Copyright Infringing Record Labels Settle For $50M

The long running case concerning 30 years of commercial piracy by Canadian record companies is now officially at an end. For infringing copyright on a massive scale for decades, the judgment approved yesterday by the Ontario Superior Court means they have to pay just $50M to the artists in question.…

The Pirate Bay: Five Years After The Raid

Today, exactly five years have passed since The Pirate Bay was raided by the Swedish police. At the time the entertainment industries hoped that this would silence the deviant BitTorrent site for good, but in hindsight we can conclude that they had actually awakened a monster. The raid and the…

File-Sharer Sentenced To 3 Years Probation, Cognitive Therapy

A 58-year-old grandmother who earlier this month became the first person to be convicted of criminal file-sharing offenses in Scotland, has been handed three years probation. The grandmother and auxiliary nurse, who confessed to making available music files during her participation on a Direct Connect sharing hub, will also have…

Australian Police Are Caught Pirating Again

The Aussie police are clearly not setting the right example when it comes to copyright infringement. In 2008 computers of the South Australian police force’s IT branch were found to contain hundreds of pirated movies, and now it appears they pirate software as well. It is doubtful, however, that any…

Russia’s Sane Thoughts on Copyright and Internet

There’s been a lot of talk on copyright and Internet regulation at the G8 summit in France. This led to a statement titled “Renewed Commitment for Freedom and Democracy,” where several suggestions on the topic are written down. While the leaders of most countries backed the interests of a handful…

Arrested File-Sharing Admins Face Jail, $700,000 Fines

The alleged operators of one of France's most popular file-sharing links forums have been arrested. The site, known as Liberty Land, had been in operation since 2009 and had 800,000 members. It provided links to a wide variety of material including movies, music and software. Three men, aged between 25…

Turkey Bans RapidShare and FileServe

As Turkish citizens look forward to wholesale Internet filtering from August 2011, the government has already moved to block the URLs of two major file-sharing sites. The domains of both RapidShare and FileServe are now banned in Turkey following a decision by a court in the capital, Ankara. Turkish Internet…