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Of Course People are Pirating Game of Thrones When it's This Bloody Expensive to Watch Legally

The lack of affordable legal ways to watch popular fantasy piece Game of Thrones is triggering a boom in piracy, with traditional broadcast networks using it as a tantalising reason for us to pay real money to stay up with the latest episodes. Read More >>

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Happy Birthday Top Secret Recipes, Pirate Bay's First Ten-Year-Old Torrent

If you're still able to access the Pirate Bay through your ISP or via the simplistic hack of Googling for a proxy, take the time to download yourself a copy of Top Secret Recipes today -- the oldest torrent on the site. Read More >>

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Popcorn Time Lets You Stream Torrent Movies

Too impatient to wait for a torrent to download? Then maybe you should check out Popcorn Time—a web-based application that lets you stream torrents to your computer. Read More >>

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Pirate Bay Uploads Up by 50 Percent in 2013 Despite Raids and Blockades

Authorities and copyright holders all over the world tried their damnedest to kill the Pirate Bay, but as data reported by TorrentFreak proves, the file sharing hub is a rogue ship that won't sink. Read More >>

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I Wouldn't Pay for 2013's Most Pirated Movie Either

On the heels of Torrentfreak's most pirated TV shows of 2013 is their list of most pirated movies. Not surprisingly, the list doesn't exactly represent the refined cultural taste you might hope. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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21 New Sites of Shame Added to BPI's UK ISP Piracy Blockade

If you get your music from suspiciously-named sites like eMp3World and Mp3Raid you're about to find yourself out of luck, as these -- and 19 other music download sites -- are about to hit the BPI's Pirate Bay lockdown list and disappear for good. Read More >>

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IsoHunt the Latest Piracy-Enablers to Be Shut Down With £68m Fine

IsoHunt is the latest in a growing list of go-to sites for pirates to be shut down by the courts. Following a seven-year court battle the torrent directory will close, with its owners struck by a $110 million (£68m) fine by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Read More >>

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The Good News is Students are Reading Their Books; the Bad News is They're Pirating Loads of 'em

Research into the piracy of digital coursework books for students has found that levels of illegal sharing are ridiculously high, with nearly three-quarters of the educational ebooks researchers looked for easily discoverable on file-sharing networks. Read More >>

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Netflix Monitors Torrent Sites as a Guide to What TV's Popular With the Youth

Forget ratings figures and boozy lunches with TV industry executives, streaming specialist Netflix gives some weight to internet piracy rankings when it comes to deciding what titles to acquire and offer up. Read More >>

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Two Per Cent of Web Users do Three-Quarters of the Illegal Downloading

Stats from UK telecom regulator Ofcom reveal that the piracy problem is perhaps a bit less widespread than is often claimed, with just two per cent of the UK's internet users responsible for three-quarters of all illegal downloads. Read More >>

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ISPs Asked to Compile "Downloader's Database" of Music Thieves

The BPI and the major UK record labels are meeting at Downing Street next week, to see what more can be done to dissuade piracy in the UK. Top of the list is pushing a scheme that asks ISPs to voluntarily track illegal downloaders to make their prosecution easier. Read More >>

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Apple Fans Furious Over Breaking Bad Series Split Making Bittorrent Still the Favourite Viewing Platform

The final series of cult US show Breaking Bad was split into two parts for some reason, with the two-part approach causing angst among Apple users who thought they'd bought a season pass to watch the whole thing. Now they're being asked to pay again for the second bunch of episodes. Read More >>

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Two More UK Torrent Sites About to Hit the Ban List

Another pair of UK-based film and TV torrent sites have been added to the Pirate Bay-led ban list, with the ISPs said to have been ordered to block access to EZTV and YIFY-Torrents. Read More >>

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The RIAA Just Got Insanely Fast at Censoring Links From Google

It should come as no surprise that the RIAA, of all organisations, plays particularly fast and loose with its DMCA takedown requests. But thanks to a ridiculous blitz, the RIAA just had its 25 millionth link removed from Google search results. And it's not slowing down. Read More >>

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