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 desktop variant of innovative torrent client WebTorrent has now clocked up an impressive 250,000 下载, its founder reports. In a market where competing clients are often closed source or commercial ventures, WebTorrent promises to be transparent and non-commercial, forever. And that’s despite Netflix knocking at the door.
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. 然而, 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’ 网站.
It’s no secret that copyright holders are trying to take down as much pirated content as they can, but targeting open source software is not something we see every day. Paramount Pictures recently sent a DMCA takedown to Google, listing a copy of the popular operating system Ubuntu. An honest mistake, 也许是, but a worrying one.
After having covered many YouTube copyright and Content-ID horrors stories, we can now share a personal experience. A few days ago we uploaded the archive of old TorrentFreak TV episodes to YouTube and within hours we received our very first copyright claim. 具有讽刺意味的是, it’s from a friend of the site and one of the last people we expected.
华纳兄弟. is vigorously trying to prevent pirated content from showing up in search results, but in doing so the movie studio has shot itself in the foot. 最近, Warner asked Google to take down several of its own pages, claiming that they are copyright-infringing.
For many years and for millions of people, file-sharing was seen as just that. Need a file? Take one. Have one I don’t? Share one back. 然而, with the mainstream commercialization of the pirate scene, some believe that the golden era of sharing culture is being left behind. But really – does anyone care anymore?