Netflix recently made a lot of Canadians sad by announcing a block on using VPNs and proxies to access its services, shutting down a popular, semi-shady way to watch TV online. But according to CEO Reed Hastings, it’s no big deal because no one was doing that anyway.
“Netflix for torrents” service Popcorn Time has always dealt with legal threats from copyright holders. Since it launched in 2014, its original founders bounced so they didn’t have to deal with copyright headaches, and European regulators suspended its domain. But now, even people spreading information about Popcorn…
The Pirate Bay is troubled. With its questionable legality, the torrent site has trouble staying online for more than a few days at a time. It’s been really up and down recently and we’re sick of posting about it, to be honest. It’s still good to know though, so for your convenience (and ours!) we’re now keeping of…
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.
With the news that the “Netflix for torrents,” PopcornTime, is sneaking past the Apple Iron Shield, I’ve got to ask: given our newfound abundance of free, ad-supported and paid streaming services, who is torrenting these days? And what are you torrenting for?
PopcornTime aka basically “Netflix for Torrents” is a wonderful piece of software, but until now it’s been impossible to use it on an iPhone or iPad without jailbreaking the gadgets. Now, the crafty devs have figured out a way to load unauthorized software on a regular iOS device.
When you download the popular torrent client uTorrent, the website describes the software as "light, limitless" and "elegant, efficient." That's ironic because multiple users are reporting that the latest uTorrent update quietly installs processor-hogging bitcoin-mining software without your knowledge.
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.
Update, 2:57 pm: Looks like it's down again. Will report back when I hear more about the outage.
Copyright holders were not shy about asking Google to remove pirated content in 2014. Last year, there were over 345 million requests to take down infringing content, according to a Torrent Freak summary of Google's weekly transparency reports. That's a 75 percent increase from 2013. Google honored most of the…
As 2014 draws to a close, it's time for us to look back on another year's worth of gratuitous movie pirating. And surprisingly enough, this year's most torrented movies weren't actually all that terrible. You've got taste, ya thieves.
In the wake of a police raid in Sweden that shut down the Pirate Bay as we know it, a number of opportunistic torrent sites have created clones. We've said before, Pirate Bay clones are potentially problematic. Nevertheless, Isohunt just launched a tool that makes it confusingly easy to set up your very own open…
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.
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.
The popular torrent site Isohunt just launched a new fully functional website—oldpiratebay.org— that lets you search through the Pirate Bay archives. This is a little bit silly, since Pirate Bay's archives have been public for years. But it's also a little bit useful if you've been having Pirate Bay withdrawal since…
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.