Pirate Party Launches Movie Download Sites As “Declaration of War”

In a deliberately provocative move the Czech Pirate Party has launched not one but two movie download portals. The sites, which offer links but don't host any infringing material themselves, are being launched to protest the plight of a high school student facing a 5 million euro damages claim for linking to copyright works.

EZTV Suffers Downtime

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The popular TV-torrent index EZTV is currently down. “The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems,” reads a standard error notice on the site’s homepage. The problems started a day ago and are caused by power issues. As always, however, the EZTV.it crew will do all it […]

Fox Will Boost U.S. TV-Show Piracy

Starting in two weeks, Fox will no longer offer free access to its TV-shows the day after they air on television. For TV-fans the decision to limit the availability of these show is a step backward, and all the signs indicate that TV-show piracy will once again surge in the United States. But whether Fox will care much about this piracy increase remains to be seen.

Newzbin2 Respond Angrily To High Court Blocking Injunction

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As reported this morning, Justice Arnold in London’s High Court has ordered leading UK ISP BT to block subscriber access to Usenet indexing site Newzbin2. Needless to say, the admins at Newzbin2 aren’t particularly impressed out the outcome. Here is their response to the ruling in full – and uncensored. An infamous day in the […]

Hollywood Forces UK ISP To Block Newzbin Usenet Site

Following a hearing in London's High Court, leading UK ISP BT will be forced to block subscriber access to Usenet indexing site Newzbin2. Under the banner of the MPA, the leading Hollywood studios successfully argued that by letting the site continue unabated their interests would be severely damaged. The decision, the first of its kind in the UK, increases the pressure on other ISPs.

Anti-Piracy Lawyers Rip Off Work From Competitor

Anti-piracy lawyer John Steele is without doubt one of the most active proponents of the pay-up-or-else settlement scheme in the United States. In less than a year he filed more than 80 mass-lawsuits for his clients, targeting thousands of alleged BitTorrent users. Nevertheless it appears that Steele himself can be awarded the pirate label, since he's blatantly ripped of the work of a competitor.

HADOPI Monitors Private BitTorrent Trackers

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There is a long running debate over whether private torrent sites are ‘safer’ in respect of being monitored by anti-piracy companies. Very generally, users of public trackers are the “low-hanging fruit”, easy pickings for anti-piracy companies who want to track large numbers of users with the least complication possible. There are, however, millions of people […]

The Pirate Bay is Down / AFK

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The Pirate Bay has gone AFK. Last time this happened was little over a week ago after a memory upgrade, when the server failed to autostart. When The Pirate Bay suffers a few minutes for downtime, thousands of people start to worry that something awful has happened to their beloved site. However, 99.9% of the […]