Judge Orders Blocking of Torrent Sites in Spain

A court in Spain has ordered that a total of 16 torrent and other file-sharing sites must be blocked and the bank accounts and email addresses of their alleged administrator frozen. A web-host says that one of their staff is accused of both hosting and running the sites.

Rapidshare Aims To Convert Pirates Into Customers

The file-hosting service Rapidshare is seeking major entertainment industry partners for an online store where links to infringing material will redirect to. The plan is an attempt to bridge the gap between copyright holders and users of the site who distribute infringing material.

Police Bust Admins of Italy’s Largest Torrent Site

Colombo-BT, once the largest torrent site in Italy, was shut down in the summer of 2008. At the time no arrests were made, but following an extensive investigation Italian authorities have announced today that two admins and four associates have been reported for breaking copyright law.

Police Declare War on BitTorrent Sites, Operators and Users

Following the domain seizure of Russia's biggest torrent site, Torrents.ru, Moscow's Ministry of Internal Affairs has announced it will not only start shutting down BitTorrent sites and pursuing their operators, but also hold users responsible. One proposal suggests that file-sharers should be treated the same as criminal counterfeiters.

Filmmakers Fake Piracy Threat to Boost Sales

In a desperate cry for media attention, the filmmakers behind the flopped Danish movie Winnie & Karina have accused Piratgruppen of stealing their film. In two libelous press releases they fabricated a piracy threat from the local group of copyright critics, hoping to draw attention to the upcoming DVD-release.

Pirate Bay Proxy Site Seized By Italian Police

Following the February 2010 Supreme Court decision to force The Pirate Bay to be censored in Italy, the music industry is celebrating after police and prosecutors seized a site which circumvented the ban by offering proxy access to the Swedish torrent site.

Rapidshare Terminates Accounts of Copyright Infringers

For many years Rapidshare was considered to be a safe way for people to download copyrighted content without having to face repercussions. Recently, however, the company has been actively going after users that upload copyrighted files through the service by terminating accounts.

Fake Game Installer Punishes Pirates Via Epic Privacy Breach

Over the years would-be game pirates have been targeted in a number of ways such as through draconian DRM schemes and even viruses. Now it appears that file-sharers who thought they were going to download a high-profile interactive erotic novel have been instead treated to a security and privacy breach of epic proportions.