Mininova, 5 Billion Downloads and Counting

Today, one of Mininova's users will will have the honor to download the 5 billionth torrent, an impressive figure for a site that has only been around for little over three years. If Mininova continues to grow at this rate, we might see the 10 billionth download before the year…

RIAA Declares Victory Over AllofMP3, Drops Lawsuit

The RIAA has declared victory over Russian music download store AllofMP3, which it accused of the illegal distribution of millions of copyright tracks. The site, which was declared legal by a court last October, no longer offers music - but has spawned dozens of fully operational spin-offs. Victory for RIAA?…

BitTorrent Tracker Insider Infiltrates Anti-Piracy Lobby

Anti-piracy oufits have gained access to private BitTorrent trackers before, but the opposite has never happened, until now. Over the past few weeks, Unnar Geir, spokesperson of "The Viking Bay", successfully infiltrated the Icelandic equivalent of the MPAA (SMÁÍS), and gathered some valuable information that the tracker can use in…

Proposed Treaty Turns Internet Into a Virtual Police State

Leaked documents are one of the banes of modern western politics. They reveal exercises and actions being proposed that are generally objectionable to the public. Such a leak occurred with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) which seeks to turn the internet into a virtual police state.

Bell Opens Video Download Store, but Continues to Throttle BitTorrent

Bell, one of the Canadian ISPs known for its BitTorrent throttling practices, launched its very own video download store this week. So, efficient BitTorrent is throttled for being a bandwidth hog, but customers are still able to download movies at full speed - as long as they use Bell's service,…

Pioneering Music Piracy Group Suffers Another Conviction

aPOCALYPSE pRODUCTION cREW (aPC) was a pioneering music piracy group, thought by many to be the first such outfit to leak pre-release mp3 files to the Internet in an organized manner. In his role as server administrator for the group, 'Dextro' is facing 5 years in jail and a $250,000…

Manage Your BitTorrent Downloads on Facebook

A recently launched Facebook application for uTorrent makes it easy to manage your torrents when you're away from your desktop computer. In addition, the application can also search your favorite BitTorrent sites from Facebook, and allows you to add new torrents remotely.