uTorrent Keeps BitTorrent Lead, BitComet Fades Away

Fresh data on the market share of BitTorrent clients shows that uTorrent remains the client of choice for most BitTorrent users in the West. A sample of more than half a million unique peers further shows that Transmission is gaining ground, while the once so popular BitComet client slowly fades away.

Piracy Blamed for Tragic Deaths at Music Festival

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Last month, a severe thunderstorm hit the Belgian music festival Pukkelpop during the evening of August 18. Trees fell over, taking down video screens and lights, and one of the stages collapsed as well. The disaster led to the tragic deaths of 5 people. Although most people described the dramatic event as an accident, insurance […]

RIAA Label Used In Massive Cocaine Trafficking Ring

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Earlier this year record label boss Jimmy Rosemond was arrested on the suspicion of leading a massive cocaine trafficking ring. The founder of Czar Entertainment used shipments of music equipment to transfer cocaine across the United States. These shipments went to several music studios, and according to a recent court filing uncovered by The Smoking […]

Anti-Piracy Group Will Sue Pay Processors If They Don’t Name Site Admins

Hollywood-funded anti-piracy group BREIN says it will pursue a similar strategy to its counterparts in the United States and UK by pressuring payment processors like PayPal to stop doing business with file-sharing sites. But BREIN says the processors must go further. Either they can voluntarily hand over the names of the admins behind the site accounts, or they will go to court and sue them into submission.

RapidShare Lobbies Lawmakers Against PROTECT IP Act

Earlier this year U.S. lawmakers proposed a draconian anti-piracy legislation known as the PROTECT IP Act. When the proposal becomes law, U.S. authorities and copyright holders will have the power to seize domains, block websites and censor search engines to prevent copyright infringements. But file-hosting service RapidShare have a lot to lose by its introduction and are now spending a great deal of money countering the views of pro-copyright lobbyists.

Happy Birthday Pirate Bay, You’ve Just Turned 8 Years Old Today

It's one of the longest existences in the entire file-sharing space and bar none it has been the most eventful. We're talking about the life of The Pirate Bay, the world's most resilient BitTorrent site. Today the site celebrates its 8th birthday, a massive achievement which may not ever be bettered in terms of longevity, sheer volume of members and material distributed.

Canadian Police Issue File-Sharing Scam Letters Fraud Warning

Canadian authorities are warning Internet users to be vigilant following the emergence of a file-sharing settlement scam operation. West Vancouver police, who have now issued an official fraud warning, say that seniors have been receiving letters claiming they have been caught downloading a range of porn titles. Unsurprisingly, the letters come with an offer to settle for thousands of dollars.

MovieX BitTorrent Tracker Founders Escape Jail Time

Two brothers from Brisbane, Australia who operated the popular private BitTorrent tracker MovieX have barely escaped a jail sentence. The two were arrested late 2008 for facilitating copyright infringement and both pleaded guilty. Speaking to TorrentFreak, one of the sentenced brothers says he regrets his wrongdoings, but also wants to refute many of the false claims that are currently being spread by the media.