TORRENT NEWS
Demonoid’s Torrents and Owner Are Missing in Action

Posted: Today

Over the past week, Demonoid's users have been unable to download anything from the torrent tracker. Instead of the usual stream of torrents, they see a "no torrents found" notice. While this appears to be a relatively small technical issue there is reason for concern, as the site's founder is missing in action .

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Bizarre DMCA Takedown Requests Censor EU ‘Censorship’ News

Posted: Today

In a series of bizarre takedown requests, a DMCA takedown outfit is inadvertently going after a wide variety of legitimate sites. Some requests specifically target news about the EU upload filters, or censorship machines, as they are sometimes called. As a result, one article from EU MEP Julia Reda was wiped from Google's search results.

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The Pirate Bay Turns 15 Years Old

Posted: Yesterday

Founded in 2003 by a group of hackers and activists, The Pirate Bay aimed to bring file-sharing to the masses. In the fifteen years that followed, the site transformed from a small community to Hollywood's resilient arch-rival, serving millions of users. And that's not the only thing that changed.

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Google Boots Open Source Anti-Censorship Tool From Chrome Store

Posted: Yesterday

A browser extension that acted as an anti-censorship tool for 185,000 people has been kicked out of the Chrome store by Google. The open source Ahoy! tool facilitated access to more than 1,700 blocked sites but is now under threat. Despite several requests, Google has provided no reason for its decision.

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Aussie Pirates Consume More, Site Blocking or Not

Posted: 8/9/2018

This week Australia's Department of Communications and the Arts published its latest consumer survey on copyright infringement. The data reveal that while there are less Aussie pirates, they're pirating more. The recent waves of site blockades deter some people, although not as much as it may first appear.

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Nintendo ROM Fallout: EmuParadise Terminates All Game Downloads

Posted: 8/9/2018

EmuParadise, a site dedicated to retro gaming for the past 18 years, has announced that it will no longer be offering classic game ROMs for download. Hinting at Nintendo's recent lawsuits against other ROM sites, EmuParadise's operator notes that the climate around retro games has changed and he's not prepared to gamble with the future of his team members.

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P2P Piracy Is Alive and Growing, Research Suggests

Posted: 8/8/2018

A research report published by anti-piracy firm Irdeto counters the notion that P2P piracy is becoming less relevant. The company shows that P2P sites, mostly BitTorrent-related, remain more popular than streaming in several countries. P2P traffic is growing in several regions and these sites remain an important content source for illicit streaming portals.

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Vodafone Blocks Libgen Following Elsevier, Springer & Macmillan Injunction

Posted: 8/8/2018

An ISP in Germany says it is required to block access to Libgen, a huge online repository of free books and academic articles. Vodafone says that publishing giants Elsevier, Springer, and Macmillan obtained an injunction from the Munich Regional Court in July, one that will prevent users from accessing the service directly.

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Wrongfully Accused ‘Pirate’ Wants $62,818 Compensation

Posted: 8/7/2018

A Utah man, who was previously accused of pirating a movie through BitTorrent, wants the filmmakers responsible to pay his legal fees. The lawsuit in question was filed last year by the makers of the movie Criminal. After the defendant fought back the case was dropped voluntarily, leaving him with an expensive legal bill.

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Steal This Show S04E03: ‘Printing A New Reality’, with Cory Doctorow

Posted: 8/7/2018

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest decentralization and file-sharing news. In this episode we talk about the 'copyfight,' censorship, and the future of the Internet with Cory Doctorow, sci-fi author and co-founder of Boing Boing.

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