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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 09/15/14

This week we have two newcomers in our chart. Maleficent is the most downloaded movie, again. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart. Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating…

Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time “Google Earth” Internet Observation

wabrandsma) writes with the latest accusations about NSA spying activity in Germany. According to top-secret documents from the NSA and the British agency GCHQ, the intelligence agencies are seeking to map the entire Internet Furthermore, every single end device that is connected to the Internet somewhere in the world — every smartphone, tablet and computer — is to be made…

Censorship Is Not The Answer to Online Piracy

This is a guest post written by Simon Frew, Deputy President of Pirate Party Australia. — The Australian Government recently called for submissions into its plans to introduce a range of measures that are the long-standing dreams of the copyright lobby: ISP liability, website blocking for alleged pirate sites and graduated response. The Government’s discussion paper specifically asked respondents to…

Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

An anonymous reader writes In a 2-1 decision, the 9th Circuit Court ruled that Navy investigators regularly run illegally broad online surveillance operations that cross the line of military enforcement and civilian law. The findings overturned the conviction of Michael Dreyer for distributing child pornography. The illegal material was found by NCIS agent Steve Logan searching for “any computers located…

BitTorrent: Our Users Buy 33% More Music Albums Online

BitTorrent Inc, the company behind the successful uTorrent and BitTorrent file-sharing clients, has been making huge efforts in recent times to shed the false image that the company is synonymous with online piracy. One of the key ways it’s changing this perception is by partnering with well-known artists such as De La Soul, Moby and Madonna, and showing that BitTorrent…

Jacob Appelbaum Gives Testimony in Gottfrid Svartholm Trial

The hacking trial of Gottfrid Warg and his alleged 21-year-old Danish accomplice continued this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. While the Pirate Bay founder answered questions during week one, this Wednesday marked the first day the 21-year-old answered questions. The man, whose identity is being protected, told the Court that while he’s had no formal IT training, he is indeed a…

NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

schwit1 sends word that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has authorized a 90-day extension to the NSA’s ability to collect bulk metadata about U.S. citizens’ phone calls. In April, the House of Representatives passed a bill to limit the NSA’s collection of metadata, but the Senate has been working on their version of the bill since then without yet voting…

US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp-out Fraud By Patent Examiners

McGruber writes: A month after Slashdot discussed “Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office,” the USPTO issued a statement that it is “committed to taking any measures necessary” to stop employees who review patents from lying about their hours and getting overtime pay and bonuses for work they didn’t do. USPTO officials also told congressional…