Porn Piracy Can Actually Serve as Promotion

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Sex sells: The Barcelona-based adult movie company Private Media is taking a unique twist on an old mantra, preparing an ambitious effort to compete with free and unlicensed content online. Private’s goal is to completely revamp its entire business, generate revenue from advertising with a Groupon-like voucher twist and give away the majority of its […]

MPAA Takes A Dozen Torrent Sites Offline

The MPAA has managed to take a dozen torrent sites offline in the United States, with help from Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN. The 12 torrent sites - which remain anonymous - were pulled offline by their hosting companies following complaints from the two organizations. What effect this 'massive' takedown operation will have on the BitTorrent ecosystem is yet to be seen, but thus far there are no reports of 'missing' torrent sites.

Wikileaks ISP Anonymizes All Customer Traffic To Beat Spying

In order to neutralize Sweden's incoming implementation of the European Data Retention Directive, Bahnhof, the Swedish ISP and host of Wikileaks, will run all customer traffic through an encrypted VPN service. Since not even Bahnhof will be able to see what its customers are doing, logging their activities will be impossible. With no logs available to complete their chain of investigation, anti-piracy companies will be very, very unhappy.

Google Starts Censoring BitTorrent, RapidShare and More

It's taken a while, but Google has finally caved in to pressure from the entertainment industries including the MPAA and RIAA. The search engine now actively censors terms including BitTorrent, torrent, utorrent, RapidShare and Megaupload from its instant and autocomplete services. The reactions from affected companies and services are not mild, with BitTorrent Inc., RapidShare and Vodo all speaking out against this act of commercial censorship.

Anime Distributor Launches Piracy Assault, Sues 1337 BitTorrent Users

Piracy worries and BitTorrent lawsuits have made their way into the generally very liberal anime industry. Last week, the producers of the new anime series Fractale told distributor Funimation to stop the online broadcast of the their show in the United States over piracy concerns, and a few days later Funimation announced a lawsuit against 1337 alleged BitTorrent downloaders.

Has Piracy Ever Killed An Industry?

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Throughout the decades we’ve all heard that battle cry that piracy is killing the music business. But is it really? Since mix-tapes music fans have continually copied music illegally and the industry is still alive today. The film and TV industry cried wolf with the onset of the video age, and there industry is thriving […]

BitTorrent Sites Are Littered With Fakes Files

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A new outdated study surfaced yesterday, claiming that most content on BitTorrent is published by a small group of people. Researchers of the Carlos III University of Madrid draw same conclusion as a report we covered last year. “We demonstrate that a small fraction of publishers (around 100 users) are responsible for 66% of published […]

Movie Studio Tells BitTorrent Users: Turn Yourselves In!

A movie studio that filed suit against file-hoster HotFile and 1000 of their users recently has revealed their latest plan to extract money from file-sharers. Unlike untold numbers of their competitors who sue people first and then demand cash payments, Liberty Media want file-sharers to be proactive. That's right BitTorrent users, it's time to repent. Hand yourselves over to this movie company and make sure you have $1,000 with you.