New VPN Technology Claims to Thwart Great Firewall of China

The Great Firewall of China, which restricts Chinese citizens' access to a free Internet, is a mechanism that many try to tunnel through in order to access sites like YouTube and Facebook. While VPNs work some of the time, the Chinese government has developed technology to not only discover but…

Hollywood Writers Warn Against Draconian Anti-Piracy Measures

The Writers Guild of America is warning that current initiatives to protect copyright holders from online piracy go too far. The labor union, which represents many Hollywood writers, says that free speech and the open Internet should be balanced against copyright protection. Among other things they see high statutory damages,…

Prince Targets Facebook Users in $22m Live Concert Piracy Lawsuit

International superstar Prince is back on the copyright warpath, yet again targeting individuals who are quite possibly some of his biggest fans. In a lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California, Prince is chasing down fans who found links to his live concerts and posted them on Facebook and…

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…