The Swedish Appeals Court upheld the conviction and jail sentences of three co-founders behind the infamous The Pirate Bay service. Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundstrom all received one-year jail sentences and $4.2 million in fines from a Swedish lower court earlier in the year.
The record for the largest BitTorrent lawsuit in history is now held by Voltage Pictures, producers of the 2009 film "The Hurt Locker". Voltage is suing 24,583 BitTorrent users for downloading the Oscar winning film. Previously the largest BitTorrent lawsuit was against the 23,332 downloaders of "The Expendables"
If a cheap, all-you-can download movie subscription service sounds too good to be true, that's because it is, says one movie industry executive.
Antipiracy initiatives have been heating up in Sweden over the past couple of years, and now authorities have reportedly raided, and arrested administrators of, a popular private BitTorrent tracker which has been hosted in the country for several years.
“This is not one massively coordinated campaign anymore, it’s pure anarchy,” says the security experts on the PandaLabs Blog who have been tracking Operation Payback activities since they began in September.
In an effort to crack down on Internet piracy, a former music industry executive believes significantly dropping prices down to a lower price point could help spur sales. The opinion has been met with a positive reception from Internet users, but has drawn criticism from others in the music industry.
If the cavalcade of recent Sony-related hacking incidents wasn't harming so many people around the world, maybe more could take a step back and laugh at the obvious irony of a multi-national corporation that had decided to actively and aggressively pursue PS3 hackers earlier this year subsequently having several branches of its business compromised by the very same. As the saying goes, "when it rains, it pours." Sony BMG Greece - and its customers - are now all wet.
Spanish police arrested three suspected lead members of the very loosely organized hacker collective Anonymous this week.
Apparently some of the members of Anonymous aren’t going to let a little thing like an FBI investigation put a damper on the activities of Operation Payback. A new DDoS attack is planned to be carried out today against the Irish Recoded Music Association (IRMA).
Microsoft released a new Xbox 360 update as the console maker continues to look for new ways to combat piracy. The new Xbox Live Dashboard also includes the AP 2.5 anti-piracy checker aimed at preventing pirated game play while redflagging some accounts for future bans.
Internet service providers are becoming increasingly concerned they will be responsible to clean up the legal mess when subscribers are accused of downloading and sharing copyrighted music files.
The 14,000 P2P users who have been recently sued for alleged illegal file-sharing may end up having the cases against them dismissed because of a technicality. Rosemary Collyer, one of the federal judges overseeing the US Copyright Group cases in Washington, DC has ruled that because defendants in the cases reside all over the United States, the DC court may not have jurisdiction over many of them.
Antipiracy witch hunts seem to be getting out of control these days. Torrent-associated search engines are being targeted by authorities despite the fact that they don’t actually own any of the copyright infringing material, and now simply possessing a wireless router is apparently suspicious activity.
It has been a full week now since the news about hacking group FailOverflow’s discovery of the PS3 “root key”, which would allow homebrew developers to sign their own applications, began to filter out of the 27C3 (Chaos Communication Congress) Hacker Conference 2010. It seems that Sony executives either hadn’t been paying attention to the reports, or simply discounted them as another easily-corrected security hole, as they had not released any type of statement regarding the discovery until today.
Cloud-based file-sharing services like Rapidshare, Megaupload, and Megavideo have been under fire for years because of copyright infringing activity that occurs on their websites, but recently the level of scrutiny has increased to the point that site owners have decided to launch their own counter-campaign to inform people that their services are not the “piracy havens” that certain entertainment industry groups make them out to be.
Anonymous has kept busy the past few weeks. The hacker collective launched a "Free Topiary" campaign this month in support of arrested LulzSec spokesperson Jake Davis, and held day one (of three) of the more general Paperstorm Revival over the weekend. Its latest effort - Operation BART - saw the group return to its roots. Put simply, Anonymous hacked the hell out of a site.

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