Warner Bros. Flags Its Own Website as a Piracy Portal

Opinion

Warner Bros. is vigorously trying to prevent pirated content from showing up in search results, but in doing so the movie studio has shot itself in the foot. Recently, Warner asked Google to take down several of its own pages, claiming that they are copyright-infringing.

Do Pirates Care if Torrent Sites Turn a Profit?

Opinion

For many years and for millions of people, file-sharing was seen as just that. Need a file? Take one. Have one I don't? Share one back. However, with the mainstream commercialization of the pirate scene, some believe that the golden era of sharing culture is being left behind. But really - does anyone care anymore?

Top Torrent Sites See Traffic Surge After ‘Shutdowns’

Opinion

The past month has been a turbulent one for the torrent community. With the closure of KickassTorrents and Torrentz.eu, two of the largest players were gone without prior notice. Today we take a look at the aftermath, showing that the big sites have expanded their userbases but that some smaller torrent sites are actually worse off now.

TIDAL Shuts Down TIDAL Downloader Tool

Just days after its official release, the TIDAL downloading tool "TiDown" is already in trouble. The music streaming service wasted no time and quickly pulled it offline, with help from GitHub. The developer doesn't plan to fight the takedown request, but it will be very hard to prevent the open source code from spreading.

Police Seize Two Perfect Privacy VPN Servers

News

VPN provider Perfect Privacy has had two of its servers seized by Dutch police, as part of an active investigation. Police bypassed the VPN service and went directly to the company's hosting provider, I3D, who complied with a subpoena requesting the hardware. At the time of writing, it remains unclear why the servers in question were taken.

Attention Swedish Pirate Bay Users, Copyright Trolls Have Arrived

After years of being left alone by entertainment industry companies, regular file-sharers in Sweden are now in the cross-hairs of copyright trolls. Using data gathered by anti-piracy outfit Excipio, lawyers are about to send users of The Pirate Bay and similar sites demands for hard cash - or else.