Why is Online Piracy Considered Socially Acceptable?

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Piracy is, as of this moment and for want of a better word, theft. So why did seven professional people and two Oxbridge students freely admit to it at a table that included a lawyer and a journalist? Is there any other crime people are so completely and disarmingly blasé about committing? Read More

Hotfile, 1000 Users and PayPal Named In Piracy Lawsuit

Liberty Media, the company involved in achieving the largest headline settlement against a BitTorrent user last month, has widened its net to include cyberlocker-based infringement. The movie studio has now filed suit against file-hosting site Hotfile and 1000 of its users. PayPal is also named in the suit alongside calls for it to freeze Hotfile's account. The court is asked to seize Hotfile's domain name.

EFF Asks Judge to Protect BitTorrent Downloaders from Predatory Lawsuits

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed an amicus brief in which it asks an Illinois judge to quash subpoenas issued in pay-up-or-else lawsuits involving alleged illegal downloading of pornography. The EFF hopes to stop copyright trolls — content owners and lawyers who team up to extract settlements from thousands of defendants at a time. […]

No Ads, Domain Seized and No Anonymity For Pirate Site, Judge Rules

A U.S. District Court judge has issued a preliminary injunction against two advertising networks and a Whois protection service of a site that offers pirated e-books. Advertising networks Clicksor and Chitika are now prohibited from serving advertisements to the site, while Enom's Whois Privacy Protection Service was ordered to hand over all personal details of the site's owner and make the site inaccesible.

Senior Judge ‘Astonished’ By Actions Of ACS:Law in File-Sharing Cases

Following on from our article detailing ACS:Law's no-show at the directions hearing for their 27 active file-sharing cases, today we take a closer look at yesterday's proceedings. Judge Birss QC said that he found ACS:Law's actions both "remarkable" and "unprecedented" and was "frankly astonished" by their behavior, while defense lawyers made serious allegations concerning ACS:Law's conduct.

What.CD Hurt By Dwindling Donations

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As we’ve mentioned in a previous article, cutting the funding of torrent sites is one of the strategies that will be used this year to put pressure on torrent sites. As it now turns out the popular private tracker What.CD has been hit hard by the anti-piracy outfit IFPI. What.CD is now hoping to get […]

Arrested Pirate Party Member Becomes Tunisian State Secretary

After weeks of public protests on- and offline the Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali resigned and escaped the country last Friday. Today, the head of the transitional government, Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi, announced his new cabinet members which include a familiar name. Slim Amamou, the Pirate Party member and freedom of speech activist who was arrested just a few days ago, is now the (deputy minister) State Secretary of Youth and Sports.

ACS:Law Try To Drop File-Sharing Cases, Fail To Appear in Court

Today a judge-ordered hearing took place in the Patents County Court to decide how to handle all cases filed by ACS:Law against alleged file-sharers. Despite claims by the law firm that they have no fears of going to court, last week all the cases were dropped and today, supported by claims of "an unfortunate family accident", company owner Andrew Crossley failed to attend the hearing. All this as a new, mysterious and already controversial company appears to front the entire…