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IsoHunt Lives: BitTorrent Site Now Reportedly Hosted In Australia

After less than a month off the air, BitTorrent search engine IsoHunt is back with a fresh new look, hosted out of Australia of all places. Oh dear.


MPAA: 'Notorious' Melbourne Market One Of World's Worst Piracy Blackspots

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has been the tip of the spear when it comes to fighting film piracy all over the world, and now it has its sights set on Australia. A new report from the MPAA has Australia, particularly one market in Melbourne, as a “notorious” piracy hotspot, and one of the worst markets in the world for pirate DVD distribution. Welcome to Victoria’s Caribbean Gardens and Markets.


BitTorrent Search Engine IsoHunt Is Closing Down

Brace yourselves, pirates: one of the largest BitTorrent search engines left on the web is about to close down after the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) cut a deal with the folks at IsoHunt that includes the shuttering of the site.


The Content Industry Is Designing Anti-Piracy Lesson Plans For Kids

This painfully reductive video obtained by Wired represents what the movie and recording industries want our kids to know about copyright. It does a really nice job of making “share” sound like a bad word.


This Is What The Copyright Alert System In The US Looks Like In Action

By now, you’ve heard enough about the Copyright Alert System in the US to know what it is and, perhaps, how useless it could be. But what the hell will it look like in reality?


What Is The Copyright Alert System?

The Copyright Alert System was conceived all the way back in 2011 as a new way to deal with seemingly unstoppable online piracy. It finally goes into effect in the US today, and it will impact a huge portion of American internet users. Sounds scary, but what is it exactly?


MPAA Lobbies For Army Of Hollywood Drones

You might not imagine the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as a particularly drone-happy group, but new documents reveal that the actively lobbying the US government for UAV drone use in domestic space. No, they aren’t building an army to track down pirates; they just want filmmakers to be able to shoot with them.


Did US Vice President Joe Biden Order The MegaUpload Raids In January?

The raids on Kim Dotcom’s mansion in January that saw the MegaUpload service shut down raised a lot of eyebrows at the time. Where did the order come from to aggressively raid and shut down a seemingly above-board service operating on the other side of the globe? According to evidence gathered by Dotcom, the order came from none other than Vice President Joe Biden.


MPAA Head Thinks Piracy Shouldn't Be Called 'Theft' After All

MPAA head Chris Dodd backtracked on the association’s stance on piracy in comments made to Variety over the weekend:


MPAA Says Embedding Illegal Video Is Copyright Infringement

Responding to a recent copyright case making its way through the US Seventh Circuit court, the MPAA has issued a brief supporting a judge’s ruling that merely embedding a video that infringes on copyright is as bad as hosting it, even if a person didn’t upload the video. Huh?