BitTorrent Researchers Invent New Anti-Piracy Tool: FUD

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Yes, here we go again. Remember the fine BitTorrent researchers at Ballarat University’s Internet Commerce Security Laboratory? Well, they’re back. This time they don’t have much data to share. Instead, they came up with a revolutionary tool that will soon end all piracy on the Internet. “The international movie industry has a new weapon against […]

TV Channel Uses ‘Torrentz’ Name To Beat Piracy

STAR World, a prominent English language television channel in India owned by News Corp, has just announced a brand new programming segment. Interestingly, it is named after the country's most popular torrent search engine, Torrentz. With 'Torrentz', which will air The Good Guys, The Walking Dead and Detroit 1-8-7, the TV-channel hopes to offer a convenient alternative to ever increasing BitTorrent use in India.

Massive Protest Against Canadian Bandwidth Caps

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Canada is slowly moving back into the dark ages. Where most other countries are doing all they can to ensure that consumers have high speed connections and sufficient bandwidth, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) suggests a model where users available bandwidth is capped. This if of course a disastrous proposal that will hinder […]

P2P Site Operator Appears in French File-Sharing “Show Trial”

The owner of a file-sharing site active more than 5 years ago went on trial today in the French capital, Paris. Vincent Valade is accused by entertainment companies of profiting heavily from the unauthorized distribution of more than 7,000 movies. If convicted he faces up to 3 years in jail, 300,000 euros in fines and compensation settlements running to millions of euros.

Music Industry Struggles to Make Digital Leap of Faith

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In the louche Martinez hotel bar in Cannes, a sharply dressed young man launched into a tirade against the music industry convention he was attending. “All you hear is these old men whining about the past,” he said. “Well you know what? The genie is out of the bottle. You try and put it back […]

100,000 P2P Users Sued in US Mass Lawsuits

The avalanche of copyright infringement lawsuits in the United States, mainly against BitTorrent users, are about to hit a dubious milestone. In total 99,924 defendants have been sued in the last 12 months, and new cases are being filed at a rapid rate. Adult companies in particular have embraced the profitable pay-up-or-else scheme where tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

Extremists on Both Sides Means Piracy War Goes On Forever

The war on piracy had simmered at a relatively low-level for many years, but with the advent of Napster and its predecessors it was inevitable that the entertainment industries would respond violently. But with that force comes the backlash and a hatred for those who would take everyone's freedoms, especially online, to protect a business model. As a result, the vast majority of file-sharers get caught in the crossfire, between two parties who will always be at war. But peace…