Popular Torrent Site Loses Domain After Copyright Complaint

The domain name of Yggtorrent, one of the largest French torrent communities, has been put on hold after a complaint sent on behalf of anti-piracy outfit SACEM. While this effectively took out the site and its tracker, Yggtorrent made a swift comeback on a new domain, which they registered with Peter Sunde's Njalla.

Piracy & Money Are Virtually Inseparable & People Probably Don’t Care Anymore

Opinion

In an increasingly capitalist world, people are brought up to see financial opportunities wherever they exist. The world of piracy is no different and as a result, there are always people out to make a quick buck from infringement. But what happened to "sharing is caring" and when, if ever, will pirates return to those once proud roots? Perhaps more to the point, does anyone even care anymore?

China’s Website and VPN Blocking Hurts Business, US Says

News

The US Government sees China's "Great Firewall" and the associated VPN crackdown as a serious threat to American companies. The censorship efforts are affecting billions of dollars in business, the US Trade Representative writes in its latest Foreign Trade Barriers report. In addition, the new VPN ban causes privacy concerns.

If YouTube-Ripping Sites Are Illegal, What About Tools That Do a Similar Job?

Opinion

YouTube-MP3 was the world's largest YouTube-ripping service but last year it shut down following a lawsuit filed by the world's largest record labels. With stream-ripping now cited as one of the music industry's most despised enemies, NotMP3downloader.com believes it can achieve the same job, without falling foul of the law. TF listened to what the site had to say.

Not All Canadian ISPs Are Pro Site Blocking

News

Several of the largest Canadian telecommunications companies including Bell and Rogers are in favor of a national pirate site blocking scheme. However, not all ISPs are eager to implement such measures. Several smaller ISPs, including TekSavvy, warn that the proposal will be costly and ineffective while violating current legislation.

Japan Seeks to Outmaneuver Constitution With Piracy Blocking Proposals

News

There is no legal basis for site-blocking in Japan and the country's constitution forbids censorship of any kind. Later this month, however, the government looks set to present proposals to local ISPs demanding that they start blocking pirate sites. According to local reports, Japan's penal code allows for direct action when "averting present danger."