discs in rotation fearing that voters won't watch them otherwise. By doing so, they also keep screener piracy alive.

Kim Dotcom Asks Court For $829K to Fund Family Expenses


When Kim Dotcom was raided in 2012, US$42.5m of assets were seized in Hong Kong. A report detailing a new court hearing has revealed that the Megaupload founder is requesting access to NZ$1.2m (US$829,400) of that pool, to fund everything from rent to car maintenance and family holidays.

IPTV Piracy Generates More Internet Traffic Than Torrents


Piracy comes in many shapes and sizes, including unlicensed IPTV subscriptions that offer cheap access to live sports and premium TV channels. While this sort of piracy doesn't regularly make headlines it's quite substantial. New data reveals the traffic generated by these services is massive, much larger than torrent traffic, for example.