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October 20, 2016

Spanish Government Nabs eBook Uploader Who Allegedly Pirated Over 11,000 Books

Officials at the Spanish Ministry of the Interior say they have arrested a Valencia man who is accused of having uploaded over 11,000 eBook titles – often on the same day of their official release – and causing over €400,000 in economic damage. This figure is, however, based on the number of alleged downloads that took place of the titles uploaded and assumes that each downloader would have otherwise purchased the book. Obviously, this is not the best metric to determine exactly how much money was “lost” when there is no evidence that the downloaders would have purchased the books.

As often happens in America and elsewhere, the investigation into this individual began with a [...]

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July 26, 2016

The War On File Sharing is the New War On Drugs

“It’s called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral — it’s a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.” — Aaron Swartz

Federal authorities recently arrested the owner of the website Kickass Torrents, Artem Vaulin. KAT, as it was commonly known, had, following the end of the Pirate Bay and subsequent jailing of its owners in Sweden, become one of the world’s most visited websites and certainly the go-to place for torrents. As the reader is probably aware, there’s no good way to limit the content of a [...]

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July 21, 2016

KickassTorrents Domains Seized, Alleged Owner Arrested

 The world’s largest torrent website has been seized, with its alleged founder arrested by US authorities, in what is a comprehensive blow to the domain and the wider torrenting community.

Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old Ukrainian national and the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, the largest torrent website in the world was arrested in Poland yesterday. The US Government is seeking his extradition.

Following his arrest, US authorities have charged Vaulin with criminal copyright infringement and have seized multiple domain names associated with the website.

The complete list of charges are:

One count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement One [...]
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January 19, 2016

Popcorn Time Is Still Going Strong despite Netflix’s Global Expansion

Movie- and TV shows-streaming platform Popcorn Time is still being used as a go-to viewing resource for users around the world.

An MPAA-led takedown ensured that headlines were made of the demise of PopcornTime and its streaming resource YTS. YIFY, the group behind YTS was declared to be shut down permanently. An unnamed individual in a quiet suburb in New Zealand was revealed to be the mastermind behind the movie-release operation. All of the above occurred during the final months of 2015.

At the time, the takedowns were heralded as a comprehensive blow to piracy and illegal streaming.

2016 saw Netflix expand globally to a 130 new countries, adding the internet [...]

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