Just hours ago The Pirate Bay and Piratbyrån held a joint press conference at the Museum of Technology in Stockholm. It was broadcasted live on the web and Pirate Bay co-founders Peter Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm spoke at length. Here is a breakdown of some of the key points.
uTorrent - the client of choice for most BitTorrent users - has added a Google powered torrent search engine to its website. This added search capability uses Google's custom search program and prioritizes BitTorrent sites in the results. With millions of visitors a month, this is likely to bring in…
The extension of copyright on audio recordings from 50 to 95 years in the EU has moved another step closer to realization, with its passage through the legal affairs committee. The action, ostensibly to provide a pension for session musicians, is in reality a multi-million euro windfall for the Big…
Six individuals accused of leaking a DVD screener of a movie to the Internet have been handed suspended jail sentences and fines of 15,000 euros. Three of the sentenced are employees of a major European TV channel. None of the six made any money from their actions.
BitTorrent is often praised as an indestructible force moving petabytes of data around every day. It does have an Achilles' heel though, and prominent p2p researchers warn that millions of downloads will come to a halt if eight servers hosted in Sweden happen to go offline.
At least on the surface, most in the mainstream music industry agree: illicit file-sharing is evil. However, when you aren't getting paid to have a certain opinion, things can change. No longer taking a salary from his former company, Ex-IFPI chairman and EMI director Per Eirik Johansen speaks freely.
In just a few days time, the largest court case in file-sharing history will start in Stockholm, Sweden. The Pirate Bay will try to keep the public updated every day, with help from the community and through Twitter.
Following calls from the crew of The Pirate Bay earlier this week, it has been confirmed that the audio of the upcoming trial will be streamed live on the Internet. Swedish public broadcaster SVT will be in charge of the operation, set to begin next Monday.