BitTorrent Users Sued for Downloading “IP Man 2”

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Earlier this week we reported that the mass-lawsuits against BitTorrent users had reached a dubious milestone. Since 2010, more than 200,000 people were sued, and this is just the start. This week several new cases were filed, mostly by porn companies. However, there was also a mainstream title that appeared in the court dockets of […]

U.S. Anti-Piracy Police Kept Secret From The Public

Last month the MPAA and RIAA made a deal with all the major Internet providers in the United States to systematically hunt down file-sharers. The new "Copyright Alerts" system will directly affect millions of Internet users, but thus far the participating parties have refused to disclose which monitoring company will act as anti-piracy detectives. It's time for the big reveal.

File-Sharing Related Aspects of the IP Crime Group Report

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The UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have just released their annual IP crime report. The document concentrates mainly on physical counterfeit products but also lists events concerning file-sharing and the activities of the IFPI, BPI and FACT, and the state of their cooperation with the authorities. The report is published by the IP […]

New Zealand 3 Strikes Begins But Pirate Sabotage Is In The Air

Today marks the start of P2P network monitoring for New Zealand's "3 strikes" anti-filesharing legislation. As the government is criticized for not launching their official information resource until next week, a Reddit user claims to be using a government network to share Miley Cyrus movies. As an ISP account holder itself, will the government get hit with the 3 strikes ban-hammer?

Data Centers Crippled By BitTorrent ‘Broadcast-Storm’

Following the example of OpenBitTorrent, another major BitTorrent tracker has now abandoned the resource-intensive TCP protocol. 1337x switched to a UDP-only tracker a few days ago after several hosting providers kicked the tracker out for the "broadcast storm" that resulted from the millions of connections BitTorrent users were making.

Video: BitTorrent Creator Speaks to Stanford Engineering Students

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Since its debut in 2001, BitTorrent has become one of the hottest and most controversial Internet discussion topics. But while everyone from copyright holders and ISPs to governments and their citizens get hot under the collar over this influential protocol, BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen manages to keep his feet firmly on the ground. In this […]

Anti-Piracy Lawyers Accuse Blind Man of Downloading Porn

As the mass-lawsuits against BitTorrent users in the United States drag on, detail on the collateral damage this extortion-like scheme is costing becomes clear. It is likely that thousands of people have been wrongfully accused of sharing copyrighted material, yet they see no other option than to pay up. One of the cases that stands out is that of a Californian man who's incapable of watching the adult film he is accused of sharing because he is legally blind.

Government To Block Sharing Sites, But Music Biz Must Cut Prices

As the phenomena of blocking file-sharing sites continues to spread around the world, the government of Indonesia is tackling the issue from two directions. Alongside an announcement confirming that ISP blocks will be put in place against some of the most popular file-hosting services, record labels are also being told they need to reduce prices in order to deter piracy.