‘Song of the Year’ Winner Says Downloading is “Amazing”

One of the big breakthrough acts of the last year has joined the increasing ranks of artists who don't mind if people share their music. Duffy, the million-selling 24 year-old vocalist and winner of this year's MOJO Song of the Year Award has been downloading for a couple of years.…

EFF Tool Hunts BitTorrent Throttling ISPs

Comcast must feel it's being attacked by all sides. It's been hit by lawsuits, investigated by the FCC, and roundly criticised everywhere else. It has brought the issue of traffic shaping to the forefront of people's minds, and into public discussion. Aiming to highlight ISP's and their shaping, the EFF…

MediaDefender Walks The Plank to Bankruptcy

MediaDefender and parent company ArtistDirect have had some serious setbacks recently. Last September they suffered a huge security breach when internal emails and a phone call were leaked to BitTorrent. They received even more bad press recently for DDoSsing Revision3. As a result, MediaDefender's parent company stock dropped from $2.00…

Travis Defends Fan from IFPI Threats

Here is a story of a blogger doing his best to help the band Travis reach its fans (at the band's request), and the IFPI subsequently steaming in thinking it knows best and getting it wrong twice over. We look at what happened and speak to Travis themselves to get…

The Pirate Bay Now Supports Tagging

The Pirate Bay has rolled out a new feature which allows users to add tags to the torrents they upload. The tags will make it easier to structure and discover new content, and it gives users the opportunity to form tag based groups.

Band Leaks Track to BitTorrent, Blames Pirates

Opinion

When we reported about the leak of a BuckCherry track last week, and specifically the band's response to it, we hinted that this could be a covert form of self-promotion. Indeed, after a few days of research we found out that the track wasn't leaked by pirates, but by Josh…

Controversy as Rookie Admin Aspires to BitTorrent Domination

Vortex Network, the touted replacement for the BrokenStones tracker, is today surrounded by controversy. The site owner announced she will link the site to a non-profit organization as part of a wider plan to unite all BitTorrent sites in a new air of legitimacy. Staff and members are leaving the…

Lawyer Exposes RIAA’s Legal Bullying

For many people, justice is something that is bought and sold in the US, especially where filesharing is concerned. Few lawyers are willing to represent, and fewer still understand the technologies involved in cases. Ray Beckerman is one of the few that seem to, and he now has an article…