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 >>

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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 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 >>

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 >>

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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 >>

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 >>

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 >>