Universal Music and Kim Dotcom Prepared a Deal to Tax Google

A recording of Kim Dotcom and several Universal Music executives captured two days before the Megaupload raids has revealed the label planning to do a deal with the entrepreneur. Amid discussion of 'taxing' Google by diverting its ad revenue to the label, the execs offered to downgrade Dotcom from "evil"…

MPAA Ducks Censorship Battle With Google, Twitter and Facebook

The MPAA has dropped its request for a preliminary injunction that would require search engines, ISPs and hosting companies to stop linking or offering services to MovieTube. The decision comes a few days after prominent tech firms including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Yahoo branded the request as a broad…

Desperate Rightscorp Burns Through More Piracy Millions

Piracy monetization company Rightscorp has published its results for Q2 2015 and it's yet another three months of misery for the company. At the same time as paying out just $117K to its copyright holder clients, Rightscorp managed to run up $1.95m in expenses, leaving the company with operating losses…

Fox Targets Free Fitness Workout For Using the Word ‘Avatar’

Twentieth Century Fox has a track record of fiercely protesting its intellectual property. So when a website offering free fitness programs started using names of popular film and TV-series, the company sent a broad takedown request. However, not all claims are legitimate as the 'avatar' program they targeted has no…

Torrent Site Uploaders Agree to Snitch on Colleagues

News

As part of a settlement with anti-piracy group BREIN, three leaders of a piracy release group have agreed to cease and desist their online activities. In addition to paying a cash amount the trio have also agreed to provide information on other group members. BREIN chief Tim Kuik informs TorrentFreak…

Should Web Browsers Block Copyright Infringing URLs?

Opinion

Two weeks ago the RIAA wrote a letter to BitTorrent Inc, asking the company to block "infringing" downloads in its popular client uTorrent. While it's technically feasible the request treads on a slippery slope. Will the RIAA ask web browsers to block copyright infringing URLs next?

Piracy Stunt Studio ‘Overwhelmed” By Positive Feedback

Opinion

A game studio that admitted to uploading a rigged copy of its own game to torrent sites informs TF that the positive feedback has been 'overwhelming'. NoodleCake's special version of Shooting Stars! features an unbeatable boss as a marketing stunt, a move that's a million miles better than the anti-piracy…