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New Anti-Piracy Plan: Kindergarten Copyright Class?

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 really is. The LA Times reports that a nonprofit group known as the Center for Copyright Information has commissioned a …

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IsoHunt Is Back From The Dead… Sort Of

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 earlier than planned to thwart those efforts. Now an entirely new team has resurrected the site in its entirety. TorrentFreak …

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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 Fung, and the MPAA went back and forth in court for more than 6 years. Now it’s all over and …

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Researchers Argue That Unavailability, Not Search Engines, Lead To Piracy

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 are pushing back against the logic. The Hill reports that George Mason University’s Mercatus Center has recently launched a Web …

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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 governments to re-evaluate their antipiracy laws while including data from studies beyond those directly sponsored by the entertainment industry itself. …

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Breaking Bad Finale Already Breaking Online Piracy Records

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 to wait long to find out how the show ended. Naturally, the content acquisition method of choice for the Breaking …

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Netflix: There is a Method to Their Madness

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. Before purchasing the shows to make available to customers, Netflix is wisely checking piracy sites to research the demand of …

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Breaking Bad Premiere 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 a few minds out there in TV land. And apparently, expectations weren’t all that it shattered. The premiere episode (season …

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New Breaking Bad Episodes Translates To Lots of Piracy

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 episode from the final arc is less than 24 hours old, but reports indicate a great deal of piracy has …

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The Pirate Bay Releases Its Own Web Browser

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 successful thus far. To celebrate the occasion, the site has put together a little something that will make it even …

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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, Nintendo has been putting out hardware that is fundamentally harder to emulate. 3DS games, for example, wouldn’t work well without …

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Comcast Has A Plan To Convert Pirates Into Paying Customers [Report]

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 report suggests that Comcast may already be tiring of this method and is now working on a new plan that …

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