Former MP Joins Pirate Party Germany

Herbert Rusche, the co-founder of the German Green Party and former member of the German Parliament, has joined the Pirate Party. Rusche praises the party for its open structure and its efforts to protect people’s privacy and fundamental rights. Those issues, he says, are the ones established parties fail to address.

Anti-Piracy Lawyer Hails Biggest Pirate Movie Bust

Henrik Pontén, lawyer for Sweden's Anti-Piracy Bureau (Antipiratbyrån), is celebrating following the seizure of a server containing around 10,000 movies. He is describing the haul as the biggest ever in Sweden's history, probably the largest in Europe, and set to disrupt supplies to The Pirate Bay.

GGF Shareholders Push Through Pirate Bay Acquisition

In a press conference a few minutes ago, GGF CEO Hans Pandeya confirmed that the Pirate Bay acquisition will go through. Earlier today the financing and legalization plan was presented to the shareholders, who unanimously decided to give the acquisition the green light.

Pirate Bay Buyer Loses Several Investors

Just hours before Global Gaming Factory (GGF) is scheduled to acquire The Pirate Bay, the company says it has lost several investors due to all the media controversy surrounding the deal. Meanwhile the equity marketplace Aktietorget suspended trading in GGF's stock until further notice.

Independent Film Company Responds To BERR Consultation

This week the latest news in the Digital Britain debate caused a wave of protests as it was revealed the government is considering disconnecting Internet users on allegations of copyright infringement. TorrentFreak caught up with a British independent film company to gauge their response to the news.

Pirate Bay Clone Threatened By Romanian RIAA

Last week, following the availability of a torrent carrying a large backup of The Pirate Bay, the admin of BTArena became the first to turn it back into a working website. Now, a representative of Romania's answer to the RIAA has contacted TorrentFreak informing us that they have begun legal action against the site.

Mininova Ordered to Remove All ‘Infringing’ Torrents

Mininova has lost its civil dispute with Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN. The judge ruled that Mininova is not directly responsible for any copyright infringement, but ordered it to remove all torrents linking to copyrighted material within three months, or face a penalty of up to 5 million euros.

UK Pirates Face Disconnection, ISPs Object

The latest turn of events with the Digital Britain report isn't encouraging. Lord Mandelson has reportedly prodded through a proposal to disconnect alleged file sharers, without judicial process, and without waiting for OFCOM to see if such a measure is even needed.