Anti-Piracy Group Throws in the Towel, Pirates Walk Free

Following several legal setbacks, a Danish anti-piracy group which represents the music and movie industry, has announced that it will stop going after illegal file-sharers. The outfit came to this decision after it lost several court cases against alleged copyright infringers.

Game Developer Promotes Game on Torrent Sites

Game developer RedLynx has been exploring a novel marketing technique for its products. Instead of trying to get all its titles removed from torrent sites, the company itself is distributing 'hacked' copies of the games, hoping to convert torrent site users into paying customers.

IFPI Loses: Telenor Will Not Block The Pirate Bay

Earlier this year, the IFPI gave Norwegian ISP Telenor an ultimatum – block access to The Pirate Bay within days or get taken to court. Telenor refused, IFPI followed through with its threat and the case was heard earlier this month. The decision was announced today. IFPI lost the case and Telenor will not have to block The Pirate Bay.

AFACT v iiNet: ISP: “We Should Not Be Doing AFACT’s Work”

Day thirteen of the trial between anti-piracy group AFACT and Aussie ISP iiNet. The ISP's chief regulatory officer recalled difficulty with terms used by AFACT in their infringement notices and reiterated that the ISP would not forward them without a court order. AFACT submitted a draft ISP code of conduct in respect of dealing with malware.

In Guantanamo Film Premieres on BitTorrent

With support from the three largest BitTorrent sites and many other well known file-sharing partners, the VODO project offers a novel distribution platform for indie filmmakers. Today VODO presents its second release, the world premiere of In Guantanamo, a critical film about the U.S. detainment facility in Cuba.

Demonoid is Alive, The Tracker Has Returned

It has been many weeks since the popular semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid went offline. The site's owner claimed the downtime was due to hardware issues and warned of the loss of both torrents and user data. Today, however, there is hope on the horizon, as Demonoid's tracker is now up and running again.

File-Sharers Protected Under Proposed EU Legislation

European Internet users accused of illicit file-sharing will not be disconnected on the whims of the entertainment industries. After an all night session European Union lawmakers agreed on a compromise text. Those accused will be entitled to a "fair and impartial" procedure, which will include the right to be heard.

AFACT v iiNet: It’s Impossible to Block The Pirate Bay

Day twelve of the trial between anti-piracy group AFACT and Aussie ISP iiNet. iiNet CEO Michael Malone was questioned by AFACT barrister Tony Bannon for the fourth consecutive day, this time about the world's largest tracker, The Pirate Bay, and any actions the ISP had taken to block customer access to it.