How an Anti-Piracy Firm Became Banned In Its Own Country

A notorious Switzerland-based anti-piracy tracking company has to stop harvesting the IP addresses of citizens using P2P networks. The Swiss High Court ruled that IP addresses constitute personal information and when Logistep collected them without the owner's knowledge, that amounted to a breach of privacy laws. From its eDonkey Razorback beginnings, via France through to yesterday's conclusion, here is the full story.

Pirate Bay and Others Not Affected by Warez Raids

Earlier this week Europe's warez scene was shaken up by multiple raids in Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Great Britain and several other countries. In the reports that came out, dozens of news sources also linked some leading Bittorrent sites including The Pirate Bay and BTJunkie to the busts. Just to be absolutely clear, these sites were completely unaffected.

Law Firm Puts In Mysterious Offer To Buy Leading Torrent Sites

The Winnipeg-based law firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP has put in offers to acquire several of the largest BitTorrent sites on behalf of an unnamed client, TorrentFreak has learned. Although the true source behind the offers has not been officially confirmed, all leads point to a familiar name.

Inside Yesterday’s European Warez Piracy Raids

Yesterday, police in 14 countries around Europe coordinated in raids against so-called Warez Scene topsites. Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic and Hungary all saw action. With the help of Scene insiders and other sources, today we try to piece together what happened, including which sites were hit and which ones got away.

Police in File-Sharing Raids Across Europe, WikiLeaks Host Targeted

Police in up to 14 countries around Europe have coordinated to carry out raids against suspected file-sharing servers this morning. Locations in The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Hungary were targeted but Sweden appears to have borne the brunt of the action. Seven locations including PRQ, which hosts WikiLeaks, have been raided.

ISP Hits Back At U2 Manager’s Billion Dollar Piracy Bonanza Claims

Last month, outspoken manager of U2 Paul McGuinness penned a piece titled "How to Save The Music Industry". Among other things, McGuinness suggested that ISPs were unlikely to help the music industry in their battle against illegal file-sharing since they are the ones benefiting from the "multi-billion dollar bonanza" it has generated. UK ISP Entanet are not happy.

ISP Liability For Infringement Nuked, ACTA Leak Reveals

According to yet another leaked draft of the highly controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), participating countries will no longer be obliged to impose secondary liability on Internet Service Providers for copyright infringements carried out by their customers. Other harsh measures to counter copyright infringement are still in place.