Music Linking Site Raided By Dept. of Homeland Security / ICE

A large file-sharing link site dedicated to rap and hiphop music and news has been raided by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The servers of RapGodFathers, a site with close to 150,000 members, were seized and moves put in place to take over its domain name.

Dutch Artist Unions Call Government to Legalize File-Sharing

A strong coalition of two Dutch artists unions and the local consumer watchdog have submitted a proposal to permanently legalize file-sharing of music and movies. In exchange, the parties call for a levy on MP3-players and other devices that can play and record movies and music. In the future, this has to be changed to a general levy on Internet subscriptions.

Hurt Locker Makers Sue Lawyer Who Helped ‘BitTorrent’ Defendants

Graham Syfert, the lawyer who offered self-help to alleged BitTorrent downloaders of films such as Far Cry and The Hurt Locker, has been sued by the makers of the latter movie. On behalf of Voltage Pictures, the US Copyright Group (USCG) is seeking sanctions against Syfert and demand $5000 for the 'work' the self-help forms have caused them. in reponse, Syfert has requested sanctions against the plaintiffs because their filing is "completely insane."

PC Mag Admonished By Music Biz For Encouraging Piracy

The CEO of publisher Ziff Davis has just had an ear bashing from not only the RIAA, but just about everyone in the music industry. It seems that the world's recorded music leaders were more than a little annoyed when PC Mag reported on alternatives to LimeWire, going on to call 'their' report on a TorrentFreak article "nothing more than a roadmap for continued music piracy." Confusingly, PC Mag didn't actually write it. IDG's PC World did.

Anti-Mafia Unit Conducts Melodramatic Warez Piracy Raid

According to Bulgaria's Interior Ministry, the country's organized crime unit has dramatically raided a piracy site. Following a music industry tip-off, an "American movie" style raid ensued with unwitting employees at the site location ordered to lie on the floor while the anti-mafia unit - who didn't even have a search warrant - conducted what appears to a Keystone Kops inspired operation.

Is Witcher 2 DRM-Free To Lure In Pirates?

It's always good to hear that a developer has chosen not to inflict pain on paying customers by filling their games with annoying DRM. CD Projekt, the developer of The Witcher 2, has been getting all sorts of good press recently by taking this approach with their latest release, but not so fast. The Polish-based company has an ace up its sleeve, with a plan to snoop on torrent sites and send pay-up-or-else letters to alleged pirates.

Indian Police Arrest 4 Member BitTorrent Gang

BitTorrent usage has been growing exponentially in India over the last years. With this increased use of BitTorrent, the local entertainment industry is feeling threatened, and last weekend India's first BitTorrent raid was carried out by the Hyderabad police. A 'gang' of four members was arrested and more are expected to follow.