BitTorrent Inventor Bram Cohen On BitTorrent’s Future

In a recent interview BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen looked back at some of the failures his company had in the past, and how this changed their focus from selling goods and services to serving the 80 million monthly users uTorrent and the Mainline client have. Cohen also revealed what is expected to come in the future. His pet project, BitTorrent live streaming, will be released to the public soon.

RIAA Reports Torrent Sites, RapidShare and RLSLOG to US Government

Following on the heels of the MPAA's submission to the Office of the US Trade Representative, the RIAA has now submitted its own list of "notorious markets" that promote and facilitate copyright infringement. The RIAA stretches the definition of "rogue websites" by including the meta-search engine Torrentz, China's leading search engine Baidu and Russia's Facebook alternative, VKontakte. The popular release blog RLSLOG and cyberlocker Rapidshare also got a mention.

Man Fined For Publishing Links To Legal Sports Broadcast

A man who linked to two hockey games streamed live by broadcaster Canal Plus has been found guilty of copyright infringement. The 32 year-old found unprotected direct URL links to the games on the channel's official website which would ordinarily cost money to view. A District Court decided that publishing those links on his forum amounted to an infringement of copyright.

uTorrent Apps Arrive, Plus Free Movies and Privacy Features

The uTorrent team has rolled out the stable release of uTorrent 2.2 today. The highly anticipated release is the first to open up BitTorrent's App Studio to uTorrent's 65 million users and introduces optimized proxy privacy settings. To emphasize the collaboration with independent artists, the launch of uTorrent 2.2 coincides with a promotion of the free-to-download film ‘Four Eyed Monsters'.

European Commissioner Lambasts ‘Copyright Middlemen’

European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has warned copyright middlemen and content gatekeepers that they risk being sidelined. The restrictive systems they have set up irritate the public and leave "a vacuum which is served by illegal content," said Kroes, who added that a new approach to copyright is the answer. One which looks beyond "corporatist self-interest".

isoHunt Revives Full Search After U.S. Traffic Tanks

BitTorrent search engine isoHunt has reversed the change it made earlier this year, where all US visitors were redirected to a 'lite' version of the site to prevent it from being shut down. With this move, isoHunt founder Gary Fung hopes to regain some of the visitors he lost due to the change. Meanwhile, isoHunt is awaiting the appeal of the permanent injunction the District Court of California issued in their case against the MPAA.

WordPress Blocks Blog Following DMCA Takedown ‘Comment’

A non-commercial blog which specializes in reporting on Amazon Kindle related news was taken down by WordPress after it linked to site hosting an unauthorized copy of a book. Although this is a legal act under Spanish law, WordPress blocked the site following a complaint from an anti-piracy group who said the blog owner had ignored them, but when one learns how they made that complaint, it's no surprise he did.

LimeWire Resurrected By Secret Dev Team

Last month, the Gnutella-based file-sharing client LimeWire was effectively outlawed after a U.S. federal judge granted a request from the RIAA to shut the software down. Now, not even a month later, LimeWire is back as good as new. Not only has a secret dev team reanimated the hugely popular client, but they have also made a few significant changes which make it better and more streamlined than before.