Prominent DDL Piracy Site Snahp.it Shuts Down Citing Security Concerns
Sep23

Prominent DDL Piracy Site Snahp.it Shuts Down Citing Security Concerns

At the turn of the century when server bandwidth was at a premium, peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing stepped in to solve the problem. Rather than a small number of individuals having to foot the bill, sharers picked up their own parts of the traffic tab by sharing content with their peers. In the mid-2000s, server bandwidth became much more affordable and as the years progressed, storing media for direct delivery to end-users became a...

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Movie Companies Demand Over $10m in Piracy Damages from LiquidVPN
Sep23

Movie Companies Demand Over $10m in Piracy Damages from LiquidVPN

A few years ago piracy-related lawsuits were pretty straightforward. Copyright holders would either sue alleged file-sharers or the operators of pirate sites. In recent months, we have seen a new breed of lawsuits filed on behalf of the makers of movies such as “Hunter Killer,” “Automata,” “Survivor,” and “I Feel Pretty.” These lawsuits target VPN providers, which are generally seen as third-party intermediaries. This includes...

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Grand Jury Charges ‘Omi in a Hellcat’ With Conspiracy to Pirate Xfinity & Spectrum TV Services
Sep23

Grand Jury Charges ‘Omi in a Hellcat’ With Conspiracy to Pirate Xfinity & Spectrum TV Services

A little under two years ago, the federal government shut down Gears-branded IPTV services operated by Bill Omar Carrasquillo (aka Omi in a Hellcat). IRS and FBI agents seized “at least” $5.2m from his bank accounts along with a laundry list of supercars and other vehicles, alleged to have been purchased with revenues from Carrasquillo’s TV services. As the government works to take possession of those assets in a civil process, the...

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RLSLOG: Pirate Release Blog Pioneer Throws in the Towel After 15 Years
Sep22

RLSLOG: Pirate Release Blog Pioneer Throws in the Towel After 15 Years

Founded in 2006, RLSLOG.net was one of the pioneers of the ‘release blog’ format. When it first launched, visitors were able to read about the latest pirate releases, who had placed them online and, importantly, what the files were called. Unlike so-called ‘pre databases’ that displayed only raw information, new releases on RLSLOG were presented in an article format with comments on the quality, source (such as DVDSCR or the now...

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Appeals Court Revives Canadian Reverse Class Action Against BitTorrent Pirates
Sep22

Appeals Court Revives Canadian Reverse Class Action Against BitTorrent Pirates

Movie studio Voltage Pictures has gone after alleged movie pirates for many years now. The company and its subsidiaries have filed numerous lawsuits against alleged pirates in the United States, Australia, and Europe, which likely brought in substantial revenues. Last week, we reported that Voltage just launched a new legal campaign in the UK. At the same time, there is news coming from Canada as well, where Voltage hopes to hold...

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Virgin Media Subscribers Told to Pay “Thousands of Pounds” to Settle Piracy Lawsuits
Sep21

Virgin Media Subscribers Told to Pay “Thousands of Pounds” to Settle Piracy Lawsuits

Last week TorrentFreak broke the news that Voltage Holdings LLC, a company well known for tracking down pirates worldwide, has obtained a High Court order compelling Virgin Media to hand over subscriber data. As a result, some of the ISP’s subscribers have begun receiving letters accusing them of pirating the movie ‘Ava’ with the advice that if the matter goes to court, they could be found liable for copyright infringement. Of course,...

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