Alleged Chinese spy’s laptop found to contain porn and pirated movies, not classified information from NASA
Bo Jiang used to work for NASA. He was let go by his employer because congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia claimed that he and other Chinese engineers were a security risk. This was a statement in a press release issued by the congressman:
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Netflix says people pirate due to lack of access to content, piracy is lower in countries Netflix operates in
One of the major arguments of why people pirate is due to lack of access. It is said (most) people aren’t inherently dishonest; rather, people pirate because they don’t have legitimate access to the content they want to view. How accurate this assessment is, the jury is still out, but, [...]Read More »
The Pirate Bay of the Caribbean, anyone? After just recently finding a new home in Iceland, the infamous TPB is on the move yet again.
In the on-going struggle between TPB and, well, the world, Swedish prosecutors have filed a motion at the District Court of Stockholm to have two [...]Read More »
In a rather amusing turn of events, Greenheart Games, the developers of Game Dev Tycoon, played a sort of prank on pirates. )No, not the type of pirates that sail the high seas but the ones that illegally download digital content. Greenheart Games developer Patrick Klug intentionally uploaded a [...]Read More »
In case you already forgot about it, the Copyright Alert System launched in the US in late February. We covered it pretty extensively. But even if you did completely forget about it, we wouldn’t blame you. A study meant to gauge how easy it is to trigger the CAS has [...]Read More »
Game of Thrones is one of the most pirated TV series in recent history, but there’s good reason for it. No I’m not condoning piracy, and it’s certainly immoral in many cases- not to mention illegal. You see Game of Thrones is an HBO exclusive television series. Up until the [...]Read More »
The Pirate Bay guys have once again made a move and are now located in Iceland’s domain registry. ThePirateBay.is, to be exact. You might remember that they recently left their former home of Sweden, due to lawsuits by Sweden’s Right Alliance against their host provider. Now, their new home might [...]Read More »
A Chinese website called 7659 is bypassing Apple’s App Store and allowing its users to install pirated apps for free, without the need for jailbreaking. How are they doing this? It’s actually kind of clever.
The website is using Apple’s bulk enterprise licensing to copy and distribute pirated paid apps [...]Read More »
Last time we told you about what North Korea likes to pirate on BitTorrent, but now we have another location whose downloading habits you might be curious about –Vatican City.
As I’m sure you already know, Vatican City isn’t like most cities in the world. With a population of just [...]Read More »
BitTorrent has just announced the release of BitTorrent Surf, a sharing plugin that “brings BitTorrent to your browser.” Basically, BitTorrent Surf hopes to eliminate the need for a separate torrent client and make downloading easier.
In addition to making downloading content easier, BitTorrent is hoping that Surf will make discovering [...]Read More »
Ever wondered what people might be downloading over there in North Korea? Oh, right. As if the bigwigs over there would let everyone access the internet and the free flowing information available across the web. But that doesn’t mean nobody has access to it — in fact, a few hundred [...]Read More »
More than 1 million people pirated season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones in less than 24-hours, sets new torrenting record
Game of Thrones must be an awesome show because it is consistently the most popular pirated TV show in the world. First Game of Thrones topped the charts for most pirated TV show of 2012. Now season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones, which aired on March 31, 2013 in [...]Read More »
With millions of people downloading episodes via file sharing, we already know Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV show of 2012 and is likely going to top the charts in 2013, too. You’d think with so many million illegally downloading the TV show, Game of Thrones staff and [...]Read More »
The Pirate Bay, infamous not only for enabling illegal downloads, brushing aside every takedown notice sent to them but also for their all-out weirdness, will be turning 10 this year.
Before TPB’s 10th anniversary, TorrentFreak set out to discover the oldest torrent still being torrented (i.e. has seeders). What they [...]Read More »
3-day intensive raids in 124 location in all 47 regions of Japan? Yup, that’s Japan’s government showing they mean business when it comes to piracy.
Last year in June, an amendment to Japan’s Copyright Law was approved by the government. The new legislation would impose criminal penalties on not only [...]Read More »
Now that the “six-strikes” Copyright Alert System has gone live, and we know exactly how some of these alerts will look like, it’s about time that ISPs revealed how they’ll be implementing the system. Let’s go through each of the participating ISPs one by one and see how each of [...]Read More »
A couple of days ago, the “six-strikes” Copyright Alert System was officially launched in the US. But until now, all we’ve known about the system are the details of how it works and the ISPs that will be participating. We haven’t seen what an actual alert looks like.
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These are the top 20 countries that download torrents the most, and the artists whose songs are most pirated
Musicmetric, which bills itself as “the world’s most powerful artist analytics dashboard”, has recently released some interesting torrent activity data. They have compiled a list that shows the top 20 countries when it comes to downloading torrents. The list also shows the number of downloads in the past six months [...]Read More »
The Swedish Pirate Bay political party, who provides hosting for The Pirate Bay, has been threatened with lawsuits by Sweden’s Right Alliance and given until today to cut ties with TPB.
But it sounds like TPB was way ahead of them. Reports say that The Pirate Bay shifted to Norway [...]Read More »
The Six-Strikes Anti-Piracy Program is here! We previously reported that the program was delayed to 2013, and we’ve talked plenty about how exactly it works, but the day has finally come for the system to finally go live. The bad news for those of you that hated the idea? If [...]Read More »
Music industry in New Zealand has spent $250,000 to catch illegal music downloaders. Too bad they have received only $616.57 for the effort.
In September 2011 New Zealand passed new laws that allows intellectual property owners (e.g, the music or movie industry) to send notices to New Zealand residents and citizens when suspected of illegal downloading or uploading of copyrighted content. After a person has received a third notice, the intellectual property owner [...]Read More »
We all have probably heard of so called legal extortion cases, where lawyers acting on behalf of intellectual property owners send letters to alleged illegal downloaders and ask for money or else face civil charges in court. While those types of letters may hover on the border of questionable, they [...]Read More »
The Pirate Bay has filed police report against anti-piracy group for copyright infringement… because they took a little girl’s laptop
Looks like they weren’t kidding! Recall how anti-piracy group Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC) literally copied The Pirate Bay’s (TPB) website. In response, TPB threatened to sue for copyright infringement. Now, TPB hasn’t gone as far as suing the CIAPC but, according to TPB, they’ve filed a police report [...]Read More »
Anti-piracy group pirates The Pirate Bay’s website, The Pirate Bay says they are “outraged” and will sue
An anti-piracy group from Finland has put up their own website, copying the exact design and layout of the infamous The Pirate Bay.
The new site is called “Piraattilahti,” which you can probably guess is “the pirate bay” in Finnish and is run by the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre [...]Read More »
Try going to MegaUpload.com and you’ll see an FBI anti-piracy warning. The warning is for the purposes of discouraging people from pirating copyrighted content. But that doesn’t mean the FBI doesn’t like to pirate things themselves! BitTorrent monitoring company ScanEye has once again given us a little peak into what [...]Read More »
‘Six-Strikes’ anti-piracy system is powered by the same company that flagged HBO.com for pirating HBO content
I’m sure you all know what the Six-Strikes system is by now, and that it’s set to launch in a few weeks. But what do we know about the company that’s going to be flagging users who share copyrighted content?
Turns out the CAS (Copyright Alerts System) that AT&T, Cablevision, [...]Read More »
Anyone that has been to a South American, Africa, or Asian country (or to the shady parts of some towns in European and American cities) knows how prevalent bootleg movies are. Literally for dimes on the dollar you can grab movies (Hollywood, Bollywood, European, Asian, etc.) that would otherwise cost [...]Read More »
The Caribbean island of Antigua is launching a government-run pirate (file sharing) website, to “punish” the US
You think Kim Dotcom and his Mega service should worry anti-piracy advocates? That is nothing. The government of Antigua, which is a small country in the Caribbean, is set to a launch a government-run pirate website. Yep, movies, music, TV shows, and software will all be available for download on [...]Read More »
Pirating, Illegal downloading, Pirating, Illegal downloading. Are they one in the same? Most people would say “yes, they are”. Personally, I would agree. However, as the following comic humorously points out, if you want people to stop illegally download copyrighted material (the ill-legality of which, by the way, varies from [...]Read More »
After launching Mega in one of the strangest technology press conferences to date, it looks like the site is already target of anti-piracy groups that want it shut down.
Robert King, who is affiliated with the adult industry, is also behind an anti-piracy group called StopFileLockers. Just how do they [...]Read More »
The usual things people pirate are movies, music, games and sometimes even books. But let’s not forget the dark side of the internet, and that amongst all the media that I just mentioned, there is of course, pirated porn for download. Perhaps more importantly, let’s also not forget that sometimes [...]Read More »
Leave it up to Kim Dotcom to not be content with simply launching a new file-sharing service, but to have an actual launch event to go with it that is probably crazier than he is.
The whole event can be viewed on Youtube…
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US House of Representatives enjoy torrenting movies and TV shows; here are some of their favorite BitTorrent downloads
It looks like the US Congress doesn’t need to look very far for examples of internet piracy for inspiration to put together another internet-related legislation. Turns out pirated movies and TV shows can be found within the walls of Capitol Hill. Anti-piracy forensics company ScanEye has published a report revealing [...]Read More »
Remember that controversial six-strikes anti-piracy thing we talked about? And how that got delayed to 2013? Well, it’s 2013 now and the program is just a couple of weeks away from officially kicking off. None of the participating ISPs have detailed their measures, but TorrentFreak was able to obtain Verizon’s [...]Read More »
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run one of the most hated and loved websites, while fending off authorities constantly, all in the name of piracy? I sure don’t. And I’m pretty sure you don’t either. But we can all catch a glimpse of what it’s like when [...]Read More »