Operation in Our Sites: Feds Arrest 19-Year-Old Streaming Site Admin

A man has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations agents in connection with streaming live sporting events over the Internet. The 19-year-old allegedly ran HQ-Streams.com and HQ-Streams.net, domains that were previously seized by ICE as part of Operation in Our Sites.

Evidence Against BitTorrent Users Slammed In Court

The U.S. Copyright Group has sued more than 100,000 alleged BitTorrent users since last year. But, a recent filing in a U.S. class action lawsuit filed against the group shows that these cases may be built on shoddy evidence. It cites a German court ruling where the company responsible for providing the evidence could not prove that defendants actually shared any files. In addition there was evidence of a pirate honeypot.

Fox Responds to TorrentFreak, But Misses The Point

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Earlier this week we ran an article showing how Fox encouraged people to pirate their shows. Fox stopped offering free access to its TV-shows the day after they air on television, and put in an 8-day delay before these appear on Hulu and Fox.com. “The decision goes directly against the wishes of the public but […]

Napster Documentary In the Making

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Director Alex Winter is working on a documentary covering the rise and fall of Napster. Napster’s Sean Parker had a key role in the Facebook film The Social Network, but his story and that of Napster’s founder Shawn Fanning will now be told in a brand new documentary. “The rise and fall of Napster and […]

15-Year-Old Schoolboy On Trial After Head Teacher Tells Police About File-Sharing

A 15 year-old schoolboy with a taste for BitTorrent went to trial yesterday after downloading and sharing 24 Hollywood movies. The case, however, has a worrying twist. Rather than being hunted down online by an anti-piracy company, the teenager was turned over to the police by the head teacher at his school. The prosecutor says he had no choice but to take action.

MPAA’s ‘Fact Sheet’ Reveals Devastating Effects of Piracy

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Here’s an interesting fact sheet put together by the MPAA. Piracy is killing the planet… Why the MPAA hasn’t published this important document publicly yet is a mystery to us. Aside from the usual industry funded reports the MPAA also credits TorrentFreak. Apparently they find us very credible as long as they can use it […]

MyP2P Faces Domain Problems, Site Relocates To Wiziwig.eu

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The hugely popular MyP2P streaming sports indexing site has been forced to relocate following unspecified domain issues. The site used to reside at MyP2P.eu but today announced a change to Wiziwig.eu. As can be seen from the screenshot below, checks on the site’s previous domains including MyP2P.eu and MyP2PForum.eu show that they are “on hold”. […]

MP3tunes Wins in Landmark ‘Cloud Piracy’ Case Against EMI

The music storage locker service MP3tunes has scored a big win in its lengthy battle against EMI. U.S. District Judge William Pauley ruled that MP3tunes did not promote copyright infringement and that the service qualifies for “safe harbor” protection under the DMCA. The landmark verdict is good news for other cloud storage services offered by Dropbox, Grooveshark and Amazon.