ISP Capitulates to IFPI, Agrees to Disconnect Pirates

Up until today, the 'Big Four' record labels were taking legal action against Ireland's biggest ISP, Eircom, in order to force it to employ filtering technology to stop online pirates. The case has been aborted as Eircom, at the behest of the music industry, has agreed to start disconnecting those…

Cox Suckers BitTorrent Users with More Slowdowns

Cox, the third largest ISP in the U.S, is none too fond of BitTorrent users. Previously we reported that they disconnect alleged copyright infringers without warning. Today, Cox announced a new 'network management' trial where P2P, Usenet and FTP users will be slowed down when the network is congested.

BitTorrent Scam Shutdown After SMS Regulations Breach

Sites offering downloads of BitTorrent clients and other well-known software, which then require an SMS to be sent to 'activate' the installer of free software, have been appearing at an increasing rate. Not only does uTorrent end up costing up to $20, but these sites are in breach of new…

‘Lost’ Most Pirated TV-Show on BitTorrent

The fifth season of the hit series 'Lost' premiered on U.S. television with two brand new episodes last week. With close to two million downloads for both episodes in only a few days, it leads this week's list of most pirated TV-Shows on BitTorrent.

The Pirate Bay Gets Ready for Court Case

On February 16th 2009, the trial of The Pirate Bay will start in Sweden. Details of the case have been scarce thus far, but one of the witnesses for the prosecution will be a police officer who got a job at Warner Bros. last year. Pirate Bay's co-founder Peter Sunde…

No ‘3 Strikes’ Disconnection for UK Pirates

Ever since the UK's major ISPs and the music industry were forced together by the government to sort out online piracy, it has been feared that a '3 Strikes' regime was on the horizon. Now, according to a government minister, that possibility has been ruled out.

How Piracy Can Boost iPhone App Sales

We recently reported the story of the pirated iPhone game 'Whack em All', where the developer actually engaged the game's cracker instead of taking an aggressive stance. The dialogue had a surprising effect. Sales increased 100%, pirates donated and the game is now available free of charge.