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The Pirate Bay Suffers Downtime, Tor Domain is Up - The Pirate Bay has been unreachable for more than half a day now. TorrentFreak reached out to the TPB team and we were informed that there appears to be a technical issue with the servers which should be resolved soon. The Pirate Bay currently displays a CloudFlare error message across the entire site and many proxies are affected by the downtime as well. TorrentFreak reached out to the TPB team who are aware of the issues. They informed t...
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French Police Shut Down Pirate Streaming Site, Arrest Operator
French police have shut down the popular pirate streaming site Films-regarder.co and arrested its operator. According to the local movie industry group ALPA, which referred the case to the authorities, the site may have caused more than 30 million euros in damages.
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After ‘Pirate Shoplifting’ Stunt, Movie Director Speaks Out - While Emmy-award winning director Casey Tebo is no stranger to movies, he’s only ever uploaded one video to YouTube. Unusually, it featured him committing a crime. After discovering that pirate copies of his movie Happy Birthday (starring Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler) were being given away in a local store, Tebo decided to turn the tables. Camera in hand, he documented himself stealing clam chowder ingredients from the same store. If ...
After director Casey Tebo went "shoplifting" to make a point about online piracy, commenters on YouTube and Twitter showed him no mercy. However, noticing that no matter how far the director was pushed he remained friendly, TF caught up with him for a chat. What we found was a really cool guy - with a secret.
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Powerful Copyright Alliance Mulls its Own Anti-Piracy Service
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Netflix VPN Crackdown, A Year of Frustrations - In an move to appease Hollywood’s major studios, last year Netflix increased its efforts to block customers who circumvent geo-blockades. As a result, it has become harder to use VPN services to access Netflix content from other countries. However, the measures also affect well-intentioned customers who merely use a VPN to protect their privacy. This broad blocking policy has sparked wide protests and now that 12 months have passed, we take a ...
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Megaupload 2.0 News Delayed By ‘Expected’ Roadblock - January 2012, New Zealand Police carried out the largest action ever against individuals accused of copyright infringement. The raid on Kim Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion was carried out on behalf of United States authorities, who are still trying to extradite him and several of his former colleagues. Meanwhile, Dotcom hasn’t been sitting still. Today, exactly five years after the raid on his house and the destruction of the original Megau...
A few hours ago Kim Dotcom was gearing up to make an important announcement about a new version of the defunct Megaupload service. However, with minutes left to go, the Megaupload 2.0 plans hit an "expected" roadblock, which means that the wait continues.
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China Bans Unauthorized VPN Services in Internet Crackdown - While the Internet is considered by many to be the greatest invention of modern time, to others it presents a disruptive influence that needs to be controlled. Among developed nations nowhere is this more obvious than in China, where the government seeks to limit what citizens can experience online. Using technology such as filters and an army of personnel, people are routinely barred from visiting certain websites and engaging in...
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‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Settles Copyright Battle with Movie Studios
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Piracy is Theft! Classic Anti-Piracy Ads From the ’90s - Every now and then it can be quite amusing to look back at some of the anti-piracy campaigns deployed by rightholders in the past. Especially, when contrasted with newer initiatives. Last week we reported on a new UK campaign where suspected pirates will get an “educational alert” in the mail if they are ‘caught’ sharing infringing content using BitTorrent. The initiative breaks with the more aggressive traditions of scaring pirates w...
Piracy is by no means a new phenomenon. The entertainment industries have been concerned by unauthorized copying for several decades, and still are. Anti-piracy campaigns are not new either, and today we take a look at some classic examples from the early '90s.
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UK Police Threats Fail to ‘Impress’ Pirate Site Operator - For most police departments, online piracy has no priority, but in recent years City of London Police have made copyright infringement one of their main targets. In September 2013, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) was founded, marking the start of a broad enforcement campaign to decrease traffic to online pirate sites. To achieve this goal PIPCU has targeted hosting services, advertisers and payment processors, as...
City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit is targeting online piracy on multiple fronts. Besides pressing advertisers and hosting companies, pirate site owners are also being contacted directly. This week some fresh letters were sent out, urging operators to shut down or go legit. However, not all recipients are impressed by the latest enforcement action.
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Steal This Show S02E09: The Information Apocalypse - If you enjoy this episode, consider becoming a patron and getting involved with the show. Check out Steal This Show’s Patreon campaign: support us and get all kinds of fantastic benefits! This episode features LBRY‘s founder and CEO, Jeremy Kauffman. Jeremy introduces us to the soon-to-be-launched, blockchain-based, P2P content platform LBRY, and discusses the excitements, challenges and potential threats to liberty of running a completel...
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Megaupload 2.0 News Delayed By ‘Expected’ Roadblock - January 2012, New Zealand Police carried out the largest action ever against individuals accused of copyright infringement. The raid on Kim Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion was carried out on behalf of United States authorities, who are still trying to extradite him and several of his former colleagues. Meanwhile, Dotcom hasn’t been sitting still. Today, exactly five years after the raid on his house and the destruction of the original Megau...
A few hours ago Kim Dotcom was gearing up to make an important announcement about a new version of the defunct Megaupload service. However, with minutes left to go, the Megaupload 2.0 plans hit an "expected" roadblock, which means that the wait continues.
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