2011: Striking Pirates and Stopping SOPA

The year of Internet censorship wouldn't be complete without the SOPA soap, the row between Megaupload and Universal, three-strikes plans and the countless other censorship attempts and anti-piracy actions that were carried out in the second half of the year. Luckily, there were also a few positive things to report…

2011: Piracy Wars and Internet Censorship

Looking back at the past 12 months it's fair to conclude that 2011 was the year that the entertainment industries focused on piracy-fueled Internet censorship. Domain seizures, DNS blockades, raids and arrests dominated the news, and the threat of the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US left millions of…

Nintendo and Sony Pull SOPA Support? Not So Fast..

Business Insider claims that Sony and Nintendo pulled their support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Really? We doubt it. The report is based on a list of official SOPA supporters published by the House Judiciary Committee. While it’s true that Sony and Nintendo are not on it, that…

Domain Blocking Will Encourage Yet More Fraud and Scams

One of the most often-heard retorts to the domain blocking provisions of SOPA, is that where there's a will to circumvent them, there will be a way. Although most people know that VPNs and proxies can prove useful, there is also a new generation of solutions such as those provided…

The Most Pirated Games of 2011

As 2011 comes to an end, we follow up our most pirated movies and TV-shows charts by taking a look at the most pirated games of the year. Crysis 2 comes out on top in the PC games category in 2011. On Xbox 360 Gears of War 3 receives the…

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul Slams SOPA

A few days before the election circus in the US will start with the Iowa’s caucus, presidential candidate Ron Paul made a comment on the pending SOPA bill “They want to take over the Internet,” he said. “Can you imagine how much we’re going to be curtailed in the spreading…

15 Percent of US File-Sharers Hide Their IP-Address, More to Folllow

In response to increasing legal actions and surveillance of Internet traffic, more and more file-sharers are choosing to hide their identities online. New data gathered through telephone interviews with thousands of adults reveals that in the US 15 percent of all file-sharers take measures to hide their IP-address. Some VPN…

Tors.in: Dump Your Torrents and Get a Fancy URL to Share

BitTorrent is a great way to share large files with friends, family or even complete strangers, but it's not always as convenient as it should be. Even though BitTorrent is more than a decade old there's no site where users can simply dump torrents and get a fancy URL in…