Spanish Oscars Winner Arrested For Online Pre-Release Movie Piracy

A production company founder and member of the Spanish Film Academy has been arrested on suspicion of leaking pre-release movies to file-sharing networks. Manuel Sirgo, a previous award winner, was detained along with two of his staff after movies which had been accessed using a special account registered to him appeared online.

Indie Band Tops a Million Downloads, Breaks BitTorrent Record

Shipping an album to more than a million people is a dream for every artist, but one that only comes true for a privileged few. Or does it? With help from BitTorrent, indie band Sick of Sarah have now joined a seemingly exclusive club of artists whose albums have been downloaded more than a million times. In the process, the girls also set a new record for the most-seeded torrent ever.

Paramount Pictures Partner With BitTorrent Release Movie

In a little over two months time, the long-awaited horror movie The Tunnel will receive its world premiere. Rather than a traditional theatrical release, the movie - which is set in abandoned real-life tunnels under Sydney, Australia - will make its debut online for free with BitTorrent. Simultaneously it will be released on physical DVD, to be distributed by Hollywood giant Paramount Pictures.

Brand New Streaming Movie Service is Brilliant & Ridiculous

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Well, there’s a new streaming movie service on the block and it’s both brilliant and absolutely absurd. Called Zediva, it allows subscribers to watch movies online that are not available on services such as Netflix for another month because they are still in the DVD sales window. Sounds great? Sure, but the way it operates […]

Zenith, Another Excellent Film Released on BitTorrent for Free

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VODO -the independent BitTorrent distribution platform for filmmakers came out with another great release today. Zenith is a cataclysmic cyberpunk thriller, directed by Anonymous and featuring Jason Robards III, Emmy-winner Zohra Lampert and David Thornton. If we have to believe the reviews the film is worth watching. “A high-concept, brave-new-world sci-fi puzzle… echoes futuristic thrillers […]

White House: Streaming Should Be a Felony, Wiretap Infringers

President Obama's so-called "IP Czar" Victoria Espinel yesterday delivered a 20-page white paper containing her recommendations for future legislation, calling on Congress to make changes in order to make it easier to clamp down on copyright infringement. Among the recommendations are calls to turn streaming into a felony alongside authority to wiretap in copyright cases.

Ubisoft ‘Pirates’ Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Music From Demonoid

According to a report from a customer who just pre-ordered the digital deluxe edition of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Ubisoft have just made yet another piracy related screw up. Hot on the heels of their earlier usage of a warez crack to fix Rainbox 6: Vegas 2, the publisher is now accused of downloading their own soundtrack from Demonoid, re-encoding it to a lower quality and selling it to the public.

Secret Australian Piracy Report Revealed and Debunked

Last week the Australian press referred to a study that claimed piracy was causing the local economy $900 million in losses, yet the report was carefully hidden from the public. After pressure from multiple sides the report has now finally been published, revealing significant flaws. The report appears to be nothing more that a direct translation of a bogus piracy study that aimed to mislead EU legislators last year.