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Nintendo hits two popular ROM sites with a massive lawsuit

Nintendo hits two popular ROM sites with a massive lawsuit

Downloading ROMs of classic games is something a lot of gamers do, much to the distress and frustration of the companies who own the rights to those games. Nintendo in particular has historically taken a hard line against ROM downloads and the sites that make them possible, and it shows no sign of letting up. The company has filed a lawsuit against two massive ROM sites, and if the it gets what it's asking for, the damages could be immense.

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Nintendo Switch pirates beware: you could be banned for life

Nintendo Switch pirates beware: you could be banned for life

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most innovative gaming consoles to launch of late but, like any gaming device, it isn’t immune to one of the entertainment industry’s biggest problem: piracy. Many companies have tried different methods of fighting or discouraging piracy, often at the expense of inconveniencing legit users. Nintendo, however, may have come up with a nearly foolproof method that would ban such pirates from playing games online or even ban them from Nintendo Network for good.

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Google targets Kodi in latest anti-piracy effort

Google targets Kodi in latest anti-piracy effort

Google has stripped autocomplete searches featuring the term "Kodi" from its search engine in an effort to address piracy associated with the software. Though Kodi itself is not a piracy tool, it has become associated with add-ons that make it easy to find pirated content, causing the general public to associate it with illegally uploaded videos and music.

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Flight Sim Labs’ DRM tool could collect Google Chrome passwords

Flight Sim Labs’ DRM tool could collect Google Chrome passwords

Piracy is a problem that has hounded the entertainment and software industry for decades and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel yet. Different people have different opinions on how to cut or at least curb it and tools have come and gone with mixed effectiveness. One software maker, however, may have gone a bit too far in its quest stop a pirate. Popular slight sim maker Flight Sim Labs admitted to shipping an installer that included a tool that, under very specific circumstances, would collect a specific user’s passwords stored on Google Chrome and send them back to the company.

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Nintendo Switch Linux hack offers good news for homebrew

Nintendo Switch Linux hack offers good news for homebrew

For as long as consoles have been around, people have been hacking them. Nintendo in particular has a long and storied history with hackers, especially with its more modern consoles. Healthy homebrew scenes popped up around the Wii, DS, and 3DS, and now that the Switch is on the scene, hackers have turned their attention to it.

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Pirate Bay returns to mining cryptocurrency with visitors’ CPUs, no opt-out option

Pirate Bay returns to mining cryptocurrency with visitors’ CPUs, no opt-out option

Just over a month ago The Pirate Bay's website was found to be using visitors' CPU cycles to mine cryptocurrency while they browsed the site. At the time, the practice was said to be a limited test in order to see if digital currency mining could be a new source of revenue to replace traditional advertising. However, without notice Pirate Bay has returned to mining and offers no opt-out option to visitors.

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Pirate Bay uses visitors’ CPUs for mining digital currency

Pirate Bay uses visitors’ CPUs for mining digital currency

Torrent and piracy websites are in a difficult situation when it comes to raising money. The more they grow in popularity, the bigger the costs of operation get, but they can't exactly depend on advertising revenue to survive. While donations via Bitcoin have been the preferred option for some time now, it appears The Pirate Bay may be moving to a more direct method for generating funds: using visitor's CPU cycles to mine digital currency.

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Popular YouTube to MP3 website is being shut down by RIAA

Popular YouTube to MP3 website is being shut down by RIAA

Long before YouTube Red was a thing, many casual pirates filled their MP3 players with music ripped from YouTube videos. Though the earliest methods of getting this audio were cumbersome, websites quickly appeared online that made the process as simple as providing a YouTube URL and clicking a download button. The most popular of these websites is being shut down for good.

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Darkwood developers put the game on Pirate Bay for those who can’t pay

Darkwood developers put the game on Pirate Bay for those who can’t pay

While most indie game developers would prefer that players didn't pirate their titles, the three-person team calling itself Acid Wizard Studio have done things a bit differently. They've taken their recently released horror game Darkwood and put it up for free on the popular torrent site Pirate Bay, all without any DRM. The reason? They simply want everyone who's interested to play their game, even if they can't afford it.

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Game of Thrones episode leak results in four arrests

Game of Thrones episode leak results in four arrests

Four individuals have been arrested in India over allegedly leaking a new episode of Game of Thrones. According to a statement from local police, these individuals were in possession of official credentials that gave them access to the new episode. The group is said to have worked for an entertainment company located in Mumbai that would provide access to the episode once it aired in the country.

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Game of Thrones pirates beware: HBO is watching you

Game of Thrones pirates beware: HBO is watching you

One of the most popular television shows is also one of the most pirated television shows: Game of Thrones. The series has been marred by piracy in various ways throughout its life, not the least of which was the major leak that resulted in a handful of episodes hitting torrents networks before airing on HBO. Now that the seventh and final season is underway, HBO is in overdrive trying to protect its property, and it has its sights set on pirates.

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Google Search shows users the best torrenting websites

Google Search shows users the best torrenting websites

In a bizarre turn of events, at least in light of the company's anti-piracy actions, Google Search shows users the best torrenting websites in a single, convenient scrolling set of cards. These cards appear at the top of Google Search when users query 'best torrenting/torrent sites,' and they include things like isoHunt, Demonoid, The Pirate Bay, and more.

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