piracy

Popcorn Time says Hollywood is far too greedy

Internet users are turning to illegal means for their movie and television fixes because the authorized alternatives are hampered by restrictions and high prices, say some of the Popcorn Time team.

Web

Netflix’s high-definition DRM cracked for the first time

It's reported that torrenters now have access to a 4K Breaking Bad episode, coming in at close to 18GB, after pirates were able to overcome the latest Netflix copy protection technology.

Home Theater

MPAA emails expose anti-Google attack plan using Today Show, Wall Street Journal

Detailing an unnerving plot to manipulate major media outlets on a national scale, recently filed court documents shed light on MPAA's plan to negatively smear Google using outlets like the Today Show and WSJ.

Web

Malwarebytes gives pirates a pass as it moves to new licensing system

As it moves its entire system over to a new licensing platform, Malwarebytes wants to bring everyone with it - paying customers and the pirates. It's giving everyone who wants one a free license for its new business model.

Computing

There’s now a Popcorn Time for porn

There's now a Popcorn Time for pornography. Porn Time is based on Popcorn Time's peer-to-peer code and works very similar to the torrent app but exclusively for accessing pirated adult content.

Home Theater

Microsoft to offer an ‘attractive’ Windows 10 upgrade to ‘non-genuine’ users

In an update posted to the Windows blog on May 15, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson wrote that the company will be releasing a “very attractive” Windows 10 upgrade offer to those running older devices in a “non-genuine” state.

Computing

Microsoft is tackling a Windows 7 pirate (with help from logged IPs)

Microsoft has filed a lawsuit in a Washington court against a Verizon IP address alleged to be behind pirating Windows 7 software for commercial gain at a significant scale.

Computing

HBO sends official warnings to Game of Thrones torrenters

You can't just watch the world's biggest TV show for free, you know — together with ISPs, HBO has started to take action against those who helped share the Game of Thrones leak last week.

Movies & TV

HBO’s not happy about Periscope users livestreaming Game of Thrones

Livestreaming app Periscope may be new, but it's already catching the attention of some of the cable networks. An annoyed HBO, for example, has told the startup to do something about its users streaming the new season of Game of Thrones.

Social Media

The first 4 episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 5 leak online

Arya, Tyrion, and the rest of the Game of Thrones gang aren't going to be happy -- nearly half of season five has made its way onto torrent sites ahead of the show's big premiere event Sunday evening.

Movies & TV

RIAA escalates piracy witchhunt, points its pitchfork at domain registrars

The RIAA's latest battle in the pursuit of stopping music piracy is against an unlikely target: the companies that offer domain name services.

Music

Almost all of this year’s Oscar-nominated movies have already leaked online

Want to check out some of the nominations for this year's Academy Awards without paying? TorrentFreak says 34 out of the 36 movies are now available in some form on online piracy sites.

Movies & TV

Ohio man is the first person to go to jail for pirating Android apps

28-year-old Ohio man Scott Walton pled guilty to one count to commit criminal copyright infringement after he admitted he was involved with SnappzMarket, an online marketplace that distributed pirated Android apps.

Mobile

Disney patents the idea of a piracy-free search engine

Disney wants to rid the Web of "undesirable search results" and has patented the idea of a search engine where officially approved and authentic sites carry far more weight than unlicensed ones.

Web

Music piracy has “murdered” rock and roll, says Gene Simmons

Filesharing and piracy have reduced the value of music to such an extent that "rock is finally dead" in the opinion of Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, and we won't see another band like The Rolling Stones.

Music