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  • Spotify Gets Hit With A Patent Suit From Nonend, A Dutch Peer-To-Peer IP Holder

    Spotify Gets Hit With A Patent Suit From Nonend, A Dutch Peer-To-Peer IP Holder

    The neverending patent wars keep on raging, and Spotify is the latest to get targeted in the social media skirmishes. The music streaming company is getting sued by Nonend Inventions, a Dutch company, which claims Spotify is infringing on five of its U.S. patents covering streaming media, peer-to-peer search, and retrieval and playback techniques. Nonend says altogether it holds more than… Read More

  • Defunct LimeWire Buries The Copyright Hatchet With Music Agency Merlin, Settles For $15M?

    Defunct LimeWire Buries The Copyright Hatchet With Music Agency Merlin, Settles For $15M?

    Another hefty payout for the now-defunct file-sharing P2P service LimeWire, and, perhaps more importantly, another nail in the coffin for P2p services: Merlin, a rights agency representing independent labels, says that it has reached an out-of-court settlement with LimeWire over copyright infringement — a settlement its characterizing as its first big win against a P2P… Read More

  • With Record P2P Loan Growth, Lending Club Raises $25 Million Led By Union Square

    With Record P2P Loan Growth, Lending Club Raises $25 Million Led By Union Square

    Peer-to-peer lending sites are hot again among investors of all stripes. Lending Club today announced a new $25 million Series D financing, led by Union Square Ventures (with existing investors participating). The funding comes on the heels of a $17 million round Eric Schmidt and DFJ put into competitor Prosper in June. In July, Lending Club generated $20.6 million in new loans, compared to… Read More

  • The P2P Evolution

    The P2P Evolution

    Many years ago, after graduating college, I came home before moving to NYC, wondering how I would scrounge together the money for the first month’s rent and security deposit so my friends and I could all live together in the Big Apple. I had one month to get the cash, and instead of going out for traditional, hourly-wage work, I decided to go through all of my old stuff and throw it on eBay. Read More

  • Survey: Dutch Artists Say P2P Doesn't Hurt Them Financially

    Survey: Dutch Artists Say P2P Doesn't Hurt Them Financially

    You may have heard that the Dutch Government now plans to outlaw music and movie (and whatever else) downloading. That seems pretty prosaic: since when was it legal to infringe on someone’s copyright? Isn’t that the whole point of copyright? No matter, for in the lead up to the Dutch announcement’s announcement a survey was taken. “What about the survey?” you may ask. Read More

  • UFC Sends Google DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice Over Illegal Streams

    UFC Sends Google DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice Over Illegal Streams

    Pirates may have had a hard time finding illegal streams of UFC on Saturday night, and that’s because UFC has decided to strike at the heart of the beat: Google. Zuffa, the parent company of UFC, sent Google a notice of copyright infringement (under the DMCA) the other day, asking Google to remove links to sites hosting illegal UFC streams. That way, once 10pm rolls around, it’s not… Read More

  • LimeWire Ordered To Shut Down

    LimeWire Ordered To Shut Down

    LimeWire, we hardly knew ye. A New York court has ordered the company to turn off the software’s ability to search, upload, and download, which pretty much means that it’s dead. I guess this would have affected me greatly, I don’t know, in the year 2001, but now? Not so much. Read More

  • UK ISPs prepare for Digital Economy P2P fallout

    UK ISPs prepare for Digital Economy P2P fallout

    The Digital Economy Act passed in the UK, as you know, and it’s pretty terrible. One of the more spicy sections of the law involved peer-to-peer use, and how it basically makes ISPs responsible for what their customers download. So if HBO finds that you’ve been download “The Pacific,” (really good show, by the way, much to my surprise) it can contact your ISP… Read More

  • Spain proposes file-sharing sites shutdown – without a hearing

    Spain proposes file-sharing sites shutdown – without a hearing

    [Spain] This week has been an exciting one here in Spain, to say the least. The rights of citizens online have been discussed all week in the press. Much as in other European countries, there has been a lot of discussion regarding illegal downloads, intellectual property rights and file sharing on P2P platforms. Our Spanish government, pressured by major music labels, prominent personalities… Read More

  • In Soviet uTorrent, bandwidth throttles you!

    In Soviet uTorrent, bandwidth throttles you!

    Apologies for the headline, but it was too appropriate to resist. It seems that there is a feature of uTorrent 2.0 now in beta that automatically detects network congestion and self-limits bandwidth to lessen it. This might provide some much-needed relief to ISPs that feel a disproportionate amount of traffic is P2P. I’m not sure whether to call this self-policing action capitulation… Read More