YouTube-MP3 Settles With RIAA, Site Will Shut Down

YouTube-MP3, the world's leading YouTube ripping site, has agreed to shut down indefinitely and hand over its domain to the RIAA. A private settlement agreement, including an undisclosed payment, will end the copyright infringement lawsuit which was filed by several major record labels last year.

Pirate Sites and the Dying Art of Customer Service


With many pirate sites developing reputations for instability recently, there's an increasing need among users for more information about problems and downtime. However, the trend is the opposite, with users left guessing about site outages while communication channels stay silent. But really - are pirates in any position to demand high-quality customer service?

Director of Kim Dotcom Documentary Speaks Out on Piracy


Last week the documentary "Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web" was released to the public. While sales are going well, it was inevitable that the film would be widely shared among pirates too. Today we catch up with director Annie Goldson to hear her thoughts on piracy and how the movie industry should respond.

How Much Does ‘Free’ Premier League Piracy Cost These Days?


The Premier League is engaged in pioneering action to cut down on the availability of pirated matches in the UK. This will inevitably drive up the complexity of obtaining high-quality pirate streams for free and increase costs for premium feeds. Today, TF takes a look at several common 'pirate' setups to see how much people are currently handing over to get 'free' streams.

‘Pirate’ Site Uses DMCA to Remove Pirated Copy from Github


Soccer Streams is widely known to provide links to pirated sports streams and is no stranger when it comes to receiving DMCA takedown requests. However, the site doesn't shy away from sending their own either. The site recently asked GitHub to remove a repository because it published their code without permission.

Search Engines Will Open Systems to Prove Piracy & VPN Blocking

Leading Russian search engines have met with local telecoms watchdog Rozcomnadzor to work out how the services will stop pirate sites, mirrors, VPNs, and other anonymization tools from appearing in search results. Search engines will now receive lists of banned resources automatically and will mesh their IT systems with the government's so the latter can ascertain compliance.