Movie Studios Spied On ISP’s BitTorrent Users

Last month we reported how seven major Hollywood studios teamed up to sue iiNet, Australia’s third largest ISP. The studios monitored iiNet's customers using BitTorrent - including a 'copyright infringing' subscriber they planted there themselves - and on whose shoulders the case appears balanced.

Virgin Media to Throttle BitTorrent Users

In contrast to the US, net neutrality does not seem to be an issue in the UK as one after the other, British ISPs start to throttle BitTorrent users. Most recently, Virgin Media announced that it will target BitTorrent, which will render their newly released 50Mbit/s plan unusable for the…

UK TV/Film Stars Urge ISPs to Stop Piracy

A group of British actors, directors and producers have written an open letter to The Times newspaper. Their concern – downloads of TV episodes and films. What is needed, they claim, is for the government to force the ISPs to do something about it.

MPAA Fears Economic Downturn Will Boost Piracy

Following the banks and the car companies, the movie industry might be the next to be hit by the economic downturn. No bail-out plan has been suggested as of yet, but MPAA chairman Dan Glickman is worried that piracy will grow to a new high during the current financial crisis…

BBC Relies on ‘Pirate’ Audio To Bring Back Lost TV Show

Back in the 60's, archive space at the BBC was hard to come by, forcing the broadcaster to delete some of its own material. Now, a TV show that fell victim to this regime has been resurrected, with the BBC using a pirate recording of the show's audio to bring…

Canada Increases ‘Music Industry Subsidy’ on Blank CDs

Canadian users again face an increase in the cost of blank CDs, as the Copyright Board has increased levies on them by 38%. The raise was authorized in response to rises in music compression and increases in songwriter royalties. With this rise, the Copyright Board is simply ignoring all technological…