China’s IPR campaign spreads to target online piracy

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The campaign to protect Internet intellectual property rights (IPR) will be expanded this year by targeting online piracy, a senior official said. The Internet has become a major battleground for the country’s IPR protection campaign, and the legal system must catch up, Wang Ziqiang, spokesman for the National Copyright Administration, told China Daily. Read More

BitTorrent Inventor Bram Cohen Talks to CNN Money

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BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen talks to CNN money to discuss the rapid growth of BitTorrent in the last decade. Among other things he says that he never really considered that BitTorrent could be used to distribute video, because there wasn’t really any video online at the time.

MegaUpload Accuses ISP of Restricting Access To Its Services

Cyberlockers are the new fall guys for the entertainment industry it seems, as yet more news comes in of action being taken against MegaUpload, one of the largest one-click download sites. According to reports from users and the site itself, MegaUpload is being blocked or slowed down by Orange, one of the major ISPs in France. MegaUpload has publicly outed the ISP, that on its turn denies all accusations.

P2P Lawsuits Gone Wild

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Thousands of file sharers have been sued in recent months for downloading movies like The Hurt Locker and Avatar XXX. U.S. rights holders model these lawsuits after similar litigation in Germany, where P2P piracy has led to hundreds of thousands of cases in recent years. The goal of this type of persecution isn’t so much […]

FilmOn CEO Alki David Loopier Than Ever In New Video

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Alki David—the eccentric billionaire founder of and now enemy of the major television networks—has cranked out yet another wacky home video. In the jumpy, oddly edited movie, David says he’s gathering names because he intends to file a class-action copyright infringement lawsuit against CBS on behalf of artists. The video features clips of David […]

Judge Delays Ruling on PlayStation Hack

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A federal judge here on Friday put off deciding whether PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz should surrender his computer gear as part of a lawsuit from console-maker Sony. Sony sued Hotz on Tuesday, alleging Hotz’ posting of the code to crack the PlayStation 3 was a breach of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention provisions. […]

TorrentFreak Looks Different Today…

After years of hard work we decided to go for a new look here at TorrentFreak. Today we're presenting you TorrentFreak version 5, the first real update of our design in 4 years. There will be plenty of bugs and complaints, so please bear with us.

University Will Scan Computers for BitTorrent Software

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Beginning Tuesday computers at the University of North Carolina that access the Internet in residence halls will automatically be scanned for file-sharing programs. The Network Access Control service will scan for file sharing programs such as BitTorrent and LimeWire. If the service detects a file-sharing program, a pop-up message will notify him of the dangers […]