RIP, EZTV: One of the largest TV pirating rings is dead. Torrent sites like Kickass and Pirate Bay have also added a warning to EZTV’s files reading: THIS DOMAIN HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY SCAMMERS. STAY AWAY.
If piracy levels translate to actual ratings, Z Nation is poised to be a surprise hit for Syfy. 300,000 unique IP addresses downloaded the premiere within 24 hours of it airing. That puts Z Nation ahead of Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, and a copy of Expendables 3 that leaked weeks early. [Variety]
You've heard of rare records before, but what Wu-Tang Clan is planning for its stealthy double album, The Wu–Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is unprecedented. The legendary rap group will sell only one copy, encased in an engraved silver and nickel box. It will be very, very expensive.
That was quick. After closing up shop yesterday among the usual copyright questions, and just a week after its first launch, Popcorn Time is back. TorrentFreak has the story of how the project, abandoned by its founders, will live on at the hands of YTS developers.
The Pirate Bay is leaving Sweden, because pressure from a local anti-piracy group representing the entertainment industry is getting too much for it. Instead, the 'Bay will be hosted across Norway and Spain, reports Torrent Freak.
Torrenting, it's the tool of thieves and pirates, right? The evil protocol no honest person should ever dare touch? Not quite, but it's got that reputation with some, and it's trying hard to shake it. According to BitTorrent's executive director of marketing Matt Mason, they plan to take it all the way in the other…
Verizon is being sued by a group of adult movie companies because it has refused to hand over personal details of alleged BitTorrent pirates.
Last time we did this, we were talking about software. This time, let's talk media. That is movies, music, TV shows, and everything else the copyright lawyers scream about.
File this one under rumor, but CNBC just tweeted that Facebook is preparing to launch a new music service on September 22nd, which just happens to be the date of their annual f8 developer conference. What a coinkidink.
In a new interview, acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola takes a radical stance on issues of downloading, copyright, and art: Maybe the students downloading movies and music are right, he says. Maybe we artists shouldn't get paid.
Last summer, a Boston University graduate student was ordered to pay $670,000 in damages for illegally downloading 30 songs. Yesterday, US District Court Judge Nancy Gertner said that was ludicrous and reduced it to $67,000. Thank God.
Is it ethical to pirate ebooks of texts you already bought in a bookstore? Randy Cohen, the New York Times Magazine ethicist who weekly presides over readers' matters of morality, says yes it is.
A group of online music industry giants, including Apple, Amazon and MySpace, have teamed up to form "Why Music Matters," a group aimed at turning pirates into purchasers.
Is there any doubt that the value of purchased music is plummeting? Universal, one of the big four record labels, is planning to cut the prices of almost all of its CDs to between $6 and $10.
According to iTunes, I have 22,880 items in my music collection. That adds up to 70.9 days worth of music, taking up 145.26 GB of hard drive space. And thank God for it.
Warner Music, one of the four largest record labels, is upset with just how free their music is online, and they're not talking about piracy: They're worried about legit, ad-supported services like Last.fm, Spotify and Pandora. Uh oh.
This is embarassing. Jack Yates has been sentenced to six months in jail for pirating the horrible Mike Meyers movie The Love Guru. It might have been worth it for Star Trek, but come on, The Love Guru?
A delusional Minnesota court has ordered Jammie Thomas,
Kazaa user, to pay a total of $1.92 million for sharing 24 songs. As my own little protest, I'm going to illegally download Metallica's entire discography. And I hate Metallica.