The Next Five Years Could Determine Our Liberties

Opinion

There's a European Election coming up. Voting starts in about one month, with the main election days on May 22-25. We've had many victories as activists and concerned citizens in the past five years to defend the net and its liberty, but the main showdown looks like it'll come down…

Sony Blocks Creative Commons Movie With Bogus DMCA Takedown

It's pretty hard to enrage free software advocates, the Creative Commons movement, and anti-overreaching copyright and anti-censorship camps with a single move, so 'congratulations' to Sony for managing that today. Thanks to a bogus DMCA takedown, the Blender Institute's open movie 'Sintel' is now blocked on YouTube.

Rightscorp Finds Scary Shortcut to Expose Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

News

An anti-piracy firm has found a shortcut to obtaining the personal details of account holders connected to pirating IP-addresses. Instead of having a judge decide, Rightscorp obtains so-called DMCA subpoenas which only a court clerk has to sign off on. A worrying development that could lift the copyright troll business…

Torrent Site Operators Face Jail For Sharing Warner, Disney Movies

After almost three years the suspected operators of a private BitTorrent tracker have finally been prosecuted for their alleged crimes. Said to be one of Sweden's biggest file-sharing cases in terms of content shared, the pair face accusations they spread at least 1,000 movies, some which belonged to Warner Bros.…

Google Patents Method of Keeping Pirate Apps at Bay

Google has secured a patent to help keep pirated applications off its Google Play store. By performing analysis on apps submitted by users, the company hopes to discover whether they contain significant sections of other apps' code while at the same time filtering out open source and free license-related false…

1,103 Megaupload Servers Gather Dust at Virginia Warehouse

News

Millions of users lost access to their personal files when Megaupload was raided, and there's little chance that they will have them returned in the near future. Despite efforts from both Megaupload and its former hosting company to negotiate a solution, the servers are still gathering dust in a Virginia…

Slysoft DVD Ripper Owner Found Guilty in Criminal Action

The owner of the company behind a suite of popular DVD ripping tools has lost his case against several large Hollywood studios and their technology partners. Slysoft owner Giancarla Bettini was found guilty of providing tools to circumvent AACS encryption and was fined $30,000. Failure to pay will result in…