DRM Jams the Gears of War: Crysis and GTA IV Next?

Players of the PC game Gears of War have a problem that means they are currently unable to even load their game. The reason – a hard-coded shutoff date in the DRM that prevents the game from playing. Yet again, DRM prevents an honestly purchased game from working. Will Crysis…

US Pirate Party Docks in California

In Europe, Pirate Parties have quite a following, especially in Sweden where a political scientist recently described them as a "classic civil right movement". The U.S. Pirate Party hopes to replicate some of this success, and officially launched in California today, the home of the movie industry.

Anti-Piracy Measures Don’t Work, Report Shows

Traffic management company Ipoque has just released a whitepaper, detailing pros and cons of different methods of dealing with piracy on P2P networks. Surprisingly, the conclusions in the paper are not straight adverts for their own products and services. We will highlight some of the Good, the Bad, and the…

Government Refuses to Revoke Draconian File-Sharing Law

Despite calls from the public, pressure groups and ISPs, the New Zealand government has refused to withdraw the planned Section 92 of the Copyright Amendment Act. The controversial act provides ‘Guilt Upon Accusation’, meaning that those simply accused of file-sharing are disconnected from the Internet.

Google Joins Fight Against BitTorrent Throttling ISPs

Hundreds of ISPs all over the world limit and restrict BitTorrent traffic on their networks. Unfortunately, most companies are not very open about their network management solutions. With a newly launched website, Google is now helping out by supporting applications that distinguish the good ISPs from the bad.

ISP Capitulates to IFPI, Agrees to Disconnect Pirates

Up until today, the 'Big Four' record labels were taking legal action against Ireland's biggest ISP, Eircom, in order to force it to employ filtering technology to stop online pirates. The case has been aborted as Eircom, at the behest of the music industry, has agreed to start disconnecting those…

Cox Suckers BitTorrent Users with More Slowdowns

Cox, the third largest ISP in the U.S, is none too fond of BitTorrent users. Previously we reported that they disconnect alleged copyright infringers without warning. Today, Cox announced a new 'network management' trial where P2P, Usenet and FTP users will be slowed down when the network is congested.

BitTorrent Scam Shutdown After SMS Regulations Breach

Sites offering downloads of BitTorrent clients and other well-known software, which then require an SMS to be sent to 'activate' the installer of free software, have been appearing at an increasing rate. Not only does uTorrent end up costing up to $20, but these sites are in breach of new…