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Torrents surge in 2013 despite anti-piracy push

Torrents surge in 2013 despite anti-piracy push

Torrents increased by 50-percent over the past year, as internet users uploaded rising amounts of content - much of it copyrighted - despite attempts by content owners to lock down access to high profile sites like The Pirate Bay. In fact, the site now lists more than 2.8m files, TorrentFreak points out, predominantly video, and with uploads rising by half in 2013 and doubling compared to two years ago.

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Google took no action against links in 9% of takedown requests

Google took no action against links in 9% of takedown requests

Google, the world's biggest search engine, receives vast quantities of takedown requests, where individuals and entities can request that Google take down a link containing allegedly infringing content in 2013. The number of takedown requests has grown exponentially over the years, having hit 235,000,000 links said to violate copyrights. Of these, Google decided to discard 9-percent of the requests, amounting to 21 million Web addresses.

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Iron Maiden using piracy to target concert tour with great success

Iron Maiden using piracy to target concert tour with great success

It would appear that bands that have gotten over the madness hump that is the realization that their music is being pirated have begun taking advantage of that fact. One perfect example is Iron Maiden, a band that this week has revealed that they take the data they’ve gathered on where their music is being pirated, and instead of taking the massive time and resources involved in persecution to punish these areas, they’ve aimed their concert series directly for them.

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AT&T patents anti-piracy measures to “protect” file sharers from selves

AT&T patents anti-piracy measures to “protect” file sharers from selves

AT&T has been awarded a patent that would let the company track subscriber browsing behavior, assign them a "reputation score", and then block "high-risk" subscribers from being able to access file-sharing services. The patent is called "Methods, devices and computer program products for regulating network activity using a subscriber scoring system". In other words, the blocking system could rely on tracking software installed on subscriber computers. The patent was spotted by TorrentFreak and relayed by Gigaom.

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Pirate Bay’s co-founder Warg hit with legal woes in Russia

Pirate Bay’s co-founder Warg hit with legal woes in Russia

This summer, Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced to jail in Sweden after being sent there from Cambodia, where he was arrested after having received a sentence back in 2009 that ultimately resulted in a multi-million fine. Warg was sentenced in Sweden over a separate hacking charge, and now faces additional woes as a Russian court has hit him with a copyright infringement charge due to hosting certain movies.

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Football Manager 2013 downloaded 10.1m times illegally say devs

Football Manager 2013 downloaded 10.1m times illegally say devs

Piracy of Football Manager 2013 saw more than 10m people illegally download the game since mid-May 2013, Sports Interactive chief Miles Jacobson has revealed, with one copy even being stolen by a user in the Vatican. The title, released for PC in November 2012, was cracked on May 12th, Jacobson said during the London Games Conference 2013, MCV reports, but IP tracking software allowed the studio to monitor exactly where each pirated copy was being downloaded.

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BitTorrent traffic on the downswing in the US for the first time

BitTorrent traffic on the downswing in the US for the first time

For the first time, BitTorrent traffic has declined in the United States, a trend that is said to be caused by more available legal alternatives, such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Prime, and similar streaming and digital-download services. On the flip side, torrenting has continued to increase in Europe, and the most likely reason is similar, if unfortunate -- there are less legal means of acquiring content, and so viewers seek illegal copies.

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Lack of legal digital availability causes jump in movie piracy

Lack of legal digital availability causes jump in movie piracy

The issue of piracy -- its causes, its persisting reality, its effects -- have been debated to the moon and back. Numbers tell a story rooted in fact, however, and according to some statistics assembled and compared by a couple sources, lack of legally available digital movie options consistently results in an increase in piracy, something perhaps not surprising to those who have found themselves frustrated at the inability to find a movie through preferred online stores.

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