Pirate Party Gets Second Seat in European Parliament

With the Lisbon Treaty being signed by all European Union member states, the Pirate Party has gained another seat in the European Parliament. The second Pirate Party seat will be occupied by the 22 year old Amelia Andersdotter, who will become the youngest Member of the European Parliament.

AFACT v iiNet: Half of All iiNet Traffic is BitTorrent

Day eleven of the trial between anti-piracy group AFACT and Aussie ISP iiNet. The ISP's CEO Michael Malone took the stand for the third day running and faced allegations that iiNet encouraged users to download music and TV shows, and actively pursued high bandwidth customers in order to boost company profits.

Secret Anti-Piracy Treaty Turns ISPs into Pirates

A leaked draft of the Internet chapter of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) reveals that ISPs will be held liable for the infringements of their customers, unless they disconnect those accused. The draft aims to strengthen the power of the entertainment industries and other copyright holders, at the cost of the public.

Millions of File-Sharers Hide Their Identities Online

Millions of file-sharers have responded to the entertainment industry lobby by taking measures to hide their identities. A recent survey found that in Sweden alone, half a million Internet subscribers use anonymizing services. The findings further suggest that tougher anti-piracy legislation will boost these numbers significantly.

DRM Breaker Reports Himself To Anti-Piracy Group

A citizen is so tired of his country's copyright laws he has reported himself to an anti-piracy group. In his written confession, the 'pirate' admits to copying more than one hundred purchased movies and TV shows for his own use - legal in Denmark - but breaking DRM on the same is an act forbidden under Danish law.

AFACT v iiNet: – Pirates Will Be Cut Off With a Court Order

Day ten of the trial between anti-piracy group AFACT and Aussie ISP iiNet. AFACT barrister Tony Bannon seems to have difficulty in taking on board something that iiNet CEO Michael Malone has said dozens of times already. Yes, iiNet will happily disconnect copyright infringers, but not solely on the basis of an AFACT allegation.

MPAA Propaganda Hits 60 Minutes

The MPAA scored a victory last night when millions of people tuned in to CBS's 60 Minutes. The 'investigative' news magazine ran a propaganda piece on movie piracy yesterday, allowing the MPAA to insinuate once again that organized crime and BitTorrent go hand in hand.