EZTV.it Down, Back Soon

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Approximately 24 hours ago the popular TV-torrent site EZTV went down. The downtime is caused by routing issues TorrentFreak was told by the EZTV team, and they’re currently working on a fix. Sister site ezRSS is not affected by the downtime and new releases are still being posted. On Twitter EZTV confirmed that they’re looking […]

SceneTorrents: The Untold Story of Raids and Arrests

In the dying days of November 2009, a shockwave rippled through the private BitTorrent tracker community. One of the scene's most successful sites, SceneTorrents, was shutting down for good, with the site's operators citing "legal issues". Now, 18 months later, here is the full story of raids and arrests, followed up by an all-too-familiar deafening silence.

Experts Point Out Uselessness of Anti-Piracy DNS Filter

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There’s been a lot of talk about the PROTECT IP Act and domain seizures this week. Lawmakers and the entertainment industries praise the anti-piracy initiatives, but not everyone is convinced. A group of DNS experts has now joined the opposition with a new whitepaper. In it, they discuss how DNS filtering is not only very […]

Witcher 2 DRM Dumped, But CD Projekt Is Watching Torrents

Following reports that security features were damaging the playing experience of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, today CD Projekt will release an update to remove all DRM from the game. But while the company informs TorrentFreak it was pleased to avoid a pre-release on this major title, as promised it will monitor and go after illegal file-sharers.

Police Seize £83,000 in Internet Piracy Raid

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According to early reports, police have seized £83,000 and computer equipment following a raid in Londonderry, Ireland. A 26-year old man was arrested Wednesday following an investigation into Internet piracy by the Hollywood-funded Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT). The man has been released on bail pending enquiries. No other information has been released at this […]

Music Industry Sues ISP to Censor The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay is at the center of a new lawsuit filed at the District Court in Helsinki, Finland. Music industry representatives have filed suit against one of the major Internet Service Providers in the country, demanding that it blocks subscriber access to the BitTorrent site. The Pirate Bay is currently one of the most visited websites in Finland.

Microsoft Bemoans Massive Software Piracy

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According to Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, the company’s revenue in China this year will be just 5% of what it achieves from the United States, despite computer sales in both countries being comparable. In the US 71 million PC units are sold annually, versus 75 million in China. Despite this, Microsoft’s revenue in China […]