Kodi Wants to Beat Piracy With Legal Content and DRM


The group behind the popular Kodi software is not happy that their media player is often linked to piracy. Copyright holders would like Kodi to block certain pirate add-ons, but the team doesn't believe that would be effective. Instead, they're inviting rightsholders to join their platform and are considering the addition of DRM to make that easier.

Magnetico: A Personal Torrent Search Engine That Can’t Be Shut Down


The centralized nature of torrent sites means that they're always vulnerable to being shut down. However, a new project called Magnetico aims to solve that problem by crawling BitTorrent's Distributed Hash Table and generating an index on a machine controlled by the user. This week, TF caught up with its creator.

Court Extends Hold on Megaupload’s MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits


A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload's request to place the cases filed by the RIAA and MPAA on hold for another six months. The lawsuits have been frozen for several months now, as the parties are waiting for progress in the criminal case against the defunct file-sharing service.

Court Orders PayPal to Identify Pirate Site Owner


PayPal must hand over the personal details of a pirate site operator to Sony Music, a German court has ruled. The Hamburg-based law firm Rasch sees the decision as a major victory, one that makes it easier for rightsholders to expose pirates and hold them accountable through their payment providers.

The Pirate Bay’s Swedish Domain is Listed For Sale

In a surprise move, The Pirate Bay's iconic Swedish domain name has been listed for sale. Those interested in ThePirateBay.se can enter the bidding with just $90. However, with a looming Supreme Court case over control of the domain still a possibility, will anyone seek ownership?

Large IPTV Piracy Ring Shut Down by Spanish Police and Europol

Police in Spain have shut down a large IPTV piracy operation with help from Europol and Bulgarian authorities. The group was operating through two legitimate ISPs in Spain and Bulgaria, which were allegedly set up to facilitate the illegal offering. Eight people have been arrested in connection with the piracy ring.