Aargh, The Pirate Bay is Down

The Pirate Bay is down at the moment, so naturally people start to get worried. Those who wonder whether their ISP has started to block access to the site can be assured though, the downtime is global. Still, every time the site goes offline for a few minutes thousands of…

Music Piracy Is NOT a Problem, It’s an Excuse

It’s 2012 and “Piracy” is still a hot topic of conversation in the industry. People who torrent music or have a huge music library are accused of screwing over artists, stealing, and being entitled. Piracy is still cited as The Main Reason Why Artists Are Broke.

Webhost Refuses To Censor Its Own ‘Pirate Bay’ Anti-Censorship Tool

A webhost has come under pressure from Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN for providing a Wordpress-based anti-censorship tool which unblocks, among other sites, The Pirate Bay. The Hollywood-funded group says that in the face of the host's refusal to comply with the takedown, it is now considering filing a criminal complaint.…

Universal Music Takes Down Band’s YouTube Videos “By Accident”

Universal Music Group (UMG) does it again. After taking down the Megaupload Song, they’re now deleting music of band’s without owning any rights to the tracks. Several clips of the band In-Flight Safety have been taken down from YouTube this week. The band’s lead singer John Mullane is furious. “I…

Top Artists Line Up for Kim Dotcom’s Megabox

Kim Dotcom is currently involved in a high-profile criminal prosecution in the U.S., but that isn't stopping him from preparing the launch of a revolutionary new music service. With Megabox, Dotcom aims to make piracy an issue of the past by introducing free music for all. Dotcom told TorrentFreak that…

How Long Does Your ISP Store IP-Address Logs?

The ongoing avalanche of mass-BitTorrent lawsuits reveal that IP-addresses can get people into a heap of trouble and it's not unusual for Internet subscribers to be wrongfully accused of sharing copyrighted material. This begs the question, for how long are these IP-addresses stored? To find out, TorrentFreak asked some of…

MPAA Using Megaupload Case as Backdoor SOPA, Court Hears

Political activist group Demand Progress has filed a brief in the Megaupload case, urging the court to disregard the MPAA's concerns over the return of data to former Megaupload users. The group argues that Hollywood lobbyists are out to make it impossible for Megaupload users to access their property, effectively…