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Last Build Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:36:02 +0000

 



When a Pro-Copyright Rant Goes Wrong….

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:36:02 +0000

It is no secret that copyright issues can trigger heated debates. On the one hand there are those who caution against stricter regulation, fearing that Internet freedom is at stake, while others argue that artists need more protection. Ironically, one of the most vocal pro-copyright activists lost sight of his core mission recently.

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Most Users of Exclusive Torrent Site Also Pay For Services Like Netflix or Prime

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:59:32 +0000

A survey carried out on HDBits, one of the world's most exclusive private torrent sites, has revealed that even the most hardcore of pirates are happy to pay for content. The poll, carried out among more than 5,300 respondents, found that not only do 57% pay for streaming accounts on services like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, but 26% use those platforms more than they use torrent sites.

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Copyright Holders Call Out Costa Rica Over ThePirateBay.cr

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:22:26 +0000

The MPAA, RIAA and other entertainment industry groups want Costa Rica to step up its efforts to combat copyright infringement. They inform the US Government that the Central American country is failing to meet its trade agreement obligations, calling out the local domain registry as a "safe haven" for sites like ThePirateBay.cr.

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Russia VPN Blocking Law Failing? No Provider Told To Block Any Site

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:03:05 +0000

In 2017, Russia introduced tough new legislation that compels VPN providers to restrict access to sites blocked by regular ISPs or get blocked themselves. Now, several months on, not a single VPN provider has had any action taken against them, despite an estimated 25% of local Internet users using such products.

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New uTorrent Web Streams and Downloads Torrents in Your Browser

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:23:00 +0000

BitTorrent Inc. has quietly rolled out its brand new "uTorrent Web." The software allows users to download and stream torrents directly in their default web browser. In the long run, the web version is expected to rival the "original" client.

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Spanish Authorities Launch New Campaign to Block Pirate Websites

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:07:59 +0000

The Civil Guard, Spain's oldest law enforcement agency, has announced a new anti-piracy campaign. Targeting websites promoting content on P2P networks such as BitTorrent, the agency says it has just blocked 23 websites dealing in movies, TV shows, music, and videogames. This is claimed to be just the beginning but the pirates are already fighting back.

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Chrome and Firefox Block Torrentz2 Over “Harmful Programs”

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:50:11 +0000

Chrome and Firefox are blocking direct access to the popular torrent meta-search engine Torrentz2.eu. According to Google's safe browsing program, some pages on Torrentz2 contain harmful programs. The site's operator contradicts this and notes that the only ad they have promotes a VPN service.

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Bell Asks Employees to Back Pirate Site Blocking Plan

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:54:30 +0000

Bell, Canada's largest telecommunications company, is asking its employees to support the company's calls to have pirate sites blocked. Through an internal message, employees are encouraged to share their thoughts with the local telecom regulator CRTC, However, this effort may just backfire.

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Dutch Continue to Curb Illegal Downloading But What About Streaming?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:46:47 +0000

After previously being legal for personal use, in 2014 the Netherlands banned downloading of copyrighted content. In 2013, 41% of people engaged in the practice but according to a new study, just 24% admitted to having downloaded pirate media within the previous 12 months. While that sounds like good news, unauthorized streaming is absent from the stats.

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Australian Pirate Site Blocks Actually Block Pirate Sites

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:26:14 +0000

New research, promoted by copyright holders, concludes that Australia's pirate site-blocking efforts are paying off. The court-ordered blockades have effectively limited the number of direct visits to blocked sites. Whether the effect is as pronounced as claimed is unclear though, in part because VPN usage is not accounted for.

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TVAddons Suffers Big Setback as Court Completely Overturns Earlier Ruling

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:23:15 +0000

In 2017, Kodi add-on site TVAddons was taken offline following a copyright complaint from Canada's largest telecoms companies. TVAddons' owner was subjected to a no-notice search, something which caused outrage at the time. Soon after a judge found serious errors in the execution of the search order and vacated it. Now, in a major setback for TVAddons, an appeals court has overturned that ruling.

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SkyTorrents Dumps Massive Torrent Database and Shuts Down

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:12:27 +0000

The ad-free and privacy-focused torrent site "SkyTorrents" has become a victim of its own success. With millions of pageviews per day, the site was too expensive to manage, leaving the operator no other option than to shut it down. People who are interested in the site's 15 million torrent database can now grab a copy before it disappears for good.

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Pirate Site Admin Sentenced to Two Years Prison & €83.6 Million Damages

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:07:47 +0000

A man said to be the brains behind one of France's most popular streaming sites has been sentenced in his absence by a court in the suburbs of Paris. Currently on the run, the 41-year-old was sentenced to two years in prison and a shocking 83 million euros in damages after infringing the rights of companies including Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.

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BitTorrent Client uTorrent Suffers Security Vulnerability (Updated)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:01:09 +0000

BitTorrent client uTorrent is suffering from an as yet undisclosed vulnerability. The security flaw was discovered by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy, who previously said he would reveal a series of "remote code execution flaws" in torrent clients. BitTorrent Inc. has rolled out a 'patch' in the latest Beta release and hopes to fix the stable uTorrent client later this week.

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Steal This Show S03E13: The Tao of The DAO

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:10:18 +0000

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest decentralization and file-sharing news. In this episode, we talk to Chris Beams, founder of the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Bisq.

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Copyright Trolls Target Up to 22,000 Norwegians for Movie Piracy

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:47:03 +0000

The Oslo District Court has effectively given a Danish law firm the go-ahead to target up to 21,804 potential pirates with cash settlement demands. Njord Law ran into trouble at the Supreme Court last year when it was found that its evidence against alleged pirates failed to show serious levels of infringement. This time around it has clearly learned from its earlier experiences.

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Canadian Pirate Site Blocks Could Spread to VPNs, Professor Warns

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:32:37 +0000

A group of prominent Canadian ISPs and movie industry companies are determined to bring pirate site blocking efforts to North America. This plan has triggered a fair amount of opposition, including cautioning analyses from law professor Michael Geist, who warns of potential overblocking and fears that VPN services could become the next target.

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Flight Sim Company Embeds Malware to Steal Pirates’ Passwords

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:55:27 +0000

Flight sim company FlightSimLabs has found itself in trouble after installing malware onto users' machines as an anti-piracy measure. Code embedded in its A320-X module contained a mechanism for detecting 'pirate' serial numbers distributed on The Pirate Bay, which then triggered a process through which the company stole usernames and passwords from users' web browsers.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 02/19/18

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:58:17 +0000

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Justice League' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Thor Ragnarok'. 'Pitch Perfect 3' completes the top three.

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