Music Industry Fails In High Court Bid To Force 3 Strikes on ISP

An Internet service provider has won its "3 strikes" legal battle with the music industry. The Irish Recorded Music Association - Warner, Universal, Sony and EMI - had tried to force UPC to disconnect subscribers who they claim had been caught illegally sharing files. UPC refused and today it was announced that the ISP has won its fight.

HP Debuts Digital Vaccine to Prevent BitTorrent Addiction

For most people BitTorrent is nothing more than a great protocol that assists in transferring large data files from A to B. However, there is a subset of BitTorrent users that has a hard time controlling their download habits, and consequently they disrupt the networks at thousands of ISPs, offices and schools. Luckily, the IT multinational HP has developed a vaccine to treat these poor people.

Politician Tied Up In Warez Scene Piracy Investigation

Following last month's chaos as police around Europe moved to take apart the higher levels of the so-called Warez Scene, an interesting individual has become entangled in the investigation. In Sweden, a suspicious IP address was linked to an account operated by a "top politician." Although he has apparently denied any involvement, yesterday a court ordered his computers to be sent for examination.

Musician Mourns aXXo’s Absence, Defends Piracy

Drama struck parts of the BitTorrent community last year when the popular DVD ripper aXXo shared his last torrent with his millions of followers. At the height of his stardom aXXo suddenly went silent. Thousands have meanwhile begged for his return, and this week they're joined by Norwegian musician Binärpilot, who has dedicated a track to aXXo on his latest album.

Police Arrest Operator of Mulve Downloading App

Last month, a relatively new music downloading application burst onto the scene. Mulve carried no music of its own, but instead allowed users to make their own searches and download material from servers owned by Russia's biggest social networking site. This week Mulve disappeared unexpectedly but for good reason. Without any warning, the UK police arrested its operator.

MPAA: Piracy Will Always Be With Us

In a rare interview session two of the MPAA's top executives gave an interesting insight into the movie industry's view on copyright in the digital age and the anti-piracy hunt that accompanies it. The pair say that their organization will continue to fight against copyright infringements, but admit that piracy will never be completely defeated.

BREIN and Usenet Portal Face Off In Court Over Legality

The long-running battle between anti-piracy group BREIN and a Usenet community reached a Dutch court room this week. For their part, the FTD newsgroup portal wants the courts to issue a declaration that they operate legally. On the other hand, BREIN insists that publishing the locations of copyright material is illegal and tantamount to directly publishing it. On that basis BREIN is demanding a permanent injunction against FTD's operations.