The recent hacking of a couple of Finnish anti-piracy sites has stepped up a level, or several levels in fact, with one of the anti-piracy groups revealing it received a bomb threat after assisting in blocking popular BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay.
Anonymous is at it again and this time they’ve been irked by the Finns. It launched a DDoS campaign against two Finnish anti-piracy sites, after a court order forced Elisa, a Finnish ISP, to block The Pirate Bay. The Finns seem to be following a similar course to us Brits, with the recent Newzbin2 blockades here in the UK, and Anonymous isn’t happy about it.
Rejoice, brothers! File sharing is now an official religion in Sweden. For real. It took two years, but it's done: it's called the Missionary Church of Kopimism and has Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V as its sacred symbols.
Poor old UK electrical retailer Comet is about to feel the full legal force of Microsoft, with the US software giant claiming Comet made and distributed over 94,000 illegal copies of Windows XP and Vista.
The list of the most pirated movies on BitTorrent reveals that as a society, we've got incredibly bad taste. Fast Five is the winner. It was downloaded more than 9 million times this year. The list gets worse.
Universal Music's legal department sure has been busy! Late last week UMG had a song defending Megaupload removed from YouTube on a false copyright claim. Then on Monday, the company had a news report removed on the same grounds.
That messy court ordered website blocking business is continuing unabated, with Sky being the latest to be strong-armed into blockade of Newsbin2. It was asked "nicely" by the Motion Picture Association last month, and despite the EU ruling that forcing ISPs to filter sites for piracy is illegal, it's now come back with a court order.
Remember that support video for MegaUpload with all the A-List stars? It's been yanked from the Internet because according to Universal's DMCA request, New Zealand artist Meg Gin Wigmore didn't consent to involvement in the project. There were also rumours that Will.i.am issued his own DMCA for the video. Turns out it's all bullshit.
The same copyright barons pushing SOPA, the awful internet, are enormous hypocrites, TorrentFreak reports. They want the law as a means of stopping online piracy—but maybe they should start with their own employees.
In the largest outpouring of celebrity magnanimity since Live AID, a bevy of A-Listers have come out in support of MegaUpload. Huh, apparently the file-sharing service is used for something other than providing me easy access to anime and porn.
A Hollywood-funded anti-piracy group called BREIN has gone and messed up right-royally. It's managed to pinch a music track that a Dutch musician wrote specifically for a local film festival and has used it in tens of millions of Dutch DVDs, totalling to a sum of at least €1 million, about £860,000, in lost revenue.
The European Court of Justice has rulled that ISPs can't be forced into filtering traffic for the purpose of copyright protection, which may impact on the recent court orders forcing BT to filter out Newzbin and The Pirate Bay.
After Hollywood's successful legal posturing to get BT to block Newzbin, which did nothing, the BPI is following their lead and is now after The Pirate Bay. Considering there's already a good record, they're taking the voluntary route this time.
The high court has broken ground in the UK, with a first-of-its-kind copyright ruling ordering BT to block Newzbin2 within 14 days. The ruling follows the request of a coalition of Hollywood studios and could set a precedent leading to more filesharing clampdowns.
Ofcom is aiming to start up its controversial 'three strikes' system in 2013 to tackle piracy. The scheme will see notification letters be sent out to file sharers, while ISPs will have to keep track of alleged infringers.