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The Dallas Buyers Club Court Decision Is Good News For Pirates - Here's Why

The makers of the Matthew McConaughey-starring movie Dallas Buyers Club have been dealt a blow in their attempt to extract payment from people alleged to have downloaded illegal copies in Australia. So what happens now?


Bittorent Sync Mobile Can Now Create, Edit And Share Files

Android/iOS/Windows Phone: BitTorrent Sync is a handy alternative to Dropbox if you need a lot of storage space or don’t trust someone else’s servers. The mobile apps have been a bit wanting, but now you can finally create, edit, and share files right from your phone.


Government Report: Cease-And-Desist Letters Won't Stop Piracy

Would you freak out if you received a piracy warning letter? Apparently, most Aussies don’t seem to care. A new national survey released by the Federal Government has ranked infringement notices as the least effective method of preventing illegal downloads. Only 20 per cent of respondents said they would stop pirating if they received a cease-and-desist letter from their ISP; even if they were threatened with an account suspension.


Lifehacker 101: How To Choose The Right VPN In Australia

Not all virtual private networks (VPNs) are created equal. Some keep logs, some cap your traffic, some don’t work on mobile, some don’t work at all. This is what you need to know about choosing a VPN provider, as well as a few recommendations to get you started.


Blocking Torrent Sites Won't Curb Piracy - Here's Why

As you’re doubtlessly aware, the Senate passed controversial anti-piracy legislation, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, this week. While rights holders are rejoicing, it’s not so clear whether the legislation will actually achieve its stated ends of reducing piracy, and it might be easily circumvented by the public. Ultimately, a re-thinking of media companies’ business models is needed.


How Soon Will Australia Start Blocking Web Sites?

Yesterday, the Australian Senate passed legislation which will require ISPs to block sites that are found by a court to enable piracy. Just how soon will that happen and what effect will it have?


Bittorrent's Latest App Is For Quick Photo Sharing

Think BitTorrent, and you probably think of, well, Game Of Thrones. Not so much photo sharing, but that’s what Bittorrent (the company) would much rather you think about.


Five Best BitTorrent Clients

BitTorrent is a great way to transfer and share large files, but it’s only as convenient and efficient as the application you use to seed and download them. This week, we’re looking at five of the best BitTorrent clients, based on your nominations.


How Much Will Australia's Dallas Buyers Club Pirates Have To Pay?

Nearly 5000 Australians are expected to receive letters in the near future asking them some pointed questions about their online downloading habits, specifically relating to the film Dallas Buyers Club.


Lifehacker's Total Guide To Download And Torrent Privacy

The recent Dallas Buyer’s Club case and the threat of metadata retention mean there’s more interest than ever in using VPNs and encryption to ensure your online activity can’t be tracked. Here are Lifehacker’s best and most popular guides on how to do that.


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