4chan DDoS Takes Down MPAA and Anti-Piracy Websites

Following a call to arms yesterday, the masses inhabiting the anonymous 4chan boards have carried out a huge assault on a pair of anti-piracy enemies. The website of Aiplex Software, the anti-piracy outfit which has been DDoSing torrent sites recently, is currently down having been DDoS'd. They are joined in the Internet wasteland by the MPAA's website, also currently under huge and sustained attack.

Filmmaker Premieres Movie In Theaters and on The Pirate Bay

While most filmmakers shy away from anything remotely related to BitTorrent, Swedish director Stina Bergman has partnered with The Pirate Bay for the release of her latest movie. Today the film, titled "Die Beauty", debuts in Swedish theaters as well as on The Pirate Bay.

The Significance of the Huge European Warez Scene Raids

At the behest of Belgian authorities, two weeks ago police around Europe conduced coordinated raids on so-called Warez Scene topsites. Hailed as some of the most important raids of their type in recent memory, the action generated hundreds of headlines. But just how significant were the raids? To find out that, first we should look at how the Scene is organized.

Movie Rental Outfit Calls For Nationwide Pirate Bay Block

After court cases in Denmark, The Netherlands and Italy, The Pirate Bay is now involved in a legal procedure in Portugal. ACAPOR, a Portuguese organization which represents the interests of local movie rental companies, has filed a complaint with the Portuguese Ministry of Culture to demand Internet providers block customer access to The Pirate Bay.

Confessions Of A Convicted RIAA Victim Joel Tenenbaum

Boston student Joel Tenenbaum is the poster child of an entire generation of downloaders, and one of the few people to stand up against the RIAA instead of signing off on a settlement. This decision proved to be a costly one for Tenenbaum, who now has to pay $67,500 in damages to the record labels for sharing 7 songs. In an interview he now looks back at recent years.

Indie Game Dev Embraces Pirates Instead Of Fighting Futile War

An indie game developer is doing rather well from approaching things just a little bit differently, and even winning over pirates in the process. Notch, the driving force behind the still-in-alpha game Minecraft, says there's absolutely no point in fighting the Internet and "the biggest revolution in information flow since the printing press". Results so far? 155,000 people have purchased a game that isn't even finished yet.

Akamai: Gamers Aren’t P2P Bandwidth Slaves

Two weeks ago we published an article calling for more transparency from gaming companies that use P2P technology to let their users distribute content. In the days after we published the article, one of the major players in P2P game distribution responded to our concerns. According to Akamai, gamers aren't P2P bandwidth slaves, they just need to read the EULA.

Film Director Helps Finance Busted File-Sharer’s Legal Battle

A film director and outspoken opponent of copyright abuses and incoming "3 strikes" legislation has come to the rescue of a file-sharer. Jean-Luc Godard, who is due to receive an honorary Oscar in November, has donated money to a photographer's legal fund after he was caught with more than 13,000 music tracks and subsequently ordered to pay more than $25,000 damages.