File-Sharers To Receive Warning Letters, But No 3 Strikes

In an effort to reduce illicit file-sharing, draft legislation was passed in Finland last week which will require Internet service providers to send letters to customers suspected of unauthorized sharing. The warnings will be initiated by copyright owners, but at no stage will Internet subscribers' identities be compromised. A three strikes-style regime is not on the agenda.

Law Professor Defends Alleged Hurt Locker Pirates

In recent months thousands of US BitTorrent users have been sued for allegedly sharing movies such as The Hurt Locker. Among the victims are several people who have never even downloaded a single torrent file, but nevertheless have fallen prey to the infamous pay-up-or-else scheme. San Fransisco Law professor Robert Talbot and his students are now stepping up for two dozen of these wrongfully accused individuals.

The Paranoid Anti-Piracy Group With No Employees

Antipiratbyrån (Anti-Piracy Bureau, APB) regularly makes headlines for its work against file-sharers in Sweden. Now, APB lawyer Sara Lindbäck has given an interview where she speaks about piracy, the MPAA, The Pirate Bay, and the level of secrecy APB adopts to protect those working for it. This group manages to conduct its business with zero turnover and not a single employee (or snitch) on the books.

LimeWire Alternatives See Huge Increase in Downloads

A few days after LimeWire shut down nearly all alternative file-sharing applications report a massive increase in downloads, most likely from LimeWire refugees. On the one hand the developers of LimeWire's competitors are pleased with the additional users, but some of them are also slightly worried about what the RIAA's next move will be.

EZTV App Arrives on Android, TV Torrents Go Mobile

The first dedicated EZTV app has arrived in the Android Market this week. EZTV Droid is a free Android app that enables users to check for the latest TV-torrents and send the ones they wish to download to uTorrent. EZTV is excited about EZTV Droid and other similar apps and has announced that it will release an API for 3rd party developers in the near future.

Mysterious Anti-Pirate Piracy Site Taken Down By Music Industry

Earlier this week we reported on a developer who transformed his anti-piracy platform into a music download site. After an anti-piracy group took down his service two days ago, the dev is threatening to return with movie and TV show downloads, a micro-payment system and the spreading of his product to other operators - all in the name of stopping Internet piracy. Weird story? You bet.

Former Movie Piracy Scene Member Speaks Out

Opinion

To many people the movie piracy Scene is something mythical or at least hard to comprehend. Who are these people who are the source for the majority of the pirated movies online? In a rare conversation, TorrentFreak had the chance to pick the brain of a former member of one of the world's largest movie piracy groups, who speaks out about pride, ego, money and the changes that the Scene has gone through in recent years.