Prince Primes Pirates For Huge Download Fest With 20Ten

Pint-sized popstar Prince will be giving his latest album away for free in a UK newspaper this week. Declaring the Internet "completely over", iTunes nor any other online store will get access to his music. "Computers and digital gadgets are no good," he declared in an interview, just as millions of file-sharers line up to use their hopeless number crunchers to suck his latest offering down the pipes.

Hurt Locker Lawsuit Doesn’t Affect BitTorrent Downloads

Despite a pending lawsuit against 5,000 Hurt Locker downloaders and the promises from its makers to sue even more, the film is still being downloaded by thousands of people every day. Interestingly, the makers do not seem to be sending takedown notices to torrent sites, most likely because that would ruin their business plan.

File-Sharing Sites Unfazed By Takedowns, Bounce Right Back

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During the last few weeks many file-sharing sites have been taken down by threats, legal action and police raids. From the mighty Pirate Bay to lesser known torrent sites across Europe and streaming giants around the world, the theme isn't capitulation after a setback, but getting back online as quickly as possible.

RIAA Warns 1 Million Copyright Infringers a Year

In less than two years the RIAA has sent copyright infringement notices to 1.8 million Internet subscribers and 269,609 to colleges and universities. Despite this staggering average of more than a million infringement notices every year from the recording industry alone, the effect on file-sharing levels seems unnoticeable.

Supreme Court Rules File-Sharer’s Identity Handed To Movie Companies

After two appeals, a file-sharing case in Norway with important privacy implications has gone all the way to the Supreme Court. The whole process has been shrouded in secrecy, with the results of each stage kept from the public. Now the final decision has been made available and for both file-sharers and privacy advocates alike, the result is unwelcome.

UK Rejects ACTA Calls To Criminalize Illicit File-Sharing

Following revelations from a leaked ACTA document that participating countries would be expected to bring in a system of monetary fines and jail sentences for those who share files without authorization, the UK has ruled out such a response. The government has announced that it feels such penalties are inappropriate for dealing with petty copyright infringers.

TorrentFreak TV S02E07, Shorter and Better

TorrentFreak TV is back again, slightly shorter, but hopefully with more frequent releases to keep you updated on the wonderful world of file-sharing. The latest episode features the US plans to crack down on piracy, Limewire's plans to go legit and much more.