High-Quality Piracy Boosts Box Office Revenues in Opening Week, Research Finds
A new academic study shows that downloading movies from The Pirate Bay can positively affect box office revenue. The research finds that high-quality piracy during the opening week leads to an increase in legal revenues, likely due to a 'promotional' effect. However, this effect reverses in the weeks after. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-13 05:32:44 READMORE
BREIN Planning to Tighten The Noose on Pirates & Intermediaries
Dutch anti-piracy group says it has remained busy during the COVID-19 lockdown period. In a report detailing its activities of the past six months, the group says that in addition to 250 enforcement actions against content providers, it is planning to tighten the noose on intermediaries. They need to cooperate more if they want to take advantage of their limited liability status. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-12 17:59:26 READMORE
Interest in Kodi Declines After a Turmultuous Few Years of Piracy Headlines
After many years of being mentioned in the same breath as movie and TV show piracy, interest in the Kodi media player appears to have peaked and is now on the decline. That's according to Google Trends data which suggests that after reaching a high in early 2017, interest via search is now on a continuous downward trend. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-12 03:14:31 READMORE
Pornhub Sister Company Wants to Expose Video Hosting Site ‘Pirates’
MG Premium has requested three new DMCA subpoenas targeting the operators and uploaders of video hosting sites Tapecontent.net, Netu.tv and Gounlimited.to. Pornhub's sister company requests information from Cloudflare in the hope of identfiying those who share its copyrighted material without permission. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-11 20:16:10 READMORE
Sky Targets ‘Evil King Media’ IPTV App, Developer Says “No More Updates”
Android app Evil King Media (EKM), which provided free access to 'pirate' IPTV streams, VOD content and music has been targeted by Sky. Following the forced removal of the software from Github after several other takedowns filed with Google, the developer says EKM should be deleted. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-11 04:32:54 READMORE
GitHub Reinstates ‘Chimera13’ iOS Jailbreak After DMCA Counter Notice
Early last month, GitHub was asked to pull the Chimera13 iOS jailbreak code offline. The request didn't come from Apple, as some would think, but from the team behind another jailbreak tool. The developer of Chimera13 countered the notice and that had the desired effect, as it's now restored in its full glory. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-10 16:41:29 READMORE
Top 10 Most Torrented Movies of The Week – 08/10/20
Every week we take a close look at the most pirated movies on torrent sites. What are pirates downloading? 'The Tax Collector' tops the chart, followed by ‘The Secret Garden'. 'Greyhound' completes the top three. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-10 16:14:40 READMORE
Anime Publisher Asks Google to Wipe Dictionary Page
Japanese manga publisher Shogakukan has asked Google to remove a Dictionary.com page for the word 'magi' from its search engine. While Magi is the name of a popular manga comic, it also refers to the Bible's three wise men. Something Shogakukan should know, as the company also publishes dictionaries. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-10 04:36:38 READMORE
Looks Like Sky Was Funding CrimeStoppers’ “Report a Pirate” Campaign
Late 2017, UK charity Crimestoppers launched a campaign to discourage the use of pirate set-top boxes and encourage people to report pirates to the police. While the financial backers of the initiative were never revealed at the time, Crimestoppers accounts reveal that it had £100,000 at its disposal, with the amount now attributed to broadcasting giant Sky. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-09 20:09:20 READMORE
Convicted Copyright Troll Lawyer Sues US Attorney General Over His Right to ‘Trap’ Pirates
Paul Hansmeier, one of the lead attorneys behind the controversial Prenda Law firm, has sued US Attorney General William Barr. The former attorney, who's sitting out a 14-year prison sentence, wants the court to greenlight his plans to trap pirates with a honeypot. The US sees this as a criminal act but, according to Hansmeier, it is the only effective way to stop torrent piracy. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-09 05:29:24 READMORE
Disney Reminds Court That Pirate Megavideo Indexing Site Still Owes $500K from 2010
When pirate sites agree to settle lawsuits, these cases tend to disappear into the night. However, when stream-linking site 66Stage agreed to pay Disney $500K in 2010 for linking to pirated movies on Megavideo and other sites, the movie company expected to get paid. A decade on, it appears that Disney has a very long memory. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-08 20:20:15 READMORE
ISP Cox Asks Court to Reduce Piracy Damages By $243 Million
Cox Communications is requesting a reduction of the piracy damages awarded by a Virginia jury last year in favor of a group of prominent music companies. The ISP argues that 2,438 duplicate or overlapping works should be scrapped, which translates to a massive $243 million in damages, roughly a quarter of the total. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-08 05:33:02 READMORE
Report: US Pirate IPTV Industry is Worth $1 Billion, So Who’s Making Big Bucks?
The entertainment industry-backed group Digital Citizens Alliance and content protection company NAGRA have published a new study which estimates the pirate IPTV market in the US to be worth a cool billion dollars. So who is making the big bucks from illicit live TV and VOD content and how? From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-07 17:30:06 READMORE
CIPPIC and CIRA Warn Federal Court of Pirate Site Blocking Dangers
The .CA domain registry and CIPPIC have filed their intervention in the Canadian pirate site blocking appeal. The groups argue that the blocking injunction sidelines the telecoms regulator and disrupts the balance struck by the Copyright Act. In addition, they believe that user rights, including freedom of expression, should be carefully considered. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-07 05:05:45 READMORE
FBI Help German Authorities Secure $29.7m in Crypto From Pirate Streaming Site
In 2013, Movie2K was one of the largest 'pirate' streaming sites on the Internet generating more traffic in Germany than Twitter. After making arrrests last year, local authorities assisted by the FBI now say they have secured cryptocurrency worth almost $30m. Overall, however, the site's programmer is said to have made 22,000 bitcoins from his work. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-06 18:09:01 READMORE
Model Sues Cloudflare and Thothub in Mass Piracy Lawsuit (Updated)
Texas-based model Deniece Waidhofer, known for selling access to sexy photos of herself online, is taking action against Thothub, a site that publishes leaked copies of her work. The site, its members, and services it works with, including Cloudflare, are accused of copyright infringement and being part of a RICO conspiracy, the suit alleges. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-06 00:05:15 READMORE
Torrent Piracy Saves Silent Bob’s 50th Birthday Drive-In Cinema Party
When friends of Kevin Smith, aka Silent Bob, threw a 50th birthday party for the actor/director at a drive-in cinema in the US, the plan was to watch the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Unfortunately, the cinema's systems broke down, threatening to ruin the event. Fortunately, a filmmaker was there to download the movie from a torrent site and the show went ahead as planned. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-05 18:19:12 READMORE
AVG Anti-Virus Made The Pirate Bay Unusable
Over the past days, The Pirate Bay was stripped of all content for users of AVG anti-virus. The security software flagged Pirate Bay's resource domain apibay.org as a potential threat. The exact problem with the domain was not revealed, but AVG informs TorrentFreak that it was likely a false positive. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-05 01:38:00 READMORE
French Anti-Piracy Agency Generated €87,000 in Fines From €82m in Public Funding
French anti-piracy agency Hadopi has published its latest annual report, revealing data on its fight against pirates using P2P systems such as BitTorrent. Since its inception 11 years ago, the agency has sent 12.7 million warnings to pirates generating 87,000 euros in fines. Over the same period, the agency itself has cost French tax payers 82 million euros. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-08-04 20:09:45 READMORE