ACS:Law Anti-Piracy Debacle Makes UK National TV

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The huge mess that was the operations of UK anti-piracy law firm ACS:Law made national TV over there last night, with the BBC’s The One Show covering the issue. However, ‘was’ is the operative word here, since ACS:Law have given up on this business model entirely and closed down. While it’s good that the BBC […]

BREIN Takes Down Yet Another Usenet NZB Site

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Another day, another Usenet site takedown for BREIN. Latest victim – nzbspy.nl. With the recent decision against Usenet portal FTD in hand, anti-piracy group BREIN is currently contacting as many Usenet forums in The Netherlands as possible, threatening the admins with large fines unless they shutdown immediately. Many are complying, but it seems likely that […]

PS3 Firmware Update Closes Homebrew & Piracy Hole Says Hacker

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Sony’s latest firmware update appears to close the security hole in the PS3 that has caused so much controversy recently. Although it could be used to execute homebrew software, Sony’s fear is that the exploit would be used by pirates. According to hacker KaKaRoToKS – aka PSFreedom USB-stick jailbreaking device creator Youness Alaoui – Sony […]

Movie Studio Goes After Self-Proclaimed Pirate, His Unicorn and Leprechaun

After hearing about a pirate amnesty scheme offered by a movie studio, a self-proclaimed file-sharer took the opportunity to confess his crimes. The Swedish pirate wrote an email telling the US-based copyright holder that he was ready to pay, thanks to a leprechaun and despite of his unicorn. The movie studio read the email with care, and subpoenaed Google for the IP-address associated with the Gmail account.

Major BitTorrent Uploader Used No Anonymity – Bring Out The Straightjacket?

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Now accused of uploading more than 1,000 movies, a major uploader at one of the world's oldest BitTorrent sites was arrested at his home last month. Worryingly, the prosecutor in the case has just revealed that tracking the man was simple since he made no effort to hide his IP address, which was both residential and static. Is it now a sign of madness to even go online without some kind of protection?

Katz.cd Hacked and Redirected to ‘Scammy’ Pay Site

Katz.cd, one of the largest direct download and torrent link directories on the Internet, appears to have been taken over by hackers. As a result the site's visitors are now being redirected to a dubious pay-to-download site. How long the 'downtime' will last is unclear at the moment, but all signs suggest that something serious is going on.

Anti-Piracy Group Say Police Have Arrested “Elite Pirate”

Anti-piracy group Antipiratbyrån say police have arrested "an elite pirate" in Sweden. The man in his thirties is claimed to be an administrator of multiple 'Scene' servers carrying as many as 7,000 movies to which around 100 people had access. The man is said to have denied the charges but the prosecutor says his crimes could earn him a jail sentence.

LimeWire Settles With Record Labels, Still Faces $1 Billion Claim

After LimeWire was ordered to cease its operations, the legal troubles continued for the file-sharing company. Dozens of record labels still demanded hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to compensate for their claimed losses. One of these lawsuits involving all the major music publishers has now been settled, reducing the potential damages to just a billion dollars the record labels are claiming in another case.