A New Study Says You Sell More Music If You Get Rid Of Content Locks

Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems are used on things like ebook and movie files to make them more difficult to share. During the Napster era the major record labels got on board with DRMs in a big way hoping that they could reduce piracy by locking their music files down. But a new study shows what we've all… » 12/01/13 5:51pm 12/01/13 5:51pm

BitTorrent's Taking Out Pro-Torrenting Billboards and They're Awesome

"Torrenting" is kind of a dirty word. It makes you think piracy, doesn't it? Well it shouldn't. Torrenting isn't illegal. It's not even morally ambiguous. It's just a way to send data, and it's awesome. Those are the points BitTorrent's trying to drive home with its rad new ad campaign. » 10/08/13 12:00pm 10/08/13 12:00pm

The Pirate Bay Celebrates 10 Years With a New Blockade-Busting Browser

File sharing site The Pirate Bay set sail ten years ago. While the site and its founders have had plenty of legal trouble along the way, like Keith Richards, they refuse to abandon ship. They're marking a decade of file plundering with a typically typo-laden decree and a new way to circumnavigate torrent blockades. » 8/10/13 11:30am 8/10/13 11:30am

Latest Porno Torrent Blackmail: Pay Up Or We Tell Your Family, Perv

It's one thing if your friends, family, and neighbors find out that you've been doing some torrenting. It's a bit worse if they find out what kind of porn you like. Unluckily for horn-dog pirates everywhere, a new "pay-up-now" letter that's going around pretty explicitly threatens to go around telling people exactly… » 5/13/13 12:37pm 5/13/13 12:37pm

These Are North Korea's Favorite Things To Pirate

When North Korea isn't busy shooting missiles into the sea or photoshopping its navy to make it look a little less pathetic, it takes to a very global hobby: torrenting. TorrentFreak took a peek into exactly what the would-be-supervillian nation-state likes to pirate and, well, they've got to get their surveillance… » 4/13/13 10:20am 4/13/13 10:20am

Last Night's Game Of Thrones Premier Was the Hottest Torrent Ever

Game of Thrones season three premiered last night, and that's kind of a big deal. If you're a fan, you'll need no convincing. But if you need proof of its potency, here you go: according to numbers collected by TorrentFreak, the Game of Thrones season three premier now holds the record for the biggest BitTorrent… » 4/01/13 10:56pm 4/01/13 10:56pm

That Six-Strikes Anti-Piracy Plan Could Be Rolling Out Tomorrow

A tougher stance on piracy from all your friendly neighborhood ISPs has been a long time coming. Wisps and shadows of a policy involving throttled Internet speed and blocked pages have been around for over a year, and have gradually solidified into a six-strikes plan aimed to make a pirate's life a hassle. And … » 2/24/13 11:00am 2/24/13 11:00am

These Are the FBI's Favorite Things to Pirate

Everybody's got their grand plans to put an end to piracy. Cable providers are instituting 6-strikes policies against alleged infringers, and the FBI, they like to take down sites like MegaUpload. But that doesn't mean they don't torrent, themselves. TorrentFreak dug up a little list of what's been being pirated from… » 2/09/13 4:00pm 2/09/13 4:00pm

Where Does Your College Rank on the List of Top 50 Torrenting Campuses?

Being in college is mostly about torrenting things. You learn and flirt and imbibe and have a much more awkward time doing it than you thought you would, sure, but your time is predominantly spent torrenting movies and music and other stuff that doesn't belong to you. And here are the 50 colleges that do it the most. » 10/15/12 11:20am 10/15/12 11:20am

Ukraine Officials Shut Down Demonoid to Impress the US Government

Just before an official state visit with the US, Ukraine's Interior ministry seized all of Demonoid's servers, rendering the torrent site non-functional. Serving the most popular torrent destination following the neutering of The Pirate Bay, TorrentFreak believes the site was a target because Ukraine wanted to prove… » 8/06/12 11:36am 8/06/12 11:36am

Judge Rules You Can't Be (Definitively) Identified by Your IP Address

Common sense dictates that an IP address is just a number associated with a connection, and not a human being. Copyright crusaders aren't exactly known for loads of common sense and rationality. Thankfully, a New York judge has ruled that an IP address alone is not enough to pin illegal downloads on a specific person. » 5/03/12 9:43am 5/03/12 9:43am