Anti-Piracy Group Hints at Disclosure “On Demand”

The chief executive of UK anti-piracy FAST says the chances of a completely voluntary agreement between rights holders and ISPs to tackle file-sharing is "unlikely". John Lovelock, boss at the Federation Against Software Theft goes on to imply that what his outfit would really like is file-sharers' names and addresses on demand, with no need for a court order. This would be "gold plating" he said.

TorrentValley Raided and Shut Down

TorrentValley, one of the larger BitTorrent sites with millions of visitors each month, has been shut down by Bulgarian authorities. The site's servers were seized by a Cyber Crime Unit, which acted based upon evidence provided by the Bulgarian music industry.

Piracy Rampant Among Finnish Youth

A recently published survey on the 'criminal' habits among 15 year old Finns has revealed that more than two thirds of the youngsters have used file-sharing applications to downloaded copyrighted material. Online piracy was by far the most prevalent form of 'criminal behavior' among Finnish youth.

TorrentFreak Turns Three

Exactly three years ago, November 12, 2005, TorrentFreak first saw the light of day. Since then we have published 1,788 articles, while our readers wrote 88,987 comments. It's been a great ride so far, thanks to all of you...

No Solace for Bond: Movie Pirates Evade Camcorder Spies

Hitting US theaters this week, the latest Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace' has already been released in the UK. However, despite searching the bags of paying customers, monitoring movie audiences with Bond-style night vision goggles and proffering misinformation, the industry has failed to stop the movie leaking to the Internet.

Defiant, BitTorrent and NZB Sites Fight Back Against ‘Intimidation’

Last week TorrentFreak reported that South Africa's answer to the RIAA had taken down the country's largest torrent site and an affiliated Usenet NZB site. According to the lawyer representing the sites for free, the recording industry had no standing to make a complaint. Furthermore, the actions of the sites' host were unconstitutional. Both sites, BitFarm and NewsHost, are coming back online.