The Pirate Bay Appeal Verdict: Guilty Again

The verdict against three people associated with The Pirate Bay just been announced. The Swedish Appeal Court found Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundström guilty of “contributory copyright infringement” and handed down prison sentences ranging from 4 to 10 months plus damages of more than $6.5 million in total.

U.S. Government Seizes BitTorrent Search Engine Domain and More

Following on the heels of this week's domain seizure of a large hiphop file-sharing links forum, it's clear today that the U.S. Government has been very busy. Without any need for COICA, ICE has just seized the domain of a BitTorrent meta-search engine along with those belonging to other music linking sites and several others which appear to be connected to physical counterfeit goods.

BitSnoop Breaks 10 Million Indexed Torrents

BitTorrent engine BitSnoop has the honor of being the fastest growing torrent site in 2010. After a terrible disaster in February the site lost its entire database and had to go offline for a couple of months. Skip a few months forward and BitSnoop is back on top as one of the leading indexers, with over 10 million indexed torrents covering a massive 12,049,125 GB of data.

Music Linking Site Raided By Dept. of Homeland Security / ICE

A large file-sharing link site dedicated to rap and hiphop music and news has been raided by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The servers of RapGodFathers, a site with close to 150,000 members, were seized and moves put in place to take over its domain name.

Dutch Artist Unions Call Government to Legalize File-Sharing

A strong coalition of two Dutch artists unions and the local consumer watchdog have submitted a proposal to permanently legalize file-sharing of music and movies. In exchange, the parties call for a levy on MP3-players and other devices that can play and record movies and music. In the future, this has to be changed to a general levy on Internet subscriptions.

Hurt Locker Makers Sue Lawyer Who Helped ‘BitTorrent’ Defendants

Graham Syfert, the lawyer who offered self-help to alleged BitTorrent downloaders of films such as Far Cry and The Hurt Locker, has been sued by the makers of the latter movie. On behalf of Voltage Pictures, the US Copyright Group (USCG) is seeking sanctions against Syfert and demand $5000 for the 'work' the self-help forms have caused them. in reponse, Syfert has requested sanctions against the plaintiffs because their filing is "completely insane."

PC Mag Admonished By Music Biz For Encouraging Piracy

The CEO of publisher Ziff Davis has just had an ear bashing from not only the RIAA, but just about everyone in the music industry. It seems that the world's recorded music leaders were more than a little annoyed when PC Mag reported on alternatives to LimeWire, going on to call 'their' report on a TorrentFreak article "nothing more than a roadmap for continued music piracy." Confusingly, PC Mag didn't actually write it. IDG's PC World did.

Anti-Mafia Unit Conducts Melodramatic Warez Piracy Raid

According to Bulgaria's Interior Ministry, the country's organized crime unit has dramatically raided a piracy site. Following a music industry tip-off, an "American movie" style raid ensued with unwitting employees at the site location ordered to lie on the floor while the anti-mafia unit - who didn't even have a search warrant - conducted what appears to a Keystone Kops inspired operation.