BREIN’s New Torrent Piracy Crackdown Results in First Settlement

Last year, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN announced a broad crackdown on torrent pirates, which resulted in the first settlement this week. The person in question paid 4,800 euros for sharing 12 TV-show episodes. According to BREIN, hundreds of thousands of pirates are now at risk of receiving similar treatment.

“Anti-Piracy Outfit Impersonates Competitor, Steals its Clients”

Two employees of anti-piracy outfit MarkScan have been arrested by Indian police. The men are accused of masquerading as competing anti-piracy firm Aiplex, informing its clients via a fake website that the company was shutting down, and suggesting MarkScan as an alternative. The CEO of the company was allegedly in on the scam, which is still under investivation.

Police Raid Pirate Site & Seize 60 Servers Following MPAA Complaint

A complaint from the MPAA has led the cyber-crime division of Ukraine's National Police to raid FS.to, one of the country's most popular pirate sites. Thus far 60 servers have been seized and 19 people have been arrested, but police fear the site could reappear since some individuals are on the run and a mirror site may be standing by in Russia.

Torrent Icon ExtraTorrent Turns Ten Years old Today

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ExtraTorrent, one of the largest torrent sites on the Internet, celebrates its tenth anniversary today. The site has come a long way since it first launched a decade ago. With its own distribution groups and a very active community, the site has evolved into a torrent icon.

U.S. Navy Returns Fire in $600m Piracy Lawsuit

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In July, the U.S. military was accused of unlawfully installing 'pirated' copies of 3D virtual reality software onto hundreds of thousands of computers. Facing billions in potential damages, the Navy has now returned fire, accepting it installed the software 558,000 times without paying but denying it did so without permission.

U.S. Copyright Office Undecided About Future of DMCA Takedowns

The U.S. Government's Copyright Office has launched a new consultation seeking guidance on the future of the DMCA's takedown process and safe harbor. Through a set of concrete questions, they hope to find a balance between the interests of copyright holders, Internet services and the public at large.