Irish Internet Providers Roll Out KickassTorrents Blockade

Several Irish ISPs have started blocking access to KickassTorrents, the country's most-visited torrent site. Following legal action taken by Sony, Warner and Universal the High Court ordered several providers to block the site, and others including Eircom followed suit voluntarily. Whether the new measures will put a dent in local…

Thirty Years Since Betamax, and Movies Are Still Being Made

Thirty years ago yesterday the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that time-shifting of TV shows using video recorders was legal. The ‘Betamax’ case, or Universal v Sony for its real name, has proven one thing for certain. When it came to the level of damages the industry predicted would be…

ABC’s 7 Day Streaming Delay Triggers Piracy Surge

Two weeks ago ABC stopped offering free access to its TV-shows the day after they air on television. The TV-studio took this drastic step in the hope of getting more people to pay for their content, but this idea just backfired. TV viewers are outraged by the decision and have…

Pirate Bay Founder Can’t Shut Down Russian Pirate Sites

Two months ago a Moscow court entered a verdict against Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm after he was found to be listed as contact for some of the largest Russian pirate sites. The authorities ordered him to shut down these sites and pay the legal fees. Talking to TorrentFreak, a…

And The Most Downloaded Torrent of 2013 is…. Completely Legal

For many people BitTorrent is synonymous with piracy, but the popular file-sharing technology has much more to offer. Over the past year BitTorrent Inc. has intensified its efforts to help artists reach millions of new fans, and not without result. A bundle of tracks from Moby's latest album Innocents, which…

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…