All Hail Pirates!

All you little filesharin' fans and freaks, unite! We're here t' spread news and discuss relevant topics regardin' torrents and filesharin' community.

Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

An anonymous reader is one of many to send word that the European Parliament has voted 384 to 174 in favor of unbundling search engines from other commercial services in order to ensure competition. “The European Parliament has voted in favor of breaking Google up, as a solution to complaints that it favors is own services in search results. Politicians…

Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke

mrspoonsi writes Kim Dotcom, the founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, has declared himself “broke”. The entrepreneur said he had spent $10m (£6.4m) on legal costs since being arrested in New Zealand in 2012 and accused of internet piracy. Mr Dotcom had employed a local law firm to fight the US’s attempt to extradite him, but his defence team…

UK Piracy Blocklist Expands With Demonoid, Isohunt, IPTorrents and More

The list of websites that are blocked in the UK for facilitating copyright infringement is getting longer and longer. This week a new High Court ruling orders Sky, BT, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, Telefonica UK and Virgin to block access to 32 piracy related sites. The newly blocked sites include Demonoid, Watchseries, IPTorrents, TorrentDay, IceFilms, Rarbg and have millions of visitors…

Uber’s Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Zothecula writes Security researcher GironSec has pulled Uber’s Android app apart and discovered that it’s sending a huge amount of personal data back to base – including your call logs, what apps you’ve got installed, whether your phone is vulnerable to certain malware, whether your phone is rooted, and your SMS and MMS logs, which it explicitly doesn’t have permission…

Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

mpicpp writes with this news from the BBC: Google is under fresh pressure to expand the ‘right to be forgotten’ to its international .com search tool. A panel of EU data protection watchdogs said the move was necessary to prevent the law from being circumvented. Google currently de-lists results that appear in the European versions of its search engines, but…

Torrent Site ‘Hijacks’ MPAA’s Movie Search Engine

Earlier this month Hollywood launched its very own search engine for movies and TV-shows. With WhereToWatch people can lookup the latest entertainment to check if and where it’s available. The site offers a very handy service aimed at steering people away from pirate sites and promoting legal options. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t change the fact that most new films aren’t…

Kim Dotcom Leaves Bail Hearing a Free Man, For Now

Last week during a hearing at the Auckland District Court, Crown Prosecutor Christine Gordon said that following an apparent breach of conditions an application had been made to revoke Kim Dotcom’s bail. The allegations, which are reportedly serious enough to put Dotcom back behind bars, resulted in the Court ordering tightened restrictions preventing the entrepreneur from using helicopters, traveling by…

The Pirate Bay Goes Down Locally (Updated)

Many U.S. Internet subscribers across various ISPs are experiencing trouble accessing The Pirate Bay at the moment. Every time TPB becomes inaccessible thousands of people begin to worry that their ISPs have begun blocking or that something awful has happened to their beloved site. However, the current downtime appears to be a routing issue as the site is still reachable…

BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

An anonymous reader writes This weekend both BT and Sky implemented the new changes, making it harder for their subscribers to reach these sites. Interestingly, however, BT appears to have gone above and beyond the court order, limiting access to various other sites as well. Over the past several days TorrentFreak has received reports from several users of private torrent…