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 >>

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 >>

Turns Out, Willy-Nilly Blocking of URLs Doesn’t Stop Film Piracy

The most expensive film ever made in India is out around the globe, and its producers are very serious about shutting down piracy of the film. So serious that they were able to obtain a court order forcing local internet providers to block 12,564 domain names – many of which aren’t even registered. It appears this brute-force approach to piracy didn’t even work. Read More >>

Government To Waste £2m On “You Wouldn’t Download A Car” Nonsense

Hidden in a peppy press release about giving £2m to creative industries in the UK is a line that truly makes us facepalm. Read More >>

The Government is Thinking About Making Piracy Blocking Easier

The government doesn't like it when people pirate stuff, because the rights holders complain and take up valuable time that could be better spent torpedoing Brexit negotiations or trying to make fun of Jeremy Corbyn. So it's no surprise that it's thinking about streamlining the whole 'piracy takedown' process. That way things don't have to go through the High Court every. single. time. Read More >>

How Long Do We Have Until We Reach Peak Streaming Service?

For the past several years, the UK premium streaming market has been relatively simple. The only real contenders were Netflix, Amazon, and to an extent Now TV. There are and have been other smaller services available, but none of them have ever really had the same sort of reach or mainstream appeal. In the US things were essentially the same, but with Now TV swapped around for Hulu - a service that's popular, but not quite as popular as the other two. Read More >>

Streaming Service Eleven Sports Aims to Tackle Piracy by Ignoring Saturday Football Ban

Since the 1960s Britain has had a ludicrous rule in place, that's so horrendously dumb that even the football-hating me has an opinion on it. Essentially the law says you can't broadcast Saturday afternoon football on TV, because some people were worried fans would stay at home instead of going to real-life matches. So fans are left with the choice of attending the game in person (not always an option) or watching an illegal stream. So, to try and combat the piracy issue, streaming service Eleven Sports has opted to ignore the ban. Read More >>

New Report Claims Abundance of Streaming Services is Leading to a Rise in Piracy

Streaming services have long been lauded as a way to stop piracy in its tracks, despite the fact there's conflicting evidence on its effectiveness. That said having access to a large range of content on a service with an affordable price is a good thing for consumers, who generally dislike having to jump through a bunch of hoops to watch their favourite films and TV shows. But as streaming becomes more successful you end up with company trying to carve their own space, without having to share the money with services like Amazon or Netflix. Read More >>

Man Who Uploaded Deadpool to Facebook May Get Six Months in Prison

A California court will soon decide sentencing for a man who posted the entirety of Deadpool on his Facebook page. If the U.S. government gets its way, the man will spend half a year in prison. Read More >>

Second Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Bizarre Scheme to Extort Millions From Porn Pirates

Paul Hansmeier, an American lawyer who could generously be called enterprising, has pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering and wire fraud, concluding a bizarre saga of porn, piracy, and extortion. Read More >>

Legal or Not, Facebook’s Banning the Sale of Kodi Boxes

If you pay close attention to news stories involving the sale of Kodi boxes and other illicit streaming hardware, you may notice that perpetrators often get away with selling their wares on social media. When retailers are under pressure to prevent listings of such items, social media is the easiest way for people to reach a wide audience. But no longer, because Facebook is banning them from being sold on its platform - regardless of the legality. Read More >>

Yes, You Can Even be Arrested and Charged With Karaoke Piracy

After all these years it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that the entertainment industry is very keen on protecting its content. But that protection goes beyond trying to prevent people from accessing the full content without paying, it's also willing to go after someone who makes cut down versions available. Case in point, a 63-year old man from Lancashire who was just given an eight month suspended sentence for making unlicensed karaoke tracks available online. Read More >>

Study Says Peer to Peer Piracy isn’t Dying Off, it’s Growing

In recent times the state of piracy has changed quite considerably. Studies have pointed to a rise in streaming piracy and the decline of peer-to-peer based methods like torrenting. But, a new study says that P2P piracy isn't dying off. It remains as popular as ever, and is actually growing in popularity in some parts of the world. Read More >>

Music Piracy is Down in the UK, According to YouGov

The past few years has seen an explosion in different ways to access media content easily and legally. While piracy hasn't disappeared completely, multiple studies have shown levels of piracy have fallen over the past few years suggesting some people have been adopting legal sources instead of doing everything illegally. Now the latest YouGov study has found fewer British people are pirating their music compared to five years ago. Read More >>

Piracy is Good for Live Music Tickets, Bad for Cinema Box Offices Says New Study

The idea that people who pirate won't pay for things should have gone out of the window a long time ago. Multiple studies have shown that pirates are willing to pay money if they can, but it doesn't completely stop their habit. Now a new study has looked at how piracy can affect ticket sales, and came out with the obvious conclusion. Piracy is bad for the cinema box office, but it is beneficial for live music attendance. Read More >>