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Police arrest man charged with leaking Expendables 3

One of the biggest movie leaks in the history of internet based piracy was last year’s early release of Expendables 3. It didn’t just hit the torrent sites after the film was in cinemas, or when a screener copy was released, it came out in HD quality even before cinemagoers …

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Court Orders ISPs to disconnect pirates

An Irish court has ruled in favour of several large record labels, forcing Ireland based Internet Service Provider, UPC, to introduce a three strike rule, that will disconnect repeat offenders when it comes to copyright infringement and illegal downloads. The case originally kicked off half a year ago when the …

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London Lawyer will defend accused movie pirates for free

Although the tactics of media lobby groups that claim to be protecting the rights of movie makers have been dubious in the past, one of the more deplorable practices some take part in is the sending of extortive letters to households, threatening a court room if a fine isn’t paid. …

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Indian movie group to stop piracy by not releasing movies

In some strange amalgamation of biting off its ball to take it home and spite its face, an Indian government body called the Tamil Film Producer’s Council, has announced that it plans to halt the release of all movies in the region for three months in an attempt to send pirates out of …

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Sued pirates targeted by just three companies

Although it seems to be the case that most media corporations and lobby groups have moved on from attempting to target movie and TV show pirates with lawsuits, that was a pretty popular tactic in the ’00s. Not only was it designed to financially punish those that were found to …

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Top DJs spotted using pirated software

It says something about the software industry when it isn’t just penniless students that are pirating music programs, but multi-millionaire DJs as well. Quite a few of them in-fact, as footage from recent interviews with several of them has shown a good number utilising pirated and cracked copies of the world’s …

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Does poor availability lead to piracy?

The Motion Picture Association of America recently released a statement claiming that complaining about availability with movies was ridiculous, as clearly there are many legal avenues to go down when it comes to buying and renting movies in your own home. However research suggests that most of the top-torrented films …

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Adobe is suing Forever 21 for pirating Photoshop

Adobe is suing clothing store chain, Forever 21, as it turns out that the retail outlet has been pirating Photoshop software, according to the new lawsuit filing. The company is now facing serious fines as a result. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in a California District Court. This wasn’t a …

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Pirates have better quality films than Oscar academy

The biggest reason people pirate, isn’t because it’s free, it’s because the service offered by it has always been better than the legitimate one. Netflix gets this, it’s why the CEO recently stated in a letter to shareholders that piracy was its real competition and it’s why music piracy has been …

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Netflix gets it: piracy is competition

While nothing is intrinsically wrong with movie studios and record labels trying to protect the content they spend a lot of money creating, they never consider piracy as direct competition for their service, seeing it instead as outright thievery. This is a very different view from the one held by media streaming …

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Piracy warning letters increase interest in VPNs

The effectiveness of warning letters sent to households that are thought to have downloaded media that’s copyright protected is pretty much unknown. Some people pay up if money is demanded to make the whole thing go away, some ignore it and others fight it saying that it certainly wasn’t them. However …

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Canada makes it illegal to file erroneous copyright claims

After a recent law was passed in Canada that forced ISPs to send copyright infringement notices to their customers, copyright lobby groups have been jumping on the bandwagon and also firing off notices of their own. However, some have been using it as an opportunity to try and extort money …

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Canadian anti-piracy group has been pirating news pieces

If you’re going to call the kettle black, you better make sure that your pot is sparkly clean. Unfortunately for CANIPRE, the Canadian Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement organisation, it turns out that its one has more than its fair share of soot, as the anti-piracy firm has been found plagiarising news …

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Game of Thrones crowned as most pirated show of 2014

Game of Thrones has managed to become the most pirated show of 2014, continuing its annual winning streak. This year’s season was downloaded more than eight million times via BitTorrent, steaming ahead of the rest of the competition. The Walking Dead came in at a distant second place with just …

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This is exactly why British people pirate

We often hear a lot about Australia and its woes with getting legitimate access to movies and TV shows from the US and elsewhere and how that has led to it becoming one of the biggest hotbeds of piracy in the world. In the UK things are a little better, …

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Google removes Pirate Bay related apps from Play Store

Google has gone ahead and started removing popular Pirate Bay applications from the Play Store. An email sent to developers noted that these apps violate intellectual property and Google’s content policy. Google has slowly started getting more involved in the fight against piracy due to intense pressure from media outlets. …

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UK ISPs are now blocking 93 piracy sites

UK internet providers have been forced in to blocking another 53 piracy websites, bringing the total number of sites banned by court order to 93. The ruling came down from the high court and is the latest in a series of on-going blocks. The Motion Picture Association is obviously supportive …

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BT begins blocking private torrent sites

UK based ISP, BT, has gone on another torrent site blocking spree this week, shutting down access to sites that use private trackers and require invites from current members to download from, such as IPTorrents and TorrentDay.  This is the first time that a UK ISP has decided to block …

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Court rejects excessive $30,000 fine for pirating a movie

A federal court judge in Washington has gone ahead and rejected a $30,000 damages award against internet subscribers accused of downloading a pirated movie through a torrent client. The judge, Thomas Rice, expressed doubts that the filmmakers were really hurt that much and branded the $30,000 request as “excessive punishment”. …

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Rob Zombie is a fan of piracy

It’s rare to hear an artist say something that’s not disparaging when it comes to piracy. Most of them are clearly told by their labels or producers that they lost X number of sales because of the downloaders out there, so you can understand why they’re annoyed, or at least …

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Pirate site crackdown helps smaller torent search sites

Last week saw Google instigate a new round of copyright wagon circling by implementing a new downranking system that saw many of the internet’s most popular torrent search sites all but removed from the search engine’s results pages. While this had a surprisingly hefty impact on those sites’ traffic, it’s …

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Pirate Bay founder found guilty in hacking trial

Gottfrid Svartholm, the founder of notorious torrent site, The Pirate Bay, has been found guilty of hacking crimes by a Danish Court. Svartholm and an unnamed accomplice were found to have illegally accessed systems operated by IT company, CSC. The TPB founder was originally arrested way back in 2012, so …

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Piracy Crime Unit PIPCU secures funding until 2017

The City of London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is a government funded organisation dedicated to clamping down on intellectual property and copyright infringements, most notably online piracy. It’s been in operation for a few years now and clearly the government is pleased with its progress, as it’s now …

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Google to make big push for legitimate media sources

Google has announced that in the near future, its search features are going to cater much more to legitimate sources of media than it does currently, promising that some of the world’s most popular and stubborn pirate sites will no longer feature anywhere near as high in the rankings as …

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Italy lifts ban on many ‘pirate’ sites

Last year Italy dropped the ban hammer on a bunch of different sites, claiming they were heavily involved in media piracy. Some of these were file lockers like Mega, while others were webmail clients like Mail.ru. Since then however, the site owners have been appealing the decision and now after nearly a …

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