Irish Government Wants File-Sharing Compromise, or Legislation Will Follow

Conor Lenihan, Minister of State with responsibility for Science, Technology and Innovation, has indicated he hasn't given up on the chance of a negotiated settlement of the illicit file-sharing issue in Ireland. In an Intellectual Property debate, Lenihan praised the IRMA/Eircom agreement and said that while he hopes there can be more arrangements of this type, if they do not arrive, legislation will be the outcome.

Suing Blind and One Legged Pirates is Bad PR


When in court it is the job of the defense lawyer to cast doubt on the credibility of the prosecution's case. Finding and highlighting those details which show the defendant to be misleading or unreliable can be the make and break of a case. Unfortunately for ACS:Law's Andrew Crossley, that is a knife that cuts both ways as yet again he is shown to have misled a reporter.

What’s That Torrent Thing Google Keeps Suggesting?

Thanks to Google people have all the world's knowledge at their fingertips. Simply type in a few words and the search engine usually returns hundreds of thousands of related websites - some background info on your favorite musician for example, or the latest blockbuster that just premiered. But, what's that torrent thing Google keeps suggesting? Click...

Happy Birthday To Us, TorrentFreak Turns 5

Five years (and a day) ago, on November 12, 2005, TorrentFreak first saw the light of day. Since then we have published 3,392 articles, while our valued readers have written 243,982 comments. It’s been a great ride so far, thanks to all of you…

University Begins Reporting All P2P Users to the Police

Georgia's Valdosta State University has updated its network with software that can pinpoint students who use P2P software. The university is committed to stop file-sharing on its network even if that results in prison sentences for students. Offenders will be disciplined by the school and then handed over to the police, the university has announced.

BitTorrent Inventor Bram Cohen On BitTorrent’s Future

In a recent interview BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen looked back at some of the failures his company had in the past, and how this changed their focus from selling goods and services to serving the 80 million monthly users uTorrent and the Mainline client have. Cohen also revealed what is expected to come in the future. His pet project, BitTorrent live streaming, will be released to the public soon.

RIAA Reports Torrent Sites, RapidShare and RLSLOG to US Government

Following on the heels of the MPAA's submission to the Office of the US Trade Representative, the RIAA has now submitted its own list of "notorious markets" that promote and facilitate copyright infringement. The RIAA stretches the definition of "rogue websites" by including the meta-search engine Torrentz, China's leading search engine Baidu and Russia's Facebook alternative, VKontakte. The popular release blog RLSLOG and cyberlocker Rapidshare also got a mention.