IMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Group “Sysop” Jailed 40 months

Following a tip from the MPAA the feds arrested four members of the prominent BitTorrent release group IMAGiNE in 2011. All pleaded guilty earlier this year and yesterday one of the group's leaders was sentenced to a 40 month prison term, the largest file-sharing punishment in U.S. history. A fifth…

BPI To UK Pirate Party: Shut Down Your Pirate Bay Proxy

According to reports the BPI has sent a letter to the UK Pirate Party asking them to shut down their Pirate Bay proxy service. Speaking with TorrentFreak, Party Leader Loz Kaye says he is yet to receive anything other than an email and was only aware a letter had been…

Pirate Bay Launches Dedicated “Promo Bay” Website to Plug Artists

The Pirate Bay has launched a new website, entirely dedicated to promoting the work of independent musicians, filmmakers and other content creators. The Promo Bay website was badly needed to archive the many promos and streamline the thousands of incoming artist submissions to the project. In addition, the idea is…

Father Of Raided 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay Girl Settles Case For 300 Euros

The story in Finland of a 9-year-old girl raided by the police over a single music download has come to a head-spinning end. Despite criticizing the heavy handedness of the authorities and describing an anti-piracy group's demands for cash settlement as "mafia-like", the father of the child has chosen to…

Newzbin2, the MPAA’s Usenet Enemy #1, Calls it Quits

After a long battle with the international arm of the MPAA, Usenet indexing site Newzbin2 has called it quits. The site had been operating under adverse conditions, not least almost total censorship by a court-ordered ISP blockade in the UK. Add to this a climate of fear driving individuals providing…

Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Plan Delayed Till 2013

The much debated "six strikes" anti-piracy scheme was supposed to kick off in the United States today, but this is not going to happen. The Center for Copyright Information has announced that the ISPs are not ready to send warnings just yet, citing Hurricane Sandy as one of the reasons…

TV Shack Admin Richard O’Dwyer Will NOT Be Extradited To U.S.

Richard O’Dwyer, the UK-based ex-administrator of the video linking website TVShack, will not be extradited to the US to face copyright infringement charges. After a long and hard battle, spearheaded by his mother and supported by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, O’Dwyer struck a deal with the U.S. government. Instead of…

Rogue DRM “Vandalizes” Video Game Creators’ Projects

The latest attempt by YoYo Games to stop unauthorized users of their popular GameMaker software has sadly backfired. A new DRM system,which replaces game graphics with skulls and crossbones, became a little overzealous to say the least. Not only did it mess around with user-created graphics in pirated versions of…