James Blunt: Disconnecting Music Pirates is “Critical”

An increasing number of British musicians are making their opinions known on the issue of illicit file-sharing. Despite Peter Mandelson's proposals which ostensibly support the music industry, musicians are divided. Today it's the turn of James Blunt, who feels the proposed "disconnection" legislation is critical to the industry's survival.

German Youth Would Vote Pirate Party Into Parliament

Next week the German Pirate Party will compete in the elections for the German Parliament, but this week the country's youth already cast their votes. In the youth polls nearly 9% of all votes went to the Pirate Party, a result that the party hopes to match in the upcoming election.

Updated: Anti-Piracy Outfit and Lawyers May Operate Illegally

Last month TorrentFreak reported on DigiProtect, the anti-piracy company with the tagline "Turn Piracy Into Profit". A manager from DigiProtect revealed some of the inner workings on how the company operates but according to a lawyer who defends alleged file-sharers, he may have revealed just a little too much.

Arrr, Talk Like A Pirate Day 2009 is Here

Every single day millions of 'pirates' all around the world gather on BitTorrent, but one day in September is extra special. Avast mateys, today is Talk Like a Pirate Day so wear your eye patches and Arrr like you've never Arrred before.

Brazilian Court Bans P2P Software

After an earlier decision failed to reach its objective, this week a Brazilian court made an unprecedented ruling against file-sharing clients. Following legal action by anti-piracy groups against a website offering a file-sharing client for download, the court decided that software which allows users to share music via P2P is illegal.

Pirate Bay Buyer Faces Bankruptcy

Just as the payment deadline for the Pirate Bay deal is set to expire, its intended buyer Global Gaming Factory (GGF) faces yet another setback. Former director and board member Johan Sellstrom is owed hundreds of thousands of dollars by the company and has now requested bankruptcy for his former employer.

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol ‘Bestseller’ on BitTorrent

Dan Brown's latest novel The Lost Symbol sold a million copies in the first day, and this success has carried over to various file-sharing sites. Both the unabridged audiobook and the ebook versions have already been downloaded tens of thousands of times through BitTorrent.

Minister: BitTorrent Will Not Be Blocked By Aussie Filter

After Australia's Senator Stephen Conroy's plans to filter the Internet earned him the title of Internet Villain of the Year, today there is more chin-scratching over the plans. Speaking yesterday, the Senator Conroy said there has never been any suggestion that the government could or would block P2P traffic.