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 HBO would be livid.…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.…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 those who upload content, but began to include also people that download content knowingly.…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 them will go about enforcing the new CAS.…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.…Read More »
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 and the most pirated artist in each country.…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.…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?…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 can bring that person before a tribunal that can fine the accused up to NZ$15,000.…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 have so far not been deemed illegal.…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 with the Finnish police saying that the anti-piracy group committed copyright infringement.…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 in Helsinki.…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 the feds are watching and downloading these days.…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, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon will all be powered by the same independent company called MarkMonitor.…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 a lot more.…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 this website.…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 country to country), then stop calling it pirating.…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.…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.…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…
…and it’s up there in terms of strangeness with Qualcomm’s ‘Born Mobile’ event at CES.…Read More »
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.…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 full policy.…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 the upcoming documentary on The Pirate Bay releases this spring — for free, via torrents of course.…Read More »
You know who really hates it when people pirate their movies? Hollywood studios. You know who else downloads pirated movies through BitTorrent? What do you know, Hollywood studios. It looks the entities that are thought to be suffering the most due to piracy are no stranger to downloading torrents themselves.…Read More »
When we hear about people pirating things online, the usual media or software are things like music, movies, games and some common software. A Chinese man has pleaded guilty to selling high-end commercial software meant for enterprise setups — possibly worth $100 million.…Read More »
While there are many legitimate reasons for jailbreaking your iPhone, one of the more popular things to do with a jailbroken device was install pirated apps on it. And for pirated iOS apps, there was no better place to go than Hackulous, the community and website behind the Installous app.…Read More »
As you’ve probably already guessed, Game of Thrones is indeed the most pirated tv of show 2012. According to TorrentFreak‘s data, it handily beat out other popular shows — it even has double the amount of downloads of The Walking Dead.…Read More »
TorrentFreak has released their annual list of the most pirated movies of the year — most of the results are pretty much expected, but there are a few surprises in there as well.
Raise your hand if you were expecting Project X to top the list.…Read More »
In an effort to improve transparency, Google began publishing reports on the DMCA takedown requests it receives. According to Google, removal requests are now up from 250,000 weekly in May, to 2.5 million requests weekly today. Unfortunately for copyright holders and their never-ending battle against piracy, not all these requests are legitimate ones.…Read More »
Dumb DMCA: Movie producers ask Google to take down links to their own websites, legitimate sources to purchase content, and film reviews
We have seen examples of dumb DMCA takedown requests before, such as the requests Microsoft sent to Google in July of this year. But movie studios asking Google to take down links to their own websites and/or websites that contain legitimate copies of movies and TV shows probably takes the cake when it comes to ridiculous DMCA requests.…Read More »
What do you think is a fair amount to fine a person for illegally sharing copyrighted content? The MSRP (retail value) of the shared copyrighted content times the number of people who downloaded it? More? Less? Legally speaking, in the United States (and I’m quoting from Wikipedia, since I’m not a lawyer) a person can be fined up to $150,000 “per work” of illegally shared copyrighted content if found guilty of “innocent infringement” and upto $300,000 per work if found guilty of “willfull infringement”.…Read More »
Remember that 9-year-old-turned-pirate girl in Finland who’s home was raided and laptop was confiscated? Yeah, well, that saga has come to a close. The father of the girl, who is the one held responsible by Finland’s Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIPAC) because he owns the Internet connection the girl used, has paid 300 euros to CIPAC and the case has been closed.…Read More »
The “six strikes” anti-piracy “education” program, the program where internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States take action against people accused of pirating copyrighted content, was originally planned to be up and running by the end of 2012. However, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), the group that administers the “six strikes” program, has said the program has been delayed until “early 2013″.…Read More »
Megaupload helped FBI take down a video pirating website, then FBI used that same evidence against Megaupload
Megaupload was taken down by the FBI (and New Zealand authorities) on January 19, 2012. One of the accusations leveled against Megaupload by the Feds was (is) Megaupload ignored Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take down requests for pirated content stored on Megaupload servers.…Read More »
Megaupload was shutdown by New Zealand and American authorities in January 2012. No one, even Kim Dotcom, denies Megaupload was used, to some degree, to store and share illegal copies of movies (among other copyrighted content). In fact, the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) felt Megaupload was significantly used to pirate movies and thus the MPAA was involved heavily in the investigation of Megaupload.…Read More »