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

File-share crackdown 'will not affect innocent users'

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw told MPs today innocent people would not be cut off from the internet "willy nilly" as the Government cracked down on piracy.

Stephen Foley: Why concert merger must be booed off

US Outlook: So Ticketmaster, that dreadful pickpocket who preys on concertgoers everywhere, is scrambling to save its $1.3bn merger with Live Nation, the giant concert promoter. It should stop trying. It is time to give up on an outrageous, monopolistic deal that should never have been contemplated in the first place.

The truth is out there: 17/10/2009

A weekly look at the world

Pirate Bay sale sinking fast

Global Gaming Factory X AB, the small Swedish software firm that planned to buy popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, says the takeover now looks "uncertain."

The music industry's future may not depend on charging for songs

Tony Wadsworth ran EMI for a decade and is chairman of the British Phonographic Industry. He tells Ian Burrell about the changes the business must make in order to survive

Illegal file-sharers will be cut off as 'last resort'

People who share files illegally over the internet may have their connection suspended under government proposals to tackle piracy, but only as a "last resort", Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary said.

Lily Allen: It's artists who should control the distribution of their music

I want to make it clear that I'm not after a fight with the Featured Artists Coalition – I want us artists to stand together on this – but they've released a new statement which just doesn't make sense. The FAC seems to be viewing the Government's proposed legislation [on file-sharing] as an attack on freedom and liberty, but stealing's not really a human right, is it?

Errors & Omissions: It's not just vocabulary that gets lost across the Atlantic

Aged pedants who moan about "Americanisms" usually mean items of vocabulary, such as "sidewalk" and "apartment", failing to remember how much duller the English language would be, especially its political vocabulary, without such American expressions as "bandwagon", "filibuster" and "pork barrel". Less often noted are the differences of syntax.

Artists go to war over illegal file-sharing

Lily Allen accuses established stars of holding back new talent

Lily Allen: 'File-sharing is not fair'

Lily Allen has hit out at Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and Ed O'Brien of Radiohead for condoning the sharing of music on the internet.

Internet providers face child porn crackdown

Firms may be ordered to block abuse sites – but campaigners say move will be counterproductive

The top ten most pirated eBooks of 2009

Don’t look at this list if you want to believe that the Internet is feeding a hunger for a deeper kind of learning. The 10 books most downloaded on BitTorrent (a free file-sharing application) this year do not include titles by Victor Hugo or Emily Brontë (or even Dan Brown or J.K. Rowling).

Leading article: The wrong penalty for file-sharing

Ministers, music executives and Hollywood film moguls have long tried to find a way of bringing order – in their terms – to the Wild West of the internet, where millions of people continue to download copyrighted material illegally. And we acknowledge that illegal file-sharing is a problem. We also accept, though, that it has an alluring side, which attests to the democracy and openness of the Web.

Rhodri Marsden: File-sharing is endemic. The law cannot move as fast as technology

As someone who writes words and makes music for a living, I should probably be rushing to carry Lord Mandelson shoulder high from his office to a waiting chariot, while a crowd of film-makers and songwriters shower him with confetti.

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