Research: Piracy ‘Warnings’ Fail to Boost Box Office Revenues

A new academic study shows that graduated response policies against file-sharers fail to boost box office revenues. The empirical research, which looked at the effects in various countries including the United States, suggests that these anti-piracy measures are not as effective as the movie studios had hoped.

First DVD Screener Leak of 2017 is Denzel Washington’s Fences

The leaked DVD screener drought has been broken with the release of the Denzel Washington movie Fences. The copy carries a Paramount Pictures "For Your Consideration" watermark. With more leaks said to be on the way, the group behind the leak informs TorrentFreak that they prefer not to brag about their achievement.

Cox’s Repeat Infringer Policy Was an Elaborate Sham, BMG Says

Music rights group BMG has filed its response to the $25 million damages appeal of Internet provider Cox Communications. According to BMG there is no reason to overturn the earlier verdict. Among other things, the company stresses that Cox's policy to terminate accounts of repeat infringers was an elaborate sham.

RightsAlliance Forces Ten-Year-Old Site to Delete All Torrents

News

A private tracker that has been plagued with all kinds of legal trouble over a decade has finally succumbed to copyright holder pressure. The Internationals weathered the storm of its owner being arrested four years ago but has just been forced to delete all of its torrents.

Pirates: You Can Click But You Can’t Can Hide

Opinion

In a big publicity campaign targeting all types of media and even paying cinema-goers, in 2004 the MPAA warned torrent users that being anonymous online wasn't possible. You Can Click But You Can't Hide, their famous slogan read. Now, coming up for an unlucky 13 years later, nothing could be further from the truth.