86-Year Old Grandma Accused of Pirating a Zombie Game – TorrentFreak


Since it’s become mandatory for ISPs to forward piracy notifications in Canada, hundreds of thousands of people have received letters over alleged copyright infringements. One of these accused pirates is an elderly woman, who’s threatened with $5,000 in potential damages for downloading a zombie game she’s never heard of.

Source: 86-Year Old Grandma Accused of Pirating a Zombie Game – TorrentFreak

Rightscorp Threatens Every ISP in the United States – TorrentFreak

Following a court win by its client BMG over Cox Communications this week, Rightscorp has issued an unprecedented warning to every ISP in the United States today. Boasting a five-year trove of infringement data against Internet users, Rightscorp warned ISPs that they can either cooperate or face the consequences.

Source: Rightscorp Threatens Every ISP in the United States – TorrentFreak

ISP Runs Huge Pirate Site Especially For Customers – TorrentFreak

Choosing an Internet service provider is something millions of individuals do every year, with pricing, speed and reliability major considerations. But what if there was an option to choose a broadband provider that not only offered decent service for a fair price, but also ran its very own pirate site for customers? Believe it or not, one actually exists.

Source: ISP Runs Huge Pirate Site Especially For Customers – TorrentFreak

Rightscorp Revenues Collapse, Pirates Too Hard to Track – TorrentFreak

Anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp has just turned in another set of dismal results. During the past three months revenues plummeted 78% versus the same period last year with the company recording a net loss of $784,000. Pirates, it appears, are becoming harder to track and threaten.

Source: Rightscorp Revenues Collapse, Pirates Too Hard to Track – TorrentFreak

ISP Boss Criticizes Calls to Criminalize File-Sharers – TorrentFreak

The boss of a prominent ISP in Sweden has criticized moves by the government which could criminalize hundreds of thousands of Internet users. Bahnhof CEO Jon Karlung says the country is stuck in the past when it calls for harsher punishments for file-sharing and should instead concentrate on developing better legal options.

Source: ISP Boss Criticizes Calls to Criminalize File-Sharers – TorrentFreak

Linking to Pirated Content Is Not Copyright Infringement, Says EU Court Adviser – TorrentFreak


Linking to pirated content that is already available to the public can not be seen as copyright infringement under the European Copyright Directive. This is the advice Advocate General Melchior Wathelet has sent to the EU Court of Justice, in what may turn out to be a landmark case.

Source: Linking to Pirated Content Is Not Copyright Infringement, Says EU Court Adviser – TorrentFreak

Rightscorp Plans to Hijack Pirates’ Browsers Until a Fine is Paid – TorrentFreak


Anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp says that it’s working on a new method to extract cash settlements from suspected Internet pirates. The company says new technology will lock users’ browsers and prevent Internet access until they pay a fine. To encourage ISPs to play along, Rightscorp says the system could help to limit their copyright liability.

Source: Rightscorp Plans to Hijack Pirates’ Browsers Until a Fine is Paid – TorrentFreak

Warner Theme Park Pirated Artists’ Music For Six Years, Court Rules – TorrentFreak


The Supreme Court in Spain has ruled that during a six year period a Warner Bros. themed park failed to compensate artists and rightsholders. The Court found that between 2002 and 2008 Warner Park (Parque Warner) used unlicensed music in a “intense and continuous” manner and must now pay compensation of $354,000.

Source: Warner Theme Park Pirated Artists’ Music For Six Years, Court Rules – TorrentFreak

Pirate Bay Offers Tech Support to Pirating Kanye West – TorrentFreak


Kanye West was so outraged when he found out that his new album was being pirated by hundreds of thousands of people he considered taking The Pirate Bay to court. However, in a recent tweet the controversial musician plugged the torrent site, accidentally revealing his own pirate habits. But despite the bad feelings, the Pirate Bay say they’re happy to provide West with tech support.

Source: Pirate Bay Offers Tech Support to Pirating Kanye West – TorrentFreak

Piracy Can Boost Digital Music Sales, Research Shows – TorrentFreak


A new academic paper published by the Economics Department of Queen’s University examines the link between BitTorrent downloads and music album sales. The study shows that depending on the circumstances, piracy can hurt sales or give it a boost through free promotion.

Source: Piracy Can Boost Digital Music Sales, Research Shows – TorrentFreak