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Kanye West Kills ‘Coinye’ Cryptocurrency

Kanye West Kills ‘Coinye’ Cryptocurrency

By Mike Fossum July 29, 2014

The creators of the cryptocurrency known as “Coinye” were officially shut down after receiving 84 court documents describing copyright violations from Kanye West’s legal team. Coinye, originally called “Coinye West”, a scrypt-based cryptocurrency that featured West’s face as its symbol, …

Google Is Bad At Sending Users To Netflix Google Is Bad At Sending Users To Netflix

Update: Since this was first published, Google is now showing Netflix at the top of the organic results for the House of Cards example. It has also been brought to my attention that nobody is really using the “watch house …

Android App Groups Charged For Piracy Android App Groups Charged For Piracy

The openness of the Android platform has many advantages, but it also makes the platform more of a gamble for developers. Apple’s iOS is still the leading platform for many app releases (especially games) and apps can often sell on …

Guy Wears Google Glass at a Movie, Hassled by Feds Guy Wears Google Glass at a Movie, Hassled by Feds
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As the debate rages on concerning where you can and cannot operate Google’s new nerd goggles, Google Glass, can we at least agree on something – it’s probably best to leave them out of the movie theater? This is not …

Game of Thrones is the Most-Pirated Show of the Year Game of Thrones is the Most-Pirated Show of the Year

In-between all of the end-of-year best-of lists, there are a few lists that it might be questionable for entertainment properties to end up on. One of these is undoubtedly the list most-pirated shows for the year. Though a good showing …

New Anti-Piracy Plan: Kindergarten Copyright Class? New Anti-Piracy Plan: Kindergarten Copyright Class?
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The United States’ largest copyright lobbies, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, have initiated a highly controversial program nudging the educational system to shoulder the burden of teaching kids about how evil piracy …

IsoHunt Is Back From The Dead... Sort Of IsoHunt Is Back From The Dead... Sort Of
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Earlier this month, IsoHunt, one of the world’s largest torrent trackers, shut down after settling a seven year lawsuit with the MPAA. There were efforts to archive all of IsoHunt upon the news, but founder Gary Fung killed the site …

IsoHunt Settles With MPAA, Will Shut Down IsoHunt Settles With MPAA, Will Shut Down

IsoHunt was mine, and presumably many others, first run in with torrents and file sharing. Many have moved on, but the MPAA just couldn’t leave it alone. After launching a lawsuit against the site in 2006, the site’s founder, Gary …

Researchers Argue That Google Does Not Cause Piracy Researchers Argue That Google Does Not Cause Piracy
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Every few months, the MPAA comes out of the woodwork to claim Google’s search results encourage piracy. According to their logic, the prevalence of illegal sources on Google’s front page indicates that something is wrong. Now a group of researchers …

Study Shows Online Piracy is Good for Showbiz Study Shows Online Piracy is Good for Showbiz

A new study by The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) says that online piracy isn’t hurting the entertainment industry, but is actually helping it. The study, authored by Bart Cammaerts, Robin Mansell and Bingchun Meng, also asks …

Breaking Bad Finale Is Also Popular With Downloaders Breaking Bad Finale Is Also Popular With Downloaders

As the Internet went wild watching the final moments of Walter White’s existence in the land of television–an existence that will no doubt live on in streaming reruns–folks who didn’t have access to the episode made sure they didn’t have …

Netflix: There is a Method to Their Madness Netflix: There is a Method to Their Madness
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The Netflix team has a very important job when it comes to purchasing what it’s consumers can view. How would they differentiate it to buy or not? What does the Netflix customer want to watch? These are very broad questions. …

Breaking Bad Both a Piracy and Ratings Smash Breaking Bad Both a Piracy and Ratings Smash

On Sunday, AMC’s Breaking Bad finally picked up where it left off and delivered a mid-season premiere for the ages. I’m not too inclined to hyperbole, but I’m pretty sure that the episode shattered all expectations and blew at least …

Breaking Bad Returns, Pirates Rejoice Breaking Bad Returns, Pirates Rejoice
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Breaking Bad is finally back and the people are rejoicing. Twitter exploded as expected. Memes are already up and running. Another group of people who are excited Breaking Bad is back? People who pirate their TV shows. Granted, the latest …

The Pirate Bay Releases Its Own Web Browser The Pirate Bay Releases Its Own Web Browser
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The Pirate Bay has been providing legal and illegal downloads to content via BitTorrent for 10 years. For those 10 years, governments from all over the world have tried to shut down the infamous Web site, but none have been …

Nintendo Sues Hackyourconsole.com Over Piracy Nintendo Sues Hackyourconsole.com Over Piracy

Piracy is certainly a concern for both console makers and game developers. Microsoft’s failed attempt at implementing hardware-level DRM into the upcoming Xbox One is proof enough of that. However, while other console makers have battle piracy mainly through software, …

Comcast Wants To Convert Pirates Into Customers Comcast Wants To Convert Pirates Into Customers

Most people would say that the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System has been an utter failure. We’ve not yet heard a single success story. In fact, we’ve not heard anything about it since it launched earlier this year. A new …