Government Bans Use Of Encryption and VPNs

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In a move designed to leave all communications open to snooping, the government in Pakistan has ordered ISPs to ban the use of online encryption techniques. Anyone wishing to carry on using them must get official permission. According to The Guardian, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority sent a legal notice to the country’s ISPs which compels […]

Wikileaks: MPAA ‘Secret Pusher’ of BitTorrent Trial Against Aussie ISP

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We’ve covered the landmark court battle between the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) and the Aussie ISP iiNet in great detail here at TorrentFreak. AFACT wants to hold iiNet responsible for the copyright infringing activities of their users, but they have been unsuccessful thus far. Interestingly enough, a Wikileaks cable that was just released […]

Court Acquits 15-Year-Old Schoolboy File-Sharer

A schoolboy sent to trial for sharing movies on two BitTorrent sites has been acquitted by a court. The 15-year-old, who said he only ever intended to download and not distribute, was cleared of all charges following a hearing. However, as is so often the case in copyright issues, the story won't end here.

Valve: DRM is Backwards and Piracy is Just Not an Issue for Us

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In the eyes of many gamers, Portal publisher Valve can do no wrong and their latest comments aren’t likely to hurt their image. Speaking with Kotaku, Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell has slammed aggressive DRM and dismissed piracy as a non-issue. “We’re a broken record on this,” Newell told Kotaku. “This belief that […]

Hotfile Ordered To Share User Data With The MPAA

In their ongoing battle with the MPAA, the Florida-based file-hosting service Hotfile has suffered a major loss. A federal court has ordered Hotfile to disclose user data, the identities and revenues of their top affiliates, and financial information on the company itself. District Court Judge Adalberto Jordan argued that the MPAA needs this info to prove that Hotfile is promoting and profiting from copyright infringement.

Bayfiles: The Pirate Bay Founders Launch File-Hosting Site

The Pirate Bay founders have launched a new file-sharing platform today. After leaving the world famous torrent site, two of the original founders are now back with a one-click file-hosting service called Bayfiles. Although Hollywood wont be cheering them on, unlike The Pirate Bay the new service is dedicated to respecting copyrights while offering its users a great platform to store and share files.

Tribler BitTorrent Client Adds “Magic Search”

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Tribler’s BitTorrent client has been in development for more than 5 years and continues to deliver experimental improvements and innovative ideas. Unlike most other BitTorrent applications, this one is funded by tax money and coded by researchers of Delft University of Technology. This has resulted in quite a few unique features. Last year Tribler became […]

Movie Studio Takes Unprecedented Proactive Action To Stop Piracy

A film studio is taking extreme steps to try and stop its latest movie from being pirated online. Reliance Entertainment has obtained a court order which restrains thousands of ISPs and websites from making available their film Bodyguard, a move which the company believes will reduce piracy by 60%. A similar but less broad effort last month is reported to have cut file-sharing by 40%.