KickassTorrents Moves to Kat.ph

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Another major torrent sites has moved on to a new domain, fearing a domain seizure by the U.S. Government. After Torrentz.com and Demonoid, KickassTorrents announced two weeks ago that it would soon move trade their .com domain for one with a .ph extension. This new domain went live yesterday. “If you encounter any bugs or […]

Pirates Have Won, Torrents Have Won

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Here’s a section from Attack of the Show! where hosts Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey take a shot at an unpopular anti-piracy PSA and discuss how torrents easily win over official sources, even when asked to do something simple like serve up Jurassic Park. Skip to around 1m 20secs if you’re short on time. The […]

Anime Uploader Arrested By Police

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A man from Japan has been arrested by police for infringing copyright on file-sharing networks. The 25 year-old from Ashiyashi City, Hyogo, was detained April 4th on accusations that he uploaded anime and manga without the copyright holders’ permission. According to the police, the unemployed man uploaded the 50th episode of Sunrise’s Turn A Gundam […]

Publishers Force Domain Seizure of Public Domain Music Resource

IMSLP, the largest public domain music library on the Internet, has just suffered a damaging attack on the site's infrastructure. In a wrongful action over a single 90 year-old classical piece by Rachmaninoff, the UK's Music Publishers Association convinced registrar GoDaddy to seize IMSLP's domain name, which took the site completely offline.

Italian Court Orders All ISPs to Block BTjunkie

After similar action against The Pirate Bay, an Italian court has today ordered all ISPs to block subscriber access to another major BitTorrent site, BTjunkie. The public prosecutor described BTJunkie as one of the most prominent havens for pirated media and the authorities further blame the BitTorrent site for the failure of the Italian pay-per-view TV-station Dahlia TV, which shut down due to financial problems last month.

EZTV Goes Down Again

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After being down for maintenance for a few days earlier this month, EZTV.it is unresponsive again today. EZTV is arguably one of the largest BitTorrent communities, so any downtime immediately leads to all kinds of horror stories about raids and seizures. None of this is true though. No official explanation is available for the downtime […]

The Real Problem For Most Artists is Obscurity, Not Piracy

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Two weeks ago author Megan Lisa Jones teamed up with BitTorrent Inc. to promote her new book “Captive.” By now the book has been downloaded over 400,000 times, mostly because it’s bundled with the download of uTorrent. Although the free downloads didn’t result in direct sales, it will be hard not to believe that the […]

Hack This Zine Interviews TorrentFreak

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We very rarely do interviews here at TorrentFreak. We get many requests and simply can’t find time to do them all, so we end up saying ‘no’ to them all. Once every couple of years though, probably due to too much sun (or too much drink), we give in. A few months ago we were […]