Police arrest alleged KickassTorrents owner in Poland
One of the most popular piracy sites, KickassTorrents, appears to have hit the buffers. Its alleged owner, Artem Vaulin, has been arrested in Poland, with the US government having requested his extradition to face charges...
July 21, 2016
Tumblr puts ‘torrent’ posts behind its safe-mode lock
Tumblr has been taking down blogs for repeated copyright infringement recently (Bulletin, 17-Feb-15). Now it’s emerged that the site has hidden posts tagged with ‘torrent’ behind its safe mode, which was introduced...
February 25, 2015
Torrent site Fenopy shuts down with broadside at internet trends
Veteran torrent site Fenopy has shut down after nine years, although of its own volition rather than as the result of a Pirate Bay-style raid by police. “Fenopy was being operated by an Artificial Intelligence that I created...
December 29, 2014
BitTorrent tracker Demonoid is back online
One of the web’s most infamous torrent tracker sites, Demonoid, is back online after nearly a year and a half of inactivity
January 29, 2014
‘Filesharing icon’ IsoHunt comes back from the dead
Well, not IsoHunt itself – founder Gary Fung shut the filesharing site down recently after lengthy legal battles, and isn't bringing it back any time soon.
November 1, 2013
Pakistan starts blocking popular torrent sites
It's not a great week for filesharers in Pakistan, after the country started blocking access to The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents, Torrentz and ExtraTorrent as part of a crackdown on piracy.
July 24, 2013
City of London Police begins new crackdown on torrent sites
A number of torrent sites have been blocked by ISPs in the UK following High Court orders in the last year, but now a new front is opening up in the anti-piracy wars.
June 5, 2013
Torrent site Demonoid raided by Ukrainian authorities
It's a sign of the tone of the current blogosphere debate around piracy that most sites are running with TorrentFreak's interpretation of the Ukrainian authorities' raid on torrent site Demonoid.
August 7, 2012
Shadow play: artists moving to “the dark side”
With DJ Shadow releasing his latest album via BitTorrent, we look at the possibilities going forward with major label artists
August 2, 2012
RealPlayer on offer in DJ Shadow’s BitTorrent bundle
This morning we've got more details on that. In the UK, at least, the partner is RealNetworks, as the official download page notes: "Free, optional RealPlayer software (PC Only)". The bundle also includes three tracks from...
July 25, 2012
Legislation is not stopping piracy (reprise)
Another day, another report into the effectiveness or otherwise of anti-piracy legislation. This time, the Cybernormer group at the University of Lund is claiming that the IPRED laws in Sweden are not having any proper long-term...
May 28, 2012
Counting Crows use BitTorrent for new album promo
Counting Crows are the latest - and perhaps most high-profile (if this was 1994) - band to use BitTorrent for legal marketing purposes. The band have launched a 'BitTorrent Bundle' of four new tracks, liner notes and artwork...
May 15, 2012