Millions Download Olympics Opening Ceremony via BitTorrent

The opening ceremony of the 2008 summer Olympics, co-directed by Zhang Yimou, was a truly spectacular event. Not everyone had the chance to watch it live, but that's where BitTorrent comes in. The broadcast of the Olympics opening ceremony has been downloaded more than a million times already, and the…

Tackling College Piracy: The P2P Quiz

Under the College Opportunity and Affordability Act, colleges and universities that get federal funding have to come up with ways to deal with "Campus-based Digital Theft Prevention". The bill doesn't give specific methods, and universities can come up with their own methods, as Missouri S&T has done with their P2P…

Prototype Anti-Piracy Tool Revealed and Taken Offline

The existence of a prototype management system for anti-piracy company 'Logistep' was revealed at the weekend. The online system called 'Logistep Data Management Tool', was located at eparken.com but since the revelations the site has been taken down. It is still available in limited form via Google's cache.

uTorrent 1.8 Released, Mac Version Coming Soon

After months of hard work and more than six months since their previous stable release, the uTorrent team has released version 1.8 of their BitTorrent client, with significant improvements and updates. Adding to the excitement, we were told that a public Alpha of the Mac version will be released in…

The Pirate Bay Blocked in Italy

The Pirate Bay has been "censored" in Italy following an urgent decree from a deputy public prosecutor. Pirate Bay's IPs and the domain name are inaccessible, as they are blocked by ISPs all over the country. Whether these blocks will be very effective, however, is doubtful, since The Pirate Bay…

TrafficLoader.com to Infect BitTorrent Users with Malware

A new BitTorrent site has appeared which will allow scammers and spammers to infect its users with spyware, malware and viruses. An admin of TrafficLoader.com says that no bad torrents will ever be removed from the site and is inviting people to upload malicious software to infect torrent users.

African Drug Cops to Go After Pirates

In the past, parallels between narcotics enforcement and copyright enforcement may have been drawn, but in one country parallels are out of the window, as copyright and trademark enforcement will now be treated as drug trafficking.