2011 Oscars: Pirates Have to Wait Longer for Fewer Leaks

The 2011 Oscar nominees were announced earlier this week, inspiring many people to fire up their BitTorrent clients and start downloading. As we've done in previous years, we now take a look at the availability of the nominated films online and whether there are any new trends emrging. This year, fewer high quality copies leaked online and pirates had to wait longer than in previous years for those that did.

Games Piracy ‘Heyday’ in the Past – Nintendo

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The 3DS contains the most sophisticated anti-piracy technology of any console in Nintendo history, UK general manager David Yarnton has told CVG – and arrives at a time when illegal software distributors are under greater threat than ever. Speaking at its 3DS event in Amsterdam last week, Yarnton and UK marketing manager James Honeywell said […]

Five Arrested Over ‘Anonymous’ Web Attacks

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Five men have been arrested over a spate of recent web attacks carried out in support of Wikileaks. The five males are being held after a series of arrests at residential addresses in the West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and London this morning. Read More Pirate Party statement on arrests here

Porn Piracy Can Actually Serve as Promotion

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Sex sells: The Barcelona-based adult movie company Private Media is taking a unique twist on an old mantra, preparing an ambitious effort to compete with free and unlicensed content online. Private’s goal is to completely revamp its entire business, generate revenue from advertising with a Groupon-like voucher twist and give away the majority of its […]

MPAA Takes A Dozen Torrent Sites Offline

The MPAA has managed to take a dozen torrent sites offline in the United States, with help from Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN. The 12 torrent sites - which remain anonymous - were pulled offline by their hosting companies following complaints from the two organizations. What effect this 'massive' takedown operation will have on the BitTorrent ecosystem is yet to be seen, but thus far there are no reports of 'missing' torrent sites.

Wikileaks ISP Anonymizes All Customer Traffic To Beat Spying

In order to neutralize Sweden's incoming implementation of the European Data Retention Directive, Bahnhof, the Swedish ISP and host of Wikileaks, will run all customer traffic through an encrypted VPN service. Since not even Bahnhof will be able to see what its customers are doing, logging their activities will be impossible. With no logs available to complete their chain of investigation, anti-piracy companies will be very, very unhappy.

Google Starts Censoring BitTorrent, RapidShare and More

It's taken a while, but Google has finally caved in to pressure from the entertainment industries including the MPAA and RIAA. The search engine now actively censors terms including BitTorrent, torrent, utorrent, RapidShare and Megaupload from its instant and autocomplete services. The reactions from affected companies and services are not mild, with BitTorrent Inc., RapidShare and Vodo all speaking out against this act of commercial censorship.

Anime Distributor Launches Piracy Assault, Sues 1337 BitTorrent Users

Piracy worries and BitTorrent lawsuits have made their way into the generally very liberal anime industry. Last week, the producers of the new anime series Fractale told distributor Funimation to stop the online broadcast of the their show in the United States over piracy concerns, and a few days later Funimation announced a lawsuit against 1337 alleged BitTorrent downloaders.