A Smarter Approach To PC Gaming Piracy

There are two ways you can tackle piracy: the way that doesn't work (threats, control and lockdowns) and the way that does (offering a superior service to piracy). » 3/15/15 10:33pm 3/15/15 10:33pm

Have You Ever Bought Something and Pirated It? 

Some people are morally opposed to pirating stuff on the internet. That is fair! (And law-abiding.) Then there are people who pirate stuff sometimes, and pay for stuff sometimes. This question is for you: Have you ever bought and pirated something? If so, why? » 2/10/15 6:00pm 2/10/15 6:00pm

KickassTorrents Domain Seized, Site Back Up at Its Old Home

The ongoing legal drama of the world's huge torrent trackers has just taken another turn. TorrentFreak reports that KickassTorrents, one of the most popular torrent trackers that had most recently taken up residence at Kickass.so, is down after an apparent domain seizure. » 2/09/15 11:00am 2/09/15 11:00am

The Pirate Cinema Is Just Endless Torrenting and I Can't Stop Watching

The Pirate Cinema turns worldwide torrent traffic into art. The results are equally beautiful, chaotic, inspiring, maddening, and there's a slight chance that I can feel my brain melting. » 1/25/15 5:03pm 1/25/15 5:03pm

This Is How We Watch Movies Now: 95% Of Oscars Films Already Online

36 films have been nominated for this year's Academy Awards. And, as of writing, just two of those haven't been leaked in DVD quality online, most whilst they're still in theaters. Whether you think piracy is a libertarian dream or criminal theft, it's clear that this is how things work now. » 1/17/15 1:45pm 1/17/15 1:45pm

It Looks Like Netflix Is Cracking Down On VPN 'Pirating' 

It's one of the internet's open secrets that if you don't live in the US, but wish you did because of the better Netflix offerings, you can use any number of Chrome extensions or VPNs to get around the geo-blocker. However, it looks like the free ride might be coming to an end, as Netflix is starting to crack down on… » 1/03/15 3:35pm 1/03/15 3:35pm

Artist Suing Sony Over Unauthorized Use of Her Song in 'The Interview'

Musician Yoon Mi Rae is not too happy with Sony Pictures right now. Because even though the company has aggressively gone after people who don't respect intellectual property rights, they seem to need a lesson in IP law themselves. Yoon Mi Rae is accusing Sony of using a portion of her song "Pay Day" in the… » 12/27/14 7:00pm 12/27/14 7:00pm

Everyone Is Torrenting The Interview 

After much humming and hawing, Sony released The Interview to the internet yesterday, charging $6 for the privilege of seeing a CGI Kim Jong-Un go pop. And, because this is the internet, hundreds of thousands of people are repaying the favor by torrenting the crap out of it. » 12/25/14 4:13pm 12/25/14 4:13pm

Report: Hollywood Totally Lied About Its Big Victory Over The Pirates

Back in 2013, the Motion Picture Association of America filed one of its biggest victories: a $80 million settlement against Hotfile, a file-sharing website that got on the wrong side of Hollywood. Only, Hotfile never paid anything close to that amount, and the MPAA has been telling a (court-approved) fib about the… » 12/24/14 3:30pm 12/24/14 3:30pm

Don't Trust the Pirate Bay Posers

The Pirate Bay went dark last week following a raid by Swedish police. In its wake a number of sites aping the original have popped up, attempting to fill the void. Don't trust them. » 12/15/14 10:21am 12/15/14 10:21am

This Is Hollywood's Global Anti-Piracy Strategy

The Sony leaks have proved to be fertile ground for celebrity gossip and identity theft, but they're also proving to contain other, more serious details. Like the details of the Motion Picture Association of America's strategy for combating piracy. » 12/13/14 5:00pm 12/13/14 5:00pm

The Pirate Bay Raided By Police, Site Down

Swedish police have reportedly raided The Pirate Bay. The portal has been down for several hours. The site has long hidden behind the relatively lax laws of Sweden, but it appears it's exhausted the leniency. » 12/09/14 3:05pm 12/09/14 3:05pm

Google Continues Its Pirate Bay Crackdown By Axing Apps from Google Play

TorrentFreak reports that Google has started removing Pirate Bay-related apps from Google Play. Given Google's recent crackdown on the most egregious pirate sites, this isn't remotely surprising. » 12/05/14 6:05pm 12/05/14 6:05pm

After Huge Hack, Fury and Other Unreleased Sony Films Leak On the Web

Sony Pictures is having a tough Thanksgiving week. After being hacked almost week ago (by maybe North Korea?), DVD-quality downloads of Fury and other unreleased Sony films have leaked on the web, according to TorrentFreak. » 11/30/14 11:07am 11/30/14 11:07am

BitTorrent Claims Its Users Do Actually Buy Stuff

The (somewhat unlikely) fact that people who pirate movies are also more likely to spend money on movies has been well-known for a few years now. But thanks to a survey conducted by BitTorrent, we can now put a number on just how generous the pirates are. » 11/22/14 10:33am 11/22/14 10:33am

Pranksters Get Kim Dotcom Kicked Off His Own Site For Piracy

Kim Dotcom is probably the most wanted man in the movie theaters' fight against piracy. He's under investigation by the FBI, and they're trying to extradite him from sunny, safe New Zealand to the States. But those pale in comparison to his latest problem: his account on Mega, the cloud storage site he founded last… » 11/15/14 5:22pm 11/15/14 5:22pm

Google's Search Changes Are Reportedly Destroying Top Pirate Sites

Last week Google announced that it would be rolling out changes to its search algorithm to significantly demote sites that receive a large number of valid copyright takedown requests. Now TorrentFreak reports that top sites have taken tremendous hits in traffic coming from Google. » 10/23/14 5:10pm 10/23/14 5:10pm

PopcornTime Defiantly Pops Back Up After Domain Gets Suspended

The most popular way of accessing the popular "Netflix for torrents" service PopcornTime abruptly went down last week when European regulators suspended the domain registration for Time4Popcorn.eu. In a message today, the anonymous devs behind the service say it's back—and won't be permanently shut down ever. » 10/13/14 7:46pm 10/13/14 7:46pm

Google Has a Custom Search Just for the Pirate Bay

You may have noticed that Google has changed a little bit recently. If you search for a site, it includes a handy-dandy site-search right in the results. And as TorrentFreak noticed, that includes one for thepiratebay.se. Intentionally or not, Google is now running a pirate search, autocomplete included. » 10/08/14 10:13am 10/08/14 10:13am

Warner Bros. Fights Piracy with an Army of Bots that Mimic Humans

Thanks to an $80 million lawsuit between Hotfile and the MPAA, a judge just ordered Warner Brothers to unseal records that explained the inner workings of their super secretive system to takedown pirated content. Now, the secret's out, and the secret is "robots." » 10/07/14 2:12pm 10/07/14 2:12pm