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UK pirates sentenced to multiple year prison sentences

Although the music and movie industry have largely stopped going after individual pirates with lawsuits – unless you’re the makers of Dallas Buyers Club – it hasn’t stopped trying to take down those responsible for uploading content. In the finale of arrests made in early 2013, four men from the UK …

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UK ISPs to block 85 more pirate sites

The UK High Court has once again ordered internet service providers to expand its list of blocked sites, with a new wave of 85 sites set to be blocked this week on the likes of Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk. This will be one of the larger ban waves …

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BitTorrent Inc. serves 200 million+ ads a day

When it was announced back in 2012 that the Utorrent BitTorrent client was going to begin serving adverts, it wasn’t a particularly popular move. Despite that though, to this day they continue to be served in monstrous numbers. The latest count has the software’s parent company BitTorrent Inc., serving upwards …

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Meet the UK’s latest anti-piracy ad campaign

The UK has been home to some wonderfully mocked anti-piracy campaigns. The “you wouldn’t steal a car,” campaign birthed many memes and the push for letters warning of piratical activity hasn’t had much of an effect on the sharing landscape. Still, they’re trying and a new campaign, titled: “Get it Right …

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This pirate needs 200k Youtube views to avoid fines

A Czech man found guilty of pirating various pieces of software faced upwards of half a million dollars in fines from the court, after Microsoft, 20th Century Fox and Sony Music demanded compensation for his sharing. However since he couldn’t pay it, the courts came up with a novel solution: …

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Google asked to take down 1500 links per minute

Media companies have lumped Google with a lot of responsibility when it comes to fighting piracy, so much so that Google now handles two million takedown requests every single day. According to Google’s own transparency report, the company received 65 million takedown requests in the last month alone. The math …

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Record labels sue new music streaming service days after launch

The RIAA was much faster than anyone anticipated this week, launching a lawsuit against new music streaming service, Aurous almost immediately following its launch. Aurous has adopted the Netflix model, much like Popcorn Time, offering songs on demand for streaming across devices, without any adverts, as featured in Spotify. The …

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Court orders Google to expose eBook pirate

Media companies are constantly trying to gain access to user information in their fight against online pirates and from time to time, courts do sympathize with them. This week, a Dutch court has ordered Google to hand over the personal details of a user who put pirated eBooks up on …

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Is a torrent vigilante aiding the music industry?

Torrent uploaders – and to a lesser extent downloaders – face the ever present threat of being discovered. If they’re prolific, the knock at the door may come from a SWAT battering ram, but casual seeders may just receive a letter or email from a music lobby group or copyright …

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Netflix 4K content starts leaking on to the web

Netflix has had 4K content for a while now. All of its original shows are filmed in ultra HD and it even has a few third-party offerings, like Breaking Bad. Unfortunately, only specific devices have access to 4K streaming on Netflix and that list mostly consists of smart TVs. This …

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Movies makers want to depose suspected pirates

Remember Dallas Buyers Club? The film featured Matthew Mcconaughey dealing with his personal prejudices, a deadly diagnosis and helping others along the way. It was a beautiful movie about altruism, determination and a struggle against insurmountable forces. When it comes to those that pirated the movie though, the company behind …

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Windows 10 can seek out pirated software

Microsoft recently updated its EULA for Windows 10, noting that the operating system can seek out and potentially disable any pirated software, like games, running on your PC. The new clause in question is found under section 7b of the EULA, which says that Microsoft may check your software at …

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Pirate Party UK celebrates sixth birthday, reminisces

Although Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party has been the most attention grabbing, alternative party championing online freedoms in recent years, Europe’s various Pirate Parties have been holding the fort for the better part of a decade. In the UK in-fact, it’s just celebrated its sixth birthday, at which time the head, Cris Chesha …

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Sky is sending out new piracy threat letters

Customers of Sky broadband in the UK are finding themselves the target of piracy threat letters once again, following a court case last year which saw the ISP forced to hand over information on those that may have illegally downloaded the film The Company You Keep, starring Robert Redford and …

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Pirate Bay was worth prison time, claims founder

Since they haven’t had any real involvement with the site for many years, it’s no surprise that most of the founders of the torrent search site, The Pirate Bay, don’t feel as if they have much of a tie to it anymore. However, recently released from his 10 month stint …

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Microsoft clarifies its stance on Windows 10 piracy

There has been quite a bit of confusion surrounding Microsoft’s stance on piracy with Windows 10. Earlier this year reports suggested that Microsoft would be allowing pirates to upgrade to Windows 10 for free and many assumed that the license would be genuine and grant access to regular updates. However, …

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Microsoft does still go after Windows pirates

Even though pirating many pieces of software, movies and games is incredibly easy for those with a bit of technical know-how, its the long term upkeep that can be difficult. Official updates aren’t likely to work and worse yet, they get complacent, which is where the likes of Microsoft can …

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Anti-Piracy initiative requires VPN outside of the US

It seems that Hollywood has completely missed the point once again. MPAA backed anti-piracy initiative, WheretoWatch.com is a tool designed to point consumers towards legal alternatives to piracy but there is a catch, it is only accessible to those in the US, meaning a VPN is required if people elsewhere …

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Game of Thrones piracy reaches new heights

It seems amazing that the biggest TV show in the world at the moment is a fantasy epic featuring dragons, dark magic and giants, but that’s clearly the case, whether you’re looking at official watches, or pirated downloads. This season of Game of Thrones, much like the ones before it, …

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