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.

Jury Clears Members of Notorious Music Piracy Group

Two members of the Scene release group "Rabid Neurosis" (RNS) have been found not guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. The case, which emphasized the group's role in making albums available before the official release date, was the result of a major music piracy investigation in the US.