UK Film Critic’s Common Sense Solution To Piracy

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Mark Kermode is a UK film critic, a member of the British Academy and a presenter and blogger for the BBC. He also has some great ideas on how to deal with the issue of movie piracy. In an often complex debate, his simple and common sense approach is really refreshing. No more introduction needed. […]

BREAKING: The Pirate Bay Acquires eBay

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Here’s an announcement we don’t read every day. As of today The Pirate Bay is the proud owner of eBay. The torrent site plans to use eBay technology to code a better rating system for torrents. How much was paid for the auction site is still a mystery. TorrentFreak talked to one of The Pirate […]

Report April Fools ICE Domain Seizures Here

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As we publish this article, a few dozen owners of smaller torrent sites, file-sharing blogs and other piracy related websites are rubbing their hands with excitement. They planned the most brilliant April fools joke in history, one that will soon shock their visitors. They – clever as they are – came up with the idea […]

Music Industry Lobbyist Becomes Europe’s Copyright Boss

Over the years many pro-copyright groups have lobbied extensively for harsher anti-piracy legislation. In Europe, this task may now become a little easier, as a former music industry lobbyist has been appointed as the head of a unit that deals with copyright and enforcement issues at the European Commission. Among other things, the former IFPI employee will be tasked with pushing through the ACTA trade agreement.

Wolverine Uploader Pleads Guilty, Set to See Out 2011 in Jail

In 2009 an unfinished copy of the latest in the X-Men movie series hit the Internet. The controversy was unprecedented and as expected the leak has since been thoroughly milked by Hollywood, who even referencing it in a failed case against a BitTorrent tracker. As the claimed original uploader now officially pleads guilty, he faces seeing out 2011 in jail. But after months of FBI investigations, unsurprisingly, no one else faces any charges.

MPAA Applauds U.S. Government for Domain Seizures

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The domain seizures by The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been widely reported in recent months. While a lot of people, press and politicians have criticized the actions, the MPAA and its partners are very pleased with the outcome. The Hill reports that a group of movie […]

Prominent Torrent Site ‘Scamvertiser’ Calls It Quits

Those in the entertainment industries would have people believe that it's impossible to compete with 'free', that if someone offers something for nothing then charging a fee for the same product becomes hugely difficult. But for years companies have made a business out of doing just that, selling access to otherwise free file-sharing software. However, with little to no explanation, one of the market leaders has suddenly shut down, cutting off funding to many file-sharing related sites.

Movie Studio Sues BitTorrent Swarm in Civil Conspiracy Suit

As the dozens of mass-lawsuits against BitTorrent users move through the U.S. courts, lawyers are slowly optimizing their strategies. This week an interesting case was filed at the Southern California District Court, as the movie studio Liberty Media filed a lawsuit against a BitTorrent swarm, "Swarm of November 16, 2010" to be precise.