Why Is It Rocket Science That Laws Should Apply Online Too?

Opinion

One of the primary demands of the Pirate Party has been that the same laws that apply offline should also apply online. I think it's an entirely reasonable thing to demand; the Internet is not a special case, but part of reality. The problems appear when an obsolete but powerful industry realizes that this just and equal application of laws means they can't enforce a distribution monopoly any longer.

isoHunt Recruits Anti-Piracy Programmer

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We should have posted this announcement yesterday, but better late than never. The Canadian BitTorrent search engine isoHunt, the one that’s been battling the MPAA, has just posted a new job offer. To protect the interest of big media isoHunt owner Gary Fung is looking to hire an anti-piracy programmer. It is about time, as […]

Exploit Turns Anti-Piracy Agency Site Into The Pirate Bay

Hadopi, the French agency charged with handling file-sharers’ copyright digressions, has once again been shamed by a copyright-related blunder. The agency which mandates that all citizens secure their networks to keep out freeloading pirates, has a surprisingly unsecure site itself. Ironically enough, the vulnerability allowed outsiders to change the search engine of the Hadopi site into that of The Pirate Bay.

No Fools: 300 Feds Wipe Out 50% Of US Music Piracy Overnight

According to a report in the New York Times, more than 300 FBI agents have carried out raids which have "wiped out 50 percent" of the illicit recording industry in the United States. The move follows scathing criticism of music piracy from one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, who in support of calls for new legislation compared it to counterfeiting $100 bills or rustling cattle.

UK Film Critic’s Common Sense Solution To Piracy

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Mark Kermode is a UK film critic, a member of the British Academy and a presenter and blogger for the BBC. He also has some great ideas on how to deal with the issue of movie piracy. In an often complex debate, his simple and common sense approach is really refreshing. No more introduction needed. […]

BREAKING: The Pirate Bay Acquires eBay

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Here’s an announcement we don’t read every day. As of today The Pirate Bay is the proud owner of eBay. The torrent site plans to use eBay technology to code a better rating system for torrents. How much was paid for the auction site is still a mystery. TorrentFreak talked to one of The Pirate […]

Report April Fools ICE Domain Seizures Here

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As we publish this article, a few dozen owners of smaller torrent sites, file-sharing blogs and other piracy related websites are rubbing their hands with excitement. They planned the most brilliant April fools joke in history, one that will soon shock their visitors. They – clever as they are – came up with the idea […]

Music Industry Lobbyist Becomes Europe’s Copyright Boss

Over the years many pro-copyright groups have lobbied extensively for harsher anti-piracy legislation. In Europe, this task may now become a little easier, as a former music industry lobbyist has been appointed as the head of a unit that deals with copyright and enforcement issues at the European Commission. Among other things, the former IFPI employee will be tasked with pushing through the ACTA trade agreement.