When The New York Times discovered that a site was sharing copies of their articles without permission, it demanded the associated domain registration service to identify the owner. While some companies may be eager to comply, Njalla is not. The anonymous registration service replied with some unusual responses instead, reminiscent of TPB’s infamous ‘legal threats’ section.
This week it was revealed that a UK man is on the hook for at least £5,000 in settlement fees after his Sky and Facebook accounts were used to live-stream a boxing match. Forget about the supposed risks of using pirate Kodi addons, this is the kind of piracy that the UK public need to steer clear of. While it’s ridiculously easy, it could land people in prison.
It’s well known that copyright holders can use DMCA notices to remove infringing content from search engines such as Google. However, it appears that torrent sites are also being targeted by fraudulent requests, possibly submitted their own competitors.
Pirate Bay founder and former spokesperson Peter Sunde believes that piracy will decrease over time. However, people won’t be better off when online media distribution is in the hands of the powerful few. “Netflix, Spotify etc are not a solution, but a loss,” he says.
What are the most popular torrent sites this year? As we continue a long-standing tradition, we see that The Pirate Bay remains firmly in the lead. Since a few torrent sites have left the scene recently, this year’s top list also reveals some new names.
On an almost continual basis rightsholders are calling for tougher anti-piracy measures on top of more restrictive and punitive copyright law. It’s undoubtedly a threat to current Internet freedoms as we know them. But really, is anyone truly surprised that entertainment companies still hate their content being shared for free?
Forking out for every premium media service around is a hugely costly affair but some people are getting them all for just pennies each. That’s thanks to so-called account generating platforms, where access to Netflix, Spotify, Amazon Prime, HBO, Xbox Live, EA Origin, TIDAL, WWE, and UFC, among dozens of others, cost next to nothing.
Today marks the start of a new year which will undoubtedly bring many more innovations and legal troubles related to copyright, file-sharing, and piracy. We take a look at some of the stories that, with a bit of imagination, could make headlines in 2018.
With 2017 nearing its end, we take a look at the most read news articles posted on TorrentFreak this year. The troubles at ExtraTorrent clearly left their mark with three entries in the top ten, but other popular topics such as Game of Thrones, Kodi, and The Pirate Bay also make an appearance.
For much of 2017, major companies and their proxies involved in movies, TV shows, and live sports have tried to convince Internet pirates that their hobby is dangerous to their computers at best, their lives at worst. The campaign is the Reefer Madness of the digital era and it will prove equally as successful.