Megaupload Accuses U.S. of Unfair Tactics, Seeks Stay

October 5th, 2015

After suffering ten postponements the extradition hearing of Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk was never likely to be a smooth, straightforward affair, even when it eventually got underway in the Auckland District Court.

The first few days of the hearing were spent by Crown lawyer Christine Gordon QC, who has been acting on behalf the U.S., painting a highly negative picture of the quartet. Incriminating correspondence, culled from their Skype accounts, suggested that there had been knowledge of infringement, she claimed.

After the U.S. finally wrapped up its case last Thursday, Judge Dawson was asked to decide when several applications filed by Dotcom’s team to drop the hearing would be heard. Would it be appropriate to deal with them before the accused took the stand to fight the extradition, or at another time?

In the event Judge Dawson decided that the stay applications – which cover the U.S. freeze on Dotcom’s funds and other ‘unreasonable’ behavior, plus allegations of abuse of process by Crown lawyers – should be heard first.

During this morning’s session defense attorney Grant Illingworth QC motivated the request to stay the case. Illingworth told the Court that due to the ongoing U.S.-ordered freeze on his clients’ funds (and the prospect that any funds sent to the U.S. would have the same fate), they are unable to retain experts on U.S. law.

“We say the issue is that they cannot use restrained funds to pay experts in US law, if those experts are not New Zealand citizens,” Illingworth said.

“Access to such expertise is necessary but being prevented by the US. It means not having the ability to call evidence but also the ability to get advice so counsel can present their case.”

Illingworth said the unfair tactics amounted to an abuse of process which has reduced New Zealand-based lawyers to a position of dealing with U.S. law on a “guess work” basis which could leave them open to accusations of being both negligent and incompetent.

“In any other case we would seek expert advice,” Illingworth said, but in this situation obtaining that is proving impossible. No defense means that the hearing is fundamentally unfair, he argued.

In this afternoon’s session, attention turned to claims by the United States that Bram van der Kolk uploaded a pre-release copy of the Liam Neeson movie ‘Taken’ to Megaupload and shared links with friends.

The U.S. says that nine people downloaded the thriller but lawyers for Van Der Kolk insist that whatever the case, the movie was not ‘pre-release’ since it was already available in more than two dozen countries during 2008. The movie was premiered in the United States during 2009. Pre-release movie piracy is a criminal offense under U.S. law.

The extradition hearing is now in its third week and is expected to last another three, but that could change. If the applications currently being heard are successful, the Judge could order a new case or might even stay the extradition hearing altogether.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 10/05/15

October 5th, 2015

jurassThis week we have three newcomers in our chart.

Jurassic World is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
1 (…) Jurassic World 7.2 / trailer
2 (1) Tomorrowland 6.6 / trailer
3 (2) Terminator Genisys 6.8 / trailer
4 (3) San Andreas 6.2 / trailer
5 (4) Avengers: Age of Ultron 7.8 / trailer
6 (…) Southpaw 7.6 / trailer
7 (5) Minions (Webrip) 6.7 / trailer
8 (6) Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (HDRip) 7.7 / trailer
9 (9) Magic Mike XXL 5.9 / trailer
10 (…) Inside Out (HDrip) 8.5 / trailer

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The Tent Goes Down: After a Month Up, Black Pastor in Indianapolis Folds Camp…

October 5th, 2015
Years ago, my dad bought a copy of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead on VHS. I must have been in middle school, and watched the film quickly in our basement before my mom could see what I was viewing and toss it out. 

Needless to say, I made it to the scene where the white married couple have a heated argument about going upstairs to join the rest of the fledgling group of survivors or stay in the cellar. 

Then mom came down, saw what was in the VCR and immediately junked it. 

I bring this story up because every so often I remember the initial thrill of watching Night of the Living Dead and instantly realizing how much fun it would be to live in a world where the emergency broadcasting system wasn't giving a test, but actually warning citizens of some ongoing disaster and that those in authority were desperately trying to bring the situation under control. 

But until this occurred, it was best if you stayed inside...

It hit me today, when reading the story of the "successful" month-long stint black Pastor John Girton spent in a tent to protest black on black violence in Indianapolis, that the black population of America lives in a world where the emergency broadcasting system is literally going off 24/7/365. 

Civilization has broken down, with complete anarchy seemingly only one moment away (usually, that moment is the attempt to maintain - not even restore - civilization, as Officer Darren Wilson found out when he tried to get Michael Brown to walk on the sidewalk and not down Canfield Drive...). 

In our world, zombies are only the stuff of fiction; but in our world, there exist creatures capable of far greater destruction than the zombie and even worse, we not only keep them fed with our redistributed tax dollars, but we finance the breeding more of them too. 

With the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future being celebrated toward the end of this month, you'd be hard-pressed to convince someone in 1955 (the pivotal year the first film revolves around) or even 1985 that the apocalypse hadn't happened in 2015 when they were shown the following story. [Westside pastor strikes tent in campout for peace, Fox 59 Indianapolis, OCTOBER 4, 2015]:
As IMPD homicide detectives were responding to the discovery of the city’s latest murder victim on the eastside, a westside minister was striking a tent he has lived in for a month in a campout for peace. 
Pastor John Girton of Christ Missionary Baptist Church spent 30 days sleeping in a tent pitched on a patch of grass next to an asphalt parking lot at West 30th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Street. 
“The Bible says we would have days like this and we would have months like this and so we have to recognize what do we do when we have months like this,” Pastor Girton told more than 100 neighbors and supporters who turned out to mark the end of his urban camping vigil. 
Democratic Mayor Candidate Joe Hogsett was among those in attendance.
“He slept for 30 days,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. “He heard all the sounds. He saw all the issues. He felt all the pain.” 
Victims Advocate Clarrisa Patton spent much of the last month by Pastor Girton’s side and said she often heard gunshots in the ANWAR community.
“I did on a couple occasions,” she said. “But you know what I think? Because we were present here, because the pastor was present here, maybe there was so many that we didn’t hear. Maybe there were many that didn’t take place just because of his presence.” 
A fellow minister hammered a white cross into the ground to remember the city’s latest homicide victim whose death was reported even at the rally began. 
“This has got to be a movement,” Hite reminded the crowd. “It cannot be law enforcement alone.” 
The intersection where Pastor Girton chose to campout has been especially hard hit with economic setbacks as neighboring Double 8 Foods and Chase Bank recently closed their doors. 
“We need a way to survive within our own surroundings,” said Patton. “If you’re a single mom and you don’t have a car, where you going to go to the grocery store? We talk about finances and get our money together. How we going to do that without a local bank?” 
Patton said she hoped the lessons the community learned about the need for jobs and drug counseling and mentoring programs would continue after the tent came down.
Pastor Girton's symbolic act of pitching a tent to bring awareness to almost exclusively black-in-origin violence in Indianapolis was almost overshadowed by the actions of Pastor Anthony Pippens, who put a black mannequin in a coffin with the sign "Who's Next." [Pastor: "Black on black" violence must stop,, 9-1-15]

Civilization has broken down, with complete anarchy seemingly only one moment away...

What was a childhood fantasy (influenced by watching Night of Living Dead) is a daily reality for black people in America, because that is the type of "community" individual black people can collective create in the absence of whites.

That's why Indianapolis needed not one, but two anti-violence rallies on October 4, 2015...

  13 WTHR Indianapolis

The Confessions of a Camming Movie Pirate

October 4th, 2015

Last week TF published an interview with Philip Danks, the West Midlands man handed the toughest ever UK sentence for recording a movie in a cinema and uploading it to the Internet. After receiving 33 months for his crimes, Danks’ message was one of caution.

“Simply put, prison isn’t worth the kudos you get from being the first to leak a movie, stay away from it all and be happy with your family!” he said last week.

But despite the words of warning, what Danks did is still pretty intriguing. So-called ‘movie camming’ is not only very dangerous but also shrouded in mystery. So what made this guy do what he did?

“My original motivation was to be the first to get a copy of a film worldwide, which would certainly drag thousands of new unique visitors to my website (Bit Buddy), increasing members and site activity, as at the time there was just over 200 members which is extremely small,” Danks informs TF.

“I decided on Fast 6 due to the popularity and demand for the film as it was by far the most highly anticipated and eagerly awaited film. It was hugely popular and I knew demand would be high for that film.”

After settling on a film to ‘cam’, Danks had to pick a location. In the end he chose a Showcase cinema, located not far from his Walsall home in central England.

Showcase – Walsall


“The cinema I chose was my local cinema just 4 – 5 miles away, and I chose the first available viewing with tickets available. I only decided on the day that I would do it, so it was spur and heat of the moment thing,” he explains.


“I went into town and brought a second hand camcorder from a pawn shop for £70, however it only had a 60 minute battery life and I had to return to get a better camcorder. The second one I chose had brilliant reviews online for battery life and quality, so I chose that one for £80.”

The digital camera had no storage medium, so to capture the whole thing in decent quality Danks had to spend a little extra on 16GB SD card. However, other problems quickly raised their head and would need attention if his cover wasn’t to be immediately blown.

“I realized quite quickly that the device was extremely visible in the dark, so I covered all LED lights with insulation tape,” Danks says.

Also proving troublesome was the brightness of the camera’s LCD screen. Covering that so early on would mean that focusing on the cinema screen would be a hit-and-miss affair and at worse a complete disaster. Danks decided to take the risk on the initial focusing setup and then used a small black bag to cover the LCD.

Location and position

As anyone who has watched a ‘cam’ copy will know, the positioning of the ‘cammer’ is vital to a decent recording. Too far to the left or right of the big screen and angles can creep in. Too far forward or back raises other issues, including other movie goers causing annoying black silhouettes every time they move in front of the camera.

To avoid the latter and of course detection, Danks decided to enroll some accomplices.

“I decided that a few friends in front, to the side and to the back of me, was enough cover to keep the staff from seeing me, so I invited a few friends along, one of which was Michael Bell, my co-defendant,” Danks says.

“I got the focus right while the camcorder was in my lap, meaning I could hold it with my legs and keep it fairly steady, also providing a little more cover from staff as I looked like I just had my hands in my lap.”

For readers putting themselves in Danks’ shoes, fear of getting caught during the next two hours would probably be high on the list of emotions. However, Danks says he wasn’t really concerned about being discovered and was more interested in the end result.

“While I was actually recording my only thoughts were whether or not the quality would be good enough for a release, and if the sound would be in sync with the video. I blocked out any thoughts of getting caught and just got on with the job at hand,” he explains.

The Great Escape

Soon enough the movie was over. Danks hadn’t been caught in the act but there was still a possibility that he’d been monitored and a welcoming party was waiting for him in the cinema lobby. With that in mind, he set about mitigating the risks.

“As soon as the movie was over I concealed the camcorder down my trousers and the memory chip was hidden in a separate place – in my sock. I knew cinema staff could not perform a search without a police officer present,” he says.

But what if staff were outside ready to give him a hard time? Danks had thought about that too and already had an escape strategy in mind.

“I planned to simply run if I got caught. I know that any attempt to detain me without the authorities would be unlawful arrest and kidnap, so that was no concern,” he says.

In the event his exit from the cinema was trouble free. All that remained was to get the video off the card and onto the Internet.

Conversion and uploading

“I had an SD card reader on my laptop, so transferring the file was no issue, although encoding was. I had problems with audio synchronization and had to adjust the sound offset by around 0.8s to get it just right after conversion to AVI,” he recalls.

“Another problem I ran into was file size. Because the movie was so long the total file was around 6GB separated into 1GB chunks, so I first had to use a video joiner to combine all the chunks in the right order before I could compress and reduce the final size. In total it took over six hours to convert and upload the file for the first person apart from me to have a copy.”

The whole point of recording Fast 6 was for Danks to be able to claim first place in the race to upload the movie to the Internet and he wanted his own site, Bit Buddy, to share in the glory.

“I decided to first upload the movie to Bit Buddy, date stamps would then prove my site was the first in the world to have a real copy. I then decided the best place for it to be picked up was on, KickAssTorrents and ThePirateBay, because I know dump sites scrape all three on a regular basis,” he says.

“Afterwards I simply went to sleep, but by this time it was 6am and I was back up at 10am to check on things. The amount of visitors to my site caused it to crash my home servers (three of them) because I simply wasn’t prepared for the traffic.”

So far so good

Danks says that in the aftermath he felt happy with what he’d done. The movie had been recorded, he hadn’t been caught, and his site had been placed on the map. That desire to be first had paid off with the feelings he’d expected.

“The next day I felt great. I felt like I had achieved something, something no one else could do, and that was get the tightest film of the year security-wise and plaster it over the Internet. By the time I checked it lunch time it had around 50,000 seeders and was on every worthy site going, so I was very proud,” he recalls.

Game over

As detailed in our earlier article, the Federation Against Copyright Theft had been watching Danks’ activities online. That led to an oversized police response and his subsequent arrest.

“It was only five days later when I was arrested that it dawned on me and I realized how much trouble I was in. However at the time I just simply didn’t care, I had one up on the fatcats in Hollywood and that was all I was bothered about,” he recalls.

“It wasn’t until over a year later when I was actually in court that I realized I was facing a lengthy custodial sentence for what I had done, and that the Hollywood fatcats had actually beaten me at my own game.

“Going to prison is technically the ultimate punishment, and that’s what they did to me. So really I was the one who lost out long term, losing my home, my job, my car and my freedom. That’s not winning.”

Moving on

Danks is now out of prison and on license, which means he has to be home by 7pm and cannot leave again until 7am. He spends his free time programming and playing poker in an attempt to build up his funds to pre-prison levels. And, since there has been so much interest in his case, he’s also hoping to commit his experiences to film via his own documentary.

Unless someone already in the field is interested in working with him, in which case TF will be happy to forward their details.

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

europeacendant: Carry his legacy. Carry it proudly.

October 4th, 2015


Carry his legacy. Carry it proudly.


October 4th, 2015

Thousands of “Spies” Are Watching Trackerless Torrents

October 4th, 2015

spyThe beauty of BitTorrent is that thousands of people can share a single file simultaneously to speed up downloading. In order for this to work, trackers announce the IP-addresses of all file-sharers in public.

The downside of this approach is that anyone can see who’s sharing a particular file. It’s not even required for monitoring outfits to actively participate.

This ‘vulnerability’ is used by dozens of tracking companies around the world, some of which send file-sharers warning letters, or worse. However, the “spies” are not just getting info from trackers, they also use BitTorrent’s DHT.

Through DHT, BitTorrent users share IP-addresses with other peers. Thus far, little was known about the volume of monitoring through DHT, but research from Peersm’s Aymeric Vitte shows that it’s rampant.

Through various experiments Vitte consistently ran into hundreds of thousands of IP-addresses that show clear signs of spying behavior.

The spies are not hard to find and many monitor pretty much all torrents hashes they can find. Blocking them is not straightforward though, as they frequently rotate IP-addresses and pollute swarms.

“The spies are organized to monitor automatically whatever exists in the BitTorrent network, they are easy to find but difficult to follow since they might change their IP addresses and are polluting the DHT with existing peers not related to monitoring activities,” Vitte writes.

The research further found that not all spies are actively monitoring BitTorrent transfers. Vitte makes a distinction between level 1 and level 2 spies, for example.

The first group is the largest and spreads IP-addresses of random peers and the more dangerous level 2 spies, which are used to connect file-sharers to the latter group. They respond automatically, and even return peers for torrents that don’t exist.

The level 2 spies are the data collectors, some if which use quickly changing IP-addresses. They pretend to offer a certain file and wait for BitTorrent users to connect to them.

The image below shows how rapidly the spies were discovered in one of the experiments and how quickly they rotate IP-addresses.


Interestingly, only very few of the level 2 spies actually accept data from an alleged pirate, meaning that most can’t proof without a doubt that pirates really shared something (e.g. they could just be checking a torrent without downloading).

According to Vitte, this could be used by accused pirates as a defense.

“That’s why people who receive settlement demands while using only DHT should challenge this, and ask precisely what proves that they downloaded a file,” he says.

After months of research and several experiments Vitte found that there are roughly 3,000 dangerous spies. These include known anti-piracy outfits such as Trident Media Guard, but also unnamed spies that use rotating third party IPs so they are harder to track.

Since many monitoring outfits constantly change their IP-addresses, static blocklists are useless. At TF we are no fans of blocklists in general, but Vitte believes that the dynamic blocklist he has developed provides decent protection, with near instant updates.

This (paid) blocklist is part of the Open Source Torrent-Live client which has several built in optimizations to prevent people from monitoring downloads. People can also use it to built and maintain a custom blocklist.

In his research paper Vitte further proposes several changes to the BitTorrent protocol which aim to make it harder to spy on users. He hopes other developers will pick this up to protect users from excessive monitoring.

Another option to stop the monitoring is to use an anonymous VPN service or proxy, which hides ones actual IP-address.

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

American Dystopia: We Gave Up Exploring the Heavens so we could Subsidize the Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education

October 4th, 2015
'Whitey on the Moon': Race, Politics, and the death of the U.S. Space Program, 1958 - 1972 tells the story of a future that wasn't meant to be, for the advent of Black-Run America (BRA) meant the complete suspension (suppression?) of man's ambitions to colonize the stars. 

Well... white man's ambitions. 

With this suspension (suppression...) of the American space program and a complete diversion of funds for space exploration to the perpetual task of uplifting blacks and closing the racial gap in achievement - measurable in every field worth measuring save the running of the forty yard dash - we have rewarded the 21st Century with the Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education in Milwaukee: a school of 263 students that is 93 percent black (less than three percent white), spending $14,431 per/pupil.

It should be noted 92 percent of the students at the Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education in Milwaukee are eligible for a free lunch (with one percent eligible for reduced lunches). 

We gave up - momentarily - the colonizing of the universe so we could watch formerly safe and thriving American cities colonized by Africans. [Altercation at Barack Obama School: Police say pregnant student kicked pregnant paramedic, Fox 6 Now, 9-30-15]:
Milwaukee police responded to Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education on Wednesday afternoon, September 30th for an altercation. 
Officers were dispatched to the school shortly before 2:30 p.m. to back up school resource officers. 
Police say there were 30 to 40 students and outsiders fighting inside the school.No major injuries were reported. 
We’re told a pregnant student, who was being evaluated by a paramedic and apparently didn’t want to leave the fight, kicked a pregnant paramedic.
FX has the series American Horror Story: devils, carnival workers, ghosts, and goblins provide virtually no scares when compared to the real-life horror black people in America have visited upon every city they congregate in this country.

In 1950, blacks were 3.4 percent of Milwaukee's population; by 1970 they represented 15 percent of the population; by 2000, the city was 45 percent white and 36.9 percent black. As of 2010, Milwaukee is majority black.

As 'Whitey on the Moon' showed, NASA was once dedicated to the advancement of man in space; but when it became linked to Black-Run America quest of advancing non-whites, all hope for exploration of the stars was put on hold so we could engage in a never-ending quest to uplift blacks on earth.

And in so doing, we are dragged (sadly, not even kicking and screaming) to their level.

American dystopia.

Anti-Piracy Activities Get VPNs Banned at Torrent Sites

October 3rd, 2015

spyFor the privacy-conscious Internet user, VPNs and similar services are now considered must-have tools. In addition to providing much needed security, VPNs also allow users to side-step geo-blocking technology, a useful ability for today’s global web-trotter.

While VPNs are often associated with file-sharing activity, it may be of interest to learn that they are also used by groups looking to crack down on the practice. Just like file-sharers it appears that anti-piracy groups prefer to work undetected, as events during the past few days have shown.

Earlier this week while doing our usual sweep of the world’s leading torrent sites, it became evident that at least two popular portals were refusing to load. Finding no complaints that the sites were down, we were able to access them via publicly accessible proxies and as a result thought no more of it.

A day later, however, comments began to surface on Twitter that some VPN users were having problems accessing certain torrent sites. Sure enough, after we disabled our VPN the affected sites sprang into action. Shortly after, reader emails to TF revealed that other users were experiencing similar problems.

Eager to learn more, TF opened up a dialog with one of the affected sites and in return for granting complete anonymity, its operator agreed to tell us what had been happening.

“The IP range you mentioned was used for massive DMCA crawling and thus it’s been blocked,” the admin told us.

Intrigued, we asked the operator more questions. How do DMCA crawlers manifest themselves? Are they easy to spot and deal with?

“If you see 15,000 requests from the same IP address after integrity checks on the IP’s browsers for the day, you can safely assume its a [DMCA] bot,” the admin said.

From the above we now know that anti-piracy bots use commercial VPN services, but do they also access the sites by other means?

“They mostly use rented dedicated servers. But sometimes I’ve even caught them using Hola VPN,” our source adds. Interestingly, it appears that the anti-piracy activities were directed through the IP addresses of Hola users without them knowing.

Once spotted the IP addresses used by the aggressive bots are banned. The site admin wouldn’t tell TF how his system works. However, he did disclose that sizable computing resources are deployed to deal with the issue and that the intelligence gathered proves extremely useful.

Of course, just because an IP address is banned at a torrent site it doesn’t necessarily follow that a similar anti-DMCA system is being deployed. IP addresses are often excluded after being linked to users uploading spam, fakes and malware. Additionally, users can share IP addresses, particularly in the case of VPNs. Nevertheless, the banning of DMCA notice-senders is a documented phenomenon.

Earlier this month Jonathan Bailey at Plagiarism Today revealed his frustrations when attempting to get so-called “revenge porn” removed from various sites.

“Once you file your copyright or other notice of abuse, the host, rather than remove the material at question, simply blocks you, the submitter, from accessing the site,” Bailey explains.

“This is most commonly done by blocking your IP address. This means, when you come back to check and see if the site’s content is down, it appears that the content, and maybe the entire site, is offline. However, in reality, the rest of the world can view the content, it’s just you that can’t see it,” he notes.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bailey advises a simple way of regaining access to a site using these methods.

“I keep subscriptions with multiple VPN providers that give access to over a hundred potential IP addresses that I can use to get around such tactics,” he reveals.

The good news for both file-sharers and anti-piracy groups alike is that IP address blocks like these don’t last forever. The site we spoke with said that blocks on the VPN range we inquired about had already been removed. Still, the cat and mouse game is likely to continue.

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Torrent Sites Remove Millions of Links to Pirate Content

October 3rd, 2015

deleteEntertainment industry groups including the RIAA and MPAA view BitTorrent sites as a major threat. The owners of most BitTorrent sites, however, believe they do nothing wrong.

While it’s common knowledge that The Pirate Bay refuses to remove any torrents, all of the other major BitTorrent sites do honor DMCA-style takedown requests.

Several copyright holders make use of these takedown services to remove infringing content, resulting in tens of thousands of takedown requests per month.

Bitsnoop is one of the prime targets. The site boasts one of the largest torrent databases on the Internet, more than 24 million files in total. This number could have been higher though, as the site has complied with 2,220,099 takedown requests over the years.

The overview below shows that most of the takedown notices received by Bitsnoop were sent by Remove Your Media. Other prominent names such as the RIAA and Microsoft also appear in the list of top senders.


As one of the largest torrent sites, KickassTorrents (KAT) is also frequently contacted by copyright holders.

The site doesn’t list as many torrents as Bitsnoop does, but with tens of thousands of takedown notices per month it receives its fair share of takedown requests.

The KAT team informs TF that they removed 26,060 torrents over the past month, and a total of 856,463 since they started counting.

Torrent sites are not the only ones targeted. Copyright holders also ask Google to indirectly remove access to infringing torrents that appear in its search results. Interestingly, Google receives more requests for Bitsnoop and KAT than the sites themselves do.

Google’s transparency report currently lists 3,902,882 Bitsnoop URLs and several million for KickassTorrents’ most recent domain names. The people at TorrentTags noticed this as well and recently published some additional insights from their own database.

Despite the proper takedown policies it’s hard for torrent sites to escape criticism. On the one hand users complain that their torrents are vanishing. On the other, copyright holders are not happy with the constant stream of newly uploaded torrents.

Not all torrent sites are happy with the takedown procedure either. ExtraTorrent doesn’t keep track of the number of takedown requests the site receives, but the operator informs TF that many contain errors or include links that point to different domains.

Still, most torrent sites feel obligated to accept takedown notices and will continue to do so in order to avoid further trouble.

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.