Illegal downloads given stiff penalties in Japan

Japan is to introduce tough penalties for internet users who download copyright-infringing material - with fines of up to $25,700 and a potential two-year jail term.

Limewire to close legal business too

Just weeks after closing down its file-sharing site after a four-year legal battle, Limewire has announced that it is shutting its legal online store too.

French government to subsidise music downloads

The French government has taken a novel step to combat illegal music downloads, and one that many might like to see adopted elsewhere: paying for the downloads itself.

Federal ruling on Eminem could change online royalty system

Eminem was in the news over the weekend, but it wasn’t just because of his two sold-out shows with Jay-Z in Detroit.

Downloads prop up faltering music sales

Digital music sales continue to rise, with iTunes now the leading source of music in the US.

PS3 consoles recover from critical leap year error

A red-faced Sony has confirmed that its Playstation 3 consoles are now recovered from an internal clock glitch.

Apple hopes to offer $1 TV downloads

Apple may be planning to offer downloaded TV shows for as little as 99 cents when its iPad launches in a few weeks' time.