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Archived Since:March 20, 2008

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BitTorrent Wants to Become RIAA Certified Music Service

With the exclusive release of Thom Yorke's latest album BitTorrent developed itself into a paid music service. With over half a million downloads thus far the "experiment" has become a great success, and if it's up to BitTorrent the company will become an RIAA-certified music service in the near future. Show More Summary

Labels Win Grooveshark Copyright Infringement Case

The future of streaming music service Grooveshark is in doubt after a United States District Court issued summary judgment in one of the cases actioned by the major labels. In addition to a full house of copyright infringement charges against the service, its founders were also found liable for direct infringement. Show More Summary

Photographer Sues Imgur For Failing to Remove Copyrighted Photos

The popular image sharing service Imgur is facing millions of dollars in damages for failing to remove a series of copyrighted photos. The website is being sued by Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli whose work remained available on Imgur, a month after he sent a takedown notice. Show More Summary

Universal Music Moves For Summary Judgment Against Grooveshark

The four-year legal battle between Universal Music and Grooveshark is heating back up with the label now calling for summary judgment in the case. At issue is Grooveshark's streaming of songs recorded prior to February 1972, which are...Show More Summary

Copyright Apocalypse: Trolls Attack the Net, From the Future

Imagine an Internet in which every possible creative work uploaded results in a copyright claim - because it's already been created. That's the nightmare scenario being painted by a Russian company which says it has a plan to use copyright and trolling to free humans from ever having to create digital content again. Show More Summary

Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference to Stop Internet Anarchy

Since last year City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit have been working with copyright holders to tackle online piracy. The police have already booked some successes but according to PIPCU head Andy Fyfe, more state interference may be needed to stop Internet anarchy. Show More Summary

Court Orders Warner Bros. to Reveal Flawed Anti-Piracy Technology

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams has ordered Warner Bros. to unseal documentation detailing its flawed anti-piracy technology. The records are part of the now closed case between Hotfile and the MPAA, and are expected to shed some light on the movie studio's inaccurate takedown policy. Show More Summary

Gottfrid Svartholm Trial: IT Experts Give Evidence

As the hacking trial of Gottfrid Svartholm and his alleged accomplice continues in Denmark, IT experts have been giving evidence. The prosecution says that IP addresses used in this attack were also used in previous ones involving the Pirate Bay founder, while the defense insists remote attackers are the culprits. Show More Summary

Thom Yorke Sells New Album via Paywall Protected Torrent

In a surprise move Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has released a new album, not through the regular channels, but via BitTorrent. Yorke is not sharing his work for free though, instead he's selling the album via a new paywalled torrent format which can't be shared with non-paying fans. Show More Summary

Most Top Films Are Not Available on Netflix, Research Finds

A new study published by research firm KPMG reveals that only 16% of the most popular and critically acclaimed films are available via Netflix and other on-demand subscription services. The study, which reveals that availability through other platforms is excellent, is praised by the MPAA, but the big elephant in the room is conveniently ignored. Show More Summary

Pirate Logos Justification For Website Blockades, Cartier Says

The parent company of luxury watch maker Cartier is trying to expand the grounds on which websites can be censored in the UK. In an action against the country's leading ISPs, Richemont International is seeking an injunction to have sites displaying pirated brand logos blocked at the ISP level. Show More Summary

Lionsgate Hopes Server Logs Will Expose Expendables Leaker

The makers of The Expendables 3 are still hoping to catch the person who leaked the movie weeks in advance of its official premiere. Movie studio Lionsgate is now collaborating with the owner of file-sharing service Swankshare and hopes that server logs will help to identify the source of the leak. Show More Summary

Mega Goes Legal, Issues Ultimatum Over Cyberlocker Report

Last week NetNames produced a report on "shadowy" file-hosting sites which surprisingly included Mega.co.nz. The file-hosting company responded by threatening "further action" unless it was removed from the "defamatory" report. Now, as promised, the New Zealand-based company is taking things to the next level. Show More Summary

Google to News Corp: Nobody Fights Piracy Like Us

After Rupert Murdoch's News Corp branded Google a "platform for piracy" last week, Google has today returned fire. The search giant says that after removing 222 million pages from search results and investing tens of millions in technology, almost no other company has done more to tackle online piracy. Show More Summary

UK Govt Hopes to ‘Profit’ From Anti-Piracy Measures

The UK Government is working with copyright holders and Internet providers to roll out a piracy education and warning system. Information obtained by TF shows that the Government has no marketing budget left to spend on the measures, and that it will justify the spending with an expected increase in sales tax. Show More Summary

Alleged Topsite Operator Charged With Mass Movie Piracy

It's taken almost four years but a man alleged to be the former operator of a so-called piracy 'topsite' has now been charged. The man from Sweden is accused of making available 2,250 movies between 2009 and 2010. Rights Alliance is representing six major movie studios in the case. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

The Art of Unblocking Websites Without Committing Crimes

Last month UK police took down several torrent site proxies and arrested their owner. Now a UK developer has created a new & free service that not only silently unblocks any website without falling foul of the law, but one that will eventually become available to all under a GPL 3.0 license. Show More Summary

Why Record Labels Want Kim Dotcom’s Album Taken Down

In recent weeks various music industry groups have sent takedown requests targeting Kim Dotcom's album Good Times. IFPI and others claim that Dotcom's music infringes the rights of their artists, but it appears that they fell victim to a DMCA prankster. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Giganews Resorts to DMCA to Quieten FBI Allegations

From tiny seeds, allegations that Usenet provider Giganews is actually an FBI-run operation spread far and wide last week. Now, in an attempt to quieten the wild claims and maintain privacy, Giganews sister company Data Foundry has sent a DMCA notice to the Internet Archive to have a several stored files removed. Show More Summary

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