MPAA President to be Thrown Out

MPAA chairman Dan Glickman is currently searching for another job. The Clinton-era cabinet minister has been head of the MPAA for the last four and a half years, but will be replaced in 18 months time because of his lacking performance. By contrast, Glickman's predecessor, Jack Valenti held the office for 38 years.

Anti-Piracy Law Causes Drop in Swedish Internet Traffic

A new law designed to make it easier for copyright holders to go after illicit file-sharers came into force in Sweden yesterday. Interestingly, it looks like the IPRED legislation, which will also increase penalties and ultimately criminalize large scale infringement, has already resulted in a major drop in Internet traffic - for now.

Movie Boss Says Piracy is Going Out of Fashion

While discussing a softer approach to anti-piracy PSAs in the UK, the president of Universal Pictures noted that campaigning needs to evolve and carry an "appropriate message" for today. Noting that piracy is going out of fashion, he says that ISPs will be held accountable - like those who run brothels and drug houses.

Unfinished X-Men Movie a Hit On BitTorrent

April 1st is a very tough day to report big, controversial news - if you want to be believed that is. Fact: The new X-Men movie has leaked to BitTorrent and Fox won't be laughing. The movie is unfinished with many special effects yet to be added. Fingers are already being pointed toward the possible source of the leak and downloads are already more than 75,000.

Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

After years of hostility, lawsuits, police raids and heated invective between the two groups, the Pirate Bay has today announced they have settled their differences with US media conglomerate Warner Bros. The largest BitTorrent tracker has sold out to Hollywood and the two have agreed a deal.

Unreleased Michael Jackson Songs Hit BitTorrent

Anyone familiar with BitTorrent will know that this protocol provides some of the best excitement to be found anywhere on the Internet. During the last few hours, up to 100 previously unreleased Michael Jackson songs were leaked and the battle is now on as his representatives try to put the genie back in the bottle.

Private BitTorrent Trackers Face Credit Crunch

The credit crunch has impacted the global financial market and many businesses are struggling to survive the economic downturn. Now, a rare academic publication on private BitTorrent trackers suggests that the same is happening in private BitTorrent communities.

O aXXo, Where Art Thou?

In what must appear like a lifetime to his loyal fans, the popular DVD ripper aXXo hasn't uploaded any torrents for three weeks. As always, rumors surface that claim to explain the hiatus. Has aXXo been arrested, or transferred to one of the MPAA's covert detention facilities? Did BitTorrent's favorite uploader fall off a cliff?