BitTorrent Meets IMDb on Files24

Most people view BitTorrent sites as massive Internet archives of digital entertainment, ranging from movies through music to software. Nevertheless, the structure of torrent search engines often lacks the navigation that a good archive should have. Files24 aims to fill this void.

IFPI vs Telenor: Pirate Bay Blocking Decision Delayed

Earlier this year, IFPI gave Norwegian ISP Telenor an ultimatum - block access to The Pirate Bay within 14 days or get taken to court. Telenor refused, IFPI made good on its word and the case was held earlier this month. The decision was due today but according to the judge, the decision will now be delayed until next week.

Pirate Bay Founders Banned From Running The Site

The Stockholm District Court has taken action against two founder members of The Pirate Bay. Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij are now banned from operating the site and will have to pay fines of $71,000 each if they continue. This, despite the fact that they nor the site remain in Sweden.

ISP Threatens Legal Action Against UK Over Anti-Piracy Plans

Peter Mandelson confirmed yesterday that illicit file-sharers could have their Internet connections severed as part of the government's aims to reduce piracy by 70% in 2 years. TalkTalk, the UK's second largest ISP, is said to be dismayed at the decision and is now threatening legal action over what it claims is a breach of human rights.

RIAA Anti-Piracy Partner Clueless About BitTorrent

The piracy tracking company DtecNet has made quite a name for itself in the past few months after partnering with the RIAA and several local governments to assist in the 'war on piracy'. One would think that these projects would require at least some basic knowledge of BitTorrent, but a recently published paper by DtecNet's business intelligence unit proves the opposite.

Fresh Pirate Bay Purchase Attempt By Four Potential Buyers

Following the abortive attempt by Global Gaming Factory to purchase the Pirate Bay, fans and onlookers could be in for a sequence of new dramas as the site pursues new buyers. According to a report today, four entities are in the running, one of which proves particularly interesting.

Anti Piracy Laws and Lawsuits Fail to Change Social Norms

New laws designed to thwart illicit file-sharing have been drafted by governments all over the world recently. At the same time the entertainment industries have claimed victories against individual file-sharers and operators of BitTorrent sites. Interestingly, these developments haven't changed social norms towards piracy which makes it hard to maintain compliance.

Sony CEO Pleads Poverty But The Movie Industry is Loaded

In a piece today in The Times, Sony boss Michael Lynton yet again champions 3 strikes for alleged pirates and states that combating piracy could add millions to the economy. He also says that due to piracy, in 2008 Hollywood made the lowest number of movies in the last decade. So where did its record earnings go?