Japanese BitTorrent User Avoids Virus, But Not the Police

A 31-year old Japanese man has admitted to uploading 3 TV-shows and sharing 165 more on BitTorrent after he was arrested by Tokyo Police's Cyber Crime unit. In his confession the man told the investigators that he used BitTorrent because he believed it was free of viruses and police. He was proven wrong on the latter.

World’s First Pirate ISP Launches In Sweden

The Swedish Pirate Party, who are at the forefront of anti-copyright lobbying in Sweden, are planning to shake up the country's ISP market. After taking over the supply of bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, Piratpartiet will now partner in the launch of Pirate ISP, a new broadband service that will offer anonymity to customers and provide financial support to the Party.

Fansubbing Site Fakes ICE Bust To Protest Media Reporting

Following the recent scares in the United States after the authorities took down and seized the domains of several sites connected to the streaming of movies and TV shows, TorrentFreak received news that a popular fansubbing site had also been taken down. Legendas.TV, a target of earlier anti-piracy action, recently displayed a message saying it had been taken down by ICE, but all was not as it seemed.

Dutch ISPs Don’t Have to Censor The Pirate Bay

A Dutch court has ruled that two of the largest ISPs in the Netherlands don't have block customer access to The Pirate Bay. According to the court, there is no evidence that the majority of the ISPs' users are infringing copyright through The Pirate Bay, so a block would not be justified.

UK Music Head Set For Seat In The House of Lords

The head of a prominent lobby group for the music industry is being touted as a new entrant to the UK's House of Lords. According to sources close to new Prime Minister David Cameron, UK Music chief Feargal Sharkey is being considered for a life peerage as reward for his efforts in the music industry.

Rapidshare Takes Over Domain Names Of Trademark Abusers

After filing more than two dozen World Intellectual Property Organization disputes in recent months, Rapidshare has come away with substantial victories. After pursuing several sites it claim abused its trademarks and offered unfair competition, the file-storage site has now taken control of many of these. However, not all complaints were successful.

Thousands More BitTorrent Users To Be Sued In The U.S.

The troubles for U.S. based BitTorrent users who share movies without permission is far from over. The United States Copyright Group (USCG) has called in the help of 15 law firms to file lawsuits against BitTorrent users who refuse to settle. For those who are willing to pay, the USCG has set up a portal where alleged file-sharers can conveniently pay their settlements online.