RapidShare Targets Sites Over Trademark Abuse

RapidShare has been sending out legal threats to link sites and search engines that use its trademark to encourage users to download copyrighted material. The company is demanding that these sites cease their operations and hand over their domain names to RapidShare, voluntarily or through domain disputes.

File-Sharers Monitoring The File-Sharing Hunters

New laws such as the Digital Economy Bill in the UK will need to be enforced, and this will be done through anti-piracy tracking companies. The Hadopi legislation in France will be assisted by Trident Media Guard, but already those that are paid to watch over pirates are being watched themselves.

Gizmodo Caught In Copyright Crossfire

In an attempt to protect their rights, the leading gadget blog Gizmodo has been sending out takedown notices to bloggers who use their articles in full while running ads. At the same time, however, Gizmodo itself continues to infringe on the rights of photographers by using their images commercially. A true copyright crossfire.

Kiwi 3 Strikes Anti-Piracy Bill Receives Unanimous Support

As the music and movie industries tour the world lobbying for changes in the law in an attempt to slow down online piracy, New Zealand's legislation moves a step closer to becoming law. The Copyright (Infringement File Sharing) Amendment Bill, which allows for large fines and six month Internet suspensions, has just received its first reading in Parliament, to unanimous support.

Anti-Piracy Outfit Chases Torrent Site Domain Registrar

After targeting companies that dare to provide hosting services to torrent sites, Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN has now started to apply pressure to a domain registrar. The tactic seems to work as at least one site, Torrentbit.nl, has decided to change its domain name to prevent being shut down.

Movie Studios Threaten Strike On Pirate Bay Nuclear Bunker

Last year, The Pirate Bay moved to an ISP that has facilities located in a former NATO nuclear bunker. It has operated with them successfully for some time but we can now reveal that Hollywood movie studios are threatening the ISP with a legal strike over its servicing of TPB and several other sites. The ISP's owner, however, is in no mood to capitulate.

Police Crackdown Against Italian File-Sharing Continues

Following in the wake of the recent court ruling which allowed for the ISP blocking of file-sharing sites, Italian police have closed down a prominent movie streaming venue. LinkStreaming.com, one of Italy's most popular sites, has been rendered inaccessible. After searches in three regions of the country, six suspects are under investigation and facing up to 4 years in jail.

RapidShare Ditches CEO Bobby Chang

RapidShare's CEO Bobby Chang has left the company with immediate effect. The Switzerland based file-hoster announced that Chang, who headed the company for years, is no longer deemed the right leader to successfully serve the interests of users and partners in the future.