File-Sharing Protest Bomb Threat Video Lands Teenager in Court

A teenager who appears to have taken his protest against an anti-piracy law a little too far will find himself in court tomorrow. The 18-year-old allegedly posted a video on YouTube protesting the legislation just passed by New Zealand. In it he claimed that websites would be hacked and that explosives had been planted in government buildings.

Pirate Bay Founder Fails To Appear At Court of Appeal Hearing

The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm deepened today. After failing to turn up for 2010's hearing to appeal his 2009 conviction for criminal copyright infringement, the court decided he would be dealt with at a later date. Today, however, Svartholm failed to appear at the Court of Appeal.

Taiwanese Animation of Pirate Party Election Win

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Yesterday the German Pirate Party scored a historic election win. With 8.9 percent of the total vote the Pirates gained 15 seats in the Berlin state parliament. The news soon started to make headlines all over the world, and it didn’t get unnoticed to the Taiwanese either. The animation below comes from Taiwan’s Next Media […]

Girls Are Not Into The Pirate Bay, Or BitTorrent

The Cybernorms research group at Sweden’s Lund University partnered with The Pirate Bay earlier this year to carry out the largest survey among file-sharers in history. 75,000 people from all over the world participated in the study, and today the researchers revealed some of the initial results. Girls don't fancy The Pirate Bay, most pirates download movies, and they are increasingly worried about their anonymity.

Arrr, Talk Like A Pirate Day Arrrives

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Every single day millions of ‘pirates’ all around the world gather on BitTorrent, but one day in September is extra special. Avast mateys, today is Talk Like a Pirate Day so wear your eye patches and Arrr like you’ve never Arrred before. Talk Like a Pirate Day has been celebrated for more than a decade, […]

Pirate Party Enters Berlin Parliament After Historic Election Win

For the first time in history a Pirate Party has managed to enter a state parliament. With an estimated 9 percent of the total vote the Pirate Party exceeded the 5% floor needed to enter the Berlin parliament with several seats. For the international Pirate Party movement this is the second major success after the European elections of 2009.

The Economics of (Killing) Mass-BitTorrent Lawsuits

While mass settlement lawsuits filed against alleged BitTorrent users have the potential to bring in millions in revenue, recent rulings in US District courts are going to severely cut into potential profits. Has the tide turned? It looks like a distinct possibility.