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BitTorrent downplays Netflix’s claim of lower torrent traffic

BitTorrent downplays Netflix’s claim of lower torrent traffic

A few days ago, Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, claimed that there was a correlation between the piracy rate in a given region and the availability of Netflix in said region. He says that torrent traffic goes down whenever Netflix comes to town. However, BitTorrent has spoken on the matter and says that Sarandos is woefully ill-informed.

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Shedding DRM hasn’t increased piracy says sci-fi publisher Tor

Shedding DRM hasn’t increased piracy says sci-fi publisher Tor

If you're a fan of science fiction books, odds are you've read something published by Tor Books. Tor is the largest publisher of science fiction content in the world. Last April the company decided to shed all digital rights management in its digital e-books. The move was met with concern from competitors that piracy would run rampant.

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Netflix: piracy rate goes down when we arrive

Netflix: piracy rate goes down when we arrive

Media companies have been in a constant battle with piracy for several years now with no end in site. However, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos thinks that the best way to fight piracy isn't through legislation or trying to catch people and throw them in jail, but rather to offer legal services that are reasonably priced.

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Pirates suggest Copyright Alert System inefficient with crowdsource tests

Pirates suggest Copyright Alert System inefficient with crowdsource tests

On February 25th, several United States ISPs got together and decided to launch the Copyright Alert System (CAS) in order to stop online piracy. With the CAS, ISPs would be able to detect when one of their users downloaded files illegally, and they would issue a warning to the user. The ISPs call it the "6 strikes" program, where the user would be warned up to 6 times, with each consecutive warning being more aggressive than the previous. Pirates from all around wanted to test out just how efficient the new CAS system was.

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Game dev releases sabotaged torrent to teach pirates with irony

Game dev releases sabotaged torrent to teach pirates with irony

Game piracy isn't just something that affects big studios, and it can have a huge impact on smaller teams; that's why the coders behind Game Dev Tycoon decided to release their own cracked version, albeit with a moral lesson hardcoded for pirates. Fully expecting a cracked copy of the game to surface shortly after the $7.99 Game Dev Tycoon was released, Greenheart Games pipped the pirates to the post and added a torrent of their own. However, what downloaders didn't realize was that the cracked version had a bug the authentic one didn't: players would inevitably run into the effects of game theft.

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Lawsuit attempts to use six-strikes copyright system in case against Verizon subscriber

Lawsuit attempts to use six-strikes copyright system in case against Verizon subscriber

Verizon, which just recently finished its acquisition of Mohave Wireless, has been pulled into a copyright legal spat, with a studio that produces adult films having subpoenaed the ISP for copies of its six-strike alerts against the individual being sued. That's not all the information the studio wants, however, with it prying farther into the subscriber's Internet usage.

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HBO exec sees Game of Thrones piracy as a compliment

HBO exec sees Game of Thrones piracy as a compliment

With all the hoopla that has been built up around piracy over the last several years, you might expect anyone associated with a television or movie studio to see people who pirate their content as the devil. At least one HBO executive seems to have a different opinion of pirates. Recently HBO programming president Michael Lombardo spoke with Entertainment Weekly about Game of Thrones and piracy.

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The Pirate Bay becomes world’s largest file-sharing website

The Pirate Bay becomes world’s largest file-sharing website

The Pirate Bay has been the brunt of most legal battles dealing with piracy over the last few years, but apparently that isn't stopping the website from remaining incredibly popular. The torrent tracker has surpassed 4shared, Mediafire, and other popular file-sharing websites to become the world's largest once again.

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Megaupload shutdown increased legal movie downloads, according to study

Megaupload shutdown increased legal movie downloads, according to study

What once was a haven for illegal downloading is now just an afterthought. After the shutdown of Megaupload last year, it seems users are starting to resort to legal downloading means, according to a study from Carnegie Mellon University. The study suggests that studios saw a boost in digital movie and music sales since the shutdown.

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Pirate Bay North Korea move slightly exaggerated

Pirate Bay North Korea move slightly exaggerated

The website and ecosystem known as The Pirate Bay are known for their involvement in the uploads and downloads of countless files across the internet and the legal ramifications of their involvement with said files - and this week they've moved to North Korea. Or so they say they did this month. In fact what they've done is to - so they say - set up a ruse to capture the attention of the public so that they public can become more aware of the fact that anyone can tell them a lie.

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Pirate Bay flees to North Korea for freedom’s sake

Pirate Bay flees to North Korea for freedom’s sake

It looks like The Pirate Bay has set sail for another country, and a country none of us would have expected. North Korea has taken The Pirate Bay in, and has even offered it virtual asylum. It was only last week when The Pirate Bay was forced from its home in Sweden due to the threats the Swedish Pirate Party received from a local anti-piracy group. TPB was then provided shelter in both Norway and Spain.

UPDATE: Courtesy of The Pirate Bay itself, this news announcement was a complete hoax. Have a peek at the real story in our March 5th report.

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ISPs consequences for abusing Six Strikes program revealed

ISPs consequences for abusing Six Strikes program revealed

5 internet service providers, including AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and Cablevision launched their "Six Strikes" anti-piracy program this Monday. The program is the latest attempt for ISPs to stop its users from pirating software and media illegally. At the launch of the piracy program, the ISPs kept quiet about the consequences that would ensue if the users reached their 5th or 6th warning, but now they've explained their punishments.

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