Torrent Site Popcorn Time, Shut Down Yesterday, is Alive Again

That was quick. After closing up shop yesterday among the usual copyright questions, and just a week after its first launch, Popcorn Time is back. TorrentFreak has the story of how the project, abandoned by its founders, will live on at the hands of YTS developers. Read More >>

2013 As Told By Top BitTorrent Searches

There isn't one central BitTorrent search engine to release top searches queries of the year, but Kickass Torrents is pretty close. It's definitely a go to for standard stuff. And the most searched terms in 2013 were all over the place. Let's dig in. Read More >>

The Top 10 Pirated TV Shows of 2013

Another year comes to a close, and another year of gratuitous television show pirating is in the bag. Who wins the award for the most illicit views? According to numbers from TorrentFreak Game of Thrones keeps the crown for the second year in a row by a hefty margin. At 5,900,000 downloads, it beats (fantastic) runner up Breaking Bad by almost 2 mil. Read More >>

A New Study Says You Sell More Music if You Get Rid of Content Locks

Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems are used on things like ebook and movie files to make them more difficult to share. During the Napster era the major record labels got on board with DRMs in a big way hoping that they could reduce piracy by locking their music files down. But a new study shows what we've all thought for a long time: It doesn't help. And in fact DRM hurt sales. Read More >>

BitTorrent's Taking Out Pro-Torrenting Billboards (and They're Awesome)

"Torrenting" is kind of a dirty word. It makes you think piracy, doesn't it? Well it shouldn't. Torrenting isn't illegal. It's not even morally ambiguous. It's just a way to send data, and it's awesome. Those are the points BitTorrent's trying to drive home with its rad new ad campaign. Read More >>

BitTorrent Thinks It Can Make Your Online Chat Secure

The fallout from the NSA spying scandal has left many people unsure about what they should and shouldn't share across the tubes. But now BitTorrent thinks it has the answer: an instant-message chat client that uses the torrenting principle of decentralised data transfer to keep your communications safe. Read More >>

Latest Porno Torrent Blackmail: Pay Up Or We Tell Your Family, Perv

It's one thing if your friends, family, and neighbours find out that you've been doing some torrenting. It's a bit worse if they find out what kind of porn you like. Unluckily for smut pirates everywhere, a new "pay-up-now" letter that's doing the circuit pretty explicitly threatens to go around telling people exactly that. Read More >>

These are North Korea's Favourite Things To Pirate

When North Korea isn't busy shooting missiles into the sea or photoshopping its navy to make it look a little less pathetic, it takes to a very global hobby: torrenting. TorrentFreak took a peek into exactly what the would-be-supervillian nation-state likes to pirate and, well, they've got to get their surveillance software somewhere. Read More >>

Last Night's Game Of Thrones Premier Was the Hottest Torrent Ever

Game of Thrones season three premiered last night, and that's kind of a big deal. If you're a fan, you'll need no convincing. But if you need proof of its potency, here you go: according to numbers collected by TorrentFreak, the Game of Thrones season three premier now holds the record for the biggest BitTorrent swarm ever. Read More >>

The British Torrent Blockade Continues as the BPI Strikes Again

It's not just the Pirate Bay that's feeling the sting of High Court-infused blocking orders. Three more torrent sites, KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy, have been given the special treatment thanks to the BPI, just like TPB, with BT, Virgin, O2 and Be already blocking them off the face of the UK internet. Read More >>

These Are the FBI's Favourite Things to Pirate

Everybody's got their grand plans to put an end to piracy -- ISPs are blocking The Pirate Bay, and as for the FBI, they like to take down sites like MegaUpload. But that doesn't mean they don't torrent themselves. TorrentFreak dug up a little list of what's been being pirated from FBI IPs. Read More >>

These Researchers Know Where You Live, Pirates

Watch out pirates, you may not be as anonymous as you think, especially if you upload to the Pirate Bay. Researchers have recently published a tool that lets you get all kinds of data, including location, about some of the most prolific accounts. Read More >>

uTorrent Quietly Announces Ad-Support and Gets Ready To Much a Bunch of Cash

Torrenting, despite its many legitimate uses, has always had its reputation plagued by the rampant piracy it allows. Get ready for that all to get drudged up again because uTorrent, a very popular client, just announced it's getting ad-support. Read More >>

MSN Decides Pirate Bay Links Are Bad For You

MSN's widely used Messenger software has started filtering links to the Pirate Bay, taking security matters into its own hands and setting a rather worrying censorship precedent in the process. Read More >>

Swedish Authorities Losing Patience with The Pirate Bay?

Binero, the Swedish company that hosts the Pirate Bay's new Swedish domain name, says it has received a letter from the country's Prosecution Authority and police force, asking for certain details about the owners of the controversial file-sharing portal. Read More >>


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