The 20 Most Pirated Artists of The Year: A Drop in The Ocean?

Despite the growing availability of legal music services, piracy is still seen as a major threat to the industry. Today we take a look at the most pirated artists on BitTorrent in 2013, with Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Daft Punk topping the chart. Interestingly, the number of pirated downloads are…

Anti-Piracy Law Led to 30% Jump in Legal Content Buyers, Govt Claims

The introduction last year of a new anti-piracy law in Russia has seen a huge increase in the number of legal content buyers, the Government claims. Describing the new law as a "turning point", the country's Minister of Communications says the number of Internet users purchasing legal content has gone…

Symantec Patent Helps BitTorrent Users to Spot Malware and Fakes

Malware, viruses and fake files have been populating BitTorrent sites for years, but computer security company Symantec has a solution to counter this threat. A new patent application submitted by the company describes a technology which can spot malicious torrents before they are downloaded. The system evaluates the "reputation" of…

Dotcom’s ‘Internet Party’ Aims to Shake Up Politics

Just four months after dropping the first hints, Kim Dotcom is now openly discussing his plans for New Zealand's political arena. The entrepreneur has just confirmed the founding of the Internet Party, a new political group preparing to shake up the 2014 elections. With information on party co-workers now leaking…

Court Throws Net Neutrality Overboard, But Comcast Won’t Ban Torrents

Net Neutrality in the United States suffered a major blow today. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) doesn't have the authority to require ISPs to treat all traffic equally. The decision could have major implications for consumers, but torrenting Comcast users can breathe…

Regular Churchgoers Less Likely to Become Music Pirates

People who attend places of religious worship are less likely to engage in music piracy than those who don't, a study has found. The research, carried out by Manchester University in the UK, reveals that 18 to 34-year-olds who visit church or other similar establishments are progressively less likely to…

RIAA Wants Google to Implement Five-Point Anti-Piracy Plan

This week the global music industry sent its 100 millionth DMCA takedown request to Google. According to the RIAA, this staggering number has done very little to keep the most blatant pirate sites out of search results. Together with IFPI, the RIAA urges Google to up its anti-piracy efforts, which…

Pirate Bay Founder Gets Access to His Books After Public Outcry

The more than 100,000 signatures on a petition to improve the prison circumstances of Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm appear to have had effect. Among other things, the Danish authorities are now allowing him to access the books he brought from Sweden. Previously, the police feared that these books could…

EU Offers Public a Chance to Fix Copyright Law

Copyright and the Internet have been struggling to get along for many years and some feel we are now due a comprehensive update of the former in order for it to work more harmoniously with the latter. In deciding how to progress the EU Commission has opened a public consultation…

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again, with more DVD screeners. ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Frozen’. ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ completes the top three.

Record Label Asks Google to Censor Artists’ Twitter Accounts

Spinnin' Records, one of the largest independent dance music labels, has been sending several unusual takedown requests to Google. The record label asked the search engine to take down the Twitter pages of several of its own top artists, including Afrojack, as well as its own account. Google, thus far,…