TorrentFreak TV S02E07, Shorter and Better

TorrentFreak TV is back again, slightly shorter, but hopefully with more frequent releases to keep you updated on the wonderful world of file-sharing. The latest episode features the US plans to crack down on piracy, Limewire's plans to go legit and much more.

BitTorrent Only TV-Show Becomes Huge Success

Supported by many BitTorrent sites and other major players in the P2P-scene, the exclusive BitTorrent release of the first episode of Pioneer One has become a huge success. With more than a million downloads in two weeks, and over $20,000 in donations to work on future episodes, the project's success has exceeded the expectations of its makers.

Pirate Party to Run Pirate Bay from Swedish Parliament

After their former hosting provider received an injunction telling it to stop providing bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, the worlds most resilient BitTorrent site switched to a new ISP. That host, the Swedish Pirate Party, made a stand on principle. Now they aim to take things further by running the site from inside the Swedish Parliament.

Finnish BitTorrent Admins Receive 680,000 Euro Fine

Seven operators of the Finnish BitTorrent site Finreactor have been ordered to pay a total of 680,000 euros in damages to copyright holders for their role in the distribution of copyrighted files. The admins, several of whom were underage when they were involved with the site, were seen as essential parts of an illegal network.

Fed-Busted Movie Site Informed Of Investigation Months Ago

As part of a new initiative cracking down on Internet piracy and counterfeiting, yesterday the U.S. government took action against nine web portals suspected of streaming of first-run movies. Not only were domain names targeted, but assets seized from bank, PayPal and other accounts. One site, NinjaVideo, was warned by TorrentFreak months ago they were being watched.

IsoHunt Partners US Attorney General to Ban Child Porn

BitTorrent search engine isoHunt is the first foreign website to partner with New York Attorney General Cuomo in an effort to keep the Internet clean from child pornography. By using the Attorney General's hash value database to filter its search results, isoHunt will prevent thousands of images from spreading on BitTorrent.

“Damaging To Culture”, Online Library Smashed By Police

There is outrage amongst sections of the online community as it is revealed that at the behest of copyright holders, a free online library has been raided by police. Chitanka carried user translated and submitted books, poems and other literature and as an "altruistic library" was thought to be legal under current legislation. Instead the site was raided and subjected to criminal procedures.

Court Doubts Legitimacy of ShareConnector Shutdown

The criminal proceedings against P2P index site ShareConnector is turning into an embarrassing fiasco for the Dutch Department of Justice. A court has decided to reopen the case and summons the public prosecutor as it doubts the legitimacy of the criminal prosecution and the fact that it acted on evidence brought in by local anti-piracy outfit BREIN.