Top MPAA Pirate Fighter Leaves for Viacom

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Daniel Mandil, the MPAA’s chief anti-piracy officer, is off to pastures new. Mandil, who joined the MPAA in 2009 from Sony BMG, will leave the movie lobby group to join Viacom. From April 1st he will oversee their litigation efforts. According to THR, Mandil had earlier backed Viacom in its $1 billion copyright litigation with […]

Cases Against Thousands of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates Dismissed

Last year, Larry Flynt Publications filed lawsuits against several thousand "John Does" the company accused of illegally sharing its movie "This Ain't Avatar XXX". Now, following on from problems it had gaining identities of Does from ISP Time Warner, thousands of cases have been dismissed by a senior judge. The road to gaining settlements from allegedly infringing individuals has just become massively more costly, and the profitable future for these type of projects in general now appears to be in…

U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By Mistake’

The US Government has yet again shuttered several domain names this week. The Department of Justice and Homeland Security's ICE office proudly announced that they had seized domains related to counterfeit goods and child pornography. What they failed to mention, however, is that one of the targeted domains belongs to a free DNS provider, and that 84,000 websites were wrongfully accused of links to child pornography crimes.

Former Anti-Piracy Lawyer Employee Speaks Out

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Last Sunday BBC’s 5 Live Investigates looked into the practices of the “now defunct” anti-piracy lawyers of ACS:LAW. TorrentFreak helped a bit with the report which also features some juicy quotes a former employee of the law firm. — “I was a paralegal. My specialism is copyright law, and I thought that by taking a […]

Copyright Industry Target Parents of Pirate Candidate

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In what can only be described as an epic PR fail for the copyright industry, they have threatened the parents of the most successful candidate of the French Pirate Party, Maxime Rouquet. All of a sudden, they have chosen an adversary who is both knowledgeable, determined and politically savvy in the matter. This is an […]

Record Label Teaches Music Fans BitTorrent

Record labels are generally not too fond of BitTorrent. Just a few months ago the RIAA reported several BitTorrent sites as "rogue sites" to the US Government. It therefore comes as quite a surprise that the independent record label Adamant Records is featuring a BitTorrent tutorial on its homepage, right next to the 'download on iTunes' links. Why would they do that? Have they gone mad?

Some File-Sharers Leave Trails To Their Front Door

Following the publication of a paper which investigates how using the same username across multiple web sites may expose Internet users to scammers, TorrentFreak decided to apply the same research idea to a random sampling of file-sharers, with some eye-opening results.

US Government Seizes 18 More Domain Names

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The United States authorities seized 18 domain names yesterday in a continuation of Operation in Our Sites. ICE, marking Valentines Day, took over domains which they claim were linked to the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods. Unlike previous actions, no file-sharing sites were seized. Operation Broken Hearted, as this wave of seizures was called, […]