It has been a rough year for MediaDefender and their parent company ArtistDirect. This September nearly 700mb of MediaDefender's emails leaked to the public. Initially it didn't seem to affect the stock price much, but after the financial consequences became apparent, their net worth plunged.
In just over a year the number of internet users file-sharing in Japan has increased by a staggering 180%, says the results of an online survey. The average number of files downloaded has more than doubled.
The popular BitTorrent site Mininova officially launched its Content Distribution service, an easy way for indie publishers to share their content with a wide audience, for free of course.
The Pirate Bay is encouraging its users to vote for Familjen, an independent artists who is nominated for a Swedish Grammy. They are using the power of peers to break with the tradition of music cartels that reward their own artists, and to annoy the IFPI of course.
It is being reported by the IPFI that Yahoo China's music search feature violates the law when it deep links users to pirated music. Yahoo China's music search has been confirmed illegal in a Beijing court ruling which states that under new copyright laws it facilitates mass copyright infringement.
A few weeks ago we reported that the popular DVD ripper aXXo decided to take a break and stopped releasing new material for the time being. Around the same time a new face entered the non-scene scene and whenever people searched for aXXo torrents, KLAXXON rips started to appear.
The top 10 most downloaded DVDrips on BitTorrent, "The Invasion" tops the chart this week.
Lucky & Flo, the dogs employed by the MPAA to hunt down pirate media have returned home. But before media pirates start celebrating, beware: there are two new pirate-chasing canines on the block. The authorities say "Good Boy!" to their latest recruits - Paddy and Manny, all the way from…