Michael Jackson’s Death Causes Surge On BitTorrent

The 'King of Pop' may have died but his music lives on, and on file-sharing networks, maybe stronger than ever. Less than 24 hours after Jackson passed away hundreds of thousands of file-sharers have downloaded one or more of his albums on BitTorrent.

appDowner: A BitTorrent Powered iPhone App Store

To users of Cydia, Icy and Appulous, alternatives to Apple's App Store are nothing new, but soon there will be a new and unqiue player in the market. Promising to become "the most beautiful application repository on the market" appDowner will be the first App Store competitor to use BitTorrent…

The Pirate Bay to Sue Sweden for Human Rights Violations

Today the Swedish Appeal Court decided that the judge who handled the Pirate Bay trial was not biased, despite his membership of several pro-copyright organizations. In true Pirate Bay style spokesman Peter Sunde responded full force, and says they are ready to sue Sweden for human rights violations.

Pirate Bay Judge Not Biased, No Retrial

To determine if the verdict in the Pirate Bay trial was affected by bias, the connections of Judge Tomas Norström to national and international pro-copyright lobby groups have been reviewed by the Appeal Court. Their 'no bias' ruling can't be appealed which means that there will not be a retrial,…

uTorrent Dominates BitTorrent Client Market Share

Millions of people use BitTorrent daily, but little is known about the market share of the available clients - until now. An objective sample of more than 150,000 unique IPs shows that uTorrent is the client of choice for more than half of all BitTorrent users. Vuze is in second…

Court Orders Rapidshare To Proactively Filter Content

The Regional Court in Hamburg, Germany, has ruled that file-hosting service Rapidshare must proactively filter certain content. Music industry outfit GEMA asked the court to ban Rapidshare from making 5,000 tracks from its catalogue available on the Internet. The court estimated the value of the tracks at $34 million.

The Pirate Bay Founders Summoned To Court Via Twitter

The Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN has summoned The Pirate Bay's founders to court through Twitter and Facebook. Emboldened by recent events in Sweden, BREIN is demanding a total blackout of the site in the Netherlands and has scheduled a court hearing for July 21st.

No “3 Strikes” in Spain, Watch Out Torrent Sites

Just days after ISPs in Spain confirmed talks with the music and movie industry had ended without success, entertainment companies have now backed away from their "3 strikes" demands after it became clear the Spanish government does not support their plan. They will go after 200 BitTorrent sites instead.