60-Year Old File-Sharer Gets 2 Years Probation and Fine

A 60-year-old Swedish man who admitted to sharing 2,880 music tracks on Direct Connect has been sentenced after he stood trial last week. The file-sharer received a so called “day fine” which equals 40 days’ worth of his income, and 2-years probation. Although this man probably escapes jail time, others…

Who Needs LimeWire? Open Source Groovejaar’s In Town

Just as quickly as one file-sharing solution bites the dust, another steps in to take its place. In the wake of LimeWire's demise we take a look at Groovejaar, a downloading software client which takes the only real weakness of streaming music service Grooveshark and turns it into its strength…

PHP.net Had Secret Stash Of Pirate Movies, Music and Games

Until recently PHP.net, the home of the world-famous PHP scripting language, had a pretty dark secret – a secret stash of pirate movies, music and software. According to a report from SEO Whistlerblower Stephen Chapman, not only did an unsecure directory contain the aforementioned warez, but also password and config…

Comcast vs Net Neutrality: The Movie

In 2007 , TorrentFreak broke the news that Robb Topolski had discovered that Comcast was actively blocking BitTorrent traffic. The ISP initially denied his claims but were later forced to come clean. Comcast’s BitTorrent blocking fuelled the debate over Net Neutrality and led to an FCC investigation and various lawsuits.…

BitTorrent Grandma Was Wrongfully Accused, Lawyer Admits

A 70-year-old retired widow from San Francisco who was accused of sharing a porn movie on BitTorrent has seen the case against her dropped. The woman, who went to the press after being threatened by a notorious anti-piracy law firm, was told that they targeted her by mistake. In what…

Government Bans Use Of Encryption and VPNs

In a move designed to leave all communications open to snooping, the government in Pakistan has ordered ISPs to ban the use of online encryption techniques. Anyone wishing to carry on using them must get official permission. According to The Guardian, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority sent a legal notice to…

Wikileaks: MPAA ‘Secret Pusher’ of BitTorrent Trial Against Aussie ISP

We’ve covered the landmark court battle between the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) and the Aussie ISP iiNet in great detail here at TorrentFreak. AFACT wants to hold iiNet responsible for the copyright infringing activities of their users, but they have been unsuccessful thus far. Interestingly enough, a Wikileaks…

Court Acquits 15-Year-Old Schoolboy File-Sharer

A schoolboy sent to trial for sharing movies on two BitTorrent sites has been acquitted by a court. The 15-year-old, who said he only ever intended to download and not distribute, was cleared of all charges following a hearing. However, as is so often the case in copyright issues, the…