The producers of Elf-Man sought default judgements of $30,000 against each defendant accused of pirating the movie.

Judge: $30K Penalty For Pirating Movies Is “Excessive Punishment”

If police catch you racing down the highway at 25 mph over the speed limit, you’ll probably have to pay a ticket in the low three-figure range, even though you were putting your life and the lives of others at risk. But get accused of illegally downloading a movie and you should have to pay $30,000? Not according to a federal judge in Washington state. [More]

These sorts of ads began showing up over the summer when Google users added terms like "torrent" or "DVDrip" to their searches.

Google Fights Piracy (And Makes A Buck) With Ads For Legal Downloads In Search Results

Have you been wanting to catch up on Game of Thrones but don’t have HBO (or a friend who will share her HBO Go login info)? People who search for things like “Game of Thrones Download” on Google are now being greeted by ads from services offering legal ways to pay for the content you’re after. [More]

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Unleashes Surprise New Album Via BitTorrent

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Unleashes Surprise New Album Via BitTorrent

Because he’s already made more money than some small nations, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is free to experiment with new ways of distributing his music. It wasn’t that long ago that the band tried a pay-what-you-want model with its In Rainbows album. And today, Yorke announced the release of his first solo album in nearly a decade as a bundle via BitTorrent. [More]

Game Of Thrones Episode Breaks Record, With 193K BitTorrent Users Sharing Single File At Same Time

Game Of Thrones Episode Breaks Record, With 193K BitTorrent Users Sharing Single File At Same Time

The new season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is doing well in the TV ratings for the premium network, but it’s also gaining popularity with pirates who don’t feel like subscribing to the channel (or whichever premium stations air the show in other parts of the world) or waiting until it’s available to buy or rent legally. In fact, the most recent episode of the series has shattered a record for the number of people simultaneously sharing a single file via BitTorrent. [More]

Report: Comcast Sends Out Around 1,800 Copyright Alert Notices Each Day

Report: Comcast Sends Out Around 1,800 Copyright Alert Notices Each Day

It’s been almost a year since the nation’s largest Internet service providers began using the Copyright Alert System, better known as Six Strikes, which identifies potentially illegal file-sharing and sends a series of increasingly severe warnings before the ISP penalizes the user. According to a new report from TorrentFreak, in the short time since Six Strikes launched, Comcast has sent out at least 625,000 such warnings. [More]

Gene Simmons Compares Napster To Nazis, Blames Fans For Killing Music Industry

Gene Simmons Compares Napster To Nazis, Blames Fans For Killing Music Industry

In spite of the fact that superstar rock bands and pop artists still travel the world in private jets and tricked-out custom buses while having their every whim catered to before and after performing to thousands of fans who pay huge amounts of money for tickets, the music industry is dead. At least if you believe Gene Simmons of KISS. And who’s to blame for this death that has occurred only in Mr. Simmons’ mind? That would be music fans. [More]

First Hobbit Movie Was The Most Pirated Film Of 2013

First Hobbit Movie Was The Most Pirated Film Of 2013

While one might assume that the most popular movies are automatically the films that pirates would flock to download for free, the latest list of most-pirated flicks has some surprising results. [More]

BitTorrent To Saturday Night Live: “We’re Not A Website & We Don’t Pirate Movies”

BitTorrent To Saturday Night Live: “We’re Not A Website & We Don’t Pirate Movies”

While people are always saying “I BitTorrented that movie” or “I used BitTorrent to get my hands on some sweet porn,” they’re not talking about a website or a service. Instead, they’re talking about the method through which the shared file was obtained. This distinction was apparently lost on the writing staff at Saturday Night Live this weekend. [More]

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MPAA Says It Has No Way Of Measuring The Damage From Piracy (But Wants Damages Anyway)

If you read stories about movie piracy, you’ll hear the industry throw around some very specific numbers about how much money is lost to pirates by the U.S. movie business every year, but when it comes time to actually detail those damages in court, the MPAA says actual piracy damages “are not capable of meaningful measurement.” [More]

Breaking Bad Finale Has Already Been Pirated More Than 500,000 Times

Breaking Bad Finale Has Already Been Pirated More Than 500,000 Times

Plenty of people tuned into AMC last night to watch the finale of Breaking Bad (Spoiler Alert: Jesse and Walter have been living under a transparent dome the whole time!). And hundreds of thousands more around the globe chose to get their hands on the episode via less-than-legitimate methods, even in countries where it is incredibly easy to get the show on the cheap. [More]

Prison Break is apparently very popular with BitTorrent users in The Netherlands.

Netflix Wants To Know What Movies & Shows You’re Pirating

A friend of mine who managed a sneaker store back in the day when people still went to malls once told me that he kept track of the most-stolen shoes, not just for the purpose of keeping his inventory straight, but so that he’d know which ones the local kids wanted the most. Seems like Netflix is taking a similar view toward video piracy. [More]

Comcast Claims Copyright On Publicly Available Letter, Threatens To Sue Site For Publishing It

Comcast Claims Copyright On Publicly Available Letter, Threatens To Sue Site For Publishing It

It’s no secret that Comcast is not the most loved company, but only a few days ago some folks were happy with Comcast after a court document showed it had provided information indicating that lawyers for porn producers had planted material on a file-sharing site. Now Comcast is claiming that its copyright has been violated by the news site that published the publicly available document. [More]

Comcast Letter Indicates Porn Troll Lawyers Planted Material On Pirate Bay

Comcast Letter Indicates Porn Troll Lawyers Planted Material On Pirate Bay

Not even a year ago, lawyer John Steele was touting himself as the “original copyright troll,” talking up his efforts to fight online porn pirates. Now his law firm is on the other end of legal boot, accused of planting copyrighted content online with the sole purpose of tracking — and threatening to sue — the people who shared those files. [More]

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Comcast Wants To Turn Copyright Pirates Into Legitimate Content Buyers

Like a kindly neighborhood store owner who catches a shoplifter in the act and, rather than calling the cops, offers the wannabe thief the opportunity to buy what he was trying to steal, Comcast is reportedly working on copyright alert system that would identify content being illegally shared and say to the downloader, “Hey buddy, you know you can buy that season of Game of Thrones, don’t ya?” [More]

The documentary TPB AFK is available for free via BitTorrent.

Movie Studios Ask Google To Remove Links To Free Movie About Pirate Bay

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, movie and TV studios can send requests to Google and other search engines requesting the removal of links to illegally shared content to which it holds the copyright. But some studios have apparently been asking Google to remove links to a movie for which none of these studios holds the copyright, and which just happens to be about file-sharing mega-site The Pirate Bay. [More]

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BitTorrent Users Try, Unsuccessfully, To Trigger Copyright Alert System

The recently launched Copyright Alert System — a joint venture between big-time content creators and the major Internet service providers — is supposed to trigger a series of alerts and warnings when a subscriber of a participating ISP appears to be illegally sharing copyrighted content. But some who put CAS to the test say they were able to share several items without being flagged. [More]

As ‘Six Strikes’ Policy Rolls Out, BitTorrent Users Just Look For Ways To Remain Anonymous

The number of people searching for "BitTorrent VPN" spiked following the Feb. 25 Copyright Alert System announcement.

After months of delay, the new Copyright Alert System (better known as “Six Strikes” for the six levels of warnings handed out to alleged violators) finally began rolling out to the nation’s largest Internet providers a couple weeks ago. But rather than curb their file-sharing, a number of folks just began looking for ways to not get caught. [More]

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After Much Delay, The Anti-Piracy “Six Strikes” Program Is Nearing Launch

A program intended to fight online piracy without resorting to prosecution was supposed to go live last year but was repeatedly delayed, most recently by Hurricane Sandy. But the folks running the Copyright Alert System (better known as Six Strikes) say it’s ready to go. [More]