Hackers Set To Bring Newzbin Back Online

After Newzbin closed following a debilitating legal battle with several Hollywood studios, rumors began to surface that during a time when the site was still up, it had been hacked and the source code and databases 'stolen'. Now a group called Team R Dogs/Newzbin2 has contacted ex-Newzbin members with news that the site will soon be reborn.

uTorrent ‘Web’ Opens Up to the Public

BitTorrent Inc. has opened up the 'web' feature of uTorrent Falcon to the public today after having tested it for several months in invite only mode. The Falcon release is one of uTorrent's new projects that allow users to stream torrents and access their downloads from anywhere through a simple web interface.

Hollywood Lands Triple Strike On Pirate Bay, OpenBitTorrent

With the assistance of the Svea Court of Appeals, the main Hollywood movie studios have landed a triple blow on OpenBitTorrent, The Pirate Bay and site founders Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij. The Court handed out three injunctions yesterday, one of which took the OpenBitTorrent tracker offline.

IsoHunt Forced to Shut Down in the US

The US District Court of California has issued a permanent injunction against the BitTorrent search engine isoHunt, forcing it to shut down in the United States. IsoHunt is expected to block all access to US visitors in response to the decision, but no action has been taken thus far.

Microsoft Fails to Close Major BitTorrent Tracker

Earlier this year software giant Microsoft launched a lawsuit against Lithuania's largest BitTorrent tracker for its role in the unauthorized distribution of Office 2003 and 2007. Microsoft successfully obtained an injunction against the site and the operator's assets were seized, but these requests have now been overturned by the appeal court.

ISP Takes BitTorrent Admin Privacy Case To The Supreme Court

Earlier this week a Swedish appeals court upheld the ruling of a district court and ordered an ISP to hand over the details of a torrent site operator. Faced with a potential $96,500 fine for non-compliance, TeliaSonera has announced it will take an appeal to the Supreme Court in an attempt to balance pre-existing privacy obligations with those under IPRED.

US Court: RapidShare Not Guilty of Copyright Infringement

The popular file-hosting service RapidShare is not guilty of copyright infringement, the United States District Court of California has ruled. The ruling is an important victory for RapidShare, which has been increasingly targeted by the entertainment industries.