Entertainment Industry Cuddles Up to The Pirate Bay

Roughly a week before it acquires The Pirate Bay, Global Gaming Factory (GGF) outed its first entertainment industry partner. The Swedish Performing Rights Society confirmed negotiations with the company and sees a legal Pirate Bay as a "window of opportunity" to make up for the "heavy losses" it suffers from file-sharing.

Hackers Divert Anti-Piracy Website to Torrent Sites

Last week, the Portuguese Ministry of Culture decided to shut down or block 28 file-sharing sites. The original complaint came from local anti-piracy outfit MAPiNET. In what appears to be a revenge attack, hackers targeted their website and diverted it to some of the world's biggest torrent sites.

Radiohead Leak Their New Track To BitTorrent

During the last few days a new Radiohead song was mysteriously released onto the Internet. The track is called "These Are My Twisted Words" and until today it was unclear where it had come from. Now, thanks to a post on the band's blog, it seems the boys could've had it planned all along, as they are now linking to the song on Mininova.

Download a Copy of The Pirate Bay Before It’s Gone

In just a few days The Pirate Bay will be passed onto its new owners, marking the end of an era but not the end of BitTorrent. The nostalgic torrenters among us might want to download a copy of the site for archival purposes. It never hurts to have a backup of important data in place, especially when it's free.

Pirate Bay and BREIN Clash at Hacker Conference

Tim Kuik, head of Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN, had a brief encounter with Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm (Anakata) on Friday. The two met at Hacking at Random, an outdoor hacker conference that currently takes place in The Netherlands, where Kuik took part in one of the panel discussions.

Britain Mulls Turning 7 Million Into Download Criminals

A politician being touted as Britain's next Prime Minister has been persuaded to take action to criminalize 7 million citizens following intensive industry lobbying over file-sharing. Business Secretary Lord Mandelson is in favor of introducing tough laws including Internet restrictions and fines of up to £50,000 ($83,000).

Is a Fair P2P Trial Even Possible? Part 2

In this second part of our look at the 'fairness' of P2P trials, we step away from the antics inside the courtroom to look at the overall effect that media perceptions and propaganda might have on a case. From the judge and juries attempting to enforce the law, to those that make the laws.