EU Commissioner: Digital Natives See Piracy As ‘Sexy’

EU Commissioner for Telecoms and Media Viviane Reding has joined the debate over Internet piracy. Yesterday she stated that both sides of the conflict are right but their inability to see things from the other's perspective is holding back progress. In the meantime, she says, piracy is seen by many…

Mininova Denied Rectification From Dutch Government

Recently a committee of the Dutch Parliament published a report on copyright legislation in which it made several false accusations against the Dutch-based BitTorrent site Mininova. The Mininova team were insulted by the report and demanded a public rectification, which the parliament has now refused. Mininova is now considering legal…

Hackers Undermine Piracy Evidence With Hadopi Router

Yesterday we reported that a provision in the revamped French "3 strikes" bill will allow for the punishment of ISP account holders for the copyright infringing actions of others. Now a group of hackers has set out to compromise WiFi routers en masse, in order to create an environment of…

Kazaa Uses RIAA Victim Jammie Thomas in PR-Campaign

After the malware infested P2P client KaZaa sold its legacy, the new owners converted it into a legitimate business selling their music subscription service to the public. However, in a recent press release they quote a hacker who committed suicide, warning Kazaa users that the RIAA might come after them…

French Senate Adopts Revamped “3 Strikes” Anti-Piracy Bill

France’s highest constitutional authority ruled in June that Internet access is a fundamental human right, killing the three-strikes provision in the so-called Hadopi anti-piracy legislation. Today the infamous anti-piracy bill is back and in its revamped form has just been adopted by the Senate. "3 Strikes" is back on the…

TorrentBoy Returns for a New BitTorrent Adventure

The TorrentBoy book series centers around a seemingly regular school boy named Wesley, who has a secret superpower. The adventures of TorrentBoy are inspired by BitTorrent and in the latest (free) book TorrentBoy gets caught in a fight between the infamous Sweesh Pirates and the noble Protectorate Guard.

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Judge Rules P2P Legal, Sites To Be Presumed Innocent

After Spain virtually ruled out imposing a "3-strikes" regime for illicit file-sharers, the entertainment industries said they would target 200 BitTorrent sites instead. Now a judge has decided that sharing between users for no profit via P2P doesn't breach copyright laws and sites should be presumed innocent until proved otherwise.