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

I Wouldn't Pay for 2013's Most Pirated Movie Either

On the heels of Torrentfreak's most-pirated TV shows of 2013 is their list of most-pirated movies. Not surprisingly, the list doesn't exactly represent the refined cultural taste you might hope. » 12/31/13 12:30pm 12/31/13 12:30pm

2013 As Told By Top BitTorrent Searches

There isn't one central BitTorrent search engine to release top searches queries of the year, but Kickass Torrents is pretty close. It's definitely a go-to for standard stuff. And the most searched terms in 2013 were all over the place. Let's dig in. » 12/29/13 4:43pm 12/29/13 4:43pm

How an Illegal Streaming Kingpin Makes a Living Off Piracy

If/When you download a torrent full of juicy copyrighted content (shame on you!), you're not paying anyone; that's part of the appeal. But there's money to be made off sharing stuff for free, otherwise why would anyone do it? Torrentfreak sat down with a professional pirate to hear his story. It's fascinating. » 10/19/13 8:00pm 10/19/13 8:00pm

File Sharing Sites Cast Themselves into Exile Over MegaUpload Bust

With the popular MegaUpload file sharing website shut down, several other online locker services, all of which have legal uses, are limiting their features or closing down entirely in an apparent effort to avoid MegaUpload's fate: a forced shutdown by the United States Department of Justice, FBI, and National… » 1/23/12 8:20pm 1/23/12 8:20pm

Just Because You Hate DRM Doesn't Mean You Have Taste

Clearly, not all anti-DRM geeks have the impeccable taste of our own Adam Frucci, who balances smoldering rage toward the Man with a solid fashion sense. Consequently, you're looking at the third- place entry in TorrentFreak's anti-DRM T-shirt contest, because the winner—chosen by popular vote—is ugly (but you can hit… » 7/11/07 10:10am 7/11/07 10:10am