30,000 Internet Users to Receive File-Sharing Cash Demands

As many as 25,000 BT and 5,000 customers of other ISPs will be receiving shock letters demanding big payments during the coming weeks. Lawyers in the UK have been granted more court orders which force ISPs to hand over the details of individuals who they say have been monitored sharing hardcore pornography.

P2P Sites’ Injunctions Overturned, Anti-Piracy Group Fined

Preliminary injunctions against two file-sharing portals have been overturned, paving the way for a re-opening. The sites' lawyers have proven that hard drive evidence collected during a controversial raid against the sites' admin is worthless, and the anti-piracy group involved has been fined by the court for acting in bad faith.

Vuze BitTorrent Client Boosts KickassTorrents’ Visitors

Already making a name for itself by offering new and innovative features, KickassTorrents is a relatively new BitTorrent site that launched just a few months ago. Recently the site quadrupled its traffic, largely thanks to its inclusion in the integrated search engine of the BitTorrent client, Vuze.

European Commission: No 3 Strikes Without Judicial Oversight

The European Commission has issued a warning to the Spanish government that any plan to disconnect file-sharers from the Internet without involving a judge would create conflict with the EU. This statement could also throw the three-strikes plans of the UK government and the Irish ISP Eircom into serious doubt.

Spotify Isn’t Ripping Off Artists, The Labels Are

A few days ago we reported that Lady Gaga earned a measly $167 for more than a million plays on the music streaming service, Spotify. According to new information received from music industry insiders, it turns out that Spotify isn't ripping off the artists, the labels are.

Was the Digital Economy Bill Consultation a Whitewash?

Last week the Digital Economy Bill was released and included tough measures to deal with illicit file-sharing. It was preceded by a consultation period where individuals, consumer groups and ISPs voiced serious concerns over the proposals. The government seems to have completely ignored them - not so the rights holders.

Novell Strips BitTorrent DHT Technology from openSUSE

The Pirate Bay's tracker closure has spurred several discussions about DHT, BitTorrent's fallback technology for when central trackers are unavailable. According to some, DHT has some problems of its own. Novell, for example, decided to ship openSUSE with the BitTorrent client Transmission, but not before stripping DHT support.