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

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A town that was split in two after a bridge was washed away by floods has been brought together again for the first time in five months.

Bill targeting illegal file-sharing to become law

The Government's controversial plans to clamp down on illegal file-sharing are set to become law after peers today agreed changes made in the Commons.

Stephen Foley: Doctor Who knows no borders

US Outlook: I would have been quite happy to cut a cheque for £145.50 this week. Or $222.60, for that matter. The BBC is always on the list when expat conversation turns to what we miss about the Old Country, and you find few dissenters on the value-for-money Brits get from the licence fee. Maybe we should be allowed to help with Auntie's little funding difficulties.

Keeping the internet pirates at bay

Piracy has plagued musicians for more than a decade – and now the games industry is under attack. So what can it learn from the record business? David Crookes reports

From goggle to Google: TV meets the internet

Television viewers are doing it for themselves – hitching up to the web for more control over their viewing. Hardware and content providers are scrambling to keep up, Stephen Foley reports

Rhodri Marsden: This is like tackling shoplifting by removing all the escalators

While the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement sounds like a perfectly laudable effort to battle the production and distribution of knock-off perfume and handbags, the issue of intellectual property in the 21st century is a tad more complex. The ability that the internet has given us to share music, video, images and text makes it relevant to us all, and the fact that it's being negotiated behind closed doors and away from public scrutiny – in a manner quite out of step with other global treaties – is just one reason why the internet community is getting so worked up about it.

Ukraine PM attacks 'coward' rival

Ukraine's Yulia Tymoshenko relished a solo performance on television last night, heaping insults on arch foe Viktor Yanukovych after he shunned a prime-time debate with her ahead of a presidential run-off.

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Christine Payne: File-sharing is not a victimless crime

Too often, illegal filesharing is seen as a ‘victimless crime’, with major media companies able to afford to pick up the tab (See Nicholas Jones in this morning's Independent, for example).

Nicholas Jones: Sharing files is an essential part of the digital revolution

I wonder who the music and film industries' target really is

Pat Pilcher: New Zealand's file-sharing arms race commences

The battle between online file-sharers, governments and content providers looks set to intensify with the looming launch of Section 92a in New Zealand.

Music file-sharer walks free in download trial

Jury clears Oink founder of fraud despite £185,000 discovered in his accounts

Oink creator improving his skills, court told

A software engineer whose illegal pirate music website allowed 21 million songs to be downloaded told a court today he set it up in his bedroom to brush up on his computing skills.

P2P lockdown plan leaves Spanish web users fuming

Many Spanish internet users are furious over a government proposal to shut down websites offering peer-to-peer file sharing of music and films without a court order.

David Prosser: Bringing the web pirates to justice

Outlook None of the internet service providers like Lord Mandelson's plans to force them to cut off the broadband accounts of customers who persistently flout file-sharing rules. Earlier this week, the Business Secretary said tough new rules would come into force from July 2011. That prompted warnings from some ISPs yesterday that they might even seek to challenge the rules on the grounds that taking away someone's broadband would be a breach of their human rights.

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