Director Furious As Lawmakers Watch Pirate Copy of Hit Movie

A movie director in India is threatening legal action against lawmakers after it was revealed they gathered and watched a pirate copy of his hit movie. The film, titled 'Raajneeti' ('Politics'), was released early this month in theaters but dozens of lawmakers from the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party didn't visit one. They were caught after their illicit screening was broadcast on TV as part of a news report.

Filmmaker Tracks Down Pirate Bay User, Takes Him to Court

A Swedish court is looking into one of the strangest file-sharing cases we've ever heard of. With a Pirate Bay username as the prime evidence, a Swedish man is suspected of distributing a film about moose hunting. The filmmaker, who hunted down the alleged infringer by himself, is demanding $15,000 to compensate his losses.

RapidShare Kills Reward Program Over Piracy Concerns

RapidShare will no longer offer incentives to users who share popular content. After having stopped cash payouts for their rewards program some time ago, RapidShare has now decided to discontinue the entire program. The file-hosting service cites complaints by copyright holders that the rewards were facilitating piracy as the reason for this move.

Three Arrested In Connection With ‘Darkside’ File-Sharing Servers

This week Swedish police arrested three individuals on suspicion of copyright infringements. The trio are suspected of having connections to 'Scene' warez servers known as 'Darkside'. According to anti-piracy group Antipiratbyrån, the servers carried huge amounts of data making the case the biggest so far in Sweden, and possibly in Europe.

Transmission Moves Forward With 2.0 Release

Transmission, the most used non-commercial BitTorrent client, has reached a new milestone with the release of version 2.0. The community driven application, installed on millions of computers worldwide, is now faster and smarter than ever before. We get the lowdown from Transmission developer Charles Kerr.

Police Raids Tear Apart Hungarian BitTorrent Scene

Through co-ordinated raids across the country, Hungarian police have attempted to decimate the country's BitTorrent scene. Following the deployment of many officers, dozens of servers were seized and many of the country's trackers shut down, including the prominent 900,000 peer 'ncore' tracker. An ISP, university and many seedboxes were also targeted.

Huge Security Flaw Makes VPNs Useless for BitTorrent

Millions of BitTorrent users who have chosen to hide their identities through a VPN service may not be as anonymous as they would like to be. Due to a huge security flaw, those who use IPv6 in combination with a PPTP-based VPN such as Ipredator are broadcasting information linking to their real IP-address on BitTorrent.