Pirate Bay and BREIN Clash at Hacker Conference

Tim Kuik, head of Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN, had a brief encounter with Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm (Anakata) on Friday. The two met at Hacking at Random, an outdoor hacker conference that currently takes place in The Netherlands, where Kuik took part in one of the panel discussions.

Britain Mulls Turning 7 Million Into Download Criminals

A politician being touted as Britain's next Prime Minister has been persuaded to take action to criminalize 7 million citizens following intensive industry lobbying over file-sharing. Business Secretary Lord Mandelson is in favor of introducing tough laws including Internet restrictions and fines of up to £50,000 ($83,000).

Is a Fair P2P Trial Even Possible? Part 2

In this second part of our look at the 'fairness' of P2P trials, we step away from the antics inside the courtroom to look at the overall effect that media perceptions and propaganda might have on a case. From the judge and juries attempting to enforce the law, to those…

Entropia Universe Will Disappear and Come Back With BitTorrent

Billed as "the first virtual universe with a real cash economy" Entropia Universe, one of the most successful massively multiplayer online role-playing games around, will go offline in two days time. When it returns with its Version Update 10.0 and updated CryEngine2 engine, users will be able to get it…

uTorrent Still on Top, BitComet’s Market Share Plummets

An objective sample of more than 165,000 unique IPs shows that uTorrent remains the client of choice for more than half of all BitTorrent users. Vuze is in second place with its market share growing to 18%. BitComet on the other hand is losing ground as the client's market share…

Court Orders Expert Opinion in P2P Leecher Mod Case

A women received a demand for 700 euros after an anti-piracy company claimed she had shared pornographic material on the Internet. However, she was using a so-called 'leecher mod', which means her P2P client never uploaded anything. Now a court is calling for an expert witness to dissect the supposed…

Pirate Bay Tattoos Saved by Logo Change

Most Pirate Bay users were genuinely upset when they found out that their favorite torrent site would be acquired by Global Gaming Factory (GGF) at the end of August. For a small subset of these fans, this move is more than an inked deal, as the coolness and even the…

I’d Rather Be Raped By Pirate Bay Than Go With Spotify

Swedish artist and composer Magnus Uggla has launched a scathing attack on the owners of Spotify. After discovering that Sony BMG is a shareholder and after receiving virtually no payment from his music being played there, he has withdrawn his tracks from the service declaring, "I'd rather be raped by…