Pirate Party Wins and Enters The European Parliament

The Pirate Party has won a huge victory in the Swedish elections and is marching on to Brussels. After months of campaigning against well established parties, the Pirate Party has gathered enough votes to be guaranteed a seat in the European Parliament.

Pirate Bay Nemesis Has Name Changed By Pranksters

Antipiratbyrån lawyer Henrik Pontén, one of the Pirate Bay's arch rivals, had quite a surprise recently when he received an unexpected piece of mail. The letter from the Swedish tax authority informed him that his request for a name change had been accepted and from now on, he would be officially known as 'Pirate Pontén'.

Z-Cult FM Comic BitTorrent Tracker Turns The Final Page

Back in 2007, the Z-Cult FM comic book tracker experienced difficulties when it came under legal pressure from Marvel and DC Comics to remove torrents linking to their copyright works. The site complied and extended this service to other publishers but in the end, this courtesy ended up draining the life from the site.

Military Intelligence Used to Shutdown BitTorrent Site

This week police and anti-piracy groups moved to close down a very large BitTorrent tracker. With 250,000 users, Snowtigers was possibly the largest French tracker. According to reports, police arrested 10 members of staff and seized more than 20 servers, after the military assisted in locating the operators.

Mininova Must Block The Pirate Bay and aXXo, BREIN Demands

Earlier this week Mininova and the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN fought out a civil dispute in court. In broad terms, BREIN demanded a copyright filter but an in-depth look at their demands reveals that they also suggest the BitTorrent site to block torrents tracked by The Pirate Bay and ban uploaders such as aXXo.

Hosting Provider Protests Against Anti-Piracy Threats

With the Pirate Bay verdict in hand, the music industry lobby group IFPI are threatening the hosting providers of torrent sites to take down everything BitTorrent related, or else. While some have complied with these demands, the Swedish web host Portlane refuses to do so and uses commercial marketing legislation in its defense.

Government Intranet Packed Full of Warez

Since 2005, a Brazilian senator has been pushing for tough new 'cybercrime' legislation which would include measures against file-sharing. However, before thinking of unleashing new laws on the public, the government should look closer to home, since the senate's intranet is loaded with an impressive amount of warez.

War on Piracy More Important Than Right To Privacy

A Swiss court has ruled that an anti-piracy tracking company can continue monitoring the public on the Internet. The court said that the need to fight illicit file-sharers outweighs the need to protect an individual's privacy on the Internet, and that the ends justified the means.