The Past and Future of Filesharing

It’s been almost one year since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the MGM v Grokster case, determining that Grokster and Streamcast can be held legally liable for what it calls “inducing” copyright infringement by users if they market their filesharing programs “with the object of promoting…

Austrian Pirates Separate from Communists

Austria now has its very own pirate party. Initially the communist party KPÖ presented itself as the national Pirate Party, but it appeared that not all pirates wanted to be associated with the communist ideals. The Austrian Pirate Party is planning to participate in Austria’s national elections this October and…

Snarf-It introduces “Delete It Yourself” Service

Handling DMCA notices is probably one of the most effortful tasks of a BitTorrent site admin. In order to lighten this load, and to please copyright owners, snarf-it.org introduced a “delete it yourself” (DIY) service. On Snarf-it.org we read: A couple of days ago we received this email from Microsoft…

Isohunt Adopts Podtropolis

Podtropolis, the popular “Ipod” torrent site had to close its doors a couple of weeks ago. Podtropolis had financial problems and wasn’t able to pay the bills. But it looks like things changed for the better. Gary from Isohunt.com came to the rescue…. At Podtropolis we read: Well, I just…

BitTorrent Movie Download Chart (wk30)

A weekly returning chart listing the most popular BitTorrent movie downloads. Ranking Movie Seeds / Peers 1 (1) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 49,594 2 (2) Superman Returns 48,032 3 (3) Nacho Libre 47,431 4 (7) The Devil Wears Prada 45,267 5 (4) Click 43,289 6 (5) Cars…

Newspaper Attack on Bureau of Piracy Backfires

Evidently, very little is happening in Sweden right now. This is indicated by an attack against the Bureau of Piracy that turned out to be quite a funny story. Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet ran a story about Piratshoppen, the website that sells PiratbyrÃ¥n and the Pirate Bay related material such…

Azureus gets Commercial Funding

The popular BitTorrent client Azureus received funding by BV Capital, a company that previously supported del.icio.us and peerflix. Azureus is currently implementing a “content layer” where commercial downloads will start to appear. Users will be able to search for certain keywords, or browse through the available content by tags. Azureus…