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Pirate Bay ‘Promotion’ Increases Post-Release Box Office Revenue, Study Shows

New research suggests that post-release movie piracy through The Pirate Bay is linked to increased box revenue. The counter-intuitive finding is driven by word-of-mouth promotion. The effect, which does not apply to pre-release piracy, results in rather interesting policy implications. Late 2014 The Pirate Bay went offline after Swedish police raided a datacenter near Stockholm. […]

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Reddit ‘Shadowbans’ Posts With Openload URLs

Reddit is actively shadowbanning posts that link to the popular file-hosting service Openload. To users it looks like their submissions are being published, but links are removed and posts are hidden from the public eye. Moderators can’t “approve” posts manually either, suggesting that Reddit doesn’t want any Openload content on its platform. Openload is the largest […]

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Movie Piracy ‘Alternative’ UltraViolet is Shutting Down

Cloud-based movie ‘locker’ UltraViolet was once portrayed as an excellent piracy alternative. While the service brought in millions of users over the years, its recent shutdown announcement shows how flaky the concept of digital ownership can be. When UltraViolet was first launched eight years ago, it was portrayed as a convenient alternative to piracy. The cloud-based service, backed […]