EU to Extend Music Copyright to 95 Years

The IFPI and mediocre artists around the world are rubbing their hands in glee, after a proposal to extend copyright in the EU for another 45 years. The proposal, intended to 'benefit musicians', comes up for a vote on Wednesday. On the plus side, at the same time collecting societies…

Anti-Piracy Evidence Put in Doubt by Leecher

The accuracy of evidence collected by anti-piracy tracking company Media Protector has been called into doubt. It is alleged that the recipient of a 700 Euros compensation demand for unauthorized uploading was actually operating a client which was modified never to upload, thus making infringement impossible.

BitTorrent Host Loses in Court, Site Moves to Sweden

A hosting provider who refused to hand over the personal details of a torrent site administrator has been told by a judge to comply. EuroAccess who hosted the site Torrent.to must also pay all of the costs associated with bringing the case to court. Meanwhile, torrent.to moved to Sweden, where…

No Anti-BitTorrent Precedent Achieved in Canada

Following comments which suggested that the closure of QuebecTorrent was "a major victory" for the recording industry, we have a statement from the owner of the site to balance things up. The smaller battle against this site is over, the larger one against Canadian BitTorrent sites in general appears unaffected.

Comcast Ordered to Stop BitTorrent Traffic Interference

ISPs have been throttling BitTorrent traffic for years now, but only recently has this turned into a political issue. In a huge victory for BitTorrent users, the FCC has now announced that it will order Comcast to stop interfering with BitTorrent traffic.

Permanent Injunction Closes QuebecTorrent

The battle to keep QuebecTorrent open against a legal attack by the CRIA and 30 other media organizations, is over. The site has complied with a permanent injunction handed down by the Superior Court of Quebec. The recording industry has dropped its claim for $200,000 damages.

G8 Pushes Anti-Piracy Trade Agreement

During their annual summit meeting in Japan, the G8 members agreed to get the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) ready for implementation by the end of the year. The agreement, pushed by multimillion dollar companies, will open the doors to a digital police state, much to the pleasure of the MPAA…