Swedish Internet Traffic Recovers After Initial IPRED Scare

When Sweden's IPRED legislation came into force on April 1st this year, the country saw a massive 30% drop in Internet traffic. Many attributed this to Internet user fears associated with increased powers of anti-piracy groups. Now, 8 months later, traffic is completely back to normal and on track to exceed pre-IPRED levels.

Warner Bros. Thinks P2P Gets Unfairly Vilified

At a recent roundtable discussion, Warner Bros. technology director Ethan Applen commented on BitTorrent and P2P's bad reputation in the entertainment industry. Applen said that P2P is not the bad guy some Hollywood insiders claim it to be, but actually a great way to transfer TV-episodes and entire seasons.

AFACT v iiNet: Safe Harbor Protection Intact, Says iiNet

iiNet's chief barrister told the court today that the only proven 'infringer' in the case was AFACT's own investigator, which secured iiNet's protection under Safe Harbor provisions. He added that the number of claimed infringements were inflated and iiNet had complied fully with privacy aspects of the Telecoms Act.

Demonoid Rewrites Code, Comeback is Imminent

It's been more than two months since the popular semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid went offline due to hardware problems, but the site's full return is now imminent. Demonoid’s tracker is already up and running again and according to an update from the site's staff, the site will follow soon.

Pre-Release Music Piracy: Further Arrests, Exec Loses Job

During the summer, TorrentFreak learned that major online music piracy group DV8 suffered a serious setback after a music industry investigation led to arrests. In September our sources leaked information that a label executive had also been arrested. Now fresh details have emerged concerning his fate and news of yet more arrests.

PeerBlock File-Sharing Safety Tool Clocks 100,000 Downloads

PeerBlock is a tool which can control who can connect to your computer on the Internet. In addition to hindering monitoring by anti-P2P companies, it's also capable of blocking malicious software. As the team is currently celebrating more than 100,000 downloads, TorrentFreak caught up with the creators for the lowdown.

BitTorrent May Kill Zombieland Sequel, Writer Claims

Opinion

Zombieland co-writer Rhett Reese was shocked when he discovered more than a million people had downloaded his movie illegally on BitTorrent. The Hollywood writer has now penned yet another horror scenario, claiming that this achievement could very well prevent a sequel to the successful movie from being made.

AFACT v iiNet: Judge Asked To Disregard iiNet Evidence

Continuing with his closing submissions, AFACT's chief barrister claimed there were contradictions in statements given to the court by iiNet witnesses regarding anti-piracy tracking data. On this basis he asked the judge to disregard their evidence, going on to attack claims that the ISP took "reasonable steps" to deal with piracy.