YouTube Ordered to Hand Over Identities of Manga Pirates

By | June 3, 2019

Users of YouTube upload millions of pieces of content to the platform every month, much of it without incident or irritation to third-parties. However, there are those who upload copyright content, most of it music and videos, that infringe on the rights of the original owners. When that happens, copyright holders can file claims with… Read More »

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 06/03/19

By | June 3, 2019

This week we have three newcomers in our chart. Captain Marvel is the most downloaded movie. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the articles of the recent weekly movie… Read More »

Netflix Joins Effort to Expand Aussie Pirate Site Blocklist

By | June 3, 2019

Copyright holders are increasingly demanding that ISPs should block access to pirate sites in order to protect their business. This is also the case in Australia, where blocking injunctions were made possible four years ago following amendments to copyright law. The orders are requested under Section 115a of Australia’s Copyright Act. This allows copyright holders… Read More »

Veteran Pirate With Millions of Downloads Says “Sharing is Caring”

By | June 3, 2019

Probably not Thumper Every week, millions of pirates head off to popular torrent sites for their software fix. Whether they’re looking for the latest operating systems, graphics tools, or DVD/Blu-ray burning software, most things are available for free download. What most people never question is why these tools are available for free and indeed, who… Read More »

The practical digital library updated

By | June 3, 2019

A few years ago I moved my private library to the cloud. It uses Calibre to catalog my books, and the Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS) to provide an Internet-capable catalog. OPDS is built in to a lot of publisher-independent e-reader software. My e-readers can generally retrieve books from Internet hosts that provide OPDS. My… Read More »

‘Netflix’ Flags As a Pirate Site, Or Does It?

By | June 2, 2019

Netflix, like many other rightsholders, keeps a close eye on pirate sites. The company has its own in-house anti-piracy team and also works with third-party companies, to issue takedown requests. Over the past two years, the streaming giant has sent more than five million of these to Google alone. Many of them ask the search… Read More »

YouTube-Rippers Infringe Copyright on “Industrial Scale” Says Judge

By | June 1, 2019

As part of the music industry’s war on so-called ‘stream-ripping’, earlier this year Sony, Universal, and Warner, with assistance from Music Rights Australia and the Australasian Performing Right Association, demanded that ISPs in Australia block access to several YouTube-ripping platforms. Following a Federal Court appearance in April, during which the music groups asked for action… Read More »

File-Sharing Legend “Napster” Turns 20 Years Old Today

By | June 1, 2019

Somewhere in the fall of 1998 a user named ‘Napster’ joined the w00w00 IRC channel, a chatroom on the EFnet network populated by a few dozen elite ‘hackers’. ‘Napster’ shared a new idea with the group. The then 17-year-old developer wanted to create a network of computers that could share files with each other. More… Read More »

As US Stream-Ripping Increases, Almost Half of Rippers Are Educated & Affluent

By | June 1, 2019

According to major industry players, stream-ripping is a growing problem for recording labels and Internet platforms alike. With revenues from streaming set to increase, people permanently downloading music from YouTube and similar platforms is considered a threat. Those who obtain content in this way can effectively circumvent the streaming business model, it’s argued. A new… Read More »