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Pirates Identify Booty by Hacking Shipping Company

When people talk about “pirates” and “hacking” together, it usually refers to those who release versions of software with the digital rights management systems removed or disabled. In this case, it was different. Revealed as part…

Ad Blocking

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UK Culture Secretary Compares Ad Blocking to Music Piracy

Ad blocking plugins have become a topic which polarized opinions and causes some friction between content creators and their readership. Websites like eTeknix rely on advertising revenue to pay staff wages, and help produce detailed content. On…

Kanye West

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Kanye West Caught Pirating Software in Social Media Blunder

Kanye West’s buffoonery on social media is reaching comical levels and makes me wonder if it’s all just a publicity stunt. Initially, West went on an e-begging campaign pleading Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion and…

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Kanye West’s Latest Album Already Pirated Over Half a Million Times

Kanye West recently released his new album, The Life of Pablo, exclusively on the music streaming service Tidal owned by fellow artist Jay-Z. However, amidst numerous complaints from fans that they have been unable to listen…

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Piracy Group Suspends New Cracks to Gauge Sales Impact

There’s always a heated discussion regarding the reason why people illegally download content. Some argue it’s simply down to wanting the latest film/games/album without paying, while other figures like Gabe Newell have suggested piracy is a…

NVIDIA

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Far Cry: Primal And Rise of the Tomb Raider to Use Denuvo

Major publishers have attempted to curb piracy on the PC platform by implementing various forms of Digital Rights Management including SecuROM, TAGES, Games For Windows Live, Rockstar Social Club and many more! In reality, all this…

Indie

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Portugal’s Piracy Blocklist Censors US Indie Developer

Portuguese internet server providers currently have a voluntary agreement with anti-piracy groups and began blocking hundreds of websites which allegedly host links to copyrighted content. This allows copyright holders to easily add new pirate sites to the blocklist…

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Australian Netflix Users Threaten to Cancel Accounts over VPN Crackdown

Following the announcement by Netflix that it will begin cracking down on VPN ‘piracy’ to bypass geoblocked content, a number of Australian users have threatened to cancel their accounts with the video-on-demand platform, citing sub-standard native…

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Netflix Begins VPN Crackdown

Netflix has announced that it is beginning its first widescale crackdown on VPN ‘piracy’ to view geoblocked content in other countries. David Fullagar, Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture at Netflix, revealed the move on Thursday…

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The Pirate Bay’s “Hydra” Has Been Decapitated

This time last year, The Pirate Bay was all but dead; the Swedish datacentre that hosted the notorious torrent site had been raided by police in December 2014, leaving it offline for many weeks. Days later,…

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Pirate Bay Founder Has Built the Ultimate Piracy Machine

Peter Sunde has already served prison time for his part in co-founding The Pirate Bay, but that hasn’t stopped him from creating a piracy machine that could conceivably cost him $10 million a day in copyright…

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ISP’s in Germany Can be Ordered to Block Piracy Websites

ISP’s are the ones responsible for giving the public access to the world wide web and everything that you can find on it. The problem with the public having access to everything is that sometimes they…

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Google Receives 1500 DMCA Takedowns Per Minute

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act gives copyright holders the ability to make takedown requests for any content they deem a breach of copyright law. During the last month, Google received 5,609 takedown notices spanned across 65…

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YTS Closure Down to Deal Struck With Hollywood

YTS, the website that was home to the infamous YIFY torrents, closed for good last week, calling time on years of good quality, low file size HD pirated movies. YIFY, which was the primary source of…

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Chromecast Alternative Teewe Will Support Torrent Streaming

Teewe is a popular streaming dongle in India and offers an alternative to Google’s Chromecast. Some critics have branded the device as a basic clone, but the company is desperately trying to add functionality which makes…

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Anti-Piracy Company Makes Social Media Blunder

There are a significant number of anti-piracy outlets whose role is to protect rightholder’s copyrighted content. However, often their activities are conducted in an overbearing manner and can impact on the internet’s freedom. London-based MUSO is responsible…

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Fallout 4 PC DVD Requires Steam Due to “Piracy”

The majority of retail PC games utilize Steamworks as a form of copy-protection and customers often enjoy the various benefits of the Steam client. However, there are still a number of PC gamers who prefer DRM-Free…

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Australian Netflix Launch Ushers Fall in Piracy

Making content available prevents piracy. Everyone knows it, including Hollywood (though, it’d rather use the situation as an excuse for suing users and screwing video-on-demand services). It’s so simple it shouldn’t need saying. Yet it does,…

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WikiLeaks Reveals ISPs to Disclose Copyright Infringer Details Under TPP

WikiLeaks has been revealing details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership since the deal was agreed (but not signed) by Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Brunei, and Chile last week…

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Hollywood is to Blame for the Popularity of Popcorn Time

Hollywood is in the midst of an aggressive assault against “Netflix for pirates” movie streaming app Popcorn Time and its users, but the owners of Popcorn Time insists that its VOD service isn’t the problem, Hollywood’s…

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Netflix 4K Content Leaked to Torrent Sites

Netflix has been phasing in 4K content since last year, and industrious pirates have now found a way to circumvent the video streaming site’s copy protection. Netflix’s Ultra HD version of Breaking Bad’s first episode –…

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News Corp CEO Lashes Out At Google and Others at Event

Robert Thomson, who is the News Corp CEO and right hand man to dark lord Murdoch has lashed out at Google for “piracy, zealotry and kleptocracy” Let me for a moment check Google for definitions of…

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Will Windows 10 Really Disable Pirated Software?

Over the past week, reports have circulated that the terms and conditions of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, grants it permission to disable or delete any pirated software, whether proprietary or third-party. A closer look…

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Windows 10 can Disable Pirated Games and Unauthorized Hardware

Microsoft updated the “Microsoft Services Agreement” on August 1st, 2015 which prohibits the use of pirated software or unauthorized hardware. The new policy has a revision which clearly states: “Sometimes you’ll need software updates to keep…

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MPAA Seeking Programmer to Take Down Pirates

Are you a software programmer in need of a job? Do you hate people who torrent the latest instalment in the Twilight franchise (brave stance, I know)? Yes? Then the Motion Picture Association of America wants…

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WordPress Dismisses 43% of Piracy Takedown Notices

Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has published the number of DMCA takedown requests received during the last few months. Between January to June, there was a total of 4,679 copyright claims submitted but only 57% were…

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Hollywood Issuing DMCA Takedowns for Content on Their Own Computers

Are you familiar with this message? “In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused…