EZTV Goes Down Again

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After being down for maintenance for a few days earlier this month, EZTV.it is unresponsive again today. EZTV is arguably one of the largest BitTorrent communities, so any downtime immediately leads to all kinds of horror stories about raids and seizures. None of this is true though. No official explanation is available for the downtime […]

The Real Problem For Most Artists is Obscurity, Not Piracy

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Two weeks ago author Megan Lisa Jones teamed up with BitTorrent Inc. to promote her new book “Captive.” By now the book has been downloaded over 400,000 times, mostly because it’s bundled with the download of uTorrent. Although the free downloads didn’t result in direct sales, it will be hard not to believe that the […]

Hack This Zine Interviews TorrentFreak

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We very rarely do interviews here at TorrentFreak. We get many requests and simply can’t find time to do them all, so we end up saying ‘no’ to them all. Once every couple of years though, probably due to too much sun (or too much drink), we give in. A few months ago we were […]

Private BitTorrent Tracker Admin Will Go To Trial

In 2007, the admin of a private BitTorrent tracker was arrested after Portuguese law enforcement targeted his site and closed it down. Overturning an earlier decision by a lower court, the Lisbon Court of Appeal has now decided that the admin will face a full trial for his actions. In the meantime the site continues, albeit under another name.

Folk Music Pirate Brings Back a Piece of History

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Recording music without the creator’s permission and benefiting from it financially can be a criminal offense in the United States. But sometimes that initial ‘crime’ can turn out wonderfully. In 1949, folk musician Woody Guthrie – who has since influenced the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen – performed his ‘Live Wire’ concert in […]

Kiwi’s Protest New Anti-Piracy Law

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Last week, New Zealand joined the growing club of countries that have introduced special legislation to deal with illicit file-sharing. Rushed through unexpectedly, the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill put in place a 3 strikes-style regime. In response to the Government’s actions people immediately started to protest. As last year with operation blackout thousands […]

The MPAA Say They’re Environmentally Friendly

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Yesterday the MPAA delivered an announcement trumpeting their ‘green’ credentials. “In observance of Earth Day, the Motion Picture Association of America today announced that the major motion picture studios collectively prevented more than 40 million pounds – or 66 percent – of their studio sets and other solid waste from entering landfills last year,” they […]

MPAA: “Democratizing Culture Is Not In Our Interest”

MPAA Vice President Greg Frazier has made some interesting comments on copyright and widespread Internet piracy during a lobbying visit to Brazil. Among other things, Frazier told a local newspaper that democratizing culture is not in the interests of the MPAA. As it turns out, the MPAA's definition of creativity and culture is a rather narrow one that is quite different from that of the general public.