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.
Archive for the ‘Bit Torrent’ category
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 http://torrentfreak.com/forced-exodus-of-bittorrent-sites-071122/
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 Torrentportal.com , Btjunkie.org , Btmon.com , Meganova.org , MyBittorrent.com , Sumotorrent.com , Bitenova.nl , Slotorrent.net , Stmusic.org , and Speedtorrent.to
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?
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.
There is lots of confused chatter online about the Police raids on BTuga.pt.
Blogger Mind Booster Noori tries to sift through some of it.
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.
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:
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.