UK Digital Music Sales Pass £1 Billion, Despite Piracy

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There’s something odd going on in the music industry. While physical CD sales are decreasing year after year, due to online music piracy, digital sales are booming. Today the BPI reports that since the launch of the first legal store in 2004, UK music fans have spent more than £1 billion on digital music. “British […]

Comcast Users Blocked From The Pirate Bay

During the last few hours reports have been trickling in from Comcast subscribers who are unable to access The Pirate Bay website. Although there is no sign that Comcast is actively blocking user access to the largest BitTorrent site on the Internet, something is clearly not in order. The Pirate Bay team have confirmed that they are not the ones who are blocking, and they're investigating the issue.

Movie Pirate Sues Police & MPAA For Arrest With Deadly Force

A movie pirate who pleaded guilty to a count of forgery for camcording in a local cinema, is now suing the Somerset County police and the MPAA after his leg was broken during the arrest in 2009. The 23-year old Timothy Epifan of Manville, New Jersey, has filed a lawsuit against the parties involved for using deadly force to apprehend him for a non-violent crime.

Anti-Piracy Companies Cancel Their Planned Merger

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Anti-piracy company Peer Media Technologies says that contrary to announcements made last year, they will no longer be merging with anti-piracy competitor BayTSP. “After conclusion of due diligence by the parties we were unable to reach agreement on a definitive contract,” said Dimitri Villard, Chief Executive Officer of Peer Media. “We are now focused on […]

U.S. To Introduce Draconian Anti-Piracy Censorship Bill

The U.S. Government is determined to put an end to online piracy. In an attempt to give copyright holders and the authorities all the tools required to disable access to so-called rogue sites, lawmakers will soon introduce the PROTECT IP Act. Through domain seizures, ISP blockades, search engine censorship, and cutting funding of allegedly copyright infringing websites, the bill takes Internet censorship to the next level.

Irish Minister: “Copyright Monopoly Is Bad For Our Businesses And Economy”

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Our columnist Rick Falkvinge reports: These quotes from executive politicians would have been unthinkable a couple of years ago. Amidst economic hardship, the Cabinet in Ireland is seeking to boost digital industries, citing their importance to the economy. This boost is done by reducing the copyright monopoly. The story in Silicon Republic, published today, outlines […]

23,322 Expendables Downloaders Accused in BitTorrent’s Biggest Lawsuit

A massive list of 23,322 U.S. Internet users are expected to receive a settlement letter in which they are accused of illegally downloading The Expendables on BitTorrent. The defendants are part of the largest file-sharing related lawsuit in history, through which the film studio Nu Image hopes to recoup tens of millions of dollars.

Grandmother Gets First Scottish File-Sharing Conviction

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The US and the UK have had a handful of convictions for file-sharing, but now Scotland has its first. Auxiliary Nurse, Anne Muir, has been convicted of copyright crimes – namely sharing music. Her sentence will be decided later this month. The woman, 58-year-old Anne Muir, pleaded guilty after police searched her home in Ayr […]