Minister: BitTorrent Will Not Be Blocked By Aussie Filter

After Australia's Senator Stephen Conroy's plans to filter the Internet earned him the title of Internet Villain of the Year, today there is more chin-scratching over the plans. Speaking yesterday, the Senator Conroy said there has never been any suggestion that the government could or would block P2P traffic.

Bram Cohen To Deliver BitTorrent Live Streaming

Bram Cohen, the inventor of the BitTorrent protocol that revolutionized file-sharing, is working on BitTorrent-based live streaming. With his efforts he aims to develop a piece of code that is superior to all the other P2P-based streaming solutions on the market today.

New Pirate Bay Host Got Hollywood Threats In 20 Minutes

Last month, the bandwidth supplier to The Pirate Bay was ordered by a court to disconnect it from the Internet. Within hours the site had relocated and was back online with a new host - who immediately received similar entertainment industry threats. Maybe Open Internet, a new fighting fund, can help?

Pirated Teaching Materials Threaten Health of China’s Youth

China's Anti-Pornography and Anti-Illegal Publications Office has booked a huge victory by preventing the country's youth from accessing more than 4 million copies of pirated teaching materials. According to the vice director of the office, such materials "harm the healthy development of the country's youth."

France Passes New 3 Strikes Anti-Piracy Bill

After its initial adoption in May, the original version of the "3 strikes" Hadopi anti-piracy legislation was struck down by France’s highest legal authority after declaring the proposals unconstitutional. A modified version of the bill was accepted in July by the Senate and today it was passed in the National Assembly.

ISP Appeals Decision Forcing it to Disconnect Pirate Bay

The ISP that until recently was the bandwidth supplier to The Pirate Bay, is set to appeal the court ruling which forced it to take the world's largest BitTorrent tracker offline. Supported by various politicians, Black Internet says the issue reaches far beyond The Pirate Bay and that fighting the ruling is important for all ISPs.

Kiosk of Piracy: An Offline Copy of The Pirate Bay

In the past weeks the Pirate Bay has been ripped, copied and rebuilt by avid file-sharers, guaranteeing that the site's legacy will be preserved no matter what. The people behind the Kiosk of Piracy take this trend to a whole new level as they have created an offline copy of the site which is open to the public.

Retailer Must Compensate Sony Anti-Piracy Rootkit Victim

In 2005 there was a huge scandal when it was revealed that Sony's attempts to crack down on music piracy had got out of control. The company included a rootkit (XCP) on many of its music CDs which was installed on the user's PC without permission. Now a court has ordered compensation to be paid to an XCP victim.