ExtraTorrent Down Due to Connectivity Issues

ExtraTorrent, one of the most visited torrent sites on the Internet, is suffering from connectivity issues today. The site's domain name is not resolving In most parts of the world. One of the ExtraTorrent crew members says that the site is suffering from an ISP "blockade."

Sony Claims Hulu is Hosting a Pirated TV-Show

It's no secret that copyright holders are trying to take down as much "pirated" content as they can, but sometimes they go too far. In a recent DMCA notice, for example, Sony Pictures Television claims that Fox's hit show 'Almost Human' infringes on their copyrights.

UK Government Plans to “Ensure” That Google Hinders Online Piracy

Continued debate on the UK's Intellectual Property Bill has made it clear that Google and other tech companies are likely to be forced into dealing with the issue of online piracy. Three months after the Bill goes live the Secretary of State will be required to report back on proposals…

Google Refuses to Remove Links to Tarantino’s Leaked Script

This week Quentin Tarantino decided to sue Gawker after the site published a link to the filmmaker's leaked 'The Hateful Eight' script. In an attempt to make the screenplay harder to find the filmmaker also asked Google to remove several websites that linked to or wrote about it. Thus far,…

Wrongly Blocked Websites to Be Added to ISP Whitelist, UK Govt Says

The controversial website filtering systems operated by the UK's major Internet service providers have wrongfully blocked many sites, this one included, since their introduction in recent months. In response to the problem the government now says it will introduce a website white-list system so innocent domains aren't automatically blocked in…

Academics Launch Torrent Site to Share Papers and Datasets

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts have launched a torrent site which allows academics to share papers and datasets. AcademicTorrents provides researchers with a reliable and decentralized platform to share their work with peers, as well as the rest of the world. The site currently indexes over 1.5 petabytes of…

Successful Kickstarter Campaign Hit By Game Piracy Claims

A project to resurrect one of the most important home computers in history has been hit by copyright infringement claims. UK-based Elite Systems, who plan to resurrect the legendary ZX Spectrum as a Bluetooth attachment for iOS, Android and Windows devices, have already reached their Kickstarter goal. However, games developers…

Judge Understands BitTorrent, Kills Mass Piracy Lawsuits

In the U.S. roughly half a million people have been sued for sharing copyrighted files in recent years, but filing of mass-lawsuits is not getting easier. A federal judge in Iowa has just issued a key order which makes mass-BitTorrent piracy lawsuits virtually impossible. The judge ruled that copyright holders…

The Pirate Bay Unblocking Decision’s Knock-On Effect on Proxy Sites

A dramatic decision at The Court of The Hague this week meant that two ISPs in the Netherlands were legally able to reverse their blocking of The Pirate Bay. The ruling, which was both welcomed and unexpected, is now having knock-on effects, with an emboldening Dutch Pirate Party preparing to…

AT&T Develops Credits System to Limit File-Sharing Bandwidth

A patent application by telecoms giant AT&T details a traffic management system set to add a little more heat to the net neutrality debate. Rather than customers using their Internet connections to freely access any kind of data, the telecoms giant envisions a system in which subscribers engaged in "non-permissible"…