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Is Your VPN / Proxy Working? Check Your Torrent IP-Address

Added: Yesterday

Millions of BitTorrent downloaders use proxies or VPN services to protect their privacy. These tools offer anonymity by replacing one's residential IP-address with that of the privacy service. But do they really work? Luckily, there's now an open source tool people can use to test their setup.

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‘Notorious Market’ Blocks Piracy in its P2P Streaming Player

Added: Yesterday

A company labeled a notorious market by the USTR says it has taken dramatic steps to stamp out piracy. The China-based outfit behind the P2P-enabled QVOD file-sharing technology says it is no longer possible to stream or download unauthorized copyrighted content with their software.

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MPAA and RIAA Members Uploaded Over 2,000 Gigabytes to Megaupload

Added: 4/18/2014

This month both the MPAA and RIAA filed civil lawsuits against Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom for massive copyright infringement. What they failed to mention, however, is that many of their members' employees were actually sharing files on the site. In addition, Disney, Warner Brothers and Fox were all eager to set up content distribution or advertising deals with Megaupload.

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Five Years Before Any New U.S. Anti-Piracy Laws, MP Predicts

Added: 4/18/2014

Two years ago the Internet's biggest ever protest killed the hugely controversial anti-piracy legislation SOPA. Speaking to studios this week, a prominent UK government intellectual property advisor admitted that the damage caused was so great that it's unlikely that there will be a fresh piracy-focused legislative push for another five years.

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Landmark Case Sees Pirate Bay User Hit With 5 Year Sentence

Added: 4/17/2014

A man who uploaded a single movie to The Pirate Bay kickstarting South Africa's first online piracy case has been sentenced today. After striking a plea bargain with the state over what was unusually framed as a criminal rather than civil offense, the 29-year-old was handed an unprecedented five-year suspended jail sentence.

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Pirate Video Streaming Sites Exploit Google’s Servers

Added: 4/17/2014

Several large "pirate" movie streaming portals are using Google's servers to distribute copyrighted material. More than 18,000 videos are currently publicly available, and requests to Google to remove the files have reportedly gone unanswered.

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Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network

Added: 4/16/2014

For more than half a decade Spotify has relied on P2P technology to quickly deliver songs to its millions of subscribers. This will be over soon. The music streaming service has started to phase out P2P technology to rely fully on central servers instead.

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High Court: Kim Dotcom Can Have His Cars, Millions in Cash Returned

Added: 4/16/2014

The High Court in New Zealand today ruled that police may not keep possession of assets seized in a 2012 raid on Kim Dotcom's mansion. This means that a potential appeal aside, Dotcom may soon be reunited with millions of dollars in cash, his luxury car collection, artwork, and other assets seized by the authorities.

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Android Pirate Agrees To Work Undercover For the Feds

Added: 4/16/2014

Getting busted by the FBI can hardly be a pleasurable experience but for one former Android software pirate his debt to the authorities won't be over anytime soon. As part of a plea agreement with the Department of Justice, a former member of the SnappzMarket group has just agreed to work undercover for the FBI.

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Square Enix: DRM Boosts Profits and It’s Here to Stay

Added: 4/15/2014

One of the world's largest games companies says that DRM is a necessary part of doing business and isn't going away anytime soon. Speaking with TorrentFreak, Square Enix says that while it understands that DRM shouldn't interfere with gaming and there is currently no perfect solution, profit dictates that the controversial practice remains.

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