Why Everybody Lost The Pirate Bay Trial


The victory for the entertainment business was Pyrrhic, although this initial success is dampened by a possible mistrial. Nevertheless, four Swedes have been martyred. Yet content creators and consumers are no closer to new business models that solve the problem.

Swedish Anti-Pirates Threaten BitTorrent Trackers

When the Pirate Bay verdict came in last Friday, many feared that the copyright holders would use it as ammunition against other sites. Indeed, Antipiratbyrån - the Swedish anti-piracy office - is now going after BitTorrent trackers with that verdict in hand. They demand that the trackers stop their activities,…

Pirate Bay Judge Accused of Bias, Calls for a Retrial

One of the biggest cases in file-sharing history ended last week with The Pirate Bay Four sentenced to huge fines and jail time. Today it is revealed that far from being impartial, the judge in the case is a member of pro-copyright groups - along with Henrik Pontén, Monique Wadsted…

uTorrent Is Going to Make Money With a Toolbar

New users of uTorrent may shortly have the option of something extra with their BitTorrent client. In a move to try and generate extra revenue, some of the of new installs will have the option to include the Ask.com browser toolbar in addition to the most popular torrent client in…

Electronics Retailer Pirates Movies to Sell Macbooks

Media Markt/Saturn is Europe's largest retailer of consumer electronics. The outlet is known for its funny, but crude advertising campaigns - its main slogan is "I am not stupid!" In the Saturn store in the Rivas H2Ocio shopping mall, Madrid, they use pirate Blu-ray rips to sell Apple hardware. Stupid…

Government Shuts Down BitTorrent Tracker

Today the Malaysian government ordered prominent webhosting provider Shinjiru to close down BitTorrent site LeechersLair.com. The order came from the Content, Consumer and Network Security Division of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

Mobile Broadband Providers Block The Pirate Bay

Several UK mobile broadband providers have started to block access to The Pirate Bay as part of a new voluntary code of practice. The reason for the block is not related to copyright infringement, but most likely due to the fact that there are 'adult' torrents hosted on the site.