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"Torrent Hound" Shuts Down / UK Will Jail Online Pirates For 10 Years

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    people really need to start taking their online privacy seriously.
    use a vpn or use offshore hosting. :D

    TorrentHound Shuts Down, Another Big Torrent Site Bites The Dust

    http://www.torrenthound.com

    TorrentHound has decided to shut down its popular torrent site, voluntarily. "Finito," the site's founder informed us in a brief message.

    Following the demise of KickassTorrents and Torrentz, the surprise shutdown means that three of the ten most visited torrent sites at the beginning of the year are now offline.

    At TorrentFreak we have been keeping a close eye on the torrent ecosystem for more than a decade, but never have we seen so many large sites going offline in such a short period.

    TorrentHound follows the 'example' of KickassTorrents and Torrentz, which went offline in July and August respectively. This means that three sites
    from our top 10 most-visited torrent sites, are now gone.

    https://torrentfreak.com/torrenthound-shuts-down-another-big-torrent-site-bites-the-dust-160915/

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    10 Years in Prison For Online Pirates a Step Closer in the UK

    The UK Government's Digital Economy Bill has moved a step closer to becoming law after its second reading in Parliament. With unanimous support, the current two-year maximum custodial sentence for online piracy is almost certain to increase to a decade.

    However, the reading also covered other familiar ground - pressure on Google to do something about piracy.

    In an effort to control the prevalence of online piracy, numerous criminal actions against file-sharers and file-sharing site operators have already taken place in the UK. However, these prosecutions have not been straightforward.

    Due to UK copyright law allowing for custodial sentences of 'just' two years for online offenses, anti-piracy groups such as the Federation Against Copyright Theft have chosen to pursue their own private prosecutions.

    These have largely taken place under legislation designed for those who have committed fraud, rather than the more appropriate offense of copyright infringement.

    Physical pirates (CDs, DVDs) can be jailed for up to 10 years under current legislation. During the past few years, there have been lobbying efforts for this punishment to apply both on and offline.

    That resulted in a UK Government announcement last year indicating that it would move to increase the maximum prison sentence for online copyright infringement to ten years.

    This proposal was detailed in a draft of the Digital Economy Bill published in July. If passed into law, it would amend the relevant section of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

    That likelihood increased yesterday with the 2nd Reading of the Digital Economy Bill in the House of Commons. Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, was in attendance.

    The MP, who was appointed in July, spoke strongly in favor of strict copyright enforcement.

    "We will help businesses from attacks on their intellectual property. Burglars can be sentenced to ten years in prison, but the criminal gangs that are making vast sums of money through exploiting the online creations of others only face a two-year sentence. We will increase this to ten," Bradley said.

    Interestingly, Bradley mentioned a convicted pirate by name. Paul Mahoney ran streaming portal FastPassTV and discussion and linking forum BedroomMedia.

    After being raided in 2011, the Northern Ireland-based man was sentenced to four years in jail under the Fraud Act, two more than the maximum he would've received under copyright legislation.

    "Criminals like Paul Mahoney, who profited by almost £300,000. and cost industry millions by facilitating access to illegal films on the Internet, need to be sent a clear message." Bradley said.

    https://torrentfreak.com/10-years-in-prison-for-online-pirates-a-step-closer-in-the-uk-160914/
     
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  2. Lampara

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    man, this year is a bad year for torrent geeks!
     
  3. Nut-Nights

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  4. virtualpurity

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    But good for new rising torrent websites that do take their privacy seriously.
     
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  5. Lampara

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    correct.

    so lets make a torrent site! booyah! =) $$$$$$$$$$$
     
  6. sturose

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    Watched a TV program earlier, a guy got 20 weeks prison for burglary and carrying a weapon.

    But they really should go after these real criminals who download movies and make pirate DVD's, give em 10 years, hell lets give them life!!!!!
     
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    Forget about terrorists, pedophiles and serial killers. Torrent sites are what's wrong with society.
     
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  8. The Scarlet Pimp

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    the cops like to pursue easy targets. armed robbers and killers are... armed.

    besides, everyone knows that torrenting is a gateway crime. today it's movies and songs, tomorrow it's gov. secrets and treason!
     
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    Yeah, because I downloaded the last series of the walking dead for my son I now feel the urge to hack into Theresa Mays laptop!!!!!:p
     
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    Torrenting definitely has direct ties to serial killing. Ask any serial killer. Their first crime is almost always downloading Game of Thrones. Or porn.
     
  11. virtualpurity

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    There is some truth in that statement.

    "How to become a serial killer-Tutorial-Part-1.torrent"
     
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    Cops purse what they're told to pursue. Movie and music industries are lobbying anti-piracy laws like crazy, Insanity is intensifying.
     
  13. tasburrfoot

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    I've never been a fan of the large sites like TPB or Torrentz etc, there are lots of private/invite only torrent sites that enforce HQ content actively, and have stricter rules on your S/L ratio and reward members(sometimes monetarily) for having a positive ratio.
     
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    Same story as always - pushing for the toughest punishment for anything related to money whilst they don't give a shit about other far worse crimes because individual victims don't make as much noise as corporate victims.
     
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  15. Capo Dei Capi

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    Hasn't there always been sites busted, its just more high profile ones busted lately?
     
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  16. Capo Dei Capi

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    There are law enforcement assigned to do different things, the ones that are involved in cyber crimes such as piracy aren't going to slow down if the homicide detectives are taking longer then they are for each case.
     
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