aXXo’s Prayer

Most people are familiar with the Lord's Prayer. Less known is the aXXo prayer, dedicated to the popular DVD ripper that goes by this name. Courtesy of "the_dwarfer", who just started a new religion.

Company Collects Royalties but Can’t Find the Artists

SoundExchange is a company that collects royalties for thousands of artists. Many webcasters, satellite radio stations and other music services pay license fees to SoundExchange, enabling them to play the music of these artists. Sounds fair, but there is one problem: SoundExchange has trouble tracking down the artists, Kim Wilde,…

You’re caught Downloading “Dream Pinball”, Settle Now or go Broke

Having outstayed its welcome in Germany, a company is bringing its legal strategy against file-sharers to the UK. Its first targets are 500 P2P users who illegally distributed a game according to the company, even though many of the victims never even heard of the game in question. All Filesharers…

TorrentScan.com Shut Down Due to DMCA Violation

The popular BitTorrent meta-search engine torrentscan.com was shutdown a few hours ago due to a DMCA violation. An absurd action because the site never linked to a single .torrent file, it just allowed you to search for torrent files on other BitTorrent sites like The Pirate Bay and Mininova. So…

DirectConnect Hub Shutdown By Police

Just two days after TorrentFreak reported that a clampdown on file-sharing in Italy was looming, reports suggest that police raids have closed down a major DirectConnect hub, netting equipment and the network's major uploaders.

Are Private BitTorrent Trackers Safe?

There is a statement you'll often see on p2p forums, and in IRC channels. It usually comes in a discussion about "getting caught" or "letters been sent" and it goes something like "the safest thing is to join a private site. The other oft-proposed solution, blocklists, has been discussed before.…