Torrent Site BTDB.io Has Domain Suspended By Registry Without Warning
Jun05

Torrent Site BTDB.io Has Domain Suspended By Registry Without Warning

In terms of sheer traffic, BitTorrent Database (BTDB) doesn’t rub shoulders with The Pirate Bay and RARBG but with seven million visitors per month, it’s certainly no slouch. The site began by allowing people to search BitTorrent’s Distributed Hash Table (DHT) but has more recently allowed users to upload their own torrents into categories including movies, TV, music, games and others. According to its search engine...

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More Than Half of All Sports Fans Regularly Pirate Content
Jun05

More Than Half of All Sports Fans Regularly Pirate Content

Copyright holders are no fans of piracy. However, pirates tend to be the biggest fans of their content, whether that’s movies, games or music. Research has consistently shown that illegal downloaders and streamers are more engaged consumers. They also tend to spend more money on subscriptions, merchandise, theater visits and concerts. Thus far most surveys and studies have zoomed in on music and video entertainment. However,...

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Hollywood Studios & Netflix Target ‘Movies Time’ Piracy App
Jun05

Hollywood Studios & Netflix Target ‘Movies Time’ Piracy App

Ever since the rise of Popcorn Time more than six years ago, developers have been coming up with similar-looking clones to try and grab a slice of the market. Given the massive reach of Android, which can be found running on phones, tablets and set-top devices, this operating system is the weapon of choice for most coders. As a result there are hundreds of apps available online today that provide ostensibly free access to pirated...

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Project Gutenberg Public Domain Library Blocked in Italy For Copyright Infringement
Jun04

Project Gutenberg Public Domain Library Blocked in Italy For Copyright Infringement

Project Gutenberg, a volunteer effort to digitize and archive books, is sometimes described as the world’s oldest digital library. Founded in 1971, Project Gutenberg‘s archives now stretch to a total of more than 62,000 books, with a focus on titles that entered the public domain after their copyrights expired. The library does carry some and in-copyright books but these are distributed with the express permission of their...

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Massive Piracy Damages Award Against Cox is Not Excessive, Court Rules
Jun04

Massive Piracy Damages Award Against Cox is Not Excessive, Court Rules

Last year, Internet provider Cox Communications lost its legal battle against a group of major record labels. Following a two-week trial, a Virginia jury held Cox liable for its pirating subscribers, ordering the company to pay $1 billion in damages. Heavily disappointed by the decision, Cox later asked the court to set the jury verdict aside and decide the issue directly. In addition, the ISP argued that the “shockingly...

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Dutch ISPs Must Block The Pirate Bay Despite Fierce Protest, Court Rules
Jun03

Dutch ISPs Must Block The Pirate Bay Despite Fierce Protest, Court Rules

The Pirate Bay is blocked in dozens of countries around the world. In most cases, ISPs are ordered to take action after a relatively short legal process. In the Netherlands, however, pirate site blocking has proven to be a rather cumbersome and slow-moving process, lasting over a decade. The blocking battle started in 2010 when Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN went to court, demanding that local ISP Ziggo should block The Pirate Bay. The...

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