Hacktivists Protest Proposed Shutdown of P2P Sites

The Spanish Government is working on new legislation under which hundreds of file-sharing sites that are currently perfectly legal, could be shut off. In a response to these plans, a group of hacktivists have launched a clever campaign to prove that the proposal is useless, and that the Government might as well close down the whole Internet.

British Music Industry Sees Piracy Threat Beyond P2P

A new survey carried out on behalf of the BPI in the UK indicates that despite best efforts, P2P use is not in decline. As the industry continues to drag its feet when it comes to competing against other suppliers of music online, many consumers are branching out and turning to several alternative methods for acquiring their sounds.

DRM Fiasco Ruins James Cameron’s Avatar 3D Preview

Avatar, the long-awaited science fiction epic from James Cameron will launch this week, but already some lucky individuals have seen the movie. The same cannot be said of attendees at a 3D preview showing in Germany yesterday though. The movie's DRM 'protection' system failed and the video could not be decoded.

uTorrent Adds Video Streaming Support

uTorrent – the client of choice for most western BitTorrent users – has added the option to stream video files while downloading. With this new functionality, BitTorrent Inc. hopes to provide the 'point-click-watch' experience people have grown used to from their usage of streaming sites such as YouTube.

Swedish Police Arrest 12,000 Song File-Sharer

Acting on a music industry tipoff, Swedish police conducted a raid yesterday which led to the arrest of a man on suspicion of copyright infringement. The 25 year-old is said to have made 12,000 tracks available on the Internet. After questioning the man admitted the charge and was later released.

Kiwi Government Reveals Revamped Anti-Piracy Law

Following massive protests from the public, New Zealand’s proposed ‘guilty upon accusation’ anti-piracy law was scrapped earlier this year, although not for long. A revamped version of the law, that was initially characterized as unfair and unworkable, has been revealed today.

Piracy Benefits Musicians, Hurts Their Labels?

Opinion

The past decade has brought about a major shift in income streams for the music business. Musicians have seen a spectacular rise in income from live performances which contributed to a significant increase in their overall revenue. The labels on the other hand are struggling, mostly due to the decreased revenue from recorded music.

US Holds Ridiculously One-Sided Anti-Piracy Roundtable

US Vice President Joe Biden today hosted a roundtable looking at the so-called 'Piracy Problem'. The summit was not as 'open' as promised a year ago in the presidential campaign though. Only copyright industry representatives were present, further reinforcing the belief that Biden sits firmly in the pocket of Big Copyright.