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World’s largest music torrent site goes dark, disputes report about server seizure [Updated]

November 17th, 2016

It took nearly 10 years, but authorities have finally targeted and taken down What.cd, which had risen to become the Internet's largest invite-only, music-trading torrent site.

The news was confirmed by the tracker's official Twitter account on Thursday via two posts: "We are not likely to return any time soon in our current form. All site and user data has been destroyed. So long, and thanks for all the fish."

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Prosecutors: KickassTorrents’ legal theory about copyright is bogus

November 8th, 2016

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Lawyers for Artem Vaulin, the alleged head of KickassTorrents (KAT), recently attempted to get criminal copyright infringement charges against their client tossed. Last week, however, prosecutors fired back. In a court filing from last Friday, authorities argued that Vaulin should not even be allowed to file a motion to dismiss until he makes a formal appearance in federal court in Chicago, where the case is underway.

Vaulin was arrested in Poland in July, where he now awaits extradition to the United States. KAT was the world’s largest BitTorrent distribution site before it was shuttered by authorities earlier this year. Prosecutors have alleged that KAT unlawfully distributed more than $1 billion worth of copyrighted materials.

After Vaulin makes an appearance, his legal team can refile a motion to dismiss. At that point, prosecutors wrote, the motion should be denied anyway as the defense’s primary theory—that there is no such law that prohibits secondary criminal copyright infringement—is bunk.

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More proof shows Hollywood insiders leaking movies on torrent sites

October 26th, 2016

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A legal flap between Warner Bros. and a Hollywood talent agency once again shows that Hollywood insiders are leaking pre-release movies to BitTorrent file-sharing sites.

The latest evidence is spelled out in a copyright infringement lawsuit (PDF) brought this week by Warner Bros. against talent agency Innovative Artists.

The studio claims Innovative Artists effectively set up its own pirate site of DVD screeners and other movie rips on a shared Google drive folder. This, according to the lawsuit, led to watermarked screener copies of Creed and Heart of the Sea being uploaded to file-sharing sites.

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Leaker fined $1.2 million for uploading screener of The Revenant

September 30th, 2016

Enlarge / Leonardo DiCaprio signs autographs for fans during the Tokyo premiere for "The Revenant" in March. (credit: Yuriko Nakao via Getty Images)

The pirate who in December leaked The Revenant and The Peanuts Movie days ahead of their US releases has been ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to 20th Century Fox and was also handed eight months of home confinement, federal prosecutors said.

The defendant, William Morarity of the Los Angeles suburb of Lancaster, was working for an undisclosed studio lot when he unlawfully accessed watermarked, screener versions of the films and uploaded them to a private BitTorrent site "Pass the Popcorn," according to his guilty plea (PDF). The Revenant was downloaded more than 1 million times and The Peanuts Movie more than 220,000 times, according to court documents. (PDF)

Deirdre Fike, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office, said the defendant's behavior is a killer of creativity and jobs. "Mr. Morarity used his position of trust to gain access to sensitive intellectual property, then shared that content online and incurred large-scale losses to the owner of that property," Fike said. "The theft of intellectual property—in this case, major motion pictures—discourages creative incentive and affects the average American making ends meet in the entertainment industry."

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Mac password-stealing malware haunts Transmission app… again

September 1st, 2016
The official download of the Transmission app was hacked again: last time it was ransomware, this time a password stealer.

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KickassTorrents alleged founder Artem Vaulin arrested in Poland

July 20th, 2016

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Federal authorities announced Wednesday the arrest of the alleged mastermind of KickassTorrents, the world’s largest BitTorrent distribution site. As of this writing, the site is still up.

Prosecutors have formally charged Artem Vaulin, 30, of Ukraine, with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.

According to a Department of Justice press release sent to Ars, Vaulin was arrested Wednesday in Poland. The DOJ will shortly seek his extradition to the United States.

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uTorrent forums hacked: change your password now!

June 13th, 2016
The vendor that runs BitTorrent's forums was breached, letting attackers get at other clients' data, including the uTorrent user database.

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uTorrent Forums User List Stolen

June 9th, 2016
BitTorrent has warned users of its uTorrent client to change their passwords after a third-party breach allowed hackers to walk off with a list of its forum users.

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BitTorrent Inc. announces live streaming TV service powered by P2P

May 17th, 2016

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BitTorrent Inc., the company behind the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, is planning to launch a live streaming TV service with both free and paid options. The company claims it will have better performance than existing services that broadcast live channels over the Internet.

Unveiled today, BitTorrent Live is "a multichannel, live, and linear video streaming platform" based on a peer-to-peer live video streaming protocol that BitTorrent has been developing for a few years. No availability date was announced, but BitTorrent said it will be available on Apple TV, iOS, Android, and Mac.

The company's announcement said that today's live streaming services usually use HTTP Live Streaming and are "notorious for latency issues, also known as lag." The BitTorrent Live protocol is an attempt to solve that problem.

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