BTDigg and BIllionUploads Disappear Without Trace (Updated)

Two popular sites in the file-sharing space have disappeared without warning. BTDigg, a specialist service indexing BitTorrent's Distributed Hash Table, has entirely vanished with no site available whatsoever. BillionUploads, a popular file-hosting site, indicates some kind of intentional shutdown, but offers no hope that users can retrieve their files.

VPN and TOR Ban Looming on the Horizon for Russia

Russia blocks websites on a very large-scale but citizens often circumvent those blocks using VPNs, TOR and other anonymizing tools. The country is now looking at ways of bringing this to an end, with Russia's main web-blocking body supporting a worrying proposal by a Russian MP to ban use of…

YouTube Flags Cat Purring as Copyright Infringing Music

YouTube's automated takedown tool is known for its flaws, but this week it crossed a line by attacking a purring cat. According to YouTube's Content-ID system both EMI Publishing and PRS own the rights to a 12 second purring loop. The cat in question, Phantom, has filed a dispute and…

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.