Life and Style A ruling which banned Dutch ISPs from letting subscribers access The Pirate Bay torrent website has been lifted.

The decision was made after evidence showed the amount of torrenting by Dutch users had not gone down

Internet suspension threat for digital 'pirates'

Lord Mandelson will be given additional powers to cut off the internet connection of people who persistently download and share copyrighted material under a new plan to curb piracy.

Is the Pirate Bay takeover sinking?

Controversy and the Pirate Bay have always gone together like peanut butter and jam, but now, quicker than you can utter "arrgh me hearties", the controversy seems to have spread to Global Gaming, the company aiming to become the Pirate Bay's new owner.

The Net closes in on internet piracy

Seven million downloaders face being branded criminals in new government drive. Jane Merrick reports

Kazaa file share case goes to court

Lawyers are to begin formally presenting their case in a music downloading lawsuit filed by the recording industry against a Boston University student.

Illegal downloading: What happens if you're caught?

Whether it's swapping songs or swiping movies, almost every internet user has been tempted by the huge amount of free entertainment online. So what's the worst that could happen if you do fill your hard drive with illegal spoils? Robert Verkaik investigates

What's Pirate Bay without the pirates?

Having announced that torrent site The Pirate Bay has been sold to Sweden's Global Gaming Factory and are to list on the Swedish stock market, Peter Sunde (one of the mega-popular site's co-founders) has also announced sweeping changes that could see the iconic web service embracing a new business model.

The Pirate Bay sold to gaming firm for £5m

The Pirate Bay, the notorious file-sharing website, was yesterday sold to a Swedish software company, Global Gaming Factory (GGF), sparking outrage from many of its users.

Music pirate ordered to pay recording companies $2m

A jury ruling in the only US file-sharing case to go to trial said Thursday that a woman must pay nearly $2 million to recording companies for illegally sharing 24 songs by artist such as Gloria Estefan, Green Day and Sheryl Crow.

Phones levy to pay for broadband boost

A levy could be established on all fixed telephone lines to pay for an independent national fund to ensure "maximum next generation broadband coverage".

Music industry faces off with US file-sharer

The Minnesota woman who became the only music file-sharing defendant so far to go to trial in the US is getting a replay two years after losing the case.

P2P geek caught in $29m music copyright scrap

Pablo Soto's story may be every computer whiz kid's dream - or nightmare. After leaving school at 16 to support his family, he managed to eke out a living doing what he loves most: designing computer programs.

Sweden: We're not geeks any more, say Pirates of the internet

Amid the deluge of bewilderingly long and indigestible political manifestos, that of Sweden's Pirate Party was refreshingly brief – an internet file-sharing free-for-all, a ban on monitoring emails and the abolition of patents. Standing on essentially a single issue might have seemed like cloud-cuckoo land but the Scandinavian fringe party picked up more than 7 per cent of the Swedish vote at the weekend, capturing a seat in the European Parliament.

Leading article: The Speaker's last stand

Anyone who did not think that the country was on the brink of a serious political crisis over the expenses scandal must surely realise that it is now. Whatever happens next, the scenes in the Commons yesterday afternoon proved that the current state of affairs is unsustainable. MPs packed the Chamber, expecting – from a torrent of apparently well-informed speculation – that the Speaker would announce his intention to leave office at the next election. Their belief was that this was the minimum Michael Martin could do to expiate their collective guilt.

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