Spotify’s Beta Used ‘Pirate’ MP3 Files, Some From Pirate Bay

News

Spotify is often credited as the music service most in tune with the 'pirate' mentality, having converted millions of former file-sharers in recent years. Interestingly, according to writer and researcher Rasmus Fleischer, a decade ago the site actually populated its beta with pirate MP3s, including some that were only available on The Pirate Bay.

Pirate Site “Coke and Popcorn” Shuts Down, Points Users to Netflix

News

The pirate streaming site "Coke and Popcorn" has shutdown. The site, which linked to a wide variety of TV-shows and movies, doesn't specify a reason but says that the decision is permanent. The operator warns users not to fall for any copycat sites and points them to "safe" and "better" options such as Netflix instead.

Appeals Court Won’t Help Megaupload User to Get His Files Back

The Appeals Court has denied a request from former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin to intervene on his behalf. The sports videographer has been trying to get his files back for years and hoped to force a decision from the District Court, but this has proven unsuccessful. As a result, his files will remain under lock and key.

US Court Orders Registries to Seize Control of ‘Pirate’ Domains

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A district court in Florida has ordered registries to take control of 19 domains used to operate 'pirate' sites. The preliminary injunction was issued following an application by TV outfit ABS-CBN against platforms it accuses of copyright and trademark infringement. Domain privacy services were also ordered to unmask the operators of the sites.

Foxtel Targets Pirate Streaming Sites in New ISP Blocking Case

News

Pay TV company Foxtel has launched a new case to have several key 'pirate' streaming platforms blocked by ISPs in Australia. Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series and Project Free TV are targeted in the action, which will see local ISPs forced to block the popular movie and TV show portals.

NO, Kodi Users Are Not Risking Ten Years in Prison

Opinion

UK tabloids including The Mirror, Daily Mail, The Sun and The Express are reporting that people watching Kodi streams risk ten years in jail. Despite that being a false claim spawned from a click-bait agenda, dozens of other publications sadly followed up by reporting the same 'news'. Today, the Sunday Express upped the stakes by reporting that TorrentFreak readers could be going to prison too.

Original KickassTorrents Domain Goes Up For Sale

News

It's been almost a year since KickassTorrents was taken down by the U.S. Department of Justice. The criminal investigation resulted in the arrest of the alleged owner and seizure of several domain names. Interestingly, one of the domains that was supposed to be seized 'escaped custody,' and is now for sale.