Metallica Interview Canceled after Pirate Bay Row

Metallica's label Universal stepped in and canceled an interview with a Swedish newspaper last week after one of its writer reviewers said he got his copy of the album via BitTorrent. The writer, Jonn Jeppsson, who actually reviewed an edited version of 'Death Magnetic', admitted he downloaded it from The…

The Secrets of a Running A BitTorrent Tracker

Most site admins go about their business in secret, which makes it difficult for enthusiastic outsiders to make the leap from user to site owner, since they can't get the benefit of the accrued knowledge of others. Now that has changed with TorrentFries - a unique website demystifying the running…

RIAA: Lobbyists or Law Enforcers?

When a story appears in the media involving piracy, it inevitably mentions how lobby groups like the RIAA get involved in helping establish evidence. Is this really needed, or does this compromise the cases? Should representatives for the victims really be used to form the basis of a criminal case,…

Spore: Most Pirated Game Ever Thanks to DRM

Spore was without doubt the most anticipated game of the year. The game itself has blown away the people who have played it, but the DRM encouraged thousands to get their copy illegally. Already Spore has been downloaded more than 500,000 times on BitTorrent, and this number is increasing rapidly.

Pirate Bay Boycotts Press after Public Witch-Hunt

Following a turbulent week where The Pirate Bay was smeared by the mainstream media for linking to publicly available autopsy photos of two murdered kids, The Pirate Bay has decided to boycott all press for the time being.

Is it Time To Make File-Sharing a Criminal Offense?

All the media reports about cracking down on file-sharers in the UK are starting to annoy me. I'm sick of hearing about Topware, their 2nd rate pinball game and their hired-gun lawyers. This needs sorting out, once and for all. Is it time to make file-sharing a police issue in…

Study Says Intellectual Property System Should Die

A recently released study has claims that the current 'Intellectual Property' situation in the world is not working well. Driven by a fear of losing out, and bolstered by an attitude that profit is the aim of IP, progress is hampered. Not only by the entertainment industry, also in biotechnology…

Pioneer’s Live Bittorrent Streaming Device

Pioneer recently announced a prototype set-top box that supports BitTorrent streaming. The device already caught the attention of the BBC, as it opens up the possibility for TV-networks to offer their content via the Internet without having to spend millions of dollars on bandwidth bills.