Copyright Troll Fined For Suing BitTorrent Users Outside Court’s Jurisdiction

While the dozens of mass-lawsuits against BitTorrent users move through the U.S. courts, there’s been very interesting development in one of Digiprotect cases. Like many others, ‘copyright troll’ Digiprotect include many defendants in their lawsuits that don’t live in the jurisdiction the cases are filed. The courts are not all…

SPARKD: Anonymous BitTorrent Powered Video Streaming

A brand new BitTorrent-related project entered Mozilla's MoJo contest this week. Named SPARKD, the P2P-powered video streaming platform promises the public a novel anti-censorship tool. It's intended to give citizen journalists the ability to avoid censorship and stream video to millions of people anonymously, but the underlying library of tools…

Facebook Shamed by Copyright Screwup

Copyright can be complicated. In a response to copyright infringement claims Facebook accidentally deleted the pages of several well-known websites, including Ars Technica. A major screwup as it turns out, since the DMCA notices were bogus. The pages in question were gone for a few hours but eventually returned. Some…

IFPI Seizes Control of LimeTorrents Hard Drives

When trying to obtain elusive evidence to help formulate a legal strategy, most organizations tend to go through the court system. IFPI, the international music industry group, has just done it rather differently. When they needed a torrent site's data recently they just called up their host, implied they might…

Pirate Downloads Poor Guy’s Brain, Deletes Original

Short films and PSAs which aim to discourage illegal downloading are becoming increasingly emotive. A new one by Toronto-based filmmakers Shawn Goldberg and Avi Zarum takes the intellectual property ‘idea’ to a whole new level. Sleep well folks – and watch out for thieves….. The Idea Thief from Shawn Goldberg…

Paulo Coelho Loves Pirates

It’s no secret that Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of books such as “The Alchemist” and “The Witch of Portobello,” is a fan of sharing. When we interviewed him nearly three years ago he told us the following: “Since the dawn of time, human beings have felt the need to share…