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Obscure Canadian Band Mistakes Spam for 100K Illegal Downloads

According to their Twitter page, One Soul Thrust is a "groove-oriented purist rock band from Canada," with "a female singer who whispers and wails like an angel sighing sass in your ear." But One Soul Thrust aren't very well-known. They have fewer than 300 followers on Twitter, and their YouTube channel features a single video that's been viewed barely 300 times. Last week, though, their manage...

Judge Ruling on Copyright Law Used to Be a Lobbyist for RIAA

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell issued a ruling that would make it easier for copyright holders to obtain personal information on anyone suspected of illegally downloading copyrighted files. The verdict was met with complaints from ISPs and consumer rights groups, with many arguing that it would allow copyright holders to pursue frivolous lawsuits in the hopes of striking lucrati...

With LimeWire Gone, Piracy Is Down -- But Will Music Sales Climb?

LimeWire officially shut its doors in October, and many potential pirates have been left in a lurch wondering where they can get the latest Lady Gaga album for free. Alternatives like FrostWire and BitTorrent have seen an uptick in use since the insanely popular sharing network went down, but not quite the jump one would have expected. In fact, since the courts brought down the P2P file-sharing ne...

Google Blocks 'Piracy Related' Terms From Autocomplete, Instant Search

Add 'BitTorrent' and 'RapidShare' to the long list of terms for which Google won't help you search. In an apparent attempt to curry favor with the MPAA and RIAA, the company has begun blocking all "piracy related" terms from its Autocomplete feature. (TorrentFreak reports that Instant search results have also been blocked, but searches still instantly appear for us, once we complete the term. It ...

Pandora Piracy All The Rage: 'Avatar' Most Torrented Film of 2010

'Avatar' was one of the most (over-)hyped and talked-about films of the year, so it's only appropriate that, to round out 2010, the James Cameron blockbuster finds itself atop a list of the most pirated films of the year. 'Avatar' has been torrent-downloaded 16,580,000 times, quite a lot more than last year's most pirated film, 'Star Trek,' which was shared about 11 million times. Perhaps most in...

iPad OS Upgrades for a Price, Facebook Private Addresses Go Public

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... The iPad arrives in just a few days, and Apple is apparently trying to reveal a few unattractive contract specs inconspicuously while the media is occupied with the grand public unveiling. According to the iPad licensing agreement, owners will be eligible to receive one free OS upgrade, but will be forced to pay for any subseque...

A Little Bit Torrent of Knowledge Can Go a Long Way

Share Part of being a good user and consumer is understanding how technology works, why we use it the way we do, and what the barrage of acronyms and PR jargon means. We're here to help you make sense of it all and give you a better appreciation for how that pile of transistors, pixels, and antennas works together to deliver the conveniences of the modern world to your living room or office. ...

More People Pirate 'Heroes' and 'Dexter' Than Watch on U.S. Television

When it comes to network television, it's all about the ratings. If people aren't watching, the show's getting axed -- no matter the quality. (R.I.P. 'Freaks and Geeks' or 'Arrested Development'). According to numbers compiled by TorrentFreak, fans of 'Heroes' and 'Dexter' might need to brace themselves for the worst. The blog recently posted a list of the most pirated TV shows of 2009, and things...

'Grey's Anatomy' Is the Top DVRd Show of 2008

The great thing about the Internet is you can track absolutely everything. Stats about everything people do in their online lives can be compiled into handy lists. NewTeeVee, has compiled some of these lists of stats into a year end round up of the most DVRd shows, most Twittered shows, and most pirated movies. According to numbers from Nielsen 'Grey's Anatomy' was the most recorded show of the ...

Nine Inch Nails Gives Away New Album Online

Trent Reznor and his conspirators in Nine Inch Nails are hard at work trying to destroy the music industry as we know it. Following a year in which Reznor told his fans to steal his music and then produced an album for Saul Williams that he gave away for free, the dark Prince (as in Prince, the artist, not Satan) has cobbled together a new album of material and is offering the first installment...

Top 10 Pirated TV Shows and Movies in 2007

We all know by now that piracy is rampant on the Internet, especially since the advent of super-fast broadband connections and BitTorrent, the current file-sharing method of choice. But do you ever wonder what exactly people are pirating? If so, you're in luck, since the TorentFreak blog has crunched data from the popular Mininova torrent site and found the 10 most downloaded movies and TV show...

Comcast Cable Sued Over Bandwidth "Throttling"

Jon Hart, a Californian who has filed a suit against Comcast, is claiming that not only is the company violating its own "Crazy Fast Speeds" advertising, but is breaking federal computer fraud laws. When it was speculated that Comcast was doing shady things to limit and even block its subscribers' use of bandwidth-hungry applications, the company responded that the accusations were largely untrue....

Two More Pirate Sites Shut Down -- For Now

Another major BitTorrent site has been shuttered... for now. This time it's the U.K.based tv-links.co.uk. TV-Links was closed down for providing links to illegal copies of major motion pictures and TV shows. The closing of the site was accompanied by raids and the arrest of a 26-year-old man from Cheltenham, England for facilitating copy right infringement. Officers from the Gloucestershire Cou...

Comcast Blocking Certain Types of Internet Traffic

From our 'so much for Net Neutrality' department comes a story from the Associated Press, which assigned a reporter to see if there was any validity to recent accusations that Comcast, the cable TV and Internet provider, is throttling and/or blocking file-sharing on its networks. The AP turned to the Bible, which is public domain and legal to share. The tests were run from two different PCs in th...

Prince Sues Three Sites Over Piracy of His Music

Prince (The Artist Formerly Known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince), is taking on three sites that he says are primarily responsible for the online piracy of his music. Prince and a company called Web Sheriff are working closely together to get the offending material pulled from both YouTube and eBay. The third site named in the suit is Torrent peer-to-peer file sharing network / repositor...