Why The Copyright Industry Is Doomed, In One Single Sentence

In my last column about public libraries and the many parallels with online sharing of knowledge and culture, an unexpected gem surfaced in the comments. The most fundamental reason the copyright monopoly is harmful keeps being forgotten in details and irrelevancies about business models, so we must keep reminding ourselves…

Mystery as HarperCollins Hits Apple With Agatha Christie Piracy Claims

Harper Collins is one of the largest publishers in the world selling millions of books every year, but when it comes to one of their most famous authors their anti-piracy strategy is somewhat of a mystery. This week the publisher sent a wave of copyright infringement notices to Google asking…

MPAA: Google Glass is No Threat, but Mobile Phones Are

Earlier this week a man was detained by Homeland Security for wearing Google Glass in an AMC movie theater. The MPAA, who referred the man to the feds, tried to fix their mistake by stating that Google Glass is not yet a significant movie piracy threat. However, a quick look…

Court Hits Piracy Topsite Operators With 2100% Damages Increase

Two years ago it was discovered that a so-called 'topsite', an operation at the top of the piracy food-chain, was being run by men working for Finnish Internet companies who had hidden the site within a leading ISP's infrastructure. The men were sentenced to prison and ordered to pay compensation…

35% Of All Pirate Bay Uploads Are Porn

Every month tens of thousands of new torrent files are added to The Pirate Bay, but what content do these files point to? New data shows that with 44%, most of these uploads point to copies of TV-shows and movies. Porn comes in second place with roughly a third of…

YIFY Torrents Announces Retirement of Founder, But Show Goes On

YIFY-Torrents, one of the most visible movie release groups on the Internet, has announced the retirement of its founder. The guy known as YIFY - the person who the site and all releases are named after - has decided to step down. While the group's torrent site will continue business…

Is Your ISP Messing With BitTorrent Traffic? Find Out

For more than a decade Internet providers have slowed down BitTorrent transfers for traffic management purposes. Today we look at fresh data from the Google-backed Measurement Lab, which provides new insight into the BitTorrent throttling practices of ISPs all over the world. The data show that many ISPs still interfere…

UK Considers Throwing Persistent Internet Pirates in Jail

During a debate on the UK's Intellectual Property Bill, the Prime Minister's Intellectual Property Adviser has again called for a tougher approach to online file-sharing. In addition to recommending "withdrawing Internet rights from lawbreakers", Mike Weatherley MP significantly raised the bar by stating that the government must now consider "some…

Three Strikes Law Does Nothing to Curb Piracy, Research Finds

Several countries including the US and France have implemented so-called “strikes” systems to warn and punish P2P file-sharers. The goal of these programs is to reduce piracy, but do they have any effect on people’s downloading habits? New findings published by U.S. and French researchers show that these anti-piracy measures…

BitTorrent Inc. Settles With U.S. After EU Privacy Rule Breach

BitTorrent Inc. is one of a dozen U.S.-based tech companies charged by the Federal Trade Commission with falsely claiming compliance with a treaty on European Union data-sharing. The companies, which also include ISP Level 3, all wrongly indicated current membership of the U.S.- E.U. Safe Harbor Framework, which allows U.S.…

Judge: IP-Address Does Not Prove Copyright Infringement

A federal judge in Washington has issued a key order in one of the many ongoing mass-BitTorrent piracy lawsuits in the United States. The judge ruled that a complaint from the "Elf-Man" movie studio is insufficient because the IP address evidence does not prove that an account holder is guilty…

FBI Drags Google Glass Man From Theater on Piracy Fears

Google Glass is expected to transform the way that people interact with data and communications but for one unlucky user a paranoid reaction to the device ended up becoming a huge time waster. After wearing a turned off and prescription lens-equipped model to the theater, a man had it torn…