Akamai: Gamers Aren’t P2P Bandwidth Slaves

Two weeks ago we published an article calling for more transparency from gaming companies that use P2P technology to let their users distribute content. In the days after we published the article, one of the major players in P2P game distribution responded to our concerns. According to Akamai, gamers aren't P2P bandwidth slaves, they just need to read the EULA.

Film Director Helps Finance Busted File-Sharer’s Legal Battle

A film director and outspoken opponent of copyright abuses and incoming "3 strikes" legislation has come to the rescue of a file-sharer. Jean-Luc Godard, who is due to receive an honorary Oscar in November, has donated money to a photographer's legal fund after he was caught with more than 13,000 music tracks and subsequently ordered to pay more than $25,000 damages.

Artists Make More Money in File-Sharing Age Than Before It

An extensive study into the effect of digitalization on the music industry in Norway has shed an interesting light on the position of artists today, compared to 1999. While the music industry often talks about artists being on the brink of bankruptcy due to illicit file-sharing, the study found that the number of artists as well as their average income has seen a major increase in the last decade.

Burn Any Web-Hosted File into a Torrent With Burnbit

Burnbit is a new service that allows users to generate a torrent for any file hosted online. It is especially useful for those who want to share large files with multiple people, at great speeds and without consuming too much bandwidth. Because the torrents are linked to a file hosted somewhere online, it will always be accessible and never die out.

Hackers Target and Exploit Pirate Bay Ad Server

The advertising server of The Pirate Bay has been hacked and exploited to spread viruses and trojans among users of the site. The hackers targeted a vulnerability in the site's software to offload the malicious files, causing sections of The Pirate Bay to be blocked by Google, Firefox and several virus scanners.

Anti-Piracy Boss Denies DoS Attacks, Torrent Site Refutes Claim

Anti-piracy outfit AiPlex Software made the news last week when its boss was quoted in the press admitting that his company launched DoS attacks against uncooperative torrent sites. Although the reports and quotes were quite specific, the company is now trying to distance itself from the claims. However, correspondence obtained by TorrentFreak shows another side to these unorthodox Bollywood anti-piracy enforcers.

Privacy Ruling Won’t Save Large Scale File-Sharers

This week a ruling from Switzerland's Federal Court said that an anti-piracy company broke privacy laws when they monitored file-sharers and then used the collected data to extract payments from alleged infringers. While some may think this gives a green light to file-sharers, those sharing large amounts of media should think again - the police might just start showing an interest.