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TorrentHound becomes third big site to shutdown in 2016

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2016 has not been a good year for torrent sites. On top of losing mainstream sharing traction to streaming sites and services, three of the top 10 torrent sites in the world have shut down. Following along with KickassTorrens and Torrentz, TorrentHound has now announced a sudden end to its …

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Mirrors appear for downed KickassTorrents

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The online torrent world was shocked this week when it was announced that the alleged founder of the biggest P2P site in the world, KickassTorrents, had been found and arrested and the site shut down. Much like when IsoHunt disappeared though, mirrors have already begun to spring up in its …

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Torrent takedowns get ahead of Walking Dead pirates

For the first time it seems that those looking to shut down torrents of popular TV shows might be doing it too fast for pirates to share it, as getting hold of the latest episode of The Walking Dead has proved much harder for pirating fans. Many of the biggest torrent …

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Czech Pirate Party happy at charges of operating torrent site

When you get a letter through the post informing you that you are to be charged by the authorities for operating a platform that facilitates copyright infringement, a positive response is not expected – just ask Kim Dotcom. But that’s exactly how the Czech Pirate Party reacted, suggesting that it …

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Vladimir Putin’s internet adviser runs his own torrent site

Even if movie studios might like to paint the world as unanimous in their hatred of piracy, cultures and politicians have different opinions depending where you look. In Russia for example, Vladimir Putin’s recently appointed internet advisor has strong links with a torrent site and has a much more relaxed attitude …

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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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Netflix may one day be run using WebTorrent technology

Netflix and other streaming services like it are crowning achievements of modern web standards and technology; able to stream pedabytes of data to consumers around the world, simultaneously and (mostly) without difficulty. However it faces the same problems as other large online entities, colossal web-traffic bills and the inerrant security …

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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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VPN flaw could allow anyone to view users’ real IPs

In the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, obfuscating systems like encryption, the Tor browser and virtual private networks (VPN) have been championed by privacy advocates the world over as the best ways to protect your data online. However, that latter step may not be as useful as initially thought, …

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Popcorn Time users are settling their lawsuits

The release of Popcorn Time was a watershed moment for piracy. Just as Bittottent made it easier than the early days of file sharing, Popcorn Time changed the game once again and made torrenting just as simple as streaming content from Netflix. As much as this could have been a …

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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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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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Game of Thrones leaked episodes see heavy downloads

As you might expect from a show that was one of the most watched and certainly the most pirated throughout 2014, people are pretty pumped for the unveiling of the new season’s first episode. That is of course, if you don’t frequent major torrent sites, because if you do, chances are …

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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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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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Student charged over homemade 3D cam rig

Considering we’re now entering the realms of 4K displays becoming cost effective and 8K not too many years away, it seems a little surprising that there’s still a market for cam-footage recordings of new movies. While they do tend to beat the DVD screeners to the torrent sites, their quality, …

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The PirateBay homepage has a countdown

File sharers the world over have been a little worried for the past few weeks, as despite managing to stay online for over 10 years without real incident (save for a little scare in ’06), the Pirate Bay seemed to have finally been taken down by authorities after its front-end server …

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BitTorrent is making a peer to peer browser

BitTorrent wants to take the internet in to a new direction with its new browser, Maelstrom, which will run on the BitTorrent protocol. The web browser is in the closed alpha testing phase currently but the development team wants it to solve several problems the internet is facing at the …

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Pirate Bay down for 24 hours, no sign of return yet

Yesterday the world of peer to peer sharing held its collective breath, as several of the world’s largest Torrent sites, including the iconic Pirate Bay, disappeared from the internet. Nobody has been able to let it out yet either, as despite a proxy .CR PirateBay domain springing up, an official …

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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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Google drops search box support for torrent sites

One of Google’s latest additions to its long standing search engine, was “sitelinks,” which gave you links to some of the world’s biggest sites’ most popular sections from within the Google results pages. It also often bundled a search box to look through that site’s content. That’s great for end …

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Popcorn Time goes down after domain suspension

Popcorn Time, the ‘Netflix for pirates’ has had one of its most used domains, time4popcorn.eu, suspended and as a result, the application has stopped working for many users. According to an email sent by EURid, the registry explained that the domain was pulled due to being registered with inaccurate contact …

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British ISPs continue blocks against Pirate Bay proxies

As file sharing has evolved over the past decade, the efforts of lobby groups and studios to stop it have done so too. Back in the day the technique of choice was to sue individual downloaders and uploaders, but that’s time consuming and ultimately has little effect on the number …

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