Senior Judge Warns of End To File-Sharing Cash Demands

A senior judge has given the clearest indications so far that patience could be running out with "pay up or else" letters currently being sent out in their thousands to alleged file-sharers. At a hearing to authorize yet more, the judge called the schemes "a huge sledgehammer to crack a nut" adding that once the Digital Economy Act is in force, further applications may not be successful.

New 4chan DDoS Targets Hated Anti-Piracy Law Firm

After all-out assaults on the web presences of the MPAA, RIAA and later the BPI, last night a new company was targeted in a new 4chan DDoS attack. Anti-piracy lawyers ACS:Law, one of the most despised and complained about law firms in Britain, had their website taken offline last night and it remains down "Account Suspended" this morning. TorrentFreak has spoken to one of the key figures in Operation Payback for the lowdown.

France Starts Reporting ‘Millions’ of File-Sharers

This week the controversial French three-strikes anti-piracy law Hadopi went live. Copyright holders are currently in the process of sending out tens of thousands of IP-addresses of alleged infringers to Internet service providers, and this will increase to over a million in a few weeks. The ISPs have to hand over the identities of the associated accounts to the authorities within a week, or face a fine of 1500 euros per unidentified IP-address.

European Parliament Votes on Controversial Anti-Piracy Report

Tomorrow, the European Parliament will vote on the Gallo report that deals with the enforcement of intellectual property. Drafted by a partner of the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the report paves the way for draconian anti-piracy measures to be introduced across Europe, potentially affecting the lives of millions of Internet users.

TorrentFreak TV: Needs Help

The latest episode of TorrentFreak TV covers the return of the legendary, a film director helping out an accused file-sharer, artists cashing in despite piracy and more. Enjoy.

US Lawmakers Want to Quash Pirate Websites

United States lawmakers have proposed new legislation today that would allow the Department of Justice to take over domain names of websites that promote copyright infringement. The proposed bill would allow for court orders against domestic as well as foreign sites, which could potentially shutter many torrent sites including The Pirate Bay.

Copyright Trolls, Not Just for Patents Anymore

Patent trolls sit on patents and do little with them. These trolls only come out of their caves to enter a court room with the aim of cashing in when they consider someone has infringed on their 'property'. This attitude has now spread to copyright, with artists being sued for infringements on songs that are 20, even 30 years old.