crime
Lawyer Gets 14 Years in Prison for Extorting Millions From Porn Pirates

So ends one of the strangest piracy cases of the past few years, with lawyer turned lawbreaker Paul Hansmeier catching a whopping 168-month sentence for his role in a bizarre extortion scheme targeting internet users who downloaded porn. Read More >>

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Police Warn Football Fans Not to Watch Free Europa League Final Streams

Tonight is the final of UEFA's Europa league, with Arsenal going head to head with Chelsea for the privilege of being the best team that wasn't good enough for the Champion's League. People like to tune into to big sports events, and that inevitably leads them to pirate streams - something the police are strongly warning against. Read More >>

game of thrones
Whoops, Game of Thrones Allegedly Leaked Again

Game of Thrones has just three episodes left to air, and clips from one of them are reportedly already circulating online hours before its premiere tonight, according to reports in Deadline and Variety and posts on Reddit’s “Free Folk” board. Read More >>

movies
Oops… a Pirated Copy of Avengers: Endgame Was Aired By a Philippine TV Station

Spoilers be damned, a local Philippine cable station has invited the fury of cinemas and fans by airing a pirated version of Avengers: Endgame just one day after the film premiered in the country. Read More >>

movies
Of Course the Entirety of Avengers: Endgame Has Already Been Pirated

Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, a movie that millions of people have been waiting years to see, has already been pirated. This should not come as a surprise to anyone because... this is the world we live in? Read More >>

piracy
[No Spoilers] Game of Thrones Can’t Stop Leaking

The second episode of series 8 of Game of Thrones leaked early, thanks to Amazon Prime in Germany. Read More >>

piracy
Werner Herzog: ‘Piracy Has Been The Most Successful Form of Distribution Worldwide’

Always tuned-in to the true nature and potential of technology, the influential film director Werner Herzog supports cinephiles who want to pirate his films. Read More >>

game of thrones
More Than Twice as Many People Pirated Game of Thrones Than Watched It

Game of Thrones is back for the last time, and so are the pirates. Read More >>

twitter
Twitter Doesn’t Want You Sharing This Link About TV Piracy

Twitter is home to some of the vilest neo-Nazis, racists, and homophobes on the planet. But don’t even think about discussing the one topic that’s apparently taboo on the platform: piracy of TV shows. Read More >>

piracy
Game of Thrones is Still Very Popular With Pirates, Surprising No One

Game of Thrones has been a very popular programme, and a great success for broadcasters like HBO and Sky who can use it as a marketing tool to bring in new subscribers. But it's also very popular with people who don't want to pay for it, and has taken the crown of 'most pirated TV programme' for the past several years. Unsurprisingly the eighth series is turning out to be no different, especially if the premiere episode is anything to go by. Read More >>

game of thrones
Malware Is (Probably) Coming… If You Pirated Game of Thrones

One of the most-pirated TV shows could also be the most likely to give unauthorised downloaders a nasty case of malware. Read More >>

piracy
Did All This Pirated 4K Content Leak From iTunes?

Many file sharers want the highest quality copy of a film they can find, and until recently, those would most often come from ripping a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc. Links to these files are clearly labelled as such, but a few weeks ago a 2160P copy of Aquaman leaked onto the internet claiming it instead originated from an online streaming service. It was soon followed by uploads of 2160P copies of 24 James Bond films, which are currently only available from Apple, leading many to wonder if someone has finally found a way around iTunes’ 4K copy protection and DRM. Read More >>

music
How TV Pirates Accidentally Pushed a 25-Year-Old Indie Song to the Top of the Charts in Japan

Last week, an alt-rock mystery puzzled the music press. Almost 25 years after its release, the Dinosaur Jr. song “Over Your Shoulder” appeared at number 18 on Japan’s Hot 100 chart, beating out major new releases like Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.” Read More >>

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The Most-Pirated Show Of 2018 Was The Walking Dead

Every year, TorrentFreak announces the most-pirated TV shows of the year, and 2018 sees The Walking Dead end Game of Thrones' 6-year reign at the top. Read More >>