Movies & TV

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.
Social Media

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.
Movies & TV

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.

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.
Movies & TV

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.

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.

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.

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.
Home Theater

When it comes to piracy, Orange is the New Black is the new Game of Thrones

New data from Tru Optik, a digital media research firm, shows that Netflix's original show Orange is the New Black has climbed to the third spot on the list of the most popular TV shows on file-sharing networks for Q2 2014.

London police fights piracy with blatant, banner ad-like messages

Police in London are placing large, visible messages on websites which encourage piracy in order to persuade users to stop stealing content illegally.

LSU rolls out punishment policy for students who pirate stuff using the school’s network

Louisiana State University will begin to take action against students who swipe stuff from the Internet illegally using the school's network.

Blockades shmockades: Pirate Bay traffic reportedly doubles since 2011

Despite efforts to block access to the controversial website, the Pirate Bay's traffic has surged even higher the past few years.