Kanye has tried repeatedly and often to make artist-friendly streaming service Tidal happen. The premise is that Tidal is a “fair” way to stream music, an artist-friendly experience that gives back money to the creators. Which is great, but it appears Kanye can’t be bothered to pay $200 for music software.
The Motion Picture Association of America, representing six major Hollywood studios, publishes anti-piracy guidelines for theaters that show its movies. This year, for a fun change of pace, they’re actually becoming more lenient.
If you use uTorrent for your torrenting needs, there’s a good chance your client is also mining Bitcoin without you even realizing it, and gobbling up your computer’s processing power.
Tell us about your dark past ... with downloading and sharing media or software. What's the first thing you ever pirated? Were you sharing something you'd bought legally, or were you getting something for free?
Update, 2:57 pm: Looks like it's down again. Will report back when I hear more about the outage.
As I recently discovered whilst trying to teach my roommate about torrenting — educationally, of course — downloading illegal stuff off the internet still isn't the easiest thing in the world. Bitport is a website that's trying to change all that: it will find, download, and stream your torrents to you, all with a…
Nature abhors a vacuum. Aristotle said that. Of course, he was talking about how nature has a tendency to fill empty spaces with stuff. In a way, the internet also abhors a vacuum, and the "downfall" of The Pirate Bay is just the latest example.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Another year comes to a close, and another year of gratuitous television show pirating is in the bag. Who wins the award for the most illicit views? According to numbers from TorrentFreak, Game of Thrones keeps the crown for the second year in a row by a hefty margin. At 5,900,000 downloads, it beats (fantastic)…
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…
"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.
You've seen it in ever war movie ever: soldiers trying desperately to get in touch with command. Well soon they'll hardly have to phone home at all, at least if DARPA has any say in it. They'll get all their data the same way pirates do. Torrents, basically.
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.
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…
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…