BitTorrent Preps Sync Pro to Take on the Cloud

BitTorrent Inc. has signaled the release of a new version of its popular Sync software. Aimed at rival services offered by companies such as Dropbox but with enhanced privacy, 'free' and 'pro' versions of Sync 2.0 will have no limits on performance or folder-size and allow users to maintain control…

U.S. Brands Kim Dotcom a Fugitive, ‘Spies’ on Others

The U.S. Government is trying to get its hands on the assets of Kim Dotcom and his fellow defendants through a civil lawsuit, with the DoJ branding them fugitives and asking the court to dismiss their claims . The new filing further reveals that law enforcement continued to tap conversations…

Court: $30,000 for Sharing a Pirated Movie is Excessive Punishment

A federal court in Washington has rejected a $30,000 damages award against several Internet subscribers accused of downloading a pirated movie via BitTorrent. Judge Thomas Rice doubted that filmmakers were hurt much by the pirates and said the requested amount would be "excessive punishment."

Artists and Labels Now Sue Chrysler Over CD-Ripping Cars

The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies has launched a new lawsuit targeting Chrysler for allowing car owners to rip CDs without paying royalties. The lawsuit follows a similar class action suit against Ford and General Motors, which is still ongoing.

If Illegal Sites Get Blocked Accidentally, Hard Luck Says Court

In a case before the High Court, UK ISPs have raised concerns that 'innocent' sites might be taken offline due to them sharing IP addresses with other sites detailed in blocking orders. While sites will get a chance to complain, those operating illegally will get no sympathy from the High…

MPAA Pays University $1,000,000 For Piracy Research

The MPAA has donated over a million dollars Carnegie Mellon University in support of its piracy research program. The movie industry group sees academic research as a valuable tool to steer future copyright policies and uses the program's results to further its cause.

Why Hollywood Director Lexi Alexander Sides With “Pirates”

Lexi Alexander is one of a few Hollywood directors to have come out in support of file-sharers. While her opinions may not help her career, she believes that certain four letter acronyms are a bigger threat to the movie industry than the young brights minds previously jailed for file-sharing. Today…

BitTorrent Inc. Now Allows All Artists to Get Paid

After the huge success enjoyed by Thom York and his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes release, BitTorrent Inc. has opened up its paygate to content creators everywhere. Upon application, sellers of music, video and even software can now get paid via the San Francisco company's 'Bundle' project.

Movie Chief Describes University Piracy Fines as “Terrific”

An Australian university's policy of fining students up to $1,000 when they get caught pirating on campus has been described as "terrific" by a movie boss. Village Roadshow chief Graham Burke made the comments despite the university paying none of the fines back to rightsholders.

Giganews Not Liable for Pirating Usenet Customers, Court Rules

A federal court in California has ruled that Usenet service provider Giganews is not guilty of copyright infringement, nor can it be held responsible for customers who do pirate content. The case in question was brought by adult magazine publisher Perfect 10 which previously lodged similar complaints against Amazon, Google…

KickassTorrents Moves to Kickass.so Domain Name

KickassTorrents, one of the largest torrent sites, relocated to a new domain name today. As part of their "annual domain rotation" the site traded in its Kickass.to address for the Somalian Kickass.so. The site's operators aren't commenting on the move but it could be instrumental in circumventing various anti-piracy measures,…