Music Rights Groups Raided By Police, Bosses Arrested For Fraud

In a massive operation, Spanish music rights and anti-piracy groups SGAE and SDAE have been raided by more than 50 police officers and tax officials. Operation Saga is the culmination of a two-year investigation into embezzlement, fraud, and misappropriation of funds, the latter connected to SGAE and SDAE collecting money on behalf of artists and spending it with companies they have interests in. The president of SGAE was among 9 people arrested.

BitTorrent Turns 10: Happy Birthday!

When Bram Cohen first revealed BitTorrent on a public message board on July 2nd 2001, he never imagined it would quickly become one of the main generators of Internet traffic. Now, exactly a decade later, BitTorrent is used by hundreds of million of people worldwide. To celebrate BitTorrent's 10th anniversary, Bram Cohen joins us to look back at the past and ahead to the future.

Hollywood Star ‘Reverses’ Movie Distribution Model With BitTorrent

The BitTorrent-powered VODO network has released what is arguably its highest-quality film to date. 'A Lonely Place For Dying', with Hollywood star James Cromwell as Executive Producer, prefers the BitTorrent community over Hollywood's own funding mechanisms and debuts online before making its way to various movie theaters. A new distribution model is born.

Unstoppable Internet Pirates: “It’s Us Against The System”

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In High Court proceedings between the MPA and ISP BT this week, the MPA made their position clear. The Hollywood group wants Usenet indexing site Newzbin2 blocked at the ISP level, but BT think that’s a step too far. Now MusicWeek have published some comments on the case from Gregor Pryor, a partner at law […]

First Ever Scottish ‘Anti-Camcorder’ Piracy Conviction

A man from Scotland has become the first in the country to be convicted of an offense related to the unauthorized recording of movies in a cinema. The 25-year-old recorded several films with a mobile phone secured within a Heath Robinson-style cloth enclosure and, crucially, got caught uploading them to the Internet for profit.

Stream Torrents in Your Web Browser With Magic Player

Torrent Stream Magic Player is a brand new add-on that allows users to stream video and music torrents directly in their browser. The Magic Player works with Chrome, Firefox, Opera and supports dozens of popular torrent sites including The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, BTjunkie and EZTV. It's one of the first solutions to create a true video-on-demand experience directly in the browser.

The Pirate Bay Is Down For Maintenance

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Yes, The Pirate Bay is down at the moment.Under maintenance according to people in the know so there’s no reason to panic. Every time The Pirate Bay suffers a few minutes for downtime, thousands of people start to worry that something awful has happened to their beloved site. Not this time though. Maintenance probably means […]

Newzbin Speaks Out On MPA High Court Blocking Action

This week the MPA's lawyers were in the High Court claiming that Usenet indexing site Newzbin2 costs them millions of pounds due to illegal movie downloads. To this end they want BT to block the site but the ISP is refusing. BT says that by complying it would open the floodgates for hundreds of other site-blocking requests. Now, for the first time this week, Newzbin2's owners speak out.