Demonoid BitTorrent Tracker Could Go Dark For Days

Demonoid remains one the most popular BitTorrent sites on the Internet, despite a fairly colorful and turbulent past. Sadly its thousands of users could soon find themselves without their favorite site, as technical difficulties are set to cause possibly extended downtime.

DRM On a USB Drive: Now Just $29

After buyers of the X-Plane flight simulator complained about its DRM, the makers came up with a convenient alternative. Instead of having to insert the DVD each time they want to play, they can now buy a $29 USB drive instead. When confronted with this pricey 'improved' DRM, the developer fails to understand that he's only screwing legitimate customers.

Eircom Pirate Bay Blockade Takes Effect

Customers of Ireland's biggest ISP can no longer access The Pirate Bay. Earlier this year, Eircom settled out of court with Ireland's music industry and agreed to block the world's largest tracker and today, September 1st, the ban took effect. The site's domain names and IP addresses have all been blocked.

uTorrent iPhone App Rejected by Apple, Goes Underground

Apple is known for the stringent guidelines it applies when deciding which software it allows in their App Store - BitTorrent is one of the things on their ban list. Apple argues that BitTorrent is often used to infringe copyrights and that such applications are a no go for the App Store, forcing developers to go underground.

Dozens of Copyright Groups Petition Against File-Sharing

September 1st will see the start of a new anti-filesharing initiative. The petition called "Share - Do Not Steal" is currently supported by 1,750 copyright holders and 36 groups including record, movie, TV and games companies. It will be publicized in Norway's press tomorrow morning.

When Pirates Become Copyright Cash Cows

Copyright laws were once written to allow content creators to protect their work, but at an increasing rate copyright is used to carefully extract money from file-sharers. Some tracking companies go as far as leasing copyrights, with the sole intent of setting up a 'honey pot' for pirates.

Band Thanks File-Sharing For Greater Exposure and Success

There are many bands around the world who would rather not see their material getting exposure on file-sharing networks. Canadian band Great Lake Swimmers take a different view. File-sharing is "global word of mouth" they say, and are happy this so-called piracy has enabled them to become familiar to a wider audience.