Newzbin and Newzxxx Domains Have New Seychelles-Based Owner

Late last week, ex-members of the now defunct Newzbin indexing site started receiving emails from a group claiming to have obtained the site's source code and databases. Now it's being claimed by an ex-director that the Newzbin domain name was sold to a Seychelles-based company to help clear company debts.

Law Firm Asks Alleged File-Sharers To Incriminate Themselves

Lawyers ACS:Law in the UK are now into their second year of threatening alleged pirates with legal action. Since they don't have a good case when people deny their allegations, for some time now the firm has been sending out questionnaires which allow people to build a case against themselves. As a UK consumer magazine is pointing out, people don't have to play this game.

BitTorrent Site Admin Kidnapped & Beaten at Gunpoint

According to staff at a large Russian BitTorrent site, earlier this month their admin was lured to another country under false pretenses, held hostage by a criminal gang and beaten at gunpoint until he handed over the site's domain name. The plan was thwarted, but not before a ransom was paid by his family.

BitTorrent Download Record Shattered By Lost Series Finale

The finale of Lost has shattered all previous download records on BitTorrent. In less than a day, close to a million people have downloaded the last two episodes, with more than 100,000 people sharing a single torrent at the same time. As expected, most downloads come from outside the US where the finale aired later or has yet to air on television.

BitTorrent Open Sources ‘Improved’ BitTorrent Protocol

BitTorrent Inc. has open sourced uTP, the BitTorrent protocol powering the latest release of uTorrent, in the hope that other BitTorrent clients will soon adopt it. UTP promises less congestion for ISPs and end users without degrading overall download speeds. Thus far, however, many BitTorrent developers outside the BitTorrent Inc. team are skeptical about the new protocol.

Irish ISP and Major Music Labels Ready To Disconnect Pirates

After more than a year of wrangling both in and out of court, EMI, Sony, Universal, Warner and ISP Eircom finally have a deal ready to fly. Shortly the labels will start supplying the IP addresses of alleged file-sharers to Eircom so that it may punish them. The most stubborn subscribers will be disconnected from the Internet for a year.

Hackers Set To Bring Newzbin Back Online

After Newzbin closed following a debilitating legal battle with several Hollywood studios, rumors began to surface that during a time when the site was still up, it had been hacked and the source code and databases 'stolen'. Now a group called Team R Dogs/Newzbin2 has contacted ex-Newzbin members with news that the site will soon be reborn.