France to Block The Pirate Bay, Disconnect File-Sharers

Despite public protests the French Parliament has passed a controversial new law that will see alleged copyright infringers disconnected from the Internet. In addition, France’s Minister of Culture Christine Albanel has stated that under the new law, ISPs may be ordered to block The Pirate Bay.

Two Swedish File-Sharers Arrested

Just two days after Sweden's new anti-piracy law came into force, two men have been arrested for sharing copyrighted files and administering a rip-box. The arrests were part of an international operation headed by Europol, and the suspects are alleged to be part of an international network.

MediaDefender Buys MediaSentry

Following the departure of founders Randy Saaf and Octavio Herrera, the future for MediaDefender looked even more uncertain than it did previously. However, those concerned that their favorite anti-piracy spoofing company might drift away, fear no more. MediaDefender's parent company just acquired everyone's favorite anti-piracy tracking company, MediaSentry.

MPAA President to be Thrown Out

MPAA chairman Dan Glickman is currently searching for another job. The Clinton-era cabinet minister has been head of the MPAA for the last four and a half years, but will be replaced in 18 months time because of his lacking performance. By contrast, Glickman's predecessor, Jack Valenti held the office for 38 years.

Anti-Piracy Law Causes Drop in Swedish Internet Traffic

A new law designed to make it easier for copyright holders to go after illicit file-sharers came into force in Sweden yesterday. Interestingly, it looks like the IPRED legislation, which will also increase penalties and ultimately criminalize large scale infringement, has already resulted in a major drop in Internet traffic - for now.

Movie Boss Says Piracy is Going Out of Fashion

While discussing a softer approach to anti-piracy PSAs in the UK, the president of Universal Pictures noted that campaigning needs to evolve and carry an "appropriate message" for today. Noting that piracy is going out of fashion, he says that ISPs will be held accountable - like those who run brothels and drug houses.

Unfinished X-Men Movie a Hit On BitTorrent

April 1st is a very tough day to report big, controversial news - if you want to be believed that is. Fact: The new X-Men movie has leaked to BitTorrent and Fox won't be laughing. The movie is unfinished with many special effects yet to be added. Fingers are already being pointed toward the possible source of the leak and downloads are already more than 75,000.

Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

After years of hostility, lawsuits, police raids and heated invective between the two groups, the Pirate Bay has today announced they have settled their differences with US media conglomerate Warner Bros. The largest BitTorrent tracker has sold out to Hollywood and the two have agreed a deal.