Belgian Music Pirate Slapped With 65,651 Euro in Damages

A Belgian man was found guilty of posting several Kaiser Chiefs tracks onto the Internet before the official release. The court ordered the 48-year old to pay the local music rights group SABAM 65,651 euro ($87.500) in damages. The man was further fined 5,500. In addition to the Kaiser Chiefs…

‘SOPA Ireland’ Signed Into Law

Ireland today passed new legislation that allows copyright holders to force Internet providers to block ‘pirate’ websites. Dubbed ‘SOPA Ireland,’ the copyright law amendment makes it possible for rightsholders to obtain an injunction against sites they deem to be infringing. While the US SOPA is much broader, the Irish version…

Record Labels Threaten the Open Internet, isoHunt Tells Court

In its case against 26 major record labels at British Columbia Supreme Court in Canada, BitTorrent index isoHunt has submitted a response to the copyright infringement allegations. The BitTorrent site argues that not only do they pose no threat to the music industry, it's the copyright industry itself that's threatening…

The Pirate Bay, Now Without Torrents

Today marks the end of an era for The Pirate Bay. The largest torrent site on the Internet has just removed all popular torrent files and made the switch to magnet links. The Pirate Bay team believes the move is needed to make the site future proof, and is confident…

Game Devs Want Warez Pirates To Switch Sides

Last week, Syndicate, the latest game from Starbreeze studios, was released to the public by publisher EA. The game was immediately made available on the Internet but the swarthy pirates examining the files on the disc were met with an interesting item. In a direct message to those cracking their…

‘Conan The Barbarian’ Chases 2,165 BitTorrent Downloaders in Court

A mass lawsuit against 2,165 alleged downloaders of 'Conan The Barbarian' was filed at the United States District Court for the District of Maryland last Friday. Through this legal action movie studio Nu Image hopes to collect millions of dollars in settlement fees. Details of the case reveal that the…