EU Gives ACTA Triple-Whammy

The never-ending story of ACTA goes on in the EU as three different EU committees gave negative recommendations to the International Trade Committee (INTA). The vote – which are advisory, and non-binding in nature – came a day after documents emerged showing that EU negotiators failed to negotiate effectively on…

Verizon Succesfully Defends Privacy of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

Internet provider Verizon has successfully defended the privacy of several subscribers who were accused of sharing copyrighted material on BitTorrent. The ISP refused to comply with a court-ordered subpoena obtained by book publisher John Wiley and Sons in one of their mass-BitTorrent lawsuits. Initially, Wiley responded to this move by…

The Pirate Bay Celebrates Independence Day, Six Years After the Raid

Today, exactly six 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…

Megaupload Demands Return of Millions of Dollars From U.S. Govt.

Megaupload is challenging the U.S. Government's possession of millions of dollars in assets it seized from the company and its operators in January. The newly-filed and eye-opening motion slams the U.S. for holding the defendants liable for alleged offenses that aren't even a crime, ignoring laws designed to offer them…

Megaupload Asks Court to Dismiss The Criminal Case

For the first time Megaupload has filed a motion in response to the U.S. indictment. Kim Dotcom's legal team has asked a Virginia federal court to dismiss the criminal case the U.S. Government started in January. The defense argues that the U.S. violated Megaupload's due process rights by destroying its…

Sky Broadband Blocks The Pirate Bay

Sky Broadband has become the latest UK ISP to respond to a court-ordered blockade of The Pirate Bay. According to a staff member on Sky’s user forums, the ban was put in place at 3pm UK time today. Sky follows in the footsteps of Virgin and Everything Everywhere’s Orange who…

EU Report Reveals P2P Traffic Interference By ISPs

A new report released today has revealed the scale of ISP traffic management practices that result in restrictions to the open Internet. The EU report, which covers 381 ISPs serving in excess of 340 million subscribers, reveals that 21% of fixed-line broadband users across Europe are affected by ISPs restricting…

Megaupload Wins Crucial Evidence Disclosure Battle With US Govt.

A New Zealand court has ruled that the U.S. Government must hand over the evidence they have against Megaupload so Kim Dotcom and other employees can properly defend themselves against the pending extradition request. The U.S. refused to comply but Judge Harvey concluded that this would be unfair. He further…