Data Protection Makes Identifying Online Pirates a Nightmare

Norway's data protection department has indicated that ISPs must delete all personal IP address-related data just 3 weeks after collection. The instruction, initially given to two ISPs but applicable to them all, means that it will be incredibly difficult to take action against file-sharers.

Legal Authority Kills French Three-Strikes Law

The French Hadopi legislation passed last month introduced draconian measures to combat piracy, including a “three strikes” regime for persistent copyright infringers. However, France's highest constitutional authority today ruled that Internet access is a fundamental human right and killed the three-strikes provision.

ISPs and Copyright Holders Set Up ‘Pirate Review Board’

ISPs and the entertainment industries are in negotiations to set up a so-called 'pirate review board' in Denmark. The body will oversee and mediate in cases of copyright infringement by alleged online pirates and try to stop large organizations ending up in court, such as in The Pirate Bay and…

Prepare Yourself For Video Mixtape Month on The Pirate Bay

In July a group of enthusiasts will start uploading as many video mixtapes as they can to The Pirate Bay. A couple of the most controversial, shocking, hilarious, absurdly weird and in parts, downright sickening examples come from the Retard-O-Tron series. TorrentFreak caught up with the creator to find out…

NowTorrents Domain Hijacked by Hacker

With more than million searches each day NowTorrents is one of the larger torrent search engines on the Internet. The site has grown steadily during recent months, and everything was looking great until a few hours ago, when the owner lost its domain. The domain was hijacked and parked on…

Fake aXXo Lures Users to Private Torrent Site

Drama has struck parts of the BitTorrent community recently as the popular DVD ripper aXXo hasn't uploaded any torrents for several weeks. Recently a rumor surfaced that aXXo went to join a private BitTorrent tracker and continued to share his work there exclusively. But is this really the case?

Tweet Your Favorite Torrents With TorrentTwitter

The micro-blogging service Twitter continues to increase in popularity but while it's great to hear about what that B-grade celebrity had for breakfast or where your best friend woke up this morning, readers of TorrentFreak will probably prefer hearing about torrents. That's where TorrentTwitter steps in.