Anti-Piracy Boss Saved From Death, Can’t Close Torrent Sites

The chief of Lithuania's main anti-piracy outfit has a mountain to climb in dealing with piracy - online penetration is at almost 100% and closing torrent sites is no cakewalk. After announcing plans for a crackdown, people suggested collecting money to have him killed but this hatred is nothing new.…

Last.fm’s User Data is Useless to the RIAA

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In February TechCrunch rumored that Last.fm had ratted out its users to the RIAA. Now they have another source claiming data was shared with the music industry group, including IP addresses. Without going into the validity of these allegations, we'd like to point out that this data is completely useless…

BitTorrent Spammers Target The Pirate Bay

With millions of page views a day, torrent sites are a great outlet for spammers and scammers. Most recently, The Pirate Bay suffered from a spam flood. Thousands of spam comments posted on the site promised to speed up BitTorrent downloads to unrealistic heights, while installing an aggressive adware bundle.

Pro-Copyright Propaganda Enters US Classrooms

Pro-copyright lobbyists and anti-piracy outfits have a clear idea of what is needed to manipulate the minds of the younger generations. The MPAA most famously handed out a “merit patch in respecting copyright” to LA Boy Scouts, and now the Copyright Alliance has entered US classrooms in an attempt to…

FeedMyTorrents Closes In Face of Legal Threats

FeedMyTorrents, a site which published handy RSS feeds for downloading TV-shows using BitTorrent, has closed its doors for the last time. The site went down earlier this year due to financial difficulties but following legal threats, has now closed down for good.

Dutch Youth Addicted to BitTorrent

A recent survey conducted by a Dutch current affairs TV program looked into the downloading habits of the local youngsters - with some noteworthy results. While the legalization of marijuana in The Netherlands results in less usage compared to neighboring countries, the liberal download climate has quite the opposite outcome.

‘Spanish Napster’ Sued For Unfair Competition

EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner have many years experience of trying to sue people away from P2P networks. In Spain they have turned their attentions to Pablo Soto, the 30 year old creator of the Blubster, Piolet and Manolito file-sharing applications. They say his software is "unfair competition" for them,…