Happy Birthday IPRED, The Best Anti-Piracy Law Ever

It's been exactly one year since the introduction of the controversial IPRED anti-piracy legislation in Sweden and it has been a great success for everyone involved. Not only have legitimate online media availability and sales increased, piracy has both increased and decreased, pirates have been left alone and VPN providers are doing a roaring trade.

Torrent Site Ships Condoms To Anti-Piracy Offices

April 1st is traditionally a day for pranks and jokes, but the Russian-led torrent site Vertor has picked this day to inform the RIAA, MPAA and various other anti-piracy outfits that their bullying tactics are not appreciated. The Vertor team has shipped condom packs with a special message to the offices of six leading anti-piracy groups.

RIAA Nemesis Launches Media Search Engine

Pablo Soto, the 30 year-old brain behind the file-sharing applications Blubster, Piolet and Manolito is being sued by the Spanish RIAA, but that hasn't stopped him from launching another P2P venture. This week his company launched the media search engine FooFind, allowing users to search the web for torrents, Ed2k links and more.

Rights Holders Get 30% from Mass BitTorrent Litigation

The plague of mass litigation "pay up or else" letters has now hit the shores of the United States. 20,000 BitTorrent users are to be targeted soon, with 30,000 in the months to follow. According to new information, 300 movies are set for enforcement action, with their rightsholders receiving just 30% of the spoils.

US Court Wants isoHunt to Remove Infringing Torrents

A United States court wants isoHunt to stop inducing copyright infringement via torrents that can be found through the popular BitTorrent search engine. The proposed injunction would require isoHunt to censor its site based on a list of keywords. A similar measure led to the quasi-shutdown of Mininova last year.

Fifth OiNK Uploader Walks Free

During October 2007, the popular BitTorrent tracker OiNK was shut down in a joint effort by Dutch and British law enforcement. Three months ago the site's administrator was cleared of all charges. The remaining uploader had his case dropped today and also walks free.

Newzbin Slams Movie Studios After Court Defeat

After losing its High Court case against several Hollywood movie studios yesterday, Usenet indexing site Newzbin has responded angrily. They say that their defeat was the result of flawed evidence and the unfair legal might of the MPA, and have slammed the studios' broken business model and monopolistic commercial practices.

High Court Finds Newzbin Liable For Copyright Infringement

Newzbin, the Internet's premier Usenet indexer, has lost its High Court case against several Hollywood movie studios. Justice Kitchin found the company, which turned over more than £1 million in 2009, liable for copyright infringement and will issue an injunction restricting its activities later this week.