The Mega-Money World Of MegaUpload

MegaUpload is one of the most prominent file-hosting services on the Internet. It is owned by an unbelievably colorful individual who is probably better known for his multiple convictions for computer fraud, embezzlement and insider trading. He owns several luxury cars, for which he is currently under investigation, and has just acquired New Zealand's most expensive house - a snip at just over $20m.

RIAA Wants Court To Shut Down Limewire

The RIAA has asked a New York District Court to shut down the world's most installed file-sharing application, Limewire. The record labels argue that the Gnutella-based download client might have caused billions of dollars in lost revenue and that it's therefore one of the largest threats to the music industry's revenue.

Movie Studio Lawyers Eye The Amazing Resurrection of Newzbin

The past few weeks has seen the somewhat unlikely resurrection of Newzbin. The world's premier Usenet indexing site was crushed by huge debts but through a tangled web worthy of the most dramatic soap opera, it has somehow been reanimated. While ex-owner Caesium eyes future opportunities away from file-sharing, lawyers already have plans to bring Newzbin2 to its knees.

UK Government Uses BitTorrent to Share Public Spending Data

The UK Government has discovered that BitTorrent is the cheapest and most effective method of sharing large files with the public. As part of the UK Prime Minister's transparency initiative, the Treasury has today released several torrents with details on how the Government spends the public's money.

Publishing Locations Of Pirate Movies Is The Same As Hosting Them

A movie studio has won a lawsuit against Dutch Usenet community FTD. In a surprising decision, a court reasoned that by allowing the publication of the location of pirate movie stored on Usenet, FTD was effectively publishing the movie as if they had actually hosted it on their own servers.

OpenBitTorrent Tracker Returns After Hollywood Shutdown

Two weeks ago the largest BitTorrent tracker on the Internet vanished. The hosting company of the tracker was ordered to take it offline after Hollywood managed to get a court decision in their favor. Today, OpenBitTorrent returns to the web from a new home, managing torrent connections as if nothing happened.

Third Time the Charm? Canada Tries New Copyright Bill Again

In 2005 there was C-60, in 2008 it was C-61, and now in 2010 it's C-32. As we reported a month ago, a new Bill was about to be rammed through Canada's Parliament, and on Wednesday it was announced. It is, like its two predecessors, mostly a collection of stricter enforcement rules with an occasional benefit to consumers thrown in, almost as an afterthought.

Fox Goes After Leaked Movie Script On BitTorrent

Operators of BitTorrent sites are used to receiving takedown requests from Hollywood, it is part of their daily business. Usually the notices concern rips of DVD quality or leaks that were camcorded in theaters. Twentieth Century Fox, however, has surprised several site administrators with a notification for a film that is far from finished.