Pirate Bay Judge Not Biased, No Retrial

To determine if the verdict in the Pirate Bay trial was affected by bias, the connections of Judge Tomas Norström to national and international pro-copyright lobby groups have been reviewed by the Appeal Court. Their 'no bias' ruling can't be appealed which means that there will not be a retrial, instead the verdict in the Pirate Bay trial will be appealed.

uTorrent Dominates BitTorrent Client Market Share

Millions of people use BitTorrent daily, but little is known about the market share of the available clients - until now. An objective sample of more than 150,000 unique IPs shows that uTorrent is the client of choice for more than half of all BitTorrent users. Vuze is in second place with close to 17 percent followed by the mainline client with 12 percent.

Court Orders Rapidshare To Proactively Filter Content

The Regional Court in Hamburg, Germany, has ruled that file-hosting service Rapidshare must proactively filter certain content. Music industry outfit GEMA asked the court to ban Rapidshare from making 5,000 tracks from its catalogue available on the Internet. The court estimated the value of the tracks at $34 million.

The Pirate Bay Founders Summoned To Court Via Twitter

The Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN has summoned The Pirate Bay's founders to court through Twitter and Facebook. Emboldened by recent events in Sweden, BREIN is demanding a total blackout of the site in the Netherlands and has scheduled a court hearing for July 21st.

No “3 Strikes” in Spain, Watch Out Torrent Sites

Just days after ISPs in Spain confirmed talks with the music and movie industry had ended without success, entertainment companies have now backed away from their "3 strikes" demands after it became clear the Spanish government does not support their plan. They will go after 200 BitTorrent sites instead.

Sarkozy Says He Will “Go All The Way” With 3 Strikes

Yesterday from the Palace of Versailles, Nicolas Sarkozy became the first president to address Parliament in 150 years. He took the opportunity to show his determination over the proposed HADOPI legislation, promising that he will "go all the way" to enforce law on the Internet.

Anti-Piracy Lawyers Lose License To Chase Pirates

Just days after Norway’s data protection department told ISPs they must delete all personal IP address-related data three weeks after collection, it's now become safer than ever to be a file-sharer in Norway. The only law firm with a license to track pirates has just seen it expire and it won't be renewed.

More BitTorrent Users Go Anonymous

Users of BitTorrent and other file-sharing networks are increasingly seeking solutions to hide their identities from the outside world. With pressure from anti-piracy outfits mounting on ISPs to police their networks and warn those who share copyrighted content, many file-sharers have decided to negate this by going anonymous.