U.S. Labels Canada a Piracy Haven

The United States Trade Representative has once again labeled Canada as a piracy haven. In its yearly report on countries that are not doing enough to protect the U.S. copyright industry, Canada is listed on the Priority Watch List with China, Russia, Ukraine and a handful of other countries. The…

UK ISPs Must Censor The Pirate Bay, High Court Rules

The High Court has ruled that several UK ISPs including Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media must censor The Pirate Bay website. This means that millions of Internet users will be prevented from accessing the popular BitTorrent site in the weeks to come. The Pirate Bay say they…

Epic 6-Year File-Sharing Case Over Just 3 Songs Comes To An End

A file-sharing prosecution that has been dragging on for six long years has finally come to an end. The original complaint, filed by the Portuguese Phonographic Association in 2006, targeted a then 17-year-old. Now 23, their target has just received a suspended jail sentence and a fine of 880 euros.…

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent, 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Chronicle'. 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' completes the top three.

The Net vs. The Power of Narratives

The net changes the world's power structures in a much more fundamental way than changing the way a few groups of entrepreneurs are able to make money. The net is the greatest equalizer that humankind has ever invented. It is either the greatest invention since the printing press, or the…

MPAA Boss ‘Forgets’ Hollywood’s Pirate History

It's no secret that the entertainment industry can be rather one-sided in their views when it comes to piracy and copyright. This week, however, MPAA chairman Chris Dodd took this spin to the extreme. In a speech he referenced Hollywood's history to argue how important copyright protection is. But, he…

Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom Gets $750,000 Back

Kim Dotcom booked a valuable victory this week when a court ruled that $750,000 in funds and cars should be returned to the Megaupload founder. Among other things, Dotcom regained possession of a $301,000 bank account and his Mercedes-Benz G55AMG. Other property that was seized based on an order from…