Court Acquits BitTorrent User Citing Faulty Evidence

The Lithuanian anti-piracy outfit LANVA has lost its case against a user of the prominent BitTorrent tracker LinkoManija.net. After being accused of sharing Windows 7 Ultimate, the defendant walked free when the court decided that uTorrent is not a certified evidence gathering tool.

File-Sharing and Link Sites Declared Legal in Spain

After early calls to shut down a Spanish file-sharing site were dismissed, music group SGAE pinned its hopes on success at the full trial. But, the outcome for them was nothing short of a disaster. The judge declared that both non-commercial file-sharing link sites and non-profit use of P2P networks are legal in Spain.

uTorrent Accused of Unfairness, Banned by Trackers

The uTorrent team released the long-awaited version 2.0 of their popular application last month. The overall reception has been very positive, but critics have labeled the new release as unfair, which has resulted in the client being banned from several private BitTorrent trackers.

IFPI Gives Up Trying To Force ISP to Block The Pirate Bay

Following two unsuccessful attempts at forcing ISP Telenor to block The Pirate Bay in Norway, the IFPI and performing rights outfit TONO have abandoned their legal action. The case will not now head to the Supreme Court but instead the entertainment groups will pin their hopes on new legislation.

Oscar Win Boosts Hurt Locker’s Piracy Numbers

The Hurt Locker was the big winner at Sunday's Academy Award show. The film took home six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow. As a result, the film has been the most sought-after and downloaded movie on BitTorrent in the days since.

Oscar Winner Wants Kids and ISPs Targeted to Prevent Piracy

During a keynote speech, Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire producer David Puttnam announced a number of measures he'd like to see taken against piracy. In addition to educating children at an early age that's it wrong to download copyrighted material, he wants movie camcording outlawed and ISPs held responsible for the activities of their users.

President Obama Discusses Three Strikes Anti-Piracy Law

Hollywood lobbyists are trying to launch an assault on Internet providers and fast track tougher anti-piracy legislation in the United States. Ari Emanuel, the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, says the industry has been discussing these plans with President Obama outside of the public's eye.