Arrr, Talk Like A Pirate Day Arrrives

News Bits

Every single day millions of ‘pirates’ all around the world gather on BitTorrent, but one day in September is extra special. Avast mateys, today is Talk Like a Pirate Day so wear your eye patches and Arrr like you’ve never Arrred before. Talk Like a Pirate Day has been celebrated for more than a decade, […]

Pirate Party Enters Berlin Parliament After Historic Election Win

For the first time in history a Pirate Party has managed to enter a state parliament. With an estimated 9 percent of the total vote the Pirate Party exceeded the 5% floor needed to enter the Berlin parliament with several seats. For the international Pirate Party movement this is the second major success after the European elections of 2009.

The Economics of (Killing) Mass-BitTorrent Lawsuits

While mass settlement lawsuits filed against alleged BitTorrent users have the potential to bring in millions in revenue, recent rulings in US District courts are going to severely cut into potential profits. Has the tide turned? It looks like a distinct possibility.

Tomorrow, Pirates Write History Again

Opinion

Tomorrow, Sunday, the German Pirate Party is expected to be voted into Parliament in Berlin. This is the second time the nascent political movement will be felt worldwide -- the first being in 2009, when the Swedish party took seats in the European Parliament.

Appeals Court Reinstates $675,000 File-Sharing Decision Against Joel Tenenbaum

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the earlier decision of a U.S. District Court in the long-running file-sharing case between Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Boston student Joel Tenenbaum. The appeal court ruled that District Court should not have considered constitutional matters. Instead, it could have reduced the amount of damages awarded and given Sony a chance to request a new trial.

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

News Bits

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 […]