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 […]

Why uTorrent Collects Info From Its Users

uTorrent parent company BitTorrent Inc. has revealed that it's working on putting together an overview of ISP performances worldwide. Data collected from millions of users will be used to rank Internet providers based on the speed of their network, and will possibly expose those that throttle. Valuable data that's for sure, but also a situation that triggers worries among paranoid BitTorrent users.

BREIN Seizes Warez Servers, Owners Seize Them Back, May Sue

Last month, Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN targeted one of the Internet's largest warez piracy topsites. The site, known as Swan, was taken down by hosting provider WorldStream and without judicial process BREIN seized its servers. Now the owners of the servers have retaliated by seizing them back and, in a delicious twist, may sue BREIN for breach of privacy and property rights.

MPAA Threatens to Boycot Cinemas (and Boost Piracy)

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The MPA(A) is threatening to deprive Indonesian movie theaters of major US film releases if the Government continues with s proposed levy. “Cinema screens across the country may soon have little to show except local movies if a new threat by American film producers to boycott exports to Indonesia is carried out.” “The warning has […]

And BitTorrent’s Oscar Goes To…

In a few days the Oscar winners of 2011 will be announced, including the award for the best movie of last year. Before Hollywood starts to celebrate, we take a look at the nominees in the Best Picture category to see which film would win if every download on BitTorrent counted as a vote.

BREIN Uses Court Win As Leverage To Wipe Out Usenet Sites

Following their recent legal victory over Usenet portal FTD, anti-piracy group BREIN have been using this momentum to scare even more file-sharing related sites into submission. The Hollywood-linked outfit has just announced that it has forced the closure of a further 11 Usenet-related sites servicing 900,000 members although reports suggest the damage could be even deeper. The question is, however, were they even illegal?