Torrent Site: Copyright Troll Had Staff Access to Member Data

Empornium, one of the leading private torrent trackers for adult content, says it believes a copyright troll gained access to a staff moderation account and is now using obtained data to threaten its users. The revelations may shine light on why some Empornium users have received settlement threats with no…

File-Sharing Icon RapidShare Shuts Down

RapidShare, once the most popular file-hosting service in the Internet, has announced that it will shut down next month. The company doesn't cite a reason for the surprising shutdown, but losing the majority of its users in recent years after the implementation of tough anti-piracy measures is likely to be…

The Pirate Bay Domains Targeted in Legal Action

A pair of domains operated by The Pirate Bay are at risk of seizure following legal action by Swedish authorities. The man behind December's raid, prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad, says that the domains should be canceled or placed under state control. The domain registry involved has criticized the move.

Megaupload Programmer Arrested in The U.S.

Andrus Nomm, one of the seven Megaupload employees indicted by the United States, has been arrested. The U.S. authorities have yet to comment on the arrest of the programmer but Megaupload lawyer Ira Rothken believes that he may have cut a deal with the FBI.

Giganews Wins Again in Perfect 10 Copyright Battle

Giganews has booked another significant victory in its ongoing copyright battle with adult publisher Perfect 10. Detailing "pervasive failures" by the publisher, its attorneys and its witnesses, a court in California says that Perfect 10 violated numerous court orders and failed to comply with discovery.

KickassTorrents Taken Down By Domain Name Seizure

KickassTorrents has lost access to its Kickass.so domain name and is currently offline. The Somalian domain of the most-visited torrent site on the Internet is now listed as "banned" by the .SO registry, forcing the site's operators to find a new home.

Top Torrent Tracker Hits Record Breaking 30 Million Peers

While other popular BitTorrent trackers suffer continued downtime, Demonii has proven to be a safe bet with file-sharers. This week the tracker broke through the barrier of 30 million connected peers, handling no less than two billion connections per day. Today we take a look at what's powering one of…

If Pirate Bay is an FBI Trap it Isn’t a Very Good One

Oh noes! Apparently The Pirate Bay has fallen into enemy hands and is now an FBI-run honeypot gathering data on the pirate masses. Fortunately and despite some big publications picking up on the 'story' this week, people can rest easy. TPB is not a trap and even if it was,…

Pirate Bay Deploys “Robots” to Scan For Fake Torrents

In an attempt to battle a constant stream of fake torrents The Pirate Bay has borrowed an army of screening bots. To compensate for the lack of moderators, Pirate Bay is using the "FakeSkan" service of fellow torrent index Bitsnoop to warn users about malicious files.

Pirate Site’s Deal With Police Backfires Massively

One of Sweden's top movie streaming sites has made a deal with the country's police. In exchange for remaining free men the administrators of Dreamfilm say they negotiated with authorities to close down the site. Meanwhile, an almost identical site has reappeared under a new domain name, run by former…