The so-called 'copyright-trolling' piracy lawsuits in Finland have claimed their first victim in court. Despite operating an open Wi-Fi network, a man has been ordered to pay more than 32,000 euros in damages and costs for sharing ten episodes of the TV show "Black Sails" and a movie.
Blizzard Entertainment is suing Bossland, the maker of the popular Overwatch cheat tool "Watchover Tyrant" and several other game cheats. Among other things, the developer accuses the German company of various forms of copyright infringement and unfair competition.
Researchers at Western Sydney University and King's College London have published a paper comparing various 'pirate' blocking mechanisms around the world. While all have shortcomings, the regime in the UK is highlighted as being open to potential future abuse.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘'Independence Day: Resurgence'. 'Finding Dory' completes the top three.
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.
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.
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"…
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.