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    News The Pirate Bay’s Stuck in Time, No New Uploads

    The past year has been a rough one for The Pirate Bay. The site has repeatedly suffered downtime and, to a subset of users, it was unavailable for weeks on end. The Pirate Bay’s technical team hasn’t been very outspoken on the issues. However, a few days into the new year it’s clear that 2019...
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    Pirate IPTV Services Will Be Blocked Says Set-Top Box Manufacturer

    Over the past couple of years, unauthorized IPTV services have been making their presence known in the ‘pirate’ TV space. As recently reported, pirate IPTV services are accessed by 5.5% of US and Canadian households. The range of content is phenomenal, with few – if any – official entertainment...
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    First Pirated DVD Screeners of the Season Leak Online

    Towards the end of the year, movie screeners are sent out to industry insiders who cast their votes for the Oscars and other awards. It’s a highly anticipated time for pirates who hope to get copies of the latest blockbusters early, which is traditionally what happens. This year the wait was...
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    UK Police Arrest Man Over ‘Nintendo Switch’ Modding, Warn Game Pirates

    As one of the most iconic game manufacturers in the world, Nintendo has been fighting piracy for many years. Most action is taken by the company’s in-house anti-piracy division or through trade groups such as the ESA. However, this month the City of London Police also offered a helping hand...
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    Movie ‘Pirates’ Let Down by Lack of Screener Releases Around Christmas

    At the end of the year, movie industry insiders traditionally receive their screener copies, which they use to vote on the Oscars and other awards. As is tradition, quite a few of these advance screeners copies will leak onto various pirate sites. In recent years release group Hive-CM8 has...
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    Metal Band Bans Photographer After Copyright Clash

    When piracy hits the mainstream news, it’s often in relation to books, games, music, TV-shows and movies. These industries grab headlines because of the major players that are involved, but they are not the only ones dealing with piracy. In the age of social media, photographers are arguably the...
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    Philippines Could Revoke Licenses of ISPs That Help to Facilitate Piracy

    Many countries around the world have site-blocking regulations or laws in place or are considering implementing them. The Philippines sits in the latter category and is attacking the issue with gusto. A new bill introduced by Senator Vicente “Tito” Castelo Sotto III highlights the thorny issue...
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    Bryan Adams: Longer Copyright Term Enriches Intermediaries, Not Creators

    After long negotiations, the Canadian Government agreed earlier this year that the country’s current copyright term will be extended by 20 years. This change was part of the trade deal negotiations with the US and Mexico. By extending copyright protection to life plus 70 years, ‘rightsholders’...
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    Doxxing Pirates or Even Anti-Pirates is No Way to Solve Disputes

    On December 22, famous cracking group CPY released a ‘cracked’ copy of City Patrol: Police online. While there doesn’t seem to be much to be excited about gaming-wise, the controversy around the release itself is quite extraordinary. When release groups ‘crack’ a game, they release the title...
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    ‘The Walking Dead’ Most Torrented TV-Show of 2018

    At the end of every year we take a look at the most-downloaded TV-episodes among torrenting pirates. The list was headed by Game of Thrones for six years in a row, but this reign has now come to an end. With no new GoT episodes in 2018, the title was up for grabs and The Walking Dead has...
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    Even TorrentFreak Gets ‘Pirated’ On a Daily Basis

    Since 2005, TorrentFreak has been a fairly popular source for file-sharing, piracy, and copyright-related news. It’s a project that takes up most of our lives and many hundreds of hours every month. We love what we do and we’re grateful to every single one of our readers who help us by taking...
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    Top 3 Copyright ‘Owners’ Sent Google a Billion Takedown Requests

    Day in and day out copyright holders are flooding Google with DMCA takedown notices, pointing out links to pirated content. While the volume has started to decrease over the past year or two, the numbers are still dazzling. In 2018, copyright holders have reported around 700 million allegedly...
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    Bahnhof: The ISP That Fights For Privacy and a Free Internet

    Back in 1991, when the World Wide Web (WWW) first became publicly available, few people knew what an impact it would have on the planet. Today, more than 27 years later, a world without the Internet is a prospect that even fewer people are prepared to consider. There can be little doubt that the...
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    New UK ‘Live’ Sports Injunction Will Target Pirate Streams Until 2020

    A decade ago the vast majority of ‘pirate’ content was consumed after the fact but there has been a significant shift towards live TV programming in recent years, largely through IPTV and similar unlicensed services. This phenomenon has proven a real thorn in the side of sports broadcasters who...
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    Domain Registrar Can be Held Liable for Pirate Site, Court Rules

    in September 2013, H33T.com, one of the Internet’s most-visited torrent sites at the time, disappeared from the web . Although the downtime was initially shrouded in mystery, it later became clear that the site had been targeted in a copyright infringement action. In order to stop the...
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    Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 12/24/18

    This week we have three newcomers in our chart. Johnny English Strikes Again is the most downloaded movie. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are...
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    Pirate IPTV Subscriptions Remain Rampant in North America

    Increasingly, people are cancelling their expensive cable subscriptions, opting to use cheaper or niche-based Internet TV instead. While there are plenty of legal options available, there’s also a broad offer of easy-to-use set-top boxes which are specifically configured to receive pirated...
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    Selling Pirate Movies & Putting the Money in a Personal PayPal Account is Insane

    On December 12, the US Department of Justice revealed that a federal grand jury had indicted five men in four countries on charges that they distributed or offered for sale hundreds of movies and TV shows in advance of their official release. While none of the men has yet to be proven guilty in...
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    YouTube’s Copyright Protection System is a Total Mess, Can it Be Fixed?

    YouTube’s copyright enforcement is a growing source of frustration, with many creators complaining about overbroad takedown efforts. The protests have become more vocal in recent months, even though the issues themselves are far from new. We first signaled problems with YouTube’s Content-ID...
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    Adobe Piracy Tutorial Takedown Upsets Reddit’s Piracy Sub

    Anyone wanting to develop new skills can find information to do so on the Internet. While many areas can benefit from one-to-one instruction, tutorials on how to accomplish most things under one’s own steam can be found online. The majority of online tutorials are completely non-controversial...