All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Piracy’

Spotify Helps Dramatically Reduce Music Piracy In The Netherlands, Norway

While music piracy may not be the buzzworthy topic it was in the days of Napster and Limewire, an idea given life by the RIAA’s decision to stop suing downloaders, that doesn’t mean it’s a forgotten issue. The RIAA’s vehement support of things like SOPA, ACTA, and CISPA indicates as much. Furthermore, a quick look at the RIAA’s site reveals …

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Google Proves To Be Inconsistent By Adding Grooveshark To Their Autosuggest Blacklist

As Google’s march towards becoming the big brother who knows what’s best for their users, even if their users disagree, continues unabated, are we witnessing the company undo all the goodwill it built up over the years? Findings seem to suggest that trend, and when the company responds to why they did things like get rid of Google Reader, despite …

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Most-Pirated Show Game of Thrones Is Also Amazon’s Best-Selling Show of the Year

In another blow to the “piracy kills sales” talking point, it appears that people are buying a lot of Game of Thrones DVDs. Why is this significant? Well, it’s because the hit HBO series has gained a reputation as of late as the king of all pirated content on the web. And now the show has just landed at the …

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White House, IAB, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft & AOL Launch Best Practices To Fight Piracy

The White House’s Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL announced new best practices guidelines for ad networks to address piracy and counterfeiting. The guidelines are designed to help the ad networks regulate themselves. Under the guidelines, ad networks will maintain and post policies discouraging or preventing sites …

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Justin Bieber Pirates Off The Internet, Just Like The Rest Of Us

So, what do you do if you are a multimillionaire pop music idol and you want to watch Anderson Silva get KTFO’d, but you don’t have the Pay-Per-View broadcast handy? Well, if you aren’t a big money teenage dreamboat, you probably resort to things like Justin.tv and First Row Sports to get your fix. But, again, what if you are …

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Warner Bros. Says Piracy Can Be A Good Thing (Sometimes)

Content curators hate piracy. That much has been obvious for the past few years as the major film and music studios have pushed for stricter enforcement of anti-piracy laws. It all came to a head last year with the introduction and subsequent rejection of SOPA. Now at least one movie studio seems to think that piracy may not be all …

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Game of Thrones Is Your Most-Pirated Show of the Year

Apparently, the Game of Thrones pirating army is one that even Khaleesi could be proud of. When it comes to the Spring television season, HBO’s hit show sits atop the iron throne. With an estimated 5.2 million downloads per episode, it’s not even close. The runner up, The Big Bang Theory, only pulled in an estimated 2.9 million downloads per …

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Game of Thrones Breaks Piracy Records Again with Season Finale

Though the reign of the seven kingdoms is still up for grabs, there’s no doubt who the king of piracy is. Once again, Game of Thrones broke records for torrenting following the airing of its season 3 finale on Sunday night. According to data gathered by TorrentFreak, the season finale of the incredibly popular HBO series garnered 171,572 people active …

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Pirate Attack Fought Off By EU Navy

The European Union Naval Force this week fended off Somali pirates, saving 14 Indian sailors. According to the EU Navy, an Indian cargo ship sent out a distress call on the morning of June 5. Twelve pirates had attacked the ship and taken control of the vessel. The Royal Swedish Navy warship HSwMS Carlskrona and the Dutch warship HNLMS Van …

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Tor UK Finds That DRM May Not Be Necessary After All

DRM, or digital rights management, isn’t well-liked among consumers. More often than not, it punishes legitimate consumers while doing nothing to stop piracy. Most legacy content industries still insist that DRM is needed to stop piracy, but is it really needed? Last year, Tor Books UK went completely DRM free. At the time, the publisher said that it was removing …

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Belgian RIAA Demands An Internet Tax To Pay For Losses Due To Piracy

Content owners say piracy is the number one problem facing content owners. These groups have tried almost everything to stop piracy, but none of it has really worked. Now content owners have a new tactic to regain revenue lost due to piracy – an Internet tax. Ars Technica reports that Sabam, the Belgian equivalent of the RIAA, have taken Belgium’s …

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Netflix Access Slows BitTorrent Activity, Says Netflix’s Ted Sarandos

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos (the guy who has led content acquisition since 2000) thinks that the best way to curb piracy is to give the people some good alternatives. “I think people do want a great experience and they want access – people are mostly honest. The best way to combat piracy isn’t legislatively or criminally but by …

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