European Commission: No 3 Strikes Without Judicial Oversight

The European Commission has issued a warning to the Spanish government that any plan to disconnect file-sharers from the Internet without involving a judge would create conflict with the EU. This statement could also throw the three-strikes plans of the UK government and the Irish ISP Eircom into serious doubt.

Spotify Isn’t Ripping Off Artists, The Labels Are

A few days ago we reported that Lady Gaga earned a measly $167 for more than a million plays on the music streaming service, Spotify. According to new information received from music industry insiders, it turns out that Spotify isn't ripping off the artists, the labels are.

Was the Digital Economy Bill Consultation a Whitewash?

Last week the Digital Economy Bill was released and included tough measures to deal with illicit file-sharing. It was preceded by a consultation period where individuals, consumer groups and ISPs voiced serious concerns over the proposals. The government seems to have completely ignored them - not so the rights holders.

Novell Strips BitTorrent DHT Technology from openSUSE

The Pirate Bay's tracker closure has spurred several discussions about DHT, BitTorrent's fallback technology for when central trackers are unavailable. According to some, DHT has some problems of its own. Novell, for example, decided to ship openSUSE with the BitTorrent client Transmission, but not before stripping DHT support.

Lady Gaga Earns Slightly More From Spotify Than Piracy

Piracy is without a doubt, truly evil. It doesn't help the artists, it robs them of their rightful revenue and is such a poor basis for a business model, it's unworthy of consideration. Of course, new streaming sites are miles better, offering a legal way to listen to free music. Hmm - Lady Gaga got a million plays on Spotify and earned $167.

BitTorrent’s Future? DHT, PEX and Magnet Links Explained

This week The Pirate Bay confirmed it would shut down its tracker for good, instead encouraging the use of DHT, PEX and magnet links. This move confounded many BitTorrent enthusiasts, who although wishing to adapt, were confronted with hard to grasp terminology and technology. Time for some explaining.

UK Anti-Piracy Plans Slammed By Liberal Democrats

Details of Lord Mandelson's draconian pro-copyright plans contained in the Digital Economy Bill leaked out yesterday, provoking a wave of dissent. The Liberal Democrats have now made a statement, voicing dismay at this "utterly shameless" attempt to introduce major rules without proper Commons assessment.