All the major ISPs have now begun issuing educational alerts to suspected pirates. Sky has gone a little further and is asking suspected infringers to remove piracy-enabling software.
British ISPs will begin sending out education alerts in the coming weeks to subscribers whose connections have been used for infringing on copyright content. It's supported by four major ISPs.
While piracy continued throughout 2016, Google received more than 1.1 billion takedown requests. The amount falls just short of the total number of takedown requests received in the prior five years.
Following an order from the Federal Court in Australia, ISPs must block dozens of warez related domains and proxies by the end of the year. Telstra implemented the weakest of these blocks.
In a move to combat music piracy through YouTube, a number of record labels have sued YouTube-mp3.org, claiming that the service promotes copyright infringement through its high volume of users.
The former managing director of The Walt Disney Company in India, Samir Bangara, has made a surprising remark at a recent event in Singapore. He said that he loves piracy for discoverability purposes.
In a recent attempt to suppress piracy, Warner Bros. issued another set of takedown requests to search engine Google. Peculiarly, the requests contain links from the entertainment company themselves.
Internet Service Providers in India have been blocking torrents/warez websites as part of a government order. Those who are caught could be fined, as well as jailed for three years.
Russian lawmakers and anti-piracy bodies are working on laws which will take protection away from social media sites over pirated content that users upload. The Civil Code protects them currently.
A new report published by two anti-piracy-focused outfits has made a suggestion that operating system makers should build blocks into their software to disable access to websites that enable piracy.
German software-maker, Bitmanagement, has sued the US Navy for deploying copies of its 3D virtual reality software on more computers than it had licenses for, and is now seeking a $600M settlement.
The Russian group, Mail.ru, has done a deal with Universal surrounding music hosted on sites it owns, including the popular VKontakte. Details are scarce but we could see users paying to access music.
The notorious internet mogul, Kim Dotcom, known for his file sharing companies, said that a new service will launch soon. He also hinted that the new service will come in January 2017.
A vulnerability in Google Chrome's video streaming system has been discovered. The current Digital Rights Management system of the browser allows users access to the video, for them to pirate.
The company has been developing a software service that will soon come bundled with its apps and warn users if they're using non-genuine copies, in the hopes of "protecting" them.
A recent update to the Oculus Rift blocked a piece of software named Revive. Now, Revive has received an update which restores its functionality, while also making VR piracy way easier.
The Productivity Commission found the Australia's current intellectual property legislation is broken and heavily favors content creators instead of the public, driving piracy more and more.
Napster founder - Sean Parker - is reportedly talking to major film studios on a new set-top box which will stream content to users on the first day of release, the only caveat being the hefty price.
The FBI has arrested a Californian man for sharing "The Revenant" on piracy sites in December. He has agreed to plead guilty to copyright infringement which carries a maximum sentence of three years.
Notorious piracy app Popcorn Time has come back from the dead. The team behind the revival will not be actively developing it but will focus on bug fixes and making sure everything runs smoothly.
A new study examines the relationship between piracy and operating system usage. Interestingly, piracy actually helps Microsoft retain more Windows users as it stops them moving to Linux.
While efforts failed to devise a voluntary anti-piracy code in Australia, Foxtel and Village Roadshow have now sought to compel ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay, IsoHunt and other sites.
After facing a prolonged stalemate over cost estimates, Village Roadshow co-CEO Graham Burke announced a backdown from a voluntary anti-piracy scheme to be ratified in conjunction with Aussie ISPs.
Font Brothers are taking Hasbro to court after it stole a font to use with the My Little Pony brand. The company is out to get $150k for each infringement made by Hasbro, and there are a lot.
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.
This afternoon, in front of a packed gallery, a New Zealand judge ruled that Kim Dotcom could be legally extradited to the US in order to face charges of copyright infringement.
As many ISPs around Europe block access to the site, a Swedish court says no, and rules in favor of allowing access to the Pirate Bay through Bredbandsbolaget, a Swedish ISP.
Pirates have figured out a way to rip 4K content from Netflix and Amazon TV services. Shows in the formats were scarce until recently but new devices are allowing pirates to get the upper hand.
In what is certainly a case for the ages, a court in the Czech Republic sentenced a software pirate to a $373,000 fine with one caveat: a sufficiently viral video would negate any charges.
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.
In a rather interesting move, popular anti-malware software developer Malwarebytes is giving pirates an opportunity to convert their counterfeit product keys to legitimate ones.
HBO has sent warnings to thousands of people around the world - not pirates, but folks who have been paying the company to access its HBO Now subscription service, which it says is for US users only.
Pirates are in the crosshairs, targeted with thousands of takedown notices over the leaking of the first four episodes of the latest season of HBO's popular TV series, Game of Thrones.
Just a week after its release on streaming service, Netflix, Marvel's superhero show, Daredevil, has become the second most pirated show on the internet, trailing only to HBO's Game of Thrones.
An Australian federal court has ordered internet service providers to turn over the personal info associated with four thousands IPs to an American company on trying to prove copyright infringement.
According to a new statement from Microsoft, the company isn't actually looking to upgrade pirated Windows versions to a licensed Windows 10. Instead those who upgrade will remain unlicensed pirates.
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.