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A 50-year-old man was handed a four-month prison sentence this week for his involvement with the Danish torrent trackers Asgaard and NordicBits. The man, who is seen as one of the ringleaders behind the now-defunct sites, helped to arrange servers and provided customer service, among other things. The Danish prosecution, meanwhile, warns that users of these sites can be targeted too.

Private torrent sites with Danish roots have long been the go-to place for file-sharers in Denmark.

Up until late last year these torrent trackers were thriving communities. However, they swiftly collapsed when the Danish Government’s SØIK’s IP-Task Force got involved.

It started in September and October 2020 when DanishBits and NordicBits went offline after their operators were caught.

One operator of NordicBits, who confirmed his involvement, was apprehended in Spain but passed away soon after. A few weeks later, law enforcement arrested another suspected ringle...

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US companies have litigated extensively for pirate site blockades around the world. On their home turf, however, site blocking isn't yet an issue. Or is it? In a new lawsuit filed at a federal court in Colorado, several independent movie companies are demanding that a (dissolved) hosting company should block subscribers' access to torrent sites including The Pirate Bay, YTS, and RARBG.

Over the past two decades, online piracy has presented itself as a massive problem for the US and its entertainment industries.

It’s a global issue that’s hard to contain, but Hollywood and the major record labels are doing what they can.

One of the key strategies they’ve employed in recent years is website blocking. US companies have traveled to courts all over the world to have ISP blockades put in place, with quite a bit of success.

Interestingly, pirate site blocking isn’t yet a thing in the US. This is in part due to the ghosts of SOPA but, slowly, si...

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Movie and TV show piracy apps have periodically appeared on Apple's App Store but in recent years getting past the approval process has become more difficult. However, some developers are now using interesting techniques to fool the great minds at Cupertino, including by disguising piracy apps as puzzle games and Shazam-like music recognition tools.

There is no shortage of apps for both Apple and Android platforms that allow users to stream the latest movies and TV shows but accessing them usually requires extra steps on the user’s side.

Since both Google and Apple have a screening process, these tools are not widely available on their respective app platforms. For Android users, however, it’s simply a case of flicking a switch in the OS allowing software to be installed from third-party sources, and for Apple users, jailbreaking can achieve similar results.

But what if there was a way past Apple and Google...

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The Internet is full of misleading ads that promise free access to popular blockbuster movies, some of which are still in theaters. People who sign up for these services will soon realize that the offers are too good to be true. And when the trial expires, it can get quite costly too. Meanwhile, the masterminds behind the schemes are earning millions of dollars.

The Internet is full of tricksters and scammers. While anyone can fall prey to them, prospective pirates have proven to be a popular target.

Sites that offer free access to the latest Hollywood blockbusters are promoted aggressively. Not seldomly, these ads are stuffed with various piracy-related keywords.

We have seen these promotions in the comment sections of pirate sites but also on legitimate platforms. At the same time, scammers exploit weaknesses in reputable sites to get their ‘offers’ in Google’s top search results.

Just a few weeks ago, we ...

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Triller has followed up on its threat to sue someone for simply watching a pirated stream of the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight. Triller previously gave pirates the opportunity to pay a settlement fee to avoid a lawsuit but one man decided to confess on Instagram instead. It didn't go well.

Following the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight in April, Triller started a litigation drive rarely seen in the sporting world.

It began with a $100m lawsuit targeting entities and individuals who distributed the fight illegally on various platforms including YouTube.

When that didn’t go exactly to plan due to legal complications, Triller modified its approach, filing several separate lawsuits against streaming platforms and a handful of YouTubers.

In the background, Triller also launched an amnesty program, advising people who simply watched the fight illegally to ...

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Choosing the right VPN can be a tricky endeavor. There are hundreds of VPN services out there, all promising to keep you private but some are more private than others. To help you pick the best one for your needs, we asked dozens of VPNs to detail their logging practices, how they handle torrent users, and what else they do to keep you as anonymous as possible.

The VPN industry is booming and prospective users have hundreds of options to pick from. All claim to be the best, but some are more privacy-conscious than others.

The VPN review business is also flourishing as well. Just do a random search for “best VPN service” or “VPN review” and you’ll see dozens of sites filled with recommendations and preferred picks.

We don’t want to make any recommendations. When it comes to privacy and anonymity, an outsider can’t offer any guarantees. Vulnerabilities are always lurking around the corner and even with the most secure VPN...

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Choosing the right VPN can be a tricky endeavor. There are hundreds of VPN services out there, all promising to keep you private but some are more private than others. To help you pick the best one for your needs, we asked dozens of VPNs to detail their logging practices, how they handle torrent users, and what else they do to keep you as anonymous as possible.

The VPN industry is booming and prospective users have hundreds of options to pick from. All claim to be the best, but some are more privacy-conscious than others.

The VPN review business is also flourishing as well. Just do a random search for “best VPN service” or “VPN review” and you’ll see dozens of sites filled with recommendations and preferred picks.

We don’t want to make any recommendations. When it comes to privacy and anonymity, an outsider can’t offer any guarantees. Vulnerabilities are always lurking around the corner and even with the most secure VPN...

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Anti-piracy outfit Web Sheriff is somewhat of an icon in the copyright protection industry. The company has protected rightsholders for over two decades and has seen many piracy platforms gone and gone. However, Sheriffs can make mistakes too, and flagging several Ubuntu URLs as copyright-infringing content, seems to fall in that category.

The Web Sheriff, founded by copyright lawyer John Giacobbi, has protected the Internet from pirates for more than two decades.

In the early days, Giacobbi became somewhat of a cult figure thanks to his polite style and trademarked letterhead. This set him apart from other anti-piracy crusaders who usually sent DMCA takedown requests with a more aggressive lawyer-like style.

The Sheriff once had a lively discussion with The Pirate Bay folks, who then sent him this invoice fax. Not much later relationships deteriorated even further after the Sheriff announced he would sue the si...

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Last month the High Court in Delhi ordered WhatsApp to suspend accounts that allegedly shared a pirated movie. The Court also told WhatsApp to take similar action against other accounts following demands from a copyright holder. While WhatsApp did suspend accounts, the company has now convinced the Court that due to end-to-end encryption, copyright holders shouldn't have "unfettered discretion" over account suspensions.

Following the release of the movie ‘Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’ in India, rightsholder Zee Entertainment Enterprises said that it had found pirated copies being circulated via WhatsApp and Telegram.

Zee filed official complaints with cybercrime police and took its battle to the Delhi High Court, filing an application for interim relief against a number of defendants who either distributed the movie online or helped to facilitate such transfers.

One of the defendants in the case is WhatsApp, which informed the Court that it has policies in place to deal with copyright inf...

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Wormhole is a browser-based tool that allows people to instantly share files with end-to-end encryption. The service uses WebTorrent under the hood and is free to use. BitTorrent will speed up transfers but people are not required to keep their browser windows open if files are smaller than five gigabytes.

Most people still associate torrents with desktop clients. However, the browser-native WebTorrent equivalent has become the driving force behind many innovative services.

Simply put, WebTorrent has built a bridge between BitTorrent with the web. Instead of using standalone applications, it allows people to share files directly from their browser, without having to configure or install anything.

In recent years there have been a few services built on this technology. βTorrent is a full-fledged torrent client that works in the browser, and File.pizza was one of the first to de...

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