Pirate Bay domain suspended thanks to controversial verification system

Found on The Register on Monday, 07 December 2015
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Broadly, the companies that sell domains to users – called registrars – are now required to send a verification email to the domain name holders every time a new domain is registered or the domain details are modified.

In theory, the validation process is extremely easy: you receive an email from your registrar and simply have to click on a link to verify that the domain's registration information is true and accurate. Then you are done.

The suspension is under ICANN's control and there is little or nothing that your registrar can do about it. The problem of course is the system relies on people receiving and responding to an email.

For years and years people are warned not to click on random links they receive via email, and ICANN wants to rely on just that. Why bother at all? As long as a domain is being paid for, someone obviuosly has an interest in it; and for "fighting terrorists" it should be simple for the feds to track the money. On the other hand, IP lawyers don't have access to that.

RIAA Asks BitTorrent Inc. to Block Infringing Content

Found on TorrentFreak on Wednesday, 05 August 2015
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The RIAA has asked uTorrent creator BitTorrent Inc. to come up with ways to stop infringement of its members' copyrighted content. In a letter sent to BitTorrent Inc's CEO, the RIAA's Executive Vice President of Anti-Piracy points to BitTorrent's DHT system and asks the San Francisco-based company to live up to its claim of not endorsing piracy.

“We urge BitTorrent Inc. to live up to those words and take meaningful steps to deter this widespread infringement occurring using its own products and services,” Buckles says.

Not going to happen. If they would begin to censor their client, users would just move on.

UK Police and PRS Shutdown Karaoke Torrent Site

Found on TorrentFreak on Saturday, 14 March 2015
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The City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and copyright and royalty group PRS for Music have teamed up for what appears to be a first-of-its-kind action. Arresting a 46-year-old man, this week police shutdown one of the Internet's few karaoke-focused BitTorrent trackers.

“The public needs to be aware that by accessing sites like this, they are putting money directly in the hands of criminals, which often then funds other serious organized crime, as well as putting their own financial and personal details at risk of being compromised and used for other fraudulent scams,” PIPCU chief Detective Chief Inspector Danny Medlycott said in a statement.

Once again, filesharers are labelled as criminals, not fans who like music. City of London's Corporate Police has nothing better to do than to make music less and less enjoyable. At least music with big labels behind it, what only makes free music more interesting.

Rightscorp bills pirates for $20 a song, burns more money than ever

Found on Ars Technica on Tuesday, 10 March 2015
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Newly released earnings numbers show that Rightscorp is contacting more people than ever before, fining more people for infringement than ever before, working with more ISPs than ever before—and yet is reporting record losses. Its stock is near all-time lows at about $0.11 per share.

"Rightscorp is recognized as a pioneer in the fight against piracy," said CEO Christopher Sabec. "We've established the company as one of the only viable solutions to the multi-billion dollar problem of peer-to-peer piracy."

Viable solution? When you burn more money than you earn, your company isn't a solution but a problem.

Leaked Oscar Movie Screeners Flood Torrent Sites

Found on TorrentFreak on Saturday, 17 January 2015
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Over the past 24 hours copies of at least nine big movies leaked online in decent quality, all apparently sourced from industry DVD screeners.

According to TorrentFreak sources who asked to remain anonymous, the nine movies came from three different sources. One accounted for the Hobbit and another Big Hero 6. The remaining seven all came from a single source.

Amazing that people still show interest in the mess the entertainment industry produces.

MPAA Secretly Settled With Hotfile for $4 Million, Not $80 Million

Found on TorrentFreak on Monday, 29 December 2014
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Buried in one of the Sony leaks is an email conversation which confirms that the real settlement payment from Hotfile was just $4 million, just a fraction of the amount widely publicized in the press.

The huge difference between the public settlement figure and the amount that was negotiated also puts previous cases in a different light. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the $110 million settlement with isoHunt and the $110 deal with TorrentSpy were just paper tigers too.

Lies. Everything you hear from the entertainment industry turns out to be a lie. You just cannot trust anything they say. It's no surprise that people get fed up with them and look for better ways to get entertainment.

BitTorrent to ISPs: Pay us and our users to stay in the “slow lane”

Found on Ars Technica on Thursday, 11 September 2014
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With fast lanes, money would flow "from your favorite websites to the ISPs, the very same companies you already pay to deliver Internet service to your home," he wrote in a blog post scheduled to go live at this link at 1:30pm ET. "In this model, the ISPs get paid twice, both to provide their service and regulate heavy-use companies, like Netflix."

Government Accountability Office researchers who studied data caps say that wireline ISPs told them "that congestion is not currently a problem." In other words, data caps on home Internet service are for making money rather than managing congestion—and paid fast lanes would be too.

ISPs need to improve their networks anyway. Even if for now they can blame filesharers as heavy users, traffic and bandwidth requirements won't go down in the future.

BBC: ISPs Should Assume Heavy VPN Users are Pirates

Found on TorrentFreak on Tuesday, 09 September 2014
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Service providers should become suspicious that customers could be pirating if they use VPN-style services and consume a lot of bandwidth, the BBC says.

Following submissions from Hollywood interests and local ISPs, BBC Worldwide has now presented its own to the Federal Government. Its text shows that the corporation wants new anti-piracy measures to go further than ever before.

Ridiculous babbling from entertainment media again. VPN is completely legal and no fear mongering of the media will change that.

Police placing anti-piracy warning ads on illegal sites

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 29 July 2014
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The City of London police has started placing banner advertisements on websites believed to be offering pirated content illegally.

When a website on Pipcu's Infringing Websites List (IWL) tries to display an advert, Project Sunblock will instead serve the police warning.

London Police tries to be World Police with all the money they receive from the entertainment industry. It's pretty disturbing that companies can buy legal powers to meddle with "websites believed to be offering pirated content". Anyway, maybe someone should tell LoPo about ablockers which turn out to be a blow to their "Operation Creative" (who comes up with those names?).

Pirate Bay Traffic Doubles Despite ISP Blockades

Found on TorrentFreak on Saturday, 19 July 2014
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Courts all around the world have ordered Internet providers to block subscriber access to the torrent site and this list continues to expand.

The entertainment industries have characterized these blockades as a major victory and claim they’re an efficient tool to deter piracy.

That's what everybody with a bit of brain could have told from the beginning. Censorship does not work that easily.