The Pirate Bay Gets Ready for Court Case

On February 16th 2009, the trial of The Pirate Bay will start in Sweden. Details of the case have been scarce thus far, but one of the witnesses for the prosecution will be a police officer who got a job at Warner Bros. last year. Pirate Bay's co-founder Peter Sunde promised to bring more competent witnesses to court.

No ‘3 Strikes’ Disconnection for UK Pirates

Ever since the UK's major ISPs and the music industry were forced together by the government to sort out online piracy, it has been feared that a '3 Strikes' regime was on the horizon. Now, according to a government minister, that possibility has been ruled out.

How Piracy Can Boost iPhone App Sales

We recently reported the story of the pirated iPhone game 'Whack em All', where the developer actually engaged the game's cracker instead of taking an aggressive stance. The dialogue had a surprising effect. Sales increased 100%, pirates donated and the game is now available free of charge.

CNN Uses P2P Plugin for its Live Stream

This week, millions of people watched Obama's inauguration on the Internet through one of the many sites that offered a live feed. CNN's broadcast was without doubt one of the most used viewed streams, with a peak of more than a million simultaneous viewers and also one that was using P2P technology.

The Problem with Extending Copyright on Music

Several studies have shown that an extension of copyright on sound recordings is a bad idea. It will lead to less competition and higher prices while only the record labels benefit from it. Next Tuesday, the Open Rights Group will be hosting a round-table event to discuss performance copyright extension in the EU.

OiNK Uploaders Sentenced to Community Service

After months of delay, four users of the popular BitTorrent tracker OiNK have been sentenced to community service and payment of court costs. One uploader and Alan Ellis, the administrator of the site, are still awaiting their day in court

Online Pirates vs MPAA – The 2009 Oscars

Yesterday saw the announcement of the 2009 Oscar nominees. This year there were 26 movies put forward, and by nomination day, 23 of them were already being shared online in DVD quality, many of them copies of voter's DVD Screeners.