Three Strikes Law Does Nothing to Curb Piracy, Research Finds

Several countries including the US and France have implemented so-called “strikes” systems to warn and punish P2P file-sharers. The goal of these programs is to reduce piracy, but do they have any effect on people’s downloading habits? New findings published by U.S. and French researchers show that these anti-piracy measures…

BitTorrent Inc. Settles With U.S. After EU Privacy Rule Breach

BitTorrent Inc. is one of a dozen U.S.-based tech companies charged by the Federal Trade Commission with falsely claiming compliance with a treaty on European Union data-sharing. The companies, which also include ISP Level 3, all wrongly indicated current membership of the U.S.- E.U. Safe Harbor Framework, which allows U.S.…

Judge: IP-Address Does Not Prove Copyright Infringement

A federal judge in Washington has issued a key order in one of the many ongoing mass-BitTorrent piracy lawsuits in the United States. The judge ruled that a complaint from the "Elf-Man" movie studio is insufficient because the IP address evidence does not prove that an account holder is guilty…

FBI Drags Google Glass Man From Theater on Piracy Fears

Google Glass is expected to transform the way that people interact with data and communications but for one unlucky user a paranoid reaction to the device ended up becoming a huge time waster. After wearing a turned off and prescription lens-equipped model to the theater, a man had it torn…

Major Book Publishers Sue Hotfile For Copyright Infringement

Following in the footsteps of Hollywood, several of the world’s largest book publishers are now going after Hotfile. The publishers have filed a complaint with a Florida District Court, demanding up to $7.5 million from the defunct file-hosting service. Whether Hotfile still has money left in the bank remains to…

Court Orders Spanish ISP to Disconnect Music Pirate

In a first-of-its-kind case, a Spanish court has ordered a local ISP to sever the Internet connection of a copyright infringer. The case, brought by Universal, Sony, Warner and EMI, involved the unauthorized sharing of thousands of music tracks on a P2P network. An earlier decision found that no copyright…

Dotcom’s Baboom Launches With Good Times For Free

Marking the second anniversary of the raid on his New Zealand home, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is today enjoying the release of his brand new album, the launch of a brand new music service, the one-year anniversary of Mega.co.nz, and the eve of his 40th birthday. There's certainly a lot…

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’. ‘Frozen’ completes the top three.

Capture That Movie Piracy Fail Moment With Bandai Toys

Japanese culture can often prove bewildering to many Westerners but at the same provoke wonder and fascination. So, it may come as no surprise that the unique moment when a movie pirate gets caught camming in a theater by the police is now a novelty to the Japanese. So much…

Irish Internet Providers Roll Out KickassTorrents Blockade

Several Irish ISPs have started blocking access to KickassTorrents, the country's most-visited torrent site. Following legal action taken by Sony, Warner and Universal the High Court ordered several providers to block the site, and others including Eircom followed suit voluntarily. Whether the new measures will put a dent in local…

Thirty Years Since Betamax, and Movies Are Still Being Made

Thirty years ago yesterday the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that time-shifting of TV shows using video recorders was legal. The ‘Betamax’ case, or Universal v Sony for its real name, has proven one thing for certain. When it came to the level of damages the industry predicted would be…