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Popcorn Time Users

Thousands of Popcorn Time users targeted by anti-piracy group

August 26th, 2015

With an intuitive and easy to use interface, Popcorn Time has become the go-to service for users who, let’s be honest, want to pirate TV shows and movies. Underscoring how much easier the service is to use than traditional BitTorrent clients, the ascension of Popcorn Time has resulted in an absolute explosion in piracy since …

Google Search Copyright Infringing Links

Google asked to remove 235M links to copyright infringing content in 2013

December 27th, 2013

Google received more than 235 million takedown requests this year from copyright holders that wanted links to copyright infringing content to be removed from Google Search, TorrentFreak revealed after looking at Google’s copyright-related transparency report. The company acted on over 90% of requests, but it rejected about 21 million takedown requests either because the requests …

Torrent Movie Upload Fine

Court: Torrent uploader to pay $652,000 for one Swedish movie

December 18th, 2013

A man in Sweden who used to upload movies to a torrent site for years has been ordered by a court to pay $652,000 in damages for uploading a single pre-release film, a record so far for a Swedish movie, TorrentFreak reports. That’s how much the studio would have charged to allow the user to …

Obama Administration Streaming Proposal Felony

Obama administration looks to make unauthorized streaming a felony

August 6th, 2013

Although pressure from activists and major tech companies helped kill off the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) last year, it looks as though the Obama administration wants to bring a key part of it back from the grave. The Washington Post reports that the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force last week released a report that …

Google Anti-Piracy Advertising Initiative

Google, copyright holders agree on plan to starve piracy sites of cash

July 17th, 2013

Google has followed through on its pledge to help copyright holders come up with a plan to starve piracy websites of funding. The Guardian reports that Google is kicking off a new initiative that will let copyright holders alert advertising firms when their ads are appearing on websites that distributed pirated content. The hope is …

RIAA Google Criticism

RIAA stamps its feet, demands Google do more to stop piracy

February 21st, 2013

The Recording Industry Association of America is not easy to please. The Verge reports that the RIAA is once again bashing Google (GOOG) over its allegedly half-hearted efforts to combat online piracy by claiming that it has “found no evidence that Google’s policy has had a demonstrable impact on demoting sites with large amounts of …

Verizon Six Strikes

Verizon’s new anti-piracy policy will throttle repeat offenders’ connections down to dial-up speeds

January 11th, 2013

Unless you have acute nostalgia for AOL dial-up service circa 1998, then you probably shouldn’t get busted pirating copyrighted material on Verizon’s (VZ) network. TorrentFreak has got hold of Verizon’s official “six strikes” anti-piracy policy that’s slated to roll out this year and has found that repeat offenders on Verizon’s network will see their connection speeds throttled …

9-Year-Old Girl Piracy

Father of 9-year-old girl accused of piracy compares copyright holders to the mafia

December 3rd, 2012

Thankfully, police in Finland have agreed to end their criminal investigation of a nine-year-old girl over piracy allegations. But that doesn’t mean her family will get away scot-free because TorrentFreak is reporting that her father Aki Nylund has had to fork over €300 to get the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC) to drop the case. And Nylund …