A tiny torrent site, that didn’t actually store torrents and was run from a home Internet connection, has received some serious attention from the police. Acting on information supplied by Rights Alliance on behalf of the movie studios, eight police raided a home address last week. When the site’s operator asked to see the search warrant, he was told: “This is not a Hollywood movie.”
After amassing 106,000 signatures a petition aimed at improving the prison conditions of Gottfrid Svartholm has been delivered to the Danish government. In the hope that it may even prompt the total release of the Pirate Bay founder, yesterday the Danish Pirate Party handed the petition to Karen Hækkerup, Denmark’s Minister of Justice .
The Chinese-based DVD ripping company DVDFab has asked a New York federal court to lift its domain seizures and payment processing restrictions so it can serve customers outside the United States. The company argues that the country’s DRM circumvention laws don’t apply internationally.
Hulu, the largest public movie and TV streaming service in the United States, began blocking VPN users this week. The move is an attempt to prevent “pirates” from overseas from accessing videos without permission, but it is also blocking many legitimate users from surfing the Internet securely.
A Dutch ban on the downloading of copyrighted material from unauthorized sources was cheered by the entertainment industries recently, but will fall short of achieving its aims. That’s the opinion of several politicians who believe that only by providing better legal options will the situation improve. As they call for debate, a government spokesperson predicted that the ban will make it easier to chase down ‘pirate’ sites.