Court Drops FileSoup BitTorrent Case, Administrators Walk Free

Two administrators of FileSoup – the longest standing BitTorrent community – had their case dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today. The prosecution relied solely on one-sided evidence provided by the anti-piracy group FACT and was not able to build a case. Following the trial of OiNK BitTorrent tracker operator Alan Ellis, the FileSoup case marks the second where UK-based BitTorrent site operators have walked free.

Police and Sony Raid PS3 Hacker’s Home

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The home of a Playstation 3 hacker has been raided by the police in Germany. At the behest of Sony, yesterday the home of graf_chokolo – the operator of the PS3 Linux And Hypervisor Reverse Engineering Blog – became the latest target in the Sony jailbreaking saga. “Guys, SONY was today at my home with […]

Evil Pirates: Movie Industry Tops $30 Billion Box Office Record

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The movie industry certainly had something to celebrate when it announced 2010's box office revenues. For the first time in history box office grosses worldwide have surpassed the magic $30 billion mark and revenues are up 8 percent compared to 2009. But it's not all positive news. Despite their achievements, in a surreal plot twist the MPAA is still calling for tougher legislation and strict enforcement to deal with the ever-looming piracy ghost.

iiNet Fights Off Hollywood, ISP Not Responsible For Online Piracy

The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed the movie industry's appeal against a 2010 ruling which found that Internet service provider iiNet is not responsible for copyright infringements carried out by its file-sharing customers. iiNet boss Michael Malone described the decision as a relief while AFACT boss Neil Gane said "it cannot be right" that the ISP takes no responsibility.

BTDigg, The First ‘Trackerless’ Torrent Search Engine

The Internet is filled with thousands of BitTorrent sites which all search through databases containing millions of torrent files. Today these sites are joined by a new one - BTDigg. However, unlike more traditional torrent search engines, BTDigg searches through files that are found on BitTorrent's DHT network, which is rather unique. According to the site's founders this is a much needed step to further decentralize BitTorrent.

Landmark ISP Piracy Liability Court Ruling Due Tomorrow

Tomorrow the Federal Court of Australia will hand down a landmark ruling in the trial between Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group AFACT and ISP iiNet. An earlier ruling by Justice Cowdroy went in iiNet's favor when he decided that Internet service providers could not be held liable for the activities of their customers. Copyright holders, ISPs and subscribers around the world all have their eyes on this one.

Following PS3 Hack, Sony Beefs Up Anti-Piracy Legal Team

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Hot on the heels of the very public dissection of their Playstation 3 hardware by hacker Geohot and friends, Sony is looking to boost up its anti-piracy arsenal. Two new legal positions are being offered at the company. Both jobs are listed below, descriptions are from Sony. Position 1: Senior Corporate Counsel, Anti-Piracy and Brand […]

Does The ACS:Law Debacle Mean No More Disclosure Orders For File-Sharing?

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TorrentFreak readers will already be familiar with the chaos which surrounded the demise of both lawfirm ACS:Law, MediaCAT and their ‘Speculative Invoicing’ campaign against UK citizens accused of illicit file-sharing. Now legal publication The Lawyer has looked a little closer at the future of the procedure used by the companies to gain access to Internet […]