Netflix bingers received a weekend surprise when they woke up this morning to find the first ten episodes of the new season of Orange Is the New Black have allegedly been leaked to torrent networks. A hacker group has claimed responsibility and they say it only occurred because Netflix refused to pay a ransom. The group also claims to have more shows from other networks.
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As of now, Australia's telecommunications service providers have to store your metadata — records of your phone and internet activity, which can reveal a huge amount of detail — for two years. Approved government agencies can access that data without a warrant. It's not private information, either.
One way to circumvent Australia's draconian metadata retention scheme is to install and use a VPN on your phone and on your PC. Here's what a VPN is, what it does, and why — and how — you should get one.
A German court has ruled on a copyright infringement case that dates back to 2011 and the verdict has disturbing consequences for parents. The ruling found that parents must identify their child by name as the one responsible for downloading a torrent or they will be held responsible for the violation.
As far as accidental comedy goes, few things beat watching a PG-rated Disney film on a site with the ads for penis enlargement guides and "Tinder for MILFs". And while I didn't specifically seek out Pornhub or 2014's animated adventure Big Hero 6 today, both came into view thanks to the Reddit community r/FullMoviesOnPornhub.
Notorious copyright trolls Paul R. Hansmeier and John L. Steele were indicted by the feds back in December on multiple charges of fraud. The two were accused of running a complicated scheme in which they preyed on people who illegally downloaded porn. Yesterday, one of them admitted his guilt in a plea bargain.
Last week, we brought you the news that Village Roadshow was seeking to add 40 more sites to Australia's anti-piracy block list. ISPs must now ban customers from accessing popular torrent and movie streaming sites including ExtraTorrent, Demonoid, Torrent Downloads, TorrentProject, YTS, 123Movies, and Icefilms. Here is the full list of banned websites (and how to bypass the blocks).
Village Roadshow recently announced losses of $6.71 Million - double the previous year - alongside a new five point plan to fight piracy which takes aim at 40 more torrent sites, and individuals.
Is now a good time to mention The Lego Batman Movie, the Villiage Roadshow film made right here in Australia by Animal Logic, has been in US cinemas since 10 February? We get it on 30 March.
Australian researchers looked at box office revenue in six countries both before and after they introduced 'three strike' policy legislation targeting piracy, and found no consistent evidence that it produced better box office revenues in any of the markets.
Since one of the main reasons for these laws is to increase sales, the researchers are questioning if they should be implemented at all.
Hot on the heels of Village Roadshow's recent legal shenanigans, the once massive torrent site KickassTorrents has come back online. Rather than a copycat (or malware-infested honeypot), this site reportedly has the original team behind it, though they've had to start from scratch in terms of content.
On February 10 2017, audiences around the world will be sitting down in cinemas to watch the much anticipated LEGO: Batman movie. 48 days later, Australians can do the same.
Village Roadshow is repeating history, making the same mistake it made with The LEGO Movie. A five million dollar mistake. A mistake co-CEO Graham Burke said the distributor would not be making again.
Everything is not awesome.
A day and a half — or less. That's how long there is until Amazon's new show The Grand Tour comes out, streaming on Amazon Prime. When do we get it in Australia? Not for at least another couple of weeks.
Two months — or more. That's how long there is until the BBC's visually stunning Planet Earth II airs in Australia, on standard definition free-to-air TV.
I want to watch both these shows, a lot. But I can't. Unless I pirate them, or use a VPN.
Even if you don't know Graham Burke's name, you know his work. As the co-founder of Village Roadshow, he's directly responsible for films like The Lego Movie, Mad Max: Fury Road and Happy Feet. He's also a strident and outspoken campaigner for the interests of copyright holders, especially when it comes to the topic of online piracy. Burke is never short of a controversial comment, and has just given a rousing and speech to the 71st Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast. Here it is.
The torrenting community has been tumultuous these past few weeks. First, Kickass Torrents was seized by the government after the owner's arrest. Now, one of the largest search engines has vanished.