OiNK Was Started to Improve Ellis’s Programming Skills

After the prosecution had their say last week, OiNK founder Alan Ellis told the Court his side of the story today. Ellis denied conspiring to defraud the music industry and explained that he started the tracker to improve his programming skills.

French 3 Strikes Group Unveils Copyright Infringing Logo

Hadopi, the French agency charged with handling file-sharers' copyright digressions, has just made a huge infringement faux pas of its own. Last week the group unveiled the logo which is set to represent this bastion of copyright righteousness, but embarrassingly it was designed with unlicensed fonts.

Record Labels Demand Cash From Pirate Bay Founders

Universal Music, EMI Music, Sony BMG and Warner Music are demanding one million Swedish kronor from two Pirate Bay founders. A Swedish court banned them from operating the site last year, and the labels argue that they have failed to comply.

Group Needs Guns To Enforce Intellectual Property Rights

As a nationwide gun ban took effect yesterday in the Philippines to reduce political violence as the country's elections draw near, an anti-piracy group has asked for an exemption. Their director says that having firearms is essential for holding investigations and enforcing intellectual property rights.

BREIN Shuts Down 393 Torrent Sites, No One Notices

Working on behalf of the MPAA and their Hollywood studio partners, anti-piracy outfit BREIN achieved a notable victory last year when it partially shut down Mininova. This success, however, appears to be just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know BREIN shut down 393 torrent sites in 2009? No? Neither did we.

BitTorrent’s Future? Decentralized Search and Hosting

BitTorrent's future might look grim to some, as torrent sites increasingly draw the short straw in legal cases brought on by copyright holders. But even if all torrent sites on the net were shut down tomorrow, the sharing wont stop. People could simply switch to P2P-powered torrent search engines.

Spain Fast Tracks P2P Site Shutdowns

The Spanish cabinet has today passed legislation that will enable the authorities to shut down file-sharing sites more rapidly. The new legislation gives in to the demands of the US and local copyright lobby, who see Spain's lenient copyright law as a thorn in their side.