A new torrent-indexing site comes from Spain using search technology financed by the government and developed by a P2P veteran who managed to defeat big music labels in court. Pablo Soto was cleared by a court in 2011 in a case pursued by big labels including Universal, Sony, EMI, Warner and the “Spanish RIAA” Promusicae which were seeking €13 million in damages from Soto’s company that created various file-sharing services. The court found Soto’s software to be “totally neutral,” TorrentFreak reports, while the labels argued it was designed to infringe on their copyrights and profit from them. More →
A man in Sweden who used to upload movies to a torrent site for years has been ordered by a court to pay $652,000 in damages for uploading a single pre-release film, a record so far for a Swedish movie, TorrentFreak reports. That’s how much the studio would have charged to allow the user to share the movie for free. More →
The series finale of Lost has earned the perhaps-not-so enviable honor of being the most torrented file of all time. Torrent Freak reports that the final episode of ABC’s hit drama was downloaded over 1 million times in under 1 day, with over 100,000 people seeding a single file. Buzz about how the series ended, combined with the overseas fans who could not bear to wait the 48 – 72 hours for the show to air, are credited with creating the torrent of torrents. Congratulations Lost. Take a bow? More →
In an uncharacteristically rational move, on the surface at least, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has decided that it will stop suing individuals caught downloading pirated music and will instead focus solely on asking the pirates ISP to either serve warning or kill their internet connections. This tactic is by no means new and is in fact standard practice in many countries across the world where, you guessed it, it makes little to no difference in levels of music piracy. But hey, at least the RIAA has finally realized that its spending $100,000 to sue a struggling single-mom diner waitress for $25,000 after catching her downloading a few pirated CDs is plain stupid, especially when there isn’t a hope in the world that it’ll ever collect a penny from her.