Futurama’s Anti-Piracy Message, Just Do It

The latest Futurama movie, Bender's Game, is released in a few days and as usual it's already on BitTorrent. However, Matt Groening has included a nice extra on the DVD - a pretty amusing parody on one of the classic anti-piracy messages.

Chinese State Bans Video Sites, Huge eDonkey Site Survives

The Chinese government has stepped in and banned 10 video sites, while giving warnings to 17 others. The sites were accused of 'regulations violations' ranging from running a service without authorization, through to displaying violent or horrific content. None of the charges relate to piracy, even though one of the…

Pirate Bay Talk: How To Dismantle a Billion Dollar Industry

Pirate Bay co-founders Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij gave a keynote speech at the Hack In The Box Security Conference 2008, entitled "How to dismantle a billion dollar industry - as a hobby." The two discuss how The Pirate Bay grew to be the largest BitTorrent site on the Internet,…

Lawyers Forced to Drop P2P ‘Wireless Defense’ Case

A married couple with a combined age of 120 have been accused by UK games lawyers Davenport Lyons of pirating an Atari game, and faced demands for over £500. However, the shocked couple enlisted the help of a popular consumer magazine, and unsurprisingly, the lawyers have backed down.

Use BitTorrent to Upgrade to Ubuntu ‘Intrepid Ibex’

Ubuntu, the open source GNU/Linux based operating system, is about to release its next big update - Intrepid Ibex. In the past, the update servers would crash very quickly on a big release day, making it hard for people to get the latest update. With BitTorrent, however, this can be…

P2Pnet Wins Landmark ‘Hyperlinking” Case

The file-sharing oriented news website, P2Pnet, has won its case against the Canadian businessman Wayne Crookes. The Supreme Court ruled that linking to defamatory material doesn't constitute as publishing. Since the case is about linking, the outcome will have implications for all websites on the Internet, including BitTorrent sites.

Tribler Set to Make BitTorrent Sites Obsolete

The Tribler BitTorrent client, a project run by researchers from several European universities and Harvard, is the first to incorporate decentralized search capabilities. With Tribler, users can now find .torrent files that are hosted among other peers, instead of on a centralized site such as The Pirate Bay or Mininova.