P2P archive

  • Virgin Media introduces broadband caps on all packages, should only affect heavy P2P users
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    Virgin Media introduces broadband caps on all packages, should only affect heavy P2P users

    By 5 April 2012

    There was a time when broadband from Virgin Media was uncapped, if you had the top-tier package. But the times, they are a-changing - the company is now introducing some modest capping on lines that have a very high rate of P2P use. This, the company...

  • Virgin Media P2P throttling trial ends - gamers outraged
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    Virgin Media P2P throttling trial ends - gamers outraged

    By 9 March 2011

    A trial run by Virgin Media to see the effects of a proposed combined upstream and downstream file sharing traffic management policy has caused problems with online gamers countrywide. Conducting the P2P throttling trial from Wednesday 2 March for a...

  • Limewire loses in copyright case
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    Limewire loses in copyright case

    By 13 May 2010

    Limewire has lost its case with 13 major US record labels, in a lawsuit which originally began in 2006. Lime Wire LLC, the parent name for the P2P sharing software, and its founder Mark Gorton, were judged to have infringed upon copyright and engaged...

  • 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...

  • Lib Dems pledge to bin Digital Economy Bill
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    Lib Dems pledge to bin Digital Economy Bill

    By 16 April 2010

    Nick Clegg, buoyed by his success in the first of the three TV debates, has been making a few new promises to voters. One of them is that his party's going to be calling for a repeal of the Digital Economy Act (formerly the Digital Economy Bill) and its...

  • RIAA & MPAA propose anti-infringement app
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    RIAA & MPAA propose anti-infringement app

    By 16 April 2010

    The RIAA and MPAA - trade bodies for the USA's major music labels and film studios respectively - have proposed the creation and use of anti-copyright-infringement software, based on the antivirus software installed on most PCs. In a submission (PDF)...

  • Copyright malware appears on Bittorrent
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    Copyright malware appears on Bittorrent

    By 13 April 2010

    A nasty bit of malware is reportedly doing the rounds in the BitTorrent community, taking the form of a fake copyright violation notice that demands cash in exchange for the user not being sued. It directs users to the ICCP Foundation, whose website is...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Oxford University bans Spotify
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    Oxford University bans Spotify

    By 18 January 2010

    It's being reported that Oxford University, one of the UK's foremost academic institutions, has banned the use of music streaming service Spotify from its network. The University's computing services department, OUCS, has pinned the blame on the large...

  • Oink founder cleared in landmark ruling
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    Oink founder cleared in landmark ruling

    By 15 January 2010

    Cast your mind back to the beginning of June 2008, when six people were arrested following the shutdown of a music sharing site called OiNK's Pink Palace - described as "one of the world's largest and most meticulously maintained online music repositories"....

  • 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...

  • UK Gov backtracks on Digital Economy bill
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    UK Gov backtracks on Digital Economy bill

    By 13 January 2010

    Shenanigans are afoot in the House Of Lords, as Parliament scrutinizes Peter Mandelson's Digital Economy bill, which Peter Mandelson is desperately trying to push through before the general election looms. The government has backtracked on one set of...

  • 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...

  • uTorrent gets video streaming functionality
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    uTorrent gets video streaming functionality

    By 18 December 2009

    Popular BitTorrent client uTorrent has added a new bit of functionality that'll likely make filesharers very happy indeed. You can begin streaming video before it's finished downloading. Plenty of people use BitTorrent to watch television shows from the...

  • Demonoid returns to the web
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    Demonoid returns to the web

    By 14 December 2009

    Back in September, after suffering massive hardware issues, Bittorrent tracker Demonoid went down. But now, the site suddenly appears to be back online, accepting logins from registered users. An announcement on the front page reads: "Hello! We are currently...

  • 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...

  • VIDEO: Skifta offers media sharing app
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    VIDEO: Skifta offers media sharing app

    By 20 November 2009

    A small startup from Poole has created an app that aims to make it easier to share your digital media collection between your various gadgets. It's called Skifta, and allows you to shift content between a number of devices with just one catch - they have...

  • 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...

  • Bittorrent protocol gets anti-throttling update
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    Bittorrent protocol gets anti-throttling update

    By 2 November 2009

    A new version of the Bittorrent protocol is about to launch. Bittorrent is a distribution technique for online content that's used heavily by both legitimate software publishers (like Activision Blizzard) and illicit file sharing sites (like the Pirate...

  • Mandelson delivers on three-strikes warning
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    Mandelson delivers on three-strikes warning

    By 29 October 2009

    Peter Mandelson has, as expected, delivered an assault on filesharers at the C&binet Forum. He has laid out his intentions to submit legislation to parliament that would cut persistent file sharers off the web entirely, after a couple of warnings. The...