What.CD Founder Quits World’s Largest Music Torrent Site

One of the founders of the world's largest music-dedicated private torrent site has quit. WhatMan, sysop at What.CD, the spiritual successor to the now-defunct and legendary OiNK BitTorrent tracker, says that having spare time is a luxury of the past. With some major achievements behind him, he will long be remembered in the BitTorrent community.

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent

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The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent, 'Season of the Witch' tops the chart this week, followed by 'TRON: Legacy'. 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' completes the top three.

Pirate Bay User Database Compromised and Exploited, Again

In recent weeks many Pirate Bay users have received an email, allegedly sent by The Pirate Bay team, encouraging them to download a course on how to make money from the site. The email is clearly sent by spammers, but since this is not the first time the Pirate Bay user database has been exploited, users are starting to worry how it's possible that their personal info is leaking out again.

TorrentFreak TV Is Back!

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Finally, TorrentFreak TV is back, with a recap of the latest torrent news. Made by the lovely people at Suprnova.org. As always, we’re looking forward to your commentary. For questions or suggestions, feel free to contact the crew at [email protected] We encourage contributions from viewers! Enjoy.

Music Industry Destroys Another Powerful Free Download Tool

If you know how, it is possible within just a few mouse clicks to have free access to one of the world's largest resources of free music. Millions of tracks are available for free streaming but, with a few tweaks and the right software, they can be easily downloaded. The industry, seemingly powerless to do anything about the powerful source of the music, prefers to destroy the toolmakers - by fair means or foul.

US Copyright Group Drops Cases Against Alleged Hurt Locker Pirates

Thousands of accused BitTorrent downloaders - including those of The Hurt Locker - can breathe a sigh of relief as their cases have been dropped. In what can be described as a major victory for those targeted, the complicated nature of these mass-lawsuits has forced the copyright holders to dump nearly all the defendants and rethink their strategy. Slowly, it appears that the US Copyright Group's campaign to turn piracy into profit is crumbling.

Spanish Oscars Winner Arrested For Online Pre-Release Movie Piracy

A production company founder and member of the Spanish Film Academy has been arrested on suspicion of leaking pre-release movies to file-sharing networks. Manuel Sirgo, a previous award winner, was detained along with two of his staff after movies which had been accessed using a special account registered to him appeared online.