Cloudflare Suspends Streaming Sites and File Hosters, But Not Over Piracy
Feb19

Cloudflare Suspends Streaming Sites and File Hosters, But Not Over Piracy

As one of the leading CDN and DDoS protection services, Cloudflare is used by millions of websites across the globe. As with any service of its size, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the company’s clientele includes many pirate sites. This includes the likes of The Pirate Bay. In recent years many copyright holders have complained about Cloudflare’s involvement with these platforms. However, the company maintains...

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EU Commission Deletes Article 13 Post Because ‘Mob’ Understood it Incorrectly
Feb19

EU Commission Deletes Article 13 Post Because ‘Mob’ Understood it Incorrectly

Last week the European Parliament and European Council agreed on the final text of the EU Copyright Directive. Supporters of Article 13 say this will lead to a better deal for the entertainment industries at the expense of Google’s YouTube, since it will have to obtain proper licenses for content uploaded to platform, while taking responsibility for infringing uploads. Opponents, on the other hand, believe that the...

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Dutch Filmworks Continues Quest to Identify Alleged Pirates
Feb18

Dutch Filmworks Continues Quest to Identify Alleged Pirates

Piracy settlement letters have become a serious threat in several countries. Until now, Dutch Internet users have been spared from this practice, but if it’s up to local movie distributor Dutch Filmworks, that will soon change. Little over a year ago the company received permission from the Dutch Data Protection Authority to track the IP-addresses of BitTorrent users who shared...

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 02/18/19
Feb18

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 02/18/19

This week we have four newcomers in our chart. Creed II 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 Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the articles of the recent weekly movie download charts. This week’s most downloaded movies are: Movie Rank Rank last...

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Torrent Sites Ban Popular Uploader ‘CracksNow’ for Sharing Ransomware
Feb18

Torrent Sites Ban Popular Uploader ‘CracksNow’ for Sharing Ransomware

The entertainment industries regularly warn the public at large that pirate sites are riddled with malware and viruses, posing a threat to unwitting visitors. While these comments are partly made out of self-interest, they’re not entirely overblown. There are indeed plenty of scammers who upload nasty content that is added to, or disguised as, popular files. This is nothing new and generally speaking, these files are easy...

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When Building a Torrent Site, Streaming Service, or App,  Intent is Almost Everything
Feb18

When Building a Torrent Site, Streaming Service, or App, Intent is Almost Everything

Several weeks ago, former BitTorrent Inc. executive Simon Morris published a series of articles on Medium, discussing his time at the company and thoughts for the future. By any standard, his articles are absolutely first class and a must-read for anyone interested in the resilience of the BitTorrent protocol, decentralization, and how ‘breaking rules’ can create both winners and losers. The third piece in the series...

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