Filesharing archive

  • Dropbox: 1 billion files uploaded per day, across 100 million users
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    Dropbox: 1 billion files uploaded per day, across 100 million users

    By 27 February 2013

    Since its launch in 2007, Dropbox growth has been impressive. The company's 100 million users are saving 1 billion files a day, CEO Drew Houston revealed at Mobile World Congress 2013.  According to Houston, the 100 million users are connecting to Dropbox...

  • Copyright law makes format shifting legal
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    Copyright law makes format shifting legal

    By 3 August 2011

    The Government has announced that it is to make changes to copyright law, legalising the practice of transferring video and audio files from one format, say a CD, over to another - in this age most likely being a digital file. The current law states that...

  • Dropbox mistake allows login without password
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    Dropbox mistake allows login without password

    By 21 June 2011

    Looks like a glitch in Dropbox's authorisation system briefly allowed users to login without a password, exposing accounts to unauthorised entry.  Between 1.54 and 5.46 pm Pacific time yesterday accounts were left totally vulnerable to password free...

  • Digital Economy Bill here to stay
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    Digital Economy Bill here to stay

    By 24 May 2010

    New Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has stated that the new Government will not overturn the Digital Economy Bill, as rushed through in the last few weeks of Labour's tenure. The controversial bill which, among other things,...

  • Pirate Party fails to score electoral success
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    Pirate Party fails to score electoral success

    By 7 May 2010

    While the UK wakes up to a hung parliament in the wake of May 2010's general election, many commentators are suggesting that none of the main parties achieved much electoral success. That includes one of Britain's newest and geekiest parties - Pirate...

  • TalkTalk "will never surrender" over DEB
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    TalkTalk "will never surrender" over DEB

    By 12 April 2010

    TalkTalk, the loudest voice behind most ISP's general disapproval of the proposals put forward in Labour's unloved Digital Economy Bill, has vowed to continue the fight against the bill, despite it becoming law in the Parliamentary wash-up period.  The...

  • Digital Economy Bill: What it means for filesharers
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    Digital Economy Bill: What it means for filesharers

    By 8 April 2010

    If you haven't been languishing in a cave or living in some remote corner of the globe without TV or internet access, then you have probably come across something called the Digital Economy Bill. This bill was recently passed and it has within it certain...

  • O2 wades into filesharing row
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    O2 wades into filesharing row

    By 17 March 2010

    Mobile phone and broadband network O2 has jumped into the row over content providers sending out thousands of threatening legal letters, calling the practice "bullying".  The main target of O2's wrath is ACS:Law, a law firm which specialises in sending...

  • Twitter pushes out mandatory password resets
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    Twitter pushes out mandatory password resets

    By 3 February 2010

    Twitter has rolled out a mandatory password reset to a number of its users whom it suspected of having compromised accounts. The push involves a number of accounts that experienced a "sudden surge" in followers. The microblogging network said in a blog...

  • Ipredator VPN opens to the public
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    Ipredator VPN opens to the public

    By 21 January 2010

    The chaps at the Pirate Bay have announced that their anonymization VPN service, Ipredator, is now out of beta and available to the public. The service, which allows surfers to completely conceal their tracks, was launched in response to Europe's proposed...

  • Guide to fighting a filesharing accusation released
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    Guide to fighting a filesharing accusation released

    By 14 January 2010

    Back in November, Pocket-lint reported the news that law firm ACS:Law was planning to send out 15,000 letters to households that it suspected were sharing copyrighted material on the Web. That campaign has just started to kick in, with letters now showing...

  • Bono demands greater web copyright policing
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    Bono demands greater web copyright policing

    By 4 January 2010

    Bono has weighed into the filesharing debate on the side of the major labels, in an editorial marking the beginning of a new decade in the New York Times. The musician lists 10 things he'd like to see in the 2010s, including a desire for the internet...

  • Google, Yahoo, eBay and Facebook confront UK Government
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    Google, Yahoo, eBay and Facebook confront UK Government

    By 2 December 2009

    Google, Facebook, Yahoo and eBay have launched a blistering attack on Lord Mandelson, expressing "grave concerns" about his plans to change copyright laws in the recently-proposed Digital Economy bill. The four companies have strongly objected to clause...

  • Filesharers to receive cash demands
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    Filesharers to receive cash demands

    By 30 November 2009

    15,000 suspected filesharers in the UK could soon be getting a letter from a company called ACS:Law which accuses them of sharing copyrighted material illegally, offering the chance to settle out of court for "several hundreds of pounds". The letters...

  • Virgin Media to monitor filesharers
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    Virgin Media to monitor filesharers

    By 27 November 2009

    Virgin Media is trialling a deep packet inspection system that will see 40% of the ISP's network being monitored for file sharing activity. The network plans not to inform customers that they're being monitored. The system is called CView and is being...

  • Mininova shuts down all illegal torrents
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    Mininova shuts down all illegal torrents

    By 27 November 2009

    Mininova, one of the bigger Bittorrent filesharing sites on the Web, has shut down every single "infringing" torrent in its index and pledged to go legitimate. All torrents have been removed, except the ones that were uploaded through its content distribution...

  • Pirate Bay tracker shuts down
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    Pirate Bay tracker shuts down

    By 17 November 2009

    The Pirate Bay has shut down its tracker in an unprecedented move that will see the filesharing network take a more decentralised stance. Despite the tracker closing, the site itself will stay online and active - using both trackerless solutions and the...

  • Survey claims illegal downloaders spend most on music
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    Survey claims illegal downloaders spend most on music

    By 3 November 2009

    A survey from London-based think-tank Demos has added weight to the position held by many that file sharers are the biggest music fans, revealing that those who admit downloading music illegally spend an average of £77 per year on music, compared to...

  • TalkTalk takes aim at three-strikes proposals
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    TalkTalk takes aim at three-strikes proposals

    By 16 October 2009

    ISP TalkTalk has performed a Wi-Fi hacking stunt in a street in Middlesex to prove how innocent people could lose their web access under proposals set out by Lord Mandelson and supported by the major record labels. One of TalkTalk's security experts set...

  • Microsoft Office 2010 leaks to Bittorrent
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    Microsoft Office 2010 leaks to Bittorrent

    By 9 September 2009

    Microsoft Office 2010 is due next year, but a version has already leaked out to Bittorrent websites. It's the first that uses the term "beta", indicating that development of the software may be further along than previously believed. The release, which...