Kim Dotcom’s Extradition Appeal Gets Underway

Last year a District Court judge in New Zealand found that there was an "overwhelming" case for Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, to be extradited to the United States to face trial for their alleged roles in the Mega Conspiracy. Today the trio were in the High Court to mount their appeal.

Running a Torrent Tracker For Fun Can Be a Headache

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In January 2016, a BitTorrent enthusiast thought he'd launch a stand-alone tracker for fun. Soon, Zer0day.ch was tracking thousands of torrents after being utilized by The Pirate Bay and ExtraTorrent. Now it's tracking almost four million peers and a million torrents, but the ride has been far from smooth.

Indian ISPs Speed Up BitTorrent by ‘Peering’ With a Torrent Site

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Several Internet providers in India have found a clever way to reduce the load BitTorrent transfers put on their network, while pleasing their torrenting subscribers at the same time. They've teamed up with Torbox.net which offers a fully fledged torrent search engine that connects users to 'local' peers to guarantee maximum download speeds.

Library of Congress Might Become a Piracy Hub, RIAA Warns

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The U.S. Copyright Office is considering expanding the mandatory deposit requirement for publishers, so that record labels would also have to submit their online-only music to the Library of Congress. The Library would then allow the public to access the music. The RIAA, however, warns that this plan introduces some serious piracy concerns.

WebTorrent: 250K Downloads & Strong With Zero Revenue

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The desktop variant of innovative torrent client WebTorrent has now clocked up an impressive 250,000 downloads, its founder reports. In a market where competing clients are often closed source or commercial ventures, WebTorrent promises to be transparent and non-commercial, forever. And that's despite Netflix knocking at the door.

Steal This Show S02E01: Zeronet

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Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the latest file-sharing and copyright trends and news. In this episode we interview Tamas Kocsis, founder and developer of the potentially revolutionary P2P platform Zeronet.

Who Are The Alleged Top Men Behind KickassTorrents?

Since its shutdown in July, much has been written about the demise of KickassTorrents. But who were the men at the very top of the operation? So far, the U.S. Government has revealed three names - Artem Vaulin, Alexander Radostin, and Ievgen Kutsenko. Today we can put faces to two of those names.

FBI-Controlled Megaupload Domain Now Features Soft Porn

As part of its criminal case against Megaupload, the U.S. Government seized several domain names belonging to Kim Dotcom's file-hosting service. Nearly five years later the authorities still control the domains but they haven't done a very good job of securing them. Megaupload.org now links to a soft porn portal.