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Terry Myerson, head of the Windows team, has officially stated that even pirated versions of Windows will be able to upgrade for free to Windows 10, in an effort to "re-engage" users.
Tumblr appears to be censoring anything related to or tagged with the term "torrent" in searches, and banning users under a new strict "three strikes" policy in an attempt to rid the site of pirates.
Andrus Nomm, a developer who claims to have worked with Megaupload prior to its shutdown has been arrested in the United States and could testify against Kim Dotcom in the ongoing legal battle.
The Pirate Bay is back online with a few changes; the site's logo is changed as well as the staff. The site is not fully functional yet but will probably be restored to its original form soon.
Piracy, especially music piracy, has apparently disappeared from Norway. This seems to be because of easy to access to affordable, convenient and legal music streaming services.
Microsoft's relationship with China has always been a bit strained; on the one hand, the country has a massive economy, but on the other, Windows is pirated heavily in this region.
GitHub projects have been targeted in a copyright takedown notice by the porn company, Wicked Pictures, in its attempt to remove 6,576 links to illegal copies of its movies from Google.
Game of Thrones was the most pirated TV show of the year, but a list of the 20 most pirated movies of 2014 was topped by The Wolf of Wall Street - just ahead of Frozen, Robocop and Gravity.
With all the ruckus on "The Interview," cyber criminals took advantage of the moment as they have created an app claiming to download the movie. Instead, a Trojan is waiting to attack host devices.
After becoming BitTorrent's most downloaded TV program in 2012, and retaining the title in 2013, Game of Thrones has again won the battle to defeat all other challengers, as 2014's most pirated show.
Leaked emails have revealed that MPAA got cold feet just three months out from the introduction of a government scheme to send movie pirates in the UK a warning via their ISP when they steal content.
Sony has attempted to step up the fight against pirate sites this year but has been caught unwittingly funding these very sites according to analysis by the MPAA.
Following a reaction from critics, Sony has reconsidered releasing the controversial movie. As it became available for streaming, it didn't take too much time to become a pirate hit online.
Google said it is deeply concerned about MPAA's plans to force DNS providers and ISPs to filter out websites like The Pirate Bay using existing laws.
In an attempt to stop piracy, MPAA is currently considering using DNS providers to filter out websites like The Pirate Bay, and would use existing laws to enforce it.
The Australia Government has given ISPs and US movie studios until April 2015 to agree on a new industry code which would address online piracy, or the Government will intervene with its own code.
Google continues its efforts to eradicate piracy after facing harsh criticism. The latest includes removing Pirate Bay related apps from the store, much to the dismay of the respective developers.
The adult film industry is upset that Google refuses to work with them to help combat the rampant piracy of porn that plagues the Internet, while they happily work with more mainstream studios.
The German police have carried out a massive anti-piracy raid with a considerable amount of storage media confiscated from the suspects of the 121 homes which were raided.
A British man has been sentenced to 33 months in prison after recording 'Fast & Furious 6' in a cinema on the day of its release, and uploading it to the web, resulting in 779,000 downloads.
The City of London police have announced a new campaign that's aimed at depriving websites with illegal content of their ad revenue. The police use a program to replace paid ads with a police warning.
Unlike the UK's 2010 Digital Economy Act, which wanted to shut off the Internet of "persistent pirates," the UK will begin to issue warnings to users that are suspected of pirating content.
The creator of the world's largest torrent client has agreed a deal with the MPAA to combat piracy, which will see the company's video-on-demand service protected by a content recognition system.
Peter Sunde, co-founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, has been arrested in Sweden following almost two years on the run, after being sentenced to prison for copyright violations.
The porn industry has launched a campaign to encourage users to pay for adult content, rather than downloading it free - but some think cheaper 'Netflix-style' pricing for porn is the way forward.
Sites that allow you to download copyright infringing material can make millions of dollars each year, but under new rules legitimate adverts could no longer be displayed on these types of sites.
Community based BitTorrent tracker and website, Demonoid, has made a comeback after being down for nearly two years due to various copyright infringement complaints from governments around the world.
The creators behind Popcorn Time have decided to shut the project down, mentioning that they do not want to deal with endless debates on piracy and legal threats.
A federal judge has ruled that an IP address alone is not sufficient to prove that an account holder is guilty of copyright infringement, dismissing a case which accused hundreds of illegal downloads.
HBO's TV show Game of Thrones is once again the most pirated TV show for 2013, which is the second year it has held that title, according to a new report that checks on BiiTorrent downloads.
A court in France has ordered Microsoft, Google and Yahoo to block 16 video streaming sites from their search results, thanks to the determination that the sites offer pirated content.
The US Government has been sued by software maker Apptricity for running unlicensed copies of their military software, for which the Government has agreed to pay $50 million as damages for settlement.
After its game, Football Manager 2013, was cracked and copies illegally shared worldwide, its developer tracked the downloads to 10.1m IP addresses, including one which was located at the Vatican.
In a bid to get folks to upgrade from out of date, (pirated) copies of Windows XP, Microsoft is greatly discounting the price of Windows 8 in China. Starting on November 11th for two weeks.
In another victory for copyright owners, U.K. ISPs have been ordered to block 21 sites linked to illegal content sharing - including popular torrent sites such as Monova and Torrentz - by October 30.
A voluntary code to be discussed by the British Phonographic Institute, major ISPs and David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in September could bring new policies to counter illegal downloads of music.
Following yesterdays news on blocking porn through ISP filters for UK citizens, anti-piracy group FACT has won a court order to block two more torrent sites, citing "mass access to infringing content"
Microsoft has announced it has joined with Google and other companies in a voluntary agreement designed to fight online ads which promote piracy along with sites that sell counterfeit goods.
A judge in New Zealand has ruled the evidence gathered in 2012 by law enforcement in the Megaupload raid can be accessed by its founder Kim Dotcom and his defense team.
The latest figures from the UK's communications regulator, Ofcom, show an increase in online piracy, with 18% of all web users aged 12 and over accessing content online via an illegal source.
McAfee has patented technology to detect and block pirated content within a web browser, impeding access to sites that infringe copyrights and redirecting users to approved content sources instead.
A study commissioned by Microsoft has revealed that one third of all software is counterfeit, while the costs of dealing with counterfeit software and malware will reach $114 billion this year
The Pirate Bay has found the most unlikely new home imaginable for their activities: North Korea. At the invitation of Kim Jong Un the website has moved operations trying to find a safer place.
A new survey claims that the majority of the US want search engine such as Google and Bing to block access to links that offer pirated content such as music or movies.
Happy weekend everyone, and with some Windows 8 pricing promotions ending very soon we'd like to know if you're actually running a legitimate copy of Windows or not, considering it was so cheap to buy
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Project X has stormed to the top of this year's list of most pirated films with an estimated 8.7 million downloads, beating box office favorites The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises
A new report claims that Game of Thrones has become the most pirated TV show of 2012, based on downloads from public BitTorrent file trackers and other sources.
Microsoft announced today 16 resellers of Windows PCs in China offered pirated versions of Microsoft's OS to customers and could file a lawsuit against them if private discussions are unsuccessful.