Furious Copyright Holder Harasses Torrent Site Admins

Every day copyright holders send thousands of DMCA takedown requests to various torrent site owners. These notices are usually quite formal and polite, and nearly all torrent sites remove the mentioned torrents swiftly. However, some copyright holders can't hide their anger and turn the takedown request into a hostile rant.

Hollywood Appeals Decision Not to Shutdown OpenBitTorrent

Last month a court rejected calls from Hollywood to order the shutdown of the OpenBitTorrent tracker. Unsatisfied with the decision, the studios are now taking their case to appeal, stating that the ISP who hosts the site is no different to landlords who knowingly allow prostitution on their premises.

RIAA Victim Files for New Trial, Damages Excessive

Joel Tenenbaum, the Boston student hit with $650,000 in damages back in July 2009, has finally filed the next round in his case. In papers filed with the court, the amount of damages awarded are brought into question, as are the actions of the court. A new trial is requested.

Trial Against OiNK Admin Alan Ellis Begins

In 2007, the popular BitTorrent tracker OiNK was shut down by Dutch and British police. Four users of the popular BitTorrent tracker have already been sentenced to community service and ordered to pay fines. The trial of site admin Alan Ellis started today.

UFC Set To Beat Up Internet Pirates, RIAA-Style

In December 2009, Ultimate Fighting Championship CEO Lorenzo Fertitta testified at a hearing of the US House Judiciary Committee, claiming that the UFC is losing millions to online piracy. Now, in an RIAA-style escalation, the company says it will not only start suing sites, but also individual downloaders.

Record Label Stops Signing Artists Because of Piracy

The Finnish record label Lion Music has announced that it will not sign any new musicians until politicians have managed to stop piracy. Illegal downloading is killing music, they say, and the label has rallied up its rock stars to spread the word.

Money Expert: Industry Should Compete With Music Piracy

While warning that consumers could get ripped off if they don't shop around when buying music, an expert on saving money says that if it's serious about winning over pirates, the music industry must wake up and embrace price competition.