IFPI Prepares IPRED Complaints Against File-Sharers

A new law designed to make it easier for copyright holders to go after file-sharers came into force in Sweden on April 1st. The feared IPRED legislation resulted in a major drop in Internet traffic but 6 months after its introduction, not a single complaint has been issued against music sharers. But IFPI says this is the calm before the storm.

Pirated Artist Orders Police Raid on Sony Music Office

A Sony Music office in Mexico has been raided after the label refused to hand over the recordings of one of Latin America's biggest artists, Alejandro Fernández. Police took over 6,000 CDs that Sony refused to return, even though Fernández' contract with the label had ended.

UK Lawyers Promise First Court Action Against File-Sharers

Since 2007, the UK has seen thousands of postal threats to take alleged file-sharers to court. But aside from getting default judgments against a handful easy targets who didn't try to defend themselves, the majority of threats have come to nothing. Lawyers ACS:Law are now promising to step up to the mark and bring their first court cases in Britain.

Jay-Z’s New Album Drops Early To Compete With Torrents

The release date of Jay-Z’s 'Blueprint 3' has been brought forward after it surfaced on various BitTorrent sites earlier this week. The album was originally intended to be released on September 11, exactly eight years after the first Blueprint release, but will now be rushed through sooner.

Pirates Jump on District 9 Torrents

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With over a million downloads in less than 24 hours, Peter Jackson's Sci-Fi thriller District 9 is well on its way to becoming the most pirated movie of 2009. The huge download spike is caused by a DVD quality version of the movie that leaked onto various BitTorrent sites yesterday.

Musicians Oppose Punishments for Pirating Fans

Musicians have spoken out strongly against UK government plans to disconnect the Internet connections of repeated copyright infringers. They argue that the plans, much applauded by the big music labels, will further alienate fans from artists.

Anti-Piracy Boss Confiscates Confiscated Hacker Laptop

Tim Kuik, managing director of Dutch anti-piracy gang BREIN, has publicly admitted that he's currently using a Sony VAIO laptop previously confiscated from a 'hacker'. Although he doesn't elaborate on how he obtained the machine, it is hard not to conclude that it has been misappropriated.