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Thanks to a plugin created by the developers behind a fork of the now-defunct Popcorn Time app, users can now stream pirated content content off torrent sites from the comfort of their browser.
The results of a public consultation carried out by the UK Government show that the majority of people are against an increase in the sentence for online piracy from two to ten years.
Peter Sundre, founder of The Pirate Bay, has created a device dubbed the 'Kopimashin' that generates roughly $10 million of 'loss' for the music industry on a daily basis.
The original 'official' domain to one of the most notorious and highly publicized warez sites, The Pirate Bay, has been suspended by EuroDNS -- the registrar for the domain.
The list of sites that UK ISPs are requested to block by copyright holders has been updated, and now includes more popular examples such as Demonoid, and even sites that sell counterfeit luxury goods.
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.
The Pirate Bay was shut down almost two weeks ago with no solid indication of making a return. However, now the website is back online with a waving pirate flag giving some hope to its fans.
An administrator for The Pirate Bay has now spoken up about the server farm raids that occurred a week ago, and aside from not caring, has hinted that The Pirate Bay could still return.
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The famous, or rather infamous, torrent site is currently offline after a police raid yesterday targeted some of its equipment. At least one man is reported to have been detained.
The Pirate Bay co-founder, Peter Sunde, was freed from prison this morning after five months of time served; he plans to return to building a few different products he started previously
The founder of Pirate Bay and his accomplice have been found guilty in what is now being called the the biggest hacking case in Danish history. Both could face a maximum of six years in prison.
Leading file sharing site The Pirate Bay says that traffic to its site has doubled since internet service providers began blocking access to it, with a third of its traffic still coming from the US.
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.
A court has ruled that a mandatory ISP-level block restricting access to The Pirate Bay in the Netherlands is unlawful, and access to the site is already being restored to Dutch web users today.
Developers at The Pirate Bay are working on a new tool that would use peer-to-peer technology to help users bypass traditional DNS and server farms while surfing in order to overcome censorship.
After celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Pirate Bay has now launched its own web browser, which it says "circumvents censorship and blockades" to allow users to view the web without restriction.
Three more torrent sites have disappeared in the United Kingdom, producing the same error message as The Pirate Bay and ensuring people don't even think about breaching copyright regulations.
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.
The UK High Court strikes back: Following last years ruling that The Pirate Bay and its known addresses must be blocked by all major ISPs, the Court has now added three other sites to the ruling.
After receiving payment for their server bandwidth from the Swedish Pirate Party, The Pirate Bay website is now being hosted in Norway and Spain after threats of a lawsuit from the Rights Alliance.
2 Player Productions, the creators of the new documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, have already uploaded the file to The Pirate Bay website in hopes of getting software pirates to pay for it.
The UK Pirate Party has denied the record industry's demand to shut down its Pirate Bay proxy. This proxy remains one of the few ways by which some UK residents can access the file sharing site.
The Pirate Bay has announced it has now gotten rid of its physical servers in favor of putting its data in some kind of cloud server set up, although it is rather vague in terms of details.
The most popular BitTorrent website is back after a bit of downtime. The culprit is a defective part that had to be replaced on-site, the Bay crew said.
Gottfrid Svartholm, one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay website, is now back in Sweden after being deported from Cambodia and may be charged with another crime.
Google has added The Pirate Bay's domains to its blacklist, censoring the BitTorrent website from appearing in autocomplete suggestions - but TPB say they've seen no major drop in traffic so far.
Gottfrid Svartholm, the once missing co-founder of The Pirate Bay file sharing site, will be deported out of Cambodia after being found and arrested in that country last week.
Gottfrid Svartholm, one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay website, has reportedly been arrested in Cambodia after disappearing from public view for two years.
A Swedish production company that won (among the others) the anti-piracy case against The Pirate Bay wants to declare one of the Bay founders “bankrupt”. They have nothing to take, the young man said
An industrious user, known as Qarizma, has developed a small utility called ThePiratePatch to allow users to easier circumvent the block, imposed by some ISPs, to access The Pirate Bay.
Several proxies meant to bypass ISP censorship and access The Pirate Bay have turned “evil” and started pushing crapware down users' throat. And the Bay isn't happy about that.
Peter Sunde, one of the founders of The Pirate Bay, has written an official plea for pardon to the Swedish government, three years after he was sentenced to a year in prison for piracy related crimes.
Opera's Turbo feature allows the browser to be used to bypass restrictions and bans online, thereby allowing certain groups to access sites which were previously thought to have been blocked.
BT is now the latest UK ISP to block access to The Pirate Bay website for its users, although The Pirate Bay has already launched some other IP addresses that go around BT's ban.
TalkTalk has become the fourth and latest UK-based ISP to block access to The Pirate Bay website for its customers, following similar moves by Virgin Media, Sky and Everything Everywhere.
Sky has become the third and latest UK-based ISP to block access to The Pirate Bay website for its customers, even though The Pirate Bay has launched a new IP address designed to get around such bans.
The most-resilient P2P search engine threatens the content industry: you will not block us, we will just make use of hundreds of IP addresses to let users access our service.
An Italian court has order that all of Italy's Internet Service Providers block access to the KickAssTorrents web site in that country, following similar moves on The Pirate Bay and BTjunkie.
The Pirate Bay is combating court-mandated blockades in several European countries by adding a new IP address to access the website with. The new site is also designed to work nicely with proxies.
A person who claims to be a former member of the hacker group Anonymous has claimed he launched the denial of service attack on The Pirate Bay web site earlier this week.
Just a few days after they publically criticized Anonymous for attacking websites on their behalf, The Pirate Bay is suffering downtime from a DDoS attack of unknown origins themselves.
One of the Pirate Bay founders is bringing the landmark case to the European Court of Human Rights. It isn't as much a “copyright infringement” issue as a case about freedom of speech.
The Pirate Bay website has posted word on its Facebook page that it considers denial of service attacks launched by groups like Anonymous to be just another form of censorship.
A court in The Hague has ruled that a further five Internet Service Providers in The Netherlands must block The Pirate Bay within ten days, or face fines of €10,000 a day.
Virgin Media's website was shut down for part of the day on Tuesday because of a new denial of service attack. Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A spokesperson for The Pirate Bay claims that the recent decision to block access to the site by six UK ISP operators has actually caused a huge surge in traffic to the site.
Virgin Media's ISP unit in the UK has become the first to start blocking The Pirate Bay from its users after being ordered to do so by the UK's High Court on Monday.
The Pirate Bay website has responded to the UK High Court's decision to force all UK ISPs to block access to the site, saying, "Next time they're coming for something else."