Piracy archive

  • Popcorn Time is dead, but could relaunch in the future under new owners (Updated)
    Home Cinema

    Popcorn Time is dead, but could relaunch in the future under new owners (Updated)

    By 16 March 2014

    Popcorn Time, an app that was essentially the Netflix of movie torrents, is no longer available. (Update below.) The app made it incredibly easy for users to watch any movie they wanted. It removed the confusion torrenting files can bring, and made streaming...

  • Popcorn Time is the Netflix for illegal movie torrents
    Home Cinema

    Popcorn Time is the Netflix for illegal movie torrents

    By 10 March 2014

    One of the aspects that puts a vast majority of people off downloading copyright-infringing movie torrents - apart from their blatant illegality - is the complexity of the process coupled with the ease of use of legal, above-board streaming services....

  • Sony and Disney take on piracy in Korea by streaming movies while still in cinema
    Home Cinema

    Sony and Disney take on piracy in Korea by streaming movies while still in cinema

    By 24 June 2013

    Piracy is such an issue in Asia that both Sony Pictures and Disney are trialling a new scheme whereby films will be available to rent digitally while they are still available in local cinemas. Testing is under way in South Korea and represents the first...

  • Games development simulation game punishes pirates with in-game piracy
    Gaming

    Games development simulation game punishes pirates with in-game piracy

    By 29 April 2013

    Indie game Game Dev Tycoon, which allows you to run a games development company, punishes those who pirate the game with in-game piracy. If players are running a pirated copy of the PC, Mac, Linux or Windows 8 title, they will receive a message that their...

  • BT launches BT Cloud storage service, runs risk of music industry wrath
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    BT launches BT Cloud storage service, runs risk of music industry wrath

    By 1 February 2013

    BT has launched its BT Cloud online storage service for its own broadband customers, which works with apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android, giving subscribers remote access to their own files. All good so far. However, as Musically.com points...

  • TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay documentary movie coming 8 February... free to download, natch
    Online

    TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay documentary movie coming 8 February... free to download, natch

    By 23 January 2013

    The documentary movie about the trials (literally) and tribulations of the team behind The Pirate Bay is to be released on 8 February. It will premiere at 5pm CET (4pm UK time) at the International Film Festival in Berlin and streamed simultaneously online...

  • Pirate ordered to pay $1.5 million for illegally sharing porn movies
    Online

    Pirate ordered to pay $1.5 million for illegally sharing porn movies

    By 2 November 2012

    US BitTorrent user Kywan Fisher has been ordered to pay $1,500,000 in damages to adult entertainment company Flava Works for illegally sharing 10 of the company's movies. It's the largest award handed out in a US case to date. The defendant was accused...

  • Pirates buy more music online than non-file-sharers
    Audio

    Pirates buy more music online than non-file-sharers

    By 16 October 2012

    An in-depth study into music libraries held by both illegal file-sharers and non-sharing peers has found that those who download copyrighted material for free are also likely to buy more content online. It has long been argued by organisations such as...

  • Virgin Media first ISP to block Pirate Bay
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    Virgin Media first ISP to block Pirate Bay

    By 3 May 2012

    Virgin Media is the first internet service provider to comply with the UK High Court order for ISPs to block file-sharing website Pirate Bay. Customers of the company's broadband service are met with a holding page after typing any of the site's addresses...

  • Russian reviewer raves over redubbed The Iron Lady pirate copy
    Home Cinema

    Russian reviewer raves over redubbed The Iron Lady pirate copy

    By 20 March 2012

    A redubbed pirate version of The Iron Lady is making its rounds in Russia at present, and has had at least one rave review. However, the Russian-language translation, entirely voiced by one man, changes much of the script, and depicts Margaret Thatcher...

  • Revealed: Who'd win the Brit Awards based on pirate downloads
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    Revealed: Who'd win the Brit Awards based on pirate downloads

    By 20 February 2012

    The Brit Awards ceremony will be held in London tomorrow night (21 February), and several British or international artists will walk away with a gong given to them by the UK music industry. However, we've found out the list of winners in advance. Well,...

  • TalkTalk ordered to block pirate site Newzbin 2
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    TalkTalk ordered to block pirate site Newzbin 2

    By 15 February 2012

    Back in July BT was ordered by a High Court Judge to block the piracy website Newzbin 2 following legal action from the Motion Picture Association. Then, in November, the MPA reportedly approached Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk to seek a block without...

  • Pirate Bay Supreme Court appeal denied - prison ahoy!
    Online

    Pirate Bay Supreme Court appeal denied - prison ahoy!

    By 1 February 2012

    The founders of Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström, have failed in a new attempt to have their jail sentences for criminal copyright infringement offences overturned. Sweden's Supreme Court will not grant them...

  • Megaupload user data could be deleted in days
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    Megaupload user data could be deleted in days

    By 30 January 2012

    All data stored on the Megaupload servers could be deleted by this Thursday (2 February), including subscribers' personal and legitimate files. A letter filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia states that the storage...

  • SOPA and PIPA officially put on hold
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    SOPA and PIPA officially put on hold

    By 20 January 2012

    The much-criticised Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act have both been officially postponed. The head of the US House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, says that they have taken the critic's concerns on SOPA "seriously" and will put the...

  • Wikipedia blackout to mark protest against SOPA piracy bill
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    Wikipedia blackout to mark protest against SOPA piracy bill

    By 17 January 2012

    In an unprecedented move, Wikipedia, the go-to web-based encyclopaedia, has decided to shut down its English-language website for 1 day on 18 January in protest against the US online piracy bill. The decision to "go dark" came out of discussions between...

  • Microsoft sues Comet for Windows piracy
    Online

    Microsoft sues Comet for Windows piracy

    By 4 January 2012

    Microsoft is suing UK electronics and PC retailer Comet for allegedly counterfeiting thousands of copies of Windows Vista and Windows XP. The shop is accused of pirating 94,000 recovery discs without the permission of the software giant. It is claimed...

  • Virgin Media and TalkTalk block Newzbin 2 block
    Online

    Virgin Media and TalkTalk block Newzbin 2 block

    By 10 November 2011

    Back in July BT was ordered by a High Court Judge to block piracy website Newzbin 2, following legal action from the Motion Picture Association. And now it seems that the MPA thought that ruling would mean that the other members of the "big 4" ISPs would...

  • Super 8 pirate rip traced back to Howard Stern?
    Home Cinema

    Super 8 pirate rip traced back to Howard Stern?

    By 8 August 2011

    A DVD screener of Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams' Super 8 has started to appear on the 'net, which may not come as a surprise to many. However, what does is that the ripped pirate version of the film, seems to have the name of the source stamped all...

  • Film studios demand website showing King's Speech to be blocked by BT
    Online

    Film studios demand website showing King's Speech to be blocked by BT

    By 28 June 2011

    Online piracy looks set to take a major knock as a landmark case begins between BT and Hollywood film studios, who demand website Newzbin2 be blocked for illicit filesharing.  Paramount Pictures and Disney along with many others are involved in the case...

  • iOS 5 jailbreak could ban pirate apps
    Phones

    iOS 5 jailbreak could ban pirate apps

    By 20 June 2011

    One of the hacking scene's new kids on the block, i0n1c (aka Stefen Esser), is considering including a ban on using pirated applications with his next jailbreak, for Apple's forthcoming iOS 5. He may write in a block on using Installous, the software...

  • Torrent honeytraps set up to lure pirates into lawsuits
    Online

    Torrent honeytraps set up to lure pirates into lawsuits

    By 3 June 2011

    Last week, Pocket-lint brought you the news that the maker of The Hurt Locker has filed lawsuits against a record 24,583 people who, it claims, have infringed its copyright by downloading illegal copies of the movie. And that Voltage Pictures is seeking...

  • Hurt Locker chiefs gun for 24,583 file sharers in record breaking lawsuit
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    Hurt Locker chiefs gun for 24,583 file sharers in record breaking lawsuit

    By 24 May 2011

    Makers of The Hurt Locker have broken a world record by filing lawsuits against 24,583 torrent site users for copyright theft. However, it could take up to a decade to find out the personal information of all of those sued. Voltage Pictures has added...

  • Grannies turn to piracy thanks to eBook readers and iPads
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    Grannies turn to piracy thanks to eBook readers and iPads

    By 18 May 2011

    An online poll has discovered that older ladies have been illegally downloading eBooks for devices such as the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad. The Digital Entertainment Survey, conducted by the law firm Wiggin, has found that one in eight women over the...

  • Nintendo 3DS R4 card could prevent resale
    Gaming

    Nintendo 3DS R4 card could prevent resale

    By 9 March 2011

    Nintendo is combating piracy on its 3DS handheld games console through a new system in the bowels of the device. It is understood that the new machine logs all activity, including the use of illegal or hacked cards and flash carts, including the R4 card...