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Spanish Pirate Bay block scuppered by Google DNS

Piracy-riddled Spain has attempted to block the most popular Torrent site, The Pirate Bay – but is finding that users are circumventing the block by switching to free, open-source DNS resolving services, including one provided by Google. Spanish end-users have reportedly moved en masse to open source solutions provided by Google and by the Open… Read More

Microsoft gives Chinese pirates amnesty and free Windows 10 upgrades

Microsoft has announced that it will upgrade any Chinese users running Windows to the new Windows 10 operating system – including pirated copies. Terry Myerson of Microsoft’s operating systems unit announced the policy at the at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China, and afterwards told Reuters “We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and… Read More

Pirate Bay and other torrent sites inadvertently unblocked by secure CDN CloudFlare

Torrent-related sites which the UK government ordered major ISPs to ban – including The Pirate Bay – seem to have become available to consumers again due to the sites’ use of the CloudFlare caching service. TorrentFreak spotted the return of file-sharing Torrent sites – such as Rarbg.com, Torrentz.eu and Isohunt.to – from the purgatory enforced… Read More

In pictures: The Pirate Bay slowly re-emerges in Costa Rica

As I write, there seems to be a great deal going on with The Pirate Bay’s reported re-emergence under a Costa Rica domain after Swedish police raided the torrent-sharing site’s Stockholm base yesterday, seizing its locally based data centre server hardware and ‘other equipment’. News emerged that the most popular torrent site in the world, which… Read More

BT blocks private torrent sites independent of court rulings

UK internet service provider BT has reportedly blocked over 20 private torrent sites over the last week. IPTorrents and TorrentDay, two of the most popular private trackers, have both been affected. Following complaints from the UK’s top record labels, a High Court injunction last month required that leading British ISPs, including Sky, BT, Virgin, TalkTalk and… Read More