Last.fm’s User Data is Useless to the RIAA

Opinion

In February TechCrunch rumored that Last.fm had ratted out its users to the RIAA. Now they have another source claiming data was shared with the music industry group, including IP addresses. Without going into the validity of these allegations, we'd like to point out that this data is completely useless to the RIAA, from a legal point of view.

BitTorrent Spammers Target The Pirate Bay

With millions of page views a day, torrent sites are a great outlet for spammers and scammers. Most recently, The Pirate Bay suffered from a spam flood. Thousands of spam comments posted on the site promised to speed up BitTorrent downloads to unrealistic heights, while installing an aggressive adware bundle.

Pro-Copyright Propaganda Enters US Classrooms

Pro-copyright lobbyists and anti-piracy outfits have a clear idea of what is needed to manipulate the minds of the younger generations. The MPAA most famously handed out a “merit patch in respecting copyright” to LA Boy Scouts, and now the Copyright Alliance has entered US classrooms in an attempt to educate today's youth about the benefits of copyright.

FeedMyTorrents Closes In Face of Legal Threats

FeedMyTorrents, a site which published handy RSS feeds for downloading TV-shows using BitTorrent, has closed its doors for the last time. The site went down earlier this year due to financial difficulties but following legal threats, has now closed down for good.

Dutch Youth Addicted to BitTorrent

A recent survey conducted by a Dutch current affairs TV program looked into the downloading habits of the local youngsters - with some noteworthy results. While the legalization of marijuana in The Netherlands results in less usage compared to neighboring countries, the liberal download climate has quite the opposite outcome.

‘Spanish Napster’ Sued For Unfair Competition

EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner have many years experience of trying to sue people away from P2P networks. In Spain they have turned their attentions to Pablo Soto, the 30 year old creator of the Blubster, Piolet and Manolito file-sharing applications. They say his software is "unfair competition" for them, and are in court this week, suing him for $17.8m.

Why Usenet Community FTD Went After BREIN

It is very common indeed for anti-piracy groups to go after sites linked to file-sharing. However, in The Netherlands the tables have recently been turned as the FTD Usenet community is taking legal action against anti-piracy group BREIN. TorrentFreak spoke with FTD's lawyer to discover exactly why this worm has turned.