The political discourse on copyright back in 2006 was uninspired and one-dimensional. Activism was not enough to change things, and the Pirate Party was formed as an alternative to the future visions propagated by content dinosaurs. Direct political representation was seen as a requirement for change, and with two seats in the European Parliament between 2009 and 2014 the beginning of copyright reform had begun.
The Pirate Bay discontinued its tracker more than half a decade ago, but in recent weeks it returned from the dead to DDoS web-servers all over the world. In what appears to be a misconfiguration of the "Chinese Firewall," tracker.thepiratebay.org is pointed to the IP-addresses of servers that have nothing…
Six men went on trial this week accused of blackmail and extortion after thousands were sent threats demanding cash payments for alleged adult video downloads. Former Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde hopes for a conviction, but wonders if Hollywood content would've been handled differently.
Apple has obtained a patent for a technology that allows people to legally share music and videos with friends. Instead of downloading files from iTunes or another store, customers can get them from friends or family and obtain a license separately. According to Apple, their invention will save bandwidth costs…
Since the raid in December not much information has been released by authorities in Sweden, but the size of the operation to shut down The Pirate Bay is now becoming evident. According to a source present at the time, police seized at least 50 servers and left no hardware unturned.
Cox Communications, one of the largest Internet providers in the United States, says that it's not liable for pirating customers. The ISP is being sued by two music publishers for failing to disconnect copyright infringers. According to Cox, however, these claims don't hold.
A man jailed for 50 years in the United States for multiple bombings, drug smuggling and felony perjury, is attempting to leverage copyright troll cases to his advantage. Brett Kimberlin says that since a court has already revealed the identities of BitTorrent users, it should also unmask his critics.
Video streaming giant Netflix sees piracy as its biggest competitor. The rise of Popcorn Time, often branded as the Netflix for Pirates, is particularly problematic for the company as it's packed with the latest blockbusters and easier to use than traditional torrent sites.
A Greek anti-piracy group has lost its bid to have various torrent sites blocked by local Internet providers. The Athens Court ruled that barring access to torrent sites such as KickassTorrents and The Pirate Bay is disproportionate and unconstitutional, while hindering the ISPs' entrepreneurial freedoms.