taken offline/down

Back in July this year we reported HERE that was one of the fastest growing websites on the internet blasting it’s way into the Alexa top 500 in a matter of months. This week unfortunately has seen the site being forced offline by officers from Gloucestershire County Council trading standards in conjunction with investigators from Fact and Gloucestershire Police the owner, a 26-year-old man from Cheltenham, UK, has been arrested along with others involved with the site.

15% of P2P network users are spying for authorities

Monday October 01 2007: fifteen percent of the people that are using P2P networks, are spying for the authorities or record and film company representatives like BREIN, MPAA, RIAA, FPFI and more. They are looking for people that share illegal files via the network to collect as much information as they can, so authorities can sue them for copyright infringement.

Dutch entrepreneurs have had it with outrages prices of copyrights levy

The collection of copyrights levy in the Netherlands must be taken into reconsideration according to the confederation of Netherlands industry and employers VNO-NCW and the Royal association MKB Netherlands who wrote an official letter of complaint to the minister of justice Mr. Hirsch Balling. To many organizations act as representatives of the authors, and the collecting of copyright levy. The Dutch copyright law is insufficiently aimed at the interest of the claimant, and unnecessarily cranking up the prices of media content.

War: Hackers Strike Hard Against RIAA Ally

Copyright infringement monitors are the latest target of a well-organized, motivated hacking group.

The group calling itself the MediaDefender-Defenders (MDD) has, as promised, struck again, this time leaking what appears to be the full, uncompiled source code to anti-piracy watchdog MediaDefender’s toolset.

MediaDefender’s software is used internally on behalf of clients like the RIAA and Sony BMG to control the illegal distribution of copyright movies, music and other media online. One company e-mail, leaked last Saturday, detailed the performance of the company’s attempts to poison the distribution of pirated copies of “Spiderman 3” just days after its theatrical release.

The never ending story of BREIN versus the common (file sharing) people, Part 4.

The court in Rotterdam last Tuesday have mainly cleared the five crew members of the websites Releases4U and ShareConnector, and there host (Mindlab) of copyright infringement, piracy on a large scale and membership of an criminal organization. The DOJ public prosecutor Mrs. A. Drogt had just two weeks ago demanded a fine of 5000 euro and 6 months conditional in jail to all defendants.

Judge Mr. van Klaveren considered the following facts NOT proved:

The never ending story of BREIN versus the common (file sharing) people, Part 3.

After the demonstration of Ithaca the defendant Mufasa had to answer the questions of the judge. Mufasa however had (as he said) not really much to do with copyright infringement, he was just taking care of the financial part of the website R4U. He was paying the bills and took care of the sponsored money which was used to pay hosting Releases4U. According to the defendant the income mostly was not enough to play even, so the crew was paying the shortcomings from there own pocket.