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November 27, 2012 in Technology



  • BitTorrent Site Owners Fear European Domain Name Seizures

    A new round of domain name seizures targeted at retailers of counterfeit goods has operators of BitTorrent sites worried. For the first time a large-scale operation has seized not only U.S. domains, but also several European-controlled domains too. The general belief among a group of BitTorrent site owners is that the takedowns are a test case for an international effort targeted at file-sharing and streaming related sites.

  • Canada Set For Mass BitTorrent Lawsuits, Anti-Piracy Company Warns

    Following an important court ruling last week, thousands of Canadians are now at risk of being exposed to mass BitTorrent lawsuits. That’s the message from the boss an anti-piracy outfit who says is company has been monitoring BitTorrent networks for infringements and has amassed data on millions of users. The court ruling involved just 50 Canadians but another case on the horizon involves thousands of alleged pirates.

  • Verizon Sued For Defending Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

    A group of adult movie companies is suing Verizon for failing to hand over the personal details of alleged BitTorrent pirates. The provider systematically refuses to comply with court-ordered subpoenas and the copyright holders see these actions as more than just an attempt to protect its customers. According to the them, Verizon’s objections are in bad faith as the Internet provider is profiting from BitTorrent infringements at the expense of lower-tier ISPs.

  • BitSoup Hacked Over Hurricane Fundraiser, Announces New Domain

    BitSoup, one of the Internet’s most established private BitTorrent trackers, has been under attack during the past two weeks. The site has been comprised and defaced, with the hackers gifting ratio credits to site users alongside unsubstantiated claims that money generated by a recent Hurricane Sandy fund-raiser might be misappropriated. BitSoup say the matter is being brought under control and that the new year will see the site shift to a new, less vulnerable domain.

  • Top 10 Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent

    The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′. ‘Looper’ completes the top three.

  • Raided 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay Girl Came To Save Us All

    This week, at the behest of an anti-piracy group, police executed a search warrant against an alleged file-sharer. Not only did the police feel it was measured and appropriate to take action against an individual who downloaded a single album worth a few euros, but even carried on once they knew their target was a 9-year-old child. Of course there has been outcry, but let’s look at this from a different angle for a moment. Isn’t this some of the best news all year?

  • Megaupload Shutdown Hurt Box Office Revenues

    A new paper suggests that box office revenues were negatively impacted after the shutdown of Megaupload. The dip in revenues was most visible for average size and smaller films. According to the researchers this may have been caused by the loss of  word-of-mouth promotion by people who used the popular file-hosting site to share movies.  For blockbuster movies the Megaupload shutdown had the opposite effect.

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