Dec 092014

The Pirate Bay is suffering worldwide downtime today.

The problem appears to be a little more widespread than usual as several other torrent related websites are down too, including EZTV, Torrage and the Istole tracker.

tpb-logoThe Pirate Bay is down at the moment, which is a cause for concern among many BitTorrent users.

Those wondering whether their ISP has started to block access to the site can be reassured though, as the site is down globally.

But it has been confirmed today that Police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, sources confirm action against TPB.

Authorities have just confirmed that local police carried out a raid in Stockholm this morning as part of an operation to protect intellectual property.

“There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law,” read a statement from Paul Pintér, police national coordinator for IP enforcement.

Dec 012013

Liquidators escorted by police are evicting staff from a public TV station in the Spanish city of Valencia, after an order to shut it down.

They moved in after staff at the loss-making station defied the closure order by the regional government and continued broadcasting.

Valencia’s government took the decision to close RTVV after losing a court battle over staff cuts.

It is the first regional TV station to be closed down as austerity bites.

Spain, whose banks were crippled during the financial crisis, has been struggling to improve its public finances.

Valencia’s government is run by the conservative Popular Party, which is in power nationally in Spain under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Tension has been high since the closure was announced on 5 November.

The regional government had initially tried to sack 1,000 of the station’s 1,700 employees, but staff successfully challenged the decision in court.

In response, the regional government shut the broadcaster down entirely, saying it could not afford to reinstate the staff.

Canal 9, Nou, and their news channel have all been closed down, and are no longer transmitting on TDT, the Spanish digital television service.

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