Netflix Is Killing BitTorrent in The US

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Something’s not right in the United States. Increasingly people start to pay for Netflix subscriptions so they can stream movies on demand. In the States Netflix nearly doubled the number of new subscribers in the first quarter of 2010, from 1.7 to 3.3 million. In total, Netflix now has 22.8 million paid subscribers in the […]

Where Are uTorrent’s Comments and Ratings Stored?

Last week uTorrent rolled out the first Beta version of their 3.0 release. Among other things, uTorrent 3.0 allows users to rate and comment on the torrents they're downloading. It's a feature that many people have requested, but for the more privacy conscious user, it also begs the question where these comments and ratings are stored.

Microsoft Allowed Banned Xbox 360s Back On Xbox Live

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Considering the latest hacking woes being suffered by Sony, this move is bound to set some pulses racing. According to reports on Xbox-Scene, users with modified Xbox 360 consoles that were previously banned from Xbox Live were temporarily able to access the service again. An admin on FortressCraft forums offered the following advice: “In order […]

New Beastie Boys Album Leaks, Listen Here For Free

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The Beastie Boys are streaming their new album ‘Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2′ online for free. Inevitably the album leaked to file-sharing networks a little while ago but rather than kick up a huge stink, the band decided that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Announcing that offering the album for free “wasn’t really […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Copy

After years of reading intellectual property law blogs from some of the greatest legal minds, I’m finally ready to admit that I was wrong. The fight against illegal copying is one that cannot be won. I can no longer deny the simple truth that it is ultimately futile to try to create artificial scarcities in what would otherwise be non-scarce goods.

Lawyer Switches Tactics To Identify BitTorrent Users

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Readers will be familiar with the somewhat unorthodox Texas lawyer Evan Stone. “I eat, sleep, breathe, shit this stuff,” he said in a recent interview, referring to his relentless pursuit of alleged BitTorrent users and, crucially, payments from them to avoid costly court appearances. Stone hasn’t doing so well lately. A judge in Dallas left […]

Happy World Intellectual Property Day!!

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Today we celebrate the 11th World Intellectual Property Day, the day when we celebrate all the good that copyright has brought our society. In several countries World Intellectual Property Day is used by pro-copyright groups to educate the public that strong copyright protections are needed. In Australia, however, the local Pirate Party is doing something […]

Playstation Network Shut Down To End Piracy Free-For-All

Tomorrow a week will have passed since Sony took its Playstation Network completely offline. The company has given only the most token of updates in that time and in the meanwhile the rumor mill has been churning. However, new information has surfaced which points to Sony's action being prompted by an unprecedented piracy threat.