Kim Dotcom Leaves Bail Hearing a Free Man, For Now

Following an all day hearing in the Auckland District Court, Kim Dotcom left the building a free man today. Officially broke and unable to comment on his case due to a news blackout, the Megaupload founder will have to wait until tomorrow to discover if he'll be put back behind bars.

The Pirate Bay Goes Down Locally

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The Pirate Bay is suffering some downtime in parts of the U.S. The TPB crew says that the issues are beyond their control but they're confident that the world's largest torrent index will come back online eventually.

Record Biz Wants To Tax Brits For Copying Their Own Music

Several music industry organizations in the UK have launched an application for a judicial review after the government passed legislation allowing citizens to copy their own music for personal use. The group says that in order for the system to be fair, the public must pay a new tax.

BT Starts Blocking Private Torrent Sites

UK Internet provider BT blocked two dozen torrent sites this past weekend, including IPTorrents and TorrentDay, two of the largest private trackers. This is the first time that a UK ISP has blocked private torrent sites, and there doesn't appear to be a court order underlying their decision.

ABS-CBN Sues Another 18 Sites Over TV and Movie Piracy

Legal action initiated by TV company ABS-CBN against several tiny 'pirate' linking sites resulted in an agreement last month for the defendant to pay a shocking $10 million in damages. Result in hand, ABS-CBN is soon back, this time targeting another 18 alleged pirate domains in a Florida district court.…

Senator Uses Piracy Report to Pressure Visa, Mastercard

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has sent letters to Visa and MasterCard on the topic of online piracy. Citing a report from Netnames detailing the activities of the world's top cyberlockers, Leahy urges the services to stop doing business with all 'pirate' sites.

Piracy Police Arrest Two for The Expendables 3 Movie Leak

Two individuals from the UK have been arrested this morning under suspicion of leaking the movie The Expendables 3 onto the Internet. The men, from the north of England and aged 36 and 33, were arrested by officers from the Police Intellectual Crime Unit assisted by uniformed officers from local…

Pirate Bay Founder Preps Appeal, Puts the Press Straight

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm is not sitting around doing nothing following his hacking conviction. Speaking with TorrentFreak the Swede confirms that an appeal is underway and in the meantime he's taken to the study of neurobiology. Oh, and two other people the press believe are Pirate Bay founders? They're…