Archive for the ‘Bit Torrent’ category

Torrentspy loses case before trial starts!

December 19, 2007

Digital Music News reports that the MPAA has won a case against Torrentspy since the judge threw out the case on the basis that Torrentspy had been lying under oath and tampering with evidence during the discovery process. Weird one.


More ISP action. This time Holland.

November 26, 2007

The music industry has been focusing some of it’s anti-piracy action on ISP’s. As reported in France it seems to be moving forward apace with some level of agreement between ISPs, content owners and the government.

In Holland, music industry body BREIN has been hassling ISP LeaseWeb to the point where they want Bit Torrent indexes to clear off by Dec 1 – see 

This may not seem that significant until you consider that Netherlands has been somewhat a safe haven and LeaseWeb has been ISP of choice in that haven, at one time or another providing homes for indexes and/or trackers such as , , , , , , , , ,  and

Now will all these sites move to other ISP’s in Holland – such as KDIS, EuroAccess or TrueServer – or will the other popular Dutch ISP’s feel the same way as LeaseWeb? I don’t know what made LeaseWeb take this action but it must have been a commercial decision or one provoked by possible costly legal proceedings .

One other question. Where is the film industry in all this current anti-piracy activity?


October 23, 2007

Whilst shutting down The Pirate Bay is so far eluding the content owners the music industry has just reported a success against one of the most notorious private Bit Torrent sites – OiNK. The press release from the IFPI says that UK and Dutch police carried out raids and a male was arrested in the UK. You can bet this raid is an important one since OiNK prides itself on getting high-quality, clean copies of pre-release albums for release to the internet and is therefore high up in the food chain of pre-release piracy.

Closure of BT tracker in Portugal

July 30, 2007

There is lots of confused chatter online about the Police raids on

Blogger Mind Booster Noori tries to sift through some of it.

Dutch ISP forced to take down torrent site

June 22, 2007

Slyck reports that Dutch music industry group BREIN have succeded in getting a notorious Dutch ISP Leaseweb to shut down a torrent site and reveal the identity of the web site owner. BREIN have had similar success before, although I am not suer that included revealing owner details, so expect more of this in the Netherlands.

Bit Torrent site to log user activity

June 12, 2007

A federal judge has ordered TorrentSpy to log user activity on the site. TorrentSpy has until June 12th to file an appeal. Afterdawn gives more detail and gives this quote from TorrentSpy’s attorney:

“It is likely that TorrentSpy would turn off access to the U.S. before tracking its users. If this order were allowed to stand, it would mean that Web sites can be required by discovery judges to track what their users do even if their privacy policy says otherwise.”

If this judgement stands up, which would be a shock, it would  certainly need some clarification, but may also provide content owners with another legal channel to bring down or limit the operations of copyright infringing or infringement enabling sites situated in the US.

The Pirate Bay funded by right wing extremists?

April 2, 2007