Ed Sheeran is UK's most pirated artist, Drake tops US list

A new study into music piracy patterns has revealed singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran as the UK's most pirated artist. We thought the UK had more refined musical taste! The new research, published by Musicmetric, also reveals Drake as the most pirated…

File-sharing Brits come under fire from Ministry of Sound

UK dance music label Ministry of Sound have issued letters to thousands of UK based file-sharers, demanding compensation for copyright theft, or else have the accused face further legal action. As many as 2,000 people are thought to have been…

Pirate Bay to be given a lifeline through Swedish law loophole?

Pirate Bay, one of the world's largest and most controversial torrent/file-sharing websites could soon be given an unlikely lifeline through a loophole in Swedish law. The Pirate Party, a political group advocating file-sharing in Pirate Bay's native Sweden, are planning…

Poll shows 1 in 3 Brits believe piracy is "acceptable"

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Pirate Bay founders fined a further £87,500

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The Pirate Bay launches Video Bay beta

You would think that the guys over at the Pirate Bay might lay low for a little while, given the on-going court case and the possibility of jail-time.

But no, their fight against (or should I say, for) copyright infringement shows no sign of relenting – in fact it is showing clear signs of accelerating with the beta release of the Video Bay.

Nothing actually works on the Video Bay at present apart from a couple of test video clips that are a little temperamental. Visitors are presented with a homescreen that states: “This site will be an experimental playground and as such subjected to both live and drunk (en)coding, so please don’t bug us too much if the site ain’t working properly.”

Pirate Bay Spokesman Peter Sunde said it might be a while before the site is launched properly. “It will be done when it’s done, in the future, in like a year or five,” he said.

The Video Bay will aim to rival YouTube with streaming video content. Unlike YouTube, however, there will be no removal of content that may infringe on copyright legislation.

Considering the huge fan base that already exists at the Pirate Bay and the fact that many of these fans are tech savvy – expect the Video Bay to

iPhone 3.0 firmware available already on torrent sites

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As soon as Apple announced that the iPhone 3.0 firmware was immediately available to developers at the WWDC on Monday we knew it wouldn’t be long before torrents appeared online.

So, if you’ve got itchy fingers and you just can’t wait another week to be able to send an MMS or do some copying and pasting with your iPhone, get yourself over to The Pirate Bay, or any other torrent indexer for that matter, and get hold of the torrent.

Do so at your own risk, however. If you want to play it safe, just wait until the official launch in seven days time.

Reports have been pretty positive so far, in so much as it seems to work.

My advice would be to wait until official launch day. Then again, I am a fairly dull and boring individual. Others may advise you to live for the day. Just don’t come crying to me if you manage to balls it up.