The Pirate Bay Trial – First Day in Court

This morning the trial of The Pirate Bay started. Without doubt, it will be the most important case the file-sharing community has ever witnessed. Here are the key parts of Day 1, distilled from the hundreds of ongoing reports.

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent


The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent, "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" tops the chart this week. Two other newcomers, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "Thick as Thieves" are in second and third place respectively.

News from The Pirate Bay Press Conference

Just hours ago The Pirate Bay and Piratbyrån held a joint press conference at the Museum of Technology in Stockholm. It was broadcasted live on the web and Pirate Bay co-founders Peter Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm spoke at length. Here is a breakdown of some of the key points.

uTorrent Adds Google Powered Torrent Search

uTorrent - the client of choice for most BitTorrent users - has added a Google powered torrent search engine to its website. This added search capability uses Google's custom search program and prioritizes BitTorrent sites in the results. With millions of visitors a month, this is likely to bring in…

Music Copyright ‘Pension Extension’ Moves Forward

The extension of copyright on audio recordings from 50 to 95 years in the EU has moved another step closer to realization, with its passage through the legal affairs committee. The action, ostensibly to provide a pension for session musicians, is in reality a multi-million euro windfall for the Big…

Court Hands Movie Leakers Suspended Jail Sentences

Six individuals accused of leaking a DVD screener of a movie to the Internet have been handed suspended jail sentences and fines of 15,000 euros. Three of the sentenced are employees of a major European TV channel. None of the six made any money from their actions.

P2P Researchers Fear BitTorrent Meltdown

BitTorrent is often praised as an indestructible force moving petabytes of data around every day. It does have an Achilles' heel though, and prominent p2p researchers warn that millions of downloads will come to a halt if eight servers hosted in Sweden happen to go offline.

Former EMI Boss: Fight Against Illicit P2P is “Useless”

At least on the surface, most in the mainstream music industry agree: illicit file-sharing is evil. However, when you aren't getting paid to have a certain opinion, things can change. No longer taking a salary from his former company, Ex-IFPI chairman and EMI director Per Eirik Johansen speaks freely.