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DOJ, FBI GO TO WAR AGAINST PIRATES

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Acting on a federal grand jury indictment alleging copyright infringement and other related crimes, the U.S. government on Thursday shut down the popular “cyberlocker” MegaUpload, arrested at least four people, confiscated servers, and conducted search warrants in the U.S. and eight other countries. The indictment claimed that MegaUpload’s operators, four of whom were arrested in […]

REPORT: CONGRESSMEN MAY BE PIRATES, TOO

December 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Even while debating the Hollywood-backed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), members of the House of Representatives and/or their staffs have been engaging in online piracy themselves, using computers located in the House office building, the website TorrentFreak.com, which tracks BitTorrent usage, reported on Monday. “We found more than 800 IP addresses assigned to the U.S. […]

BITTORRENT CLAIMS 100 MILLION USERS

August 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

BitTorrent, which offers the technology of choice for illegally downloading copyrighted movies, now claims to have more users than most countries have moviegoers. TorrentFreak.com reported on Wednesday that BitTorrent now claims that its uTorrent client is being used by 100 million people each month. TorrentFreak said that figure demonstrates that it has become the most […]

CHURCH ACCUSES STUDIO OF INFRINGING ITS LOGO

July 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The million-member Church of God, based in Cleveland TN, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit again Sony Pictures, IFC Films, Mandalay Pictures, and Comcast for using a “mirror version” of its logo in the movie Salvation Boulevard, which opened in four theaters last weekend. Although the film depicts an amoral fundamentalist preacher, played by Pierce […]

24,583 HURT LOCKER DOWNLOADERS NOW FACE PIRACY SUITS

May 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Lawyers representing the producers of The Hurt Locker have identified the IP addresses of 24,583 BitTorrent users who downloaded copies of the Oscar-winning movie and plan to sue the owners of those addresses for copyright violations, according to TorrentFreak.com, which tracks the BitTorrent turf and published the complete list of the 24,584 IP addresses in […]

JUDGE THROWS OUT SUIT AGAINST ALLEGED PIRATES

February 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Efforts by movie studios to join thousands of cases of alleged piracy have suffered a setback after a federal judge in Texas tossed out a case brought by Larry Flynt Productions against several thousand John Does, whom it accused of illegally downloading its movie This Ain’t Avatar XXX, the website TorrentFreak reported on Wednesday. Judge […]

MOST PIRATED TV SHOWS OF 2010 NAMED

December 31, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Current U.S. television shows are being downloaded tens of millions of times via BitTorrent sites, mostly by people outside the U.S., according to the website TorrentFreak.com, which tracks BitTorrent activity. The website said Thursday that Lost was the most-pirated title of the year with 5.94 million downloads for a single episode, followed by Heroes with […]

AVATAR IS MOST PIRATED MOVIE EVER

December 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The film that earned the most at the box office in 2010 was also the most pirated. According to TorrentFreak.com, which tracks BitTorrent websites, 20th Century Fox’s Avatar was downloaded 16.58 million times in 2010. (The film was actually released in December 2009, but TorrentFreak does not indicate whether Avatar was bootlegged online during that […]

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS IS LEAKED

November 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The first 36 minutes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 landed online Monday night, sending BitTorrent sites into overdrive on Tuesday. Wired.com, which was the first news outlet to take notice of the posting, quoted a Warner Bros. spokesman as saying, “This constitutes a serious breach of copyright violation and theft of […]