Site Admin To Pay $185,000 Damages For Providing Keywords

The administrator of a file-sharing related site has seen his sentence upheld by the Court of Appeal. The man, who was arrested back in 2007, operated a site which didn't offer links but provided users with hints on keywords which would help them find movies and TV shows. He has received a one year suspended sentence, fined 3,000 euros and ordered to pay 130,000 euros ($185,000) in damages.

MediaGet BitTorrent Client Set To Conquer The West

MediaGet, an all-in-one BitTorrent client developed in Russia, has become increasingly popular recently. Despite being just one year young the BitTorrent client has already been downloaded more than 18 million times. At the moment the majority of its users come from Ukraine and Russia, but the MediaGet developers have translated the client and are ready to conquer the West.

More Opposition to UK Anti-Piracy Law

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Three strikes laws, the fabled ‘golden bullet’ to deal with copyright infringement has taken a beating over the past year. The debate over the effectiveness has focused on three areas – proportionality, judicial oversight and accuracy – and more evidence keeps piling up against it. Opponents to three-strikes, or ‘Graduated Response’ laws have been boosted […]

uTorrent Bugged by Bugs

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I discovered a uTorrent bug yesterday, a major one. Not in the application itself but on the post-download page. I’m no entomologist but I’m pretty certain this qualifies as a bug. Why and how it’s supposed to contribute to uTorrent’s image escapes me though. Personally I don’t like to see bugs when I’ve just downloaded […]

uTorrent Gets Chatty With Milestone 3.0 Release

The uTorrent development team officially released version 3.0 of their popular application today. The milestone release adds many new features including torrent ratings, comments, streaming, and drag-and-drop sharing. One of the main goals is to appeal more to novice BitTorrent users, who often drop out after using uTorrent only once or twice.

MPAA, RIAA, Major ISPs Preparing ‘Graduated Response’ To Piracy

A partnership between the RIAA, MPAA and the major ISPs, which would see the latter taking action against infringing customers, has been confirmed. If final agreement is reached - a point believed to be as close as next month - ISPs including AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon will begin taking increasingly severe measures against pirating customers.

File-Hoster Returns With Guns Blazing After Police Raids

Two weeks ago raids and arrests in several European countries took out several prominent websites. Aside from the main target, movie streaming links portal Kino.to, the raids also affected several file-hosting sites including Duckload.com. Despite taking a big hit Duckload is not giving up. Instead, the site has respawned with a full-blown movie streaming site that's already generating millions of page views a day.

Domains Seizures Violate First Amendment, Court Hears

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At the end of January 2011, the U.S. authorities kicked off yet another round of domain seizures, this time against site connected with sports streaming. This third round of action in ‘Operation in Our Sites’ took control of the domains of Rojadirecta, one of Spain’s most popular sites. Last week the company behind the site, […]