The 28-year-old former operator of a French-based torrent site has been ordered to serve a year in jail and pay a five million euro fine. A moderator received a four-month suspended sentence. Somewhat unusually, four regular users of the site were tracked down by their IP addresses. They too received custodial sentences.
Chrome and Firefox are actively blocking direct access to the The Pirate Bay’s download pages. According to Google’s Safe Browsing diagnostics service TPB contains “harmful programs,” most likely triggered by malicious advertisements running on the site. Comodo DNS also showed a “hacking” warning but this disappeared after a few hours.
The UK Government’s Digital Economy Bill has moved a step closer to becoming law after its second reading in Parliament. With unanimous support, the current two-year maximum custodial sentence for online piracy is almost certain to increase to a decade. However, the reading also covered other familiar ground – pressure on Google to do something about piracy.
Research commissioned by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has found that half of 16 to 24-year-olds use stream ripping tools to copy music from sites like YouTube. The industry group says that the problem has grown so much that in volume terms it has overtaken downloading from ‘pirate’ sites.
Videomega is a huge file-hosting service and one of the world’s largest sites, period. However, during the past few days, the site disappeared and its alleged operator dropped off the radar. This has outraged uploaders to the site who are usually paid commission based on the number of views they obtain. Some say they are thousands of dollars out of pocket.
Just days after its official release, the TIDAL downloading tool “TiDown” is already in trouble. The music streaming service wasted no time and quickly pulled it offline, with help from GitHub. The developer doesn’t plan to fight the takedown request, but it will be very hard to prevent the open source code from spreading.
After years of being left alone by entertainment industry companies, regular file-sharers in Sweden are now in the cross-hairs of copyright trolls. Using data gathered by anti-piracy outfit Excipio, lawyers are about to send users of The Pirate Bay and similar sites demands for hard cash – or else.
A unique FBI operation carried out four years ago targeted several pirate Android app marketplaces, seizing their domains and arresting their operators. This month saw the first conviction, with SnappzMarket’s ‘PR manager’ Scott Walton receiving a 46-month prison sentence for conspiracy to commit copyright infringement.
Kim Dotcom’s request for his extradition hearing to be live streamed on the Internet has been granted by a New Zealand High Court judge. Beginning tomorrow, proceedings will be broadcast live on YouTube, despite protests from the United States that the stream could prejudice Dotcom’s criminal trial in the U.S. should he be extradited.
Denuvo is one of the most famous anti-piracy systems in use today. Earlier this month the protection was properly cracked for the first time on Rise of the Tomb Raider, but that was after the game had been out for 193 days. Now, similar protection on the game ‘Inside’ has been defeated in just six weeks.