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Video games piracy is less prolific than feared, report claims

A significant study by a group of universities has downplayed the significance of video games piracy. Wired has word of a joint study between the Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University and the PLAIT Lab at Northeastern University as well as Robert Veitch from the Department of IT …

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200,000 BitTorret users sued in US

Since the beginning of 2010 the total number of US internet users who have been legally approached regarding BitTorrent piracy has now hit 200,000. TorrentFreak reports that the tactic has now become a feasible new revenue stream for copyright holders. Typically, once the contact details of those who have allegedly …

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Largest BitTorrent prosecution begins

The US Copyright Group has been granted permission to subpoena ISPs for the details of users who have illegally downloaded movies via BitTorrent. Film companies are said to have paid ‘snoops’ to monitor BitTorrent sites by observing active torrents and capturing users’ IP addresses. TechRadar reports that around 23k individuals …

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Games account for just 3.3% of piracy

A report from torrent blog TorrentFreak suggests that video game piracy accounts for just 3.3 per cent of all illegally available online content. The site gathered data from thousands of BitTorrent trackers to take s snapshot of what it estimated to be all publicly available torrents at the time. Out …

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Halo Reach hits file-sharing sites

Full versions of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 shooter Halo Reach have arrived on internet file-sharing sites. At the time of writing over ten different downloads are currently available. The development follows news over the weekend that hackers had managed to obtain the full game from Microsoft’s press version of Xbox Live. …

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Halo Reach leaked by pirates

It appears that a group of online hackers has got their hands on a full version of Halo Reach far ahead of its official worldwide release on September 14th. Microsoft recently posted a digital version of the title online for reviewers to access, and it seems as if some modders …

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IsoHunt downed by copyright lawyers

Though Christmas day is behind us, IP holders have been given a late festive present with news that another high-profile BitTorrent site – Gary Fung’s IsoHunt – has been closed following a successful prosecution in California. A US District Court judge found that Fung and his site had infringed copyright …

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Mininova threatened with £4m fine

The world’s largest BitTorrent site has been ordered to remove all Copyright files on its site or face a fine of up to €5 million (4.4m). A Dutch Court has given the site three months to complete the order, say reports. The Utrecht District Court agreed with Stichting Brein, a …

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Pirate Bay founders lose Court case

The founders of the BitTorrent Pirate Bay website have been found guilty of ‘assisting in making copyright content available’ this morning – with all four execs given custodial sentences. In a landmark case in the differentiation between file-sharers and pirates, the Swedish Court found Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, …

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Pirate Bay sails onto Facebook

Whilst the three men behind BitTorrent portal Pirate Bay are still awaiting the final decision in their Swedish court case, the site itself continues to expand with the launch of a new Facebook-specific widget. TechRadar reports that users are now able to click on a new button that offers a …

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