U.S. Accuses Megaupload User of Storing Pirated Music

By seizing the servers of Megaupload, the U.S. Government also confiscated the personal belongings of many innocent users. One entrepreneur has asked the court to return his data but this request is meeting resistance from the authorities. The U.S. Government points out that the Megaupload user in question may not…

“Six Strikes” Evidence Re-reviewed to Fix RIAA Lobbying Controversy

The evidence review for the controversial "six strikes" anti-piracy warning scheme will be reexamined, it has now been confirmed. Last week the news broke that the“impartial and independent” technology expert that was initially hired had previously lobbied on behalf of the RIAA. With a second review by an independent company…

uTorrent Listens To Reddit After Backlash Over Toolbar Installer

A backlash among Reddit users has seen BitTorrent Inc. criticized over the way revenue-generating addons were presented in parallel with uTorrent client downloads. The company informs TorrentFreak that it always considers feedback, aims to provide a good customer experience, and will introduce changes soon. But whatever they are, is it…

Link ‘Pirate’ Sentenced to Pay $13,000 to NBA, NFL, NHL, WWE and TNA

Earlier this year the U.S. authorities arrested Yonjo Quiroa of Comstock Park on suspicion of operating several websites that linked to unauthorized sports streams. Following his arrest, Quiroa was detained for more than nine months, and he has now been sentenced to time already served plus deportation to his home…

Supreme Court Denies ISP Permission To Appeal Pirate Bay Blockade

An ISP in Finland has failed in its quest to have a court-ordered blockade of The Pirate Bay challenged in the highest court in the land. At the behest of a local anti-piracy group ISP Elisa was ordered to block the torrent site, but it complained from the start, describing…

RapidShare Removes Piracy Deterring Slowdowns

File-hosting service RapidShare has lifted its download restrictions for free users. The slowdowns were implemented in the aftermath of the Megaupload shutdown and were supposed to drive pirates away from their service. However, according to Rapidshare CEO Alexandra Zwingli, they have been traded for more efficient counter measures.

Virgin Media Unblocks The Pirate Bay (By Mistake)

In April UK High Court ordered that several of the country’s leading ISPs must censor The Pirate Bay. The court order covers all major UK ISPs, which means that 94% of all UK citizens are no longer able to access the site. That is, if they don’t find a way…