IsoHunt Partners US Attorney General to Ban Child Porn

BitTorrent search engine isoHunt is the first foreign website to partner with New York Attorney General Cuomo in an effort to keep the Internet clean from child pornography. By using the Attorney General's hash value database to filter its search results, isoHunt will prevent thousands of images from spreading on BitTorrent.

“Damaging To Culture”, Online Library Smashed By Police

There is outrage amongst sections of the online community as it is revealed that at the behest of copyright holders, a free online library has been raided by police. Chitanka carried user translated and submitted books, poems and other literature and as an "altruistic library" was thought to be legal under current legislation. Instead the site was raided and subjected to criminal procedures.

Court Doubts Legitimacy of ShareConnector Shutdown

The criminal proceedings against P2P index site ShareConnector is turning into an embarrassing fiasco for the Dutch Department of Justice. A court has decided to reopen the case and summons the public prosecutor as it doubts the legitimacy of the criminal prosecution and the fact that it acted on evidence brought in by local anti-piracy outfit BREIN.

Dutch Public Television Tries BitTorrent Downloads

The Dutch public broadcasting organization NPO has launched a trial project which will see it publish all recent video broadcasts via BitTorrent downloads and streams. With the trial NPO wants to gauge the demand for BitTorrent downloads, and whether P2P technology can cut down distribution costs significantly.

EFF Takes On Mass BitTorrent Lawsuits In Court Tomorrow

As the US Copyright Group continues with its plans to force settlements from thousands of individuals who they claim illegally shared copyright movies using BitTorrent, opposition to their turn-piracy-into-profit scheme grows. Tomorrow the EFF steps up to the mark in a federal court to argue for the breaking up of the lawsuits. If successful they could strike a significant blow to this operation.

BitAudit: The Tool You Don’t Want Anti-Pirates To Have

BitAudit is by far the most elaborate tool to track communications between BitTorrent users we've seen to date. Although its creator built the application to give BitTorrent users insight into the inner workings of the protocol and the public nature of it, anti-piracy outfits might use it as inspiration to update their own tracking systems which are usually pretty weak.

Swedish ISP Blocks The Pirate Bay Following Injunction

Last month one of three injunctions obtained by Hollywood lawyers required that Swedish ISP Black Internet must stop providing access to the world's most famous BitTorrent site. The provider has just complied with the court order and in turn became the first in Sweden to cut their customers off from the site. Whether this opens the floodgates for other ISP blocks remains to be seen.