The Register: Europol wipes out 30,000+ piracy sites, three suspects cuffed to walk the legal plank

The Register: Europol wipes out 30,000+ piracy sites, three suspects cuffed to walk the legal plank. “In total, Europol says it was able to shut down 30,506 domains. They also arrested three people, seized 26,000 pieces of clothing and perfume, grabbed 363 litres of alcohol (about 10 Reg holiday parties), an unspecified number of hardware devices, and upwards of €150,000 in bank and online payment accounts.”

BBC: Sham news sites make big bucks from fake views

BBC: Sham news sites make big bucks from fake views. “There are 350 million registered domain names on the internet. Experts say it’s impossible to count how many are sham news sites. But just like legitimate websites, they earn money from the major tech companies that pay them to display ads.”

Publishers Weekly: Educational Publishers File Suit to Block Sale of Pirated E-books

Publishers Weekly: Educational Publishers File Suit to Block Sale of Pirated E-books. “According to the lawsuit filed in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the pirate sites are selling unlicensed e-books using Google ads which they place in response to searches for the publishers’ legitimate content. While the lawsuit proceeds, the publishers, through the Educational Publishers Enforcement Group which brought the action, were granted a temporary restraining order that calls for the immediate shut down of the illegal activity on these sites, as well as the cessation of the services that support the sites.”

BBC: Rise of comic book piracy ‘a real problem’

BBC: Rise of comic book piracy ‘a real problem’. “A comic book writer’s claim that the proliferation of piracy is “a real problem” has encouraged others in the industry to share their concerns. Jim Zub, who writes for Marvel and IDW, tweeted that 20 times as many people read comics illegally shared online, than pay for digital or physical works.”

Ubergizmo: A Boxing Fight Was Illegally Streamed Through The Reflection Off A Guy’s Glasses

Ubergizmo: A Boxing Fight Was Illegally Streamed Through The Reflection Off A Guy’s Glasses. “There are some sporting events that are held behind a paywall where viewers will need to purchase a pass in order to watch it. There are some ways to get around this, such as going to a bar where the event might be streamed, or alternatively, there is always pirate streams that you could look for.”

TorrentFreak: Spammers Abuse Medium.com to Spread ‘Pirate’ Scams

TorrentFreak: Spammers Abuse Medium.com to Spread ‘Pirate’ Scams. “Scammers are using the online publishing platform Medium to spread links to supposedly pirated movies and TV-shows. The issue plagues many platforms, but as one of the world’s most visited websites, Medium is an ideal tool to lure prospective pirates into signing up for dubious subscriptions.”

MEL Magazine: An Oral History of LimeWire: The Little App That Changed the Music Industry Forever

MEL Magazine: An Oral History of LimeWire: The Little App That Changed the Music Industry Forever. “In 2001, the internet’s premier file-sharing service Napster was shut down after just two years, leaving a giant vacuum in the ever-expanding peer-to-peer file-sharing space. There was, however, no putting the toothpaste back into the tube. Suddenly, it was possible — and extremely popular — to download media for free. It was only a matter of time before the next platform emerged to meet that demand.”