Anti-Piracy Group Accused Of Blackmailing Teen File-Sharers

Anyone familiar with file-sharing operations and those who seek to disrupt them will be aware that there are many techniques used by both sides to thwart the other. While tracking solutions, fancy technology and sheer numbers perpetuate the fight, there are claims that a more traditional technique is in use against file-sharers - good old-fashioned blackmail. But that weapon can work both ways.

Police To Receive Evidence Against ‘Large Scale’ File-Sharers

An IFPI-affiliated anti-piracy group has announced that it has gathered evidence on dozens of file-sharers and will shortly hand it to the police. The group says it will hand over the results of its investigation into large scale file-sharers to the authorities this month and warns that the law allows those convicted to be jailed for up to 4 years.

Admins Of Oldest BitTorrent Site Face Criminal Charges

Two administrators of Filesoup - the longest standing BitTorrent community - have been charged with conspiracy to infringe copyright for their involvement with the site. The case is the second against UK-based BitTorrent site operators. The first case was brought against the owner of the OiNK BitTorrent tracker, who was later cleared of all charges.

Japanese BitTorrent User Avoids Virus, But Not the Police

A 31-year old Japanese man has admitted to uploading 3 TV-shows and sharing 165 more on BitTorrent after he was arrested by Tokyo Police's Cyber Crime unit. In his confession the man told the investigators that he used BitTorrent because he believed it was free of viruses and police. He was proven wrong on the latter.

World’s First Pirate ISP Launches In Sweden

The Swedish Pirate Party, who are at the forefront of anti-copyright lobbying in Sweden, are planning to shake up the country's ISP market. After taking over the supply of bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, Piratpartiet will now partner in the launch of Pirate ISP, a new broadband service that will offer anonymity to customers and provide financial support to the Party.

Fansubbing Site Fakes ICE Bust To Protest Media Reporting

Following the recent scares in the United States after the authorities took down and seized the domains of several sites connected to the streaming of movies and TV shows, TorrentFreak received news that a popular fansubbing site had also been taken down. Legendas.TV, a target of earlier anti-piracy action, recently displayed a message saying it had been taken down by ICE, but all was not as it seemed.

Dutch ISPs Don’t Have to Censor The Pirate Bay

A Dutch court has ruled that two of the largest ISPs in the Netherlands don't have block customer access to The Pirate Bay. According to the court, there is no evidence that the majority of the ISPs' users are infringing copyright through The Pirate Bay, so a block would not be justified.