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Blockchain startup Tron buys BitTorrent for reported $126m

BitTorrent (the company) has a new owner: blockchain firm Tron, which bills itself as “the world’s largest decentralised ecosystem”. BitTorrent confirmed the acquisition on its site, noting that its products have...
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Blockchain startup Tron buys BitTorrent for reported $126m

BitTorrent (the company) has a new owner: blockchain firm Tron, which bills itself as “the world’s largest decentralised ecosystem”. BitTorrent confirmed the acquisition on its site, noting that its products have...
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4shared hits back at persistent piracy claims

Filesharing site 4shared is one of the biggest generators of DMCA notices for Google’s search engine, with Google fielding more than 50m takedowns for that site alone. Now its owners are hitting back, claiming rightsholders...
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Alleged KickassTorrents owner’s lawyer warns Google

The extradition wheels are turning for Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of torrent site KickassTorrents, who was arrested in Poland in July after an investigation from US authorities. TorrentFreak reports that his arrest has...
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Pirate Bay co-founder ordered to pay $395k to labels

Peter Sunde, one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay, has been ordered by a court to pay $395k to major labels. We’d advise them not to get their hopes up about being paid it, though. The ruling follows legal action...
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Rhapsody rebrands as Napster but promises ‘no changes’

There are more changes afoot at streaming service Rhapsody: it is rebranding as Napster in the US. “No changes to your playlists, favourites, albums, and artists. Same music. Same service. Same price. 100% the music...
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Major labels seek Australian ISP blocks of KickassTorrents

The Australian arms of the three major labels have teamed up with collecting society APRA AMCOS to file a court order to force local ISPs to block access to filesharing site KickassTorrents. They’re using Section 115A,...
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uTorrent introducing $4.95 ad-removing subscription

One of the most popular torrent clients, uTorrent, is introducing a new way for people to pay for its service. “For our latest development, we’re happy to introduce Ad-Free μTorrent for $4.95 annual subscription,”...
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Aurous shuts down after $3m settlement with RIAA

Well, that was that. Filesharing service Aurous has shut down after agreeing a $3m settlement deal with labels that includes a permanent injunction and judgement against it. The deal will see developer Andrew Sampson barred...
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Aurous developer defiant in face of RIAA lawsuit

Music-streaming software Aurous only launched its 0.1 Alpha client at the weekend, but it’s already being sued by the RIAA for “willful and egregious copyright infringement”, in a lawsuit that raises serious questions...
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Music software Aurous launches its 0.1 Alpha

The release of a piece of software in ’0.1 Alpha’ is rarely big news, but it is for Aurous, with its slogan of ‘Enjoy music how you want to for free’. As we reported in mid-September, it’s trying to do for music...
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Aurous developer promises ‘content-ID system and DMCA portal’

Music app Aurous isn’t even available yet, but it’s been causing a stir within the music industry thanks to its promise of a Spotify-style interface on a powerful web and torrent search-engine back-end. Its developer...