Music Biz Hopes To End Piracy By Tempting ISPs With Millions

A new study commissioned on behalf of Universal Music reports that if ISPs got involved in the digital music market, they could make millions in the years to come. But one can't help wondering that this is less about the music biz helping ISPs to make more profit, but more about giving them an incentive to do something about piracy.

And BitTorrent’s Oscar Goes To…. District 9

In just a few hours the Oscar winners will be announced, including the award for the best movie of 2009. 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.

Anti-Piracy Group Seeks Laws to Expose BitTorrent Pirates

Faced with difficulties in dealing with those who share movies and music using BitTorrent, in recent months Swedish police have targeted those using more exposed file-sharing systems. As stats are revealed showing just how problematic these prosecutions have become, an anti-piracy group is calling for a change in the law.

SXSW 2010 on BitTorrent: 3.35 GB of Free Music

The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the largest and most popular in the United States. For the sixth year in a row, SXSW has released a DRM-free, RIAA-safe collection of hundreds of songs which can all be downloaded for free in a couple of clicks, thanks to BitTorrent.

RIAA Claims Music Pirates Hurt Haiti Fund Raising

Opinion

The RIAA has published a blog post where they accuse music pirates of stealing from Haitians. In a brilliant piece of propaganda they say that those illegally downloading "We Are The World" are undermining fund raising. However, they leave out the fact that the music industry itself profits big from such charity singles.

Pirate Bay Users Outside Italy Suffer Collateral Damage

In mid-February an Italian court ruled that the country's ISPs must censor their networks and prevent subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay. While millions of Italians are now barred from accessing the site, it seems that BiTorrent users in another country nearby have become collateral damage, since they can't access the site either.

Ubisoft’s Uber DRM Cracked Within a Day

Last month the gaming giant Ubisoft announced their new über-DRM which requires customers to be continuously online in order to play purchased games. Of course, this DRM was circumvented in a few hours and while downplaying this blunder, Ubisoft fails to see that they've only increased piracy.