Canadian Democrats are Pro BitTorrent and Against Throttling

Three days before the Canadian elections, the party leader of the New Democrats has spoken out in favor of BitTorrent sites, calling them "fundamental to democracy." At the same time, isoHunt, the largest Canadian BitTorrent site advises its users not to vote for the Conservatives, considering their stance on copyright…

Real-Time BitTorrent Search Engines Expand

'Real-Time' BitTorrent search engines are the trend of 2008, and new sites emerge every other week. It all started in January with the launch of YouTorrent, but soon after it went legal, other sites took over. We catch up with the founder of one of YouTorrent's successors to find out…

TextBook Torrents Turns The Final Page and Closes Down

From relative obscurity, Textbook Torrents, the world's largest BitTorrent index of textbooks, found itself in the world spotlight during July 2008 and was forced to close down by its host. The site returned weeks later, growing massively in the process, but now, just a couple of months on, the site…

Court Deems Pirate Bay Block to be Illegal

This August The Pirate Bay was “censored” in Italy following a decree from a public prosecutor. The Pirate Bay appealed the block and eventually won the court case. Earlier this week the Court of Bergamo detailed its decision, and ruled that no foreign website can be censored for alleged copyright…

Santa Cruz University Fights Back at RIAA

The RIAA sends out pre-settlement letters and lawsuits to all manner of students accused of file-sharing across the US. Some schools, as we've covered in our Tackling College Piracy series, have capitulated. Others, like University of California Santa Cruz, have fought back.

DDoS Attacks Force Norbits to go Offline

NorBits, the largest Norwegian BitTorrent tracker, has been pulled offline by their webhosting company due to the continuous DDoS attacks suffered by the site. The host has nullrouted the IPs and told the Norbits staff to find a new home. Meanwhile, NorBits' staff are trying to calm their users down…

Major Romanian ISP Blocks BitTorrent Site

Just over 12 months since one of Romania's most popular BitTorrent trackers was raided by the police, Torrentbits.ro is suffering more problems. Customers of one of Romania's largest ISPs, UPC, can no longer access the site.