Music Exec: “Pirates Murdered EMI”

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EMI, one of the largest record labels in the world is up for sale. US bank Citigroup took over the troubled label, and hopes to find someone to take it over in the near future. Of course, pirates are to blame for it all. Here’s some insight from former Creation Records and Poptones owner Alan […]

BitTorrent User and $4 Seedbox Saves 172 BBC Websites From Extinction

A decision to cut BBC Online’s budget by a quarter over the next 2 years with the loss of 360 staff is set to completely wipe out more than 170 websites this year. In an attempt to show just how cheaply this valuable history could be kept alive, a BitTorrent user armed with a sub $4 seedbox has made all of them available in a single torrent.

Have You Got What It Takes To Be An HD x264 Releaser?

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The Scene have just finished putting together the new rules/standards for HDDVD and Blu-ray sourced 720p and 1080p movie and TV show releases. So, if you have some ultra cool and fast sources, don’t mind being constrained by a handbook of rules and etiquette – and you can find them – read on and see […]

MPAA Might Sue RapidShare, Megaupload or Dropbox Next

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Hollywood opened up a new front in its war against piracy Tuesday by taking the Florida-based file host to court. Hotfile facilitates copyright infringement “on a staggering scale,” the Motion Picture Association of America alleged, and “profits handsomely” from distributing unlicensed copies of major motion pictures and TV shows. This is the first time […]

Usenet Portal Loses Landmark Court Case Against BREIN

FTD, one of the largest Usenet communities on the Internet, has lost the legal proceedings it started against Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN. The case, through which FTD hoped to have its operations declared legal, today resulted in a verdict which prohibits community members from talking about 'locations' where copyright infringing material can be downloaded.

MPAA Sues Hotfile Cyberlocker Service

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After going quiet for quite some time, the MPAA has unleashed its lawyers on a file-sharing service for allegedly infringing copyright on its products. According to the MPAA, file storage service Hotfile has become of the world’s most popular sites as a direct result of it promoting “massive digital theft” of Hollywood movies Read More

Torrent Butler, Serving Movie Torrents With Class

It isn't often that a new torrent site comes along and actually manages to impress, but Torrent Butler is certainly one worthy of note. The site offers a wide range of movies, presented in a way that's quite refreshing and unique. Born out of frustration with "authorized" movie download sites, Torrent Butler may both frighten and inspire the MPAA's major movie studios.

ACS:Law Judgment Has Serious Implications for Digital Economy Act

Yesterday, Judge Birss QC at the Patents County Court delivered his judgment in the copyright infringement hearing which featured ACS:Law, copyright troll client MediaCAT and 27 alleged file-sharers. While Birss was damning of the process from start to finish, some of key issues he raised could have serious implications for the UK's Digital Economy Act.