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African nations hail maritime deal

Lom - African leaders on Saturday signed a deal to boost security off the continent's economically crucial coasts, hoping to shore up development by tackling maritime crimes like piracy and smuggling.

Torrentz, one of the world's largest torrent sites, shuts down

One of the world's largest torrent sites has closed down without warning. Torrentz announced it is ceasing its operations in a message on its homepage, making it significantly harder for people to find torrents and pirate content illegally.

Chrome bug lets you download full Netflix movies for free

A recently discovered bug in Google's Chrome web browser makes it possible for anyone to download full movies from DRM-protected sources including Netflix and Amazon. Pirates could easily bypass Chrome's copy protection systems to access content.

Somali pirates jailed by French court for fatal hijacking

Paris - Seven Somali pirates were sentenced to between six and 15 years in prison by a French court for the hijacking of a French yacht and killing of its owner in the Gulf of Aden in 2011.

Somali piracy is down, not out

Nairobi - The pirates who once ruled the seas off Somalia are little more than a memory now, but while they are forgotten they are not gone.

Somali pirates in French court over fatal hijacking

Paris - Seven suspected Somali pirates accused of hijacking a French yacht, killing its owner and putting his wife through a hellish kidnapping ordeal, appeared in a Paris court on Tuesday.

Polish sailors freed after kidnap off Nigeria

Varsovia - Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on Tuesday announced the release of five Polish sailors who were kidnapped last month off the coast of southern Nigeria, a piracy hotspot."It all ended well.

Warsaw 'in contact' with abductors of Polish sailors

Varsovia - Poland said on Tuesday it was "in contact" with the abductors of five Polish sailors kidnapped last week off southern Nigeria, a region known as a piracy hotspot.

Google flooded with piracy takedown requests, gets 1,500 a minute

Google's latest Transparency Report has confirmed the flood of piracy takedown requests shows no sign of stopping soon. The company now receives over 2 million requests to remove URLs from search results every day, equating to 1,500 each minute.

Illegal fishing off Somalia 'risks return of piracy'

Nairobi - Rampant illegal fishing by foreign trawlers off Somalia's once pirate-infested coastline is threatening economic gains in the Horn of Africa nation and could push communities back to maritime crime, a report warned Tuesday.

Torrent sites ban Windows 10 users amid privacy fears

Key torrent sites are banning Windows 10 users in fear that the operating system may be sending data back to Microsoft that could identify piracy and land websites in trouble. The sites have claimed that Microsoft is monitoring searches for pirated media.

Vietnam questions suspected hijackers of Malaysian tanker

Hanoi - Vietnam's marine police on Saturday said they were questioning eight foreigners suspected of being the escaped pirates who commandeered a Malaysian-flagged tanker in the South China Sea for a week.

Hijackers of Malaysian tanker escape, one crewman shot

Kuala Lumpur - Pirates who commandeered a Malaysian-flagged tanker in the South China Sea for a week have escaped from the vessel in a lifeboat, giving warships the slip under cover of night, the country's naval commander said Friday.

Google Fiber forwards piracy fine notices straight to subscribers

Google Fiber is reportedly forwarding copyright infringement notices to subscribers offering settlements ranging from $20 to $300.

Sweden seizes Pirate Bay web domains

Stockholm - A Stockholm court on Tuesday seized the Swedish web domains of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay over repeated copyright violations in a bid to end the site's activities.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade even to software pirates

Microsoft has announced that users currently running pirated versions of Windows will be able to upgrade them for free to Windows 10 when it launches later this year in what could be a historic moment in the lengthy battle against software pirates.

Users of pirated copies of Today Calendar told "walk the plank"

The developer of the popular Android calendar app Today Calendar has started to fight piracy of his product by adding pirate-themed messages to the app that suggest users of pirated copies "walk the plank" or attend a "pirate party."

Swedish co-founder of Pirate Bay whisked to Thai capital

Bangkok - The Swedish co-founder of The Pirate Bay website was hauled to Bangkok Wednesday following his arrest in northeast Thailand, with police from Stockholm waiting to press for his deportation to serve a jail term for copyright infringement.

Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder arrested at Thai border

Bangkok - A Swedish co-founder of the controversial file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested while trying to enter Thailand, immigration police said Tuesday.

Law professional Michael Sterner weighs in on lawsuits Commissioned

Last month in Argentina, Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas (CAPIF), the county’s music authority, issued a court order demanding 11 ISPs ban access to The Pirate Bay.

Google Glass is now banned from all U.S. movie theatres

Movie fans will no longer be able to wear Google Glass and other wearable technology in US cinemas. Google Glass has been the center of much uncertainty since the public started experimenting with the device.

Focus of world piracy shifts to Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur - The strategic seaways of Southeast Asia are seeing a "worrying new rise" in piracy even as the number of attacks continues to tumble globally, the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Technology at the forefront of stopping digital piracy

Traditional watermarks were added to documents to prove they were authentic, Digimarc has introduced an electronic version of the watermark to authenticate eBooks.

Britain declares that game piracy is no longer a crime

It is no longer a criminal offense to pirate games in the United Kingdom. Citing that their efforts just were not working Britain has decriminalized game piracy there.

Southeast Asia hub of global pirate attacks

Geneva - Southeast Asia has become the world's hotspot for pirate attacks after an international clampdown slashed the number of hijackings off the coast of war-torn Somalia, the UN said Thursday.

Pirates free Indonesia-bound Thai tanker after cargo theft

Kuala Lumpur - Pirates have released an Indonesian-bound Thai tanker after stealing its oil cargo, in the latest attack in Southeast Asian waters, the International Maritime Bureau said Monday.

Op-Ed: Popcorn Time is awesome; may get you fined or arrested

The launch of the free torrent-streaming service, Popcorn Time, has already made waves throughout the internet — and for good reason, the service is cool.

Concern grows over rising piracy off West Africa

Kintampo - Grey, sleek, bristling with massive cannon and an assortment of machine guns, the French navy's Commandant Birot is well-equipped to patrol Africa's most dangerous stretches of ocean.Vessels like it played a key role in curbing pirate attacks off the c...

Piracy at lowest worldwide for six years

London - Sea piracy fell to its lowest level around the world in six years in 2013 thanks to a clampdown on Somali pirates, a maritime body said Wednesday.

Russia: Arctic 30 Greenpeace activists granted amnesty

Murmansk - A group of Greenpeace activists were arrested by Russian authorities in late September and initially faced charges of piracy. The charges changed to hooliganism, and eventually some activists were released on bail, but now an amnesty will free them.
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Russian and Chinese Navy cooperate in anti-piracy measures.
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Graph showing the surge in piracy takedown requests sent to Google from 2011 to November 2015
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A new battle is brewing over privacy for mobile devices, after moves by Google and Apple to toughen the encryption of their mobile devices sparked complaints from law enforcement
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