ACS:Law and MediaCAT Completely Shut Down Both Their Businesses

Hot on the heels of the recent announcement in court that ACS:Law will stop chasing alleged file-sharers, comes an even more dramatic development. According to a document seen by TorrentFreak, both ACS:Law and their copyright troll client MediaCAT have just completely shut down their businesses. The news comes just days before a senior judge is due to hand down a ruling on the pair's activities.

US Senator Worries Domain Seizures May Stifle Free Speech

Following on from news of the third phase of 'piracy' and counterfeit related domain seizures in 7 months, US Senator Ron Wyden has asked the director of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to clarify some of the most pressing questions. If the domain seizures are to continue, the Obama administration has to be more open about the need for them and the process involved, he argues.

UFC Thanks DOJ and ICE For Domain Name Seizures

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Following on from this week’s domain name seizures by US authorities, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has thanked the Department of Justice, ICE and Homeland Security Investigations for their actions. Here is their press release in full. Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) – Zuffa, LLC, doing business as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) wishes to extend its […]

Internet Piracy Boosts Anime Sales, Study Concludes

A prestigious economics think-tank of the Japanese Government has published a study which concludes that online piracy of anime shows actually increases sales of DVDs. The conclusion stands in sharp contrast with the entertainment industry's claims that 'illicit' downloading is leading to billions of dollars in losses worldwide. It also puts the increased anti-piracy efforts of the anime industry in doubt.

Canadian Government Overturns Plans to Cap the Internet

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Canadian Internet users can sleep well tonight. A proposal of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) put a cap on user’s bandwidth and charge extra for additional usage, have been tossed out. “The CRTC should be under no illusion — the Prime Minister and minister of Industry will reverse this decision unless the CRTC […]

Yeasayer Is Fine With Piracy

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Yeasayer, the most blogged band of 2010 according to Hype Machine, doesn’t mind that fans share their music online. Contrary to many of the major labels, the band believes that it’s an “unavoidable reality” that also serves as promotion. “We weren’t around before Napster and the whole downloading explosion so it’s almost like growing up […]

Sony Installs Rootkit In PS3 Update To Defeat Piracy

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According to report, a developer called Mathieulh says that the official PS3 firmware v3.56 contains a rootkit which allows Sony to perform remote code execution when the machine is connected to the Playstation network. Sony is no stranger to rootkits. In 2005, Sony BMG hid rootkits known as XCP and MediaMax on music CDs which […]

David Guetta: Give Music Away To Beat Piracy

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House music producer and DJ David Guetta believes he has the answer to solving piracy – give music away. The Frenchman, who has sold more than three million albums and 15 million singles worldwide, told the Daily Star that the phenomenon doesn’t bother him. “I have never been very nervous about online pir­acy,” he said. […]