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The Pirate Capital Of The United States May Surprise You The Pirate Capital Of The United States May Surprise You
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Piracy is everywhere. The Internet and BitTorrent in particular have made the downloading of music, movies, and games extremely easy. Some people pirate more than others, and that’s worth studying. It could give musicians a good idea of who’s pirating …

The Pirate Bay Did Not Get Shut Down The Pirate Bay Did Not Get Shut Down
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The Pirate Bay went down for quite some time today. Whenever the site goes down for more than five minutes, people begin to fear the worst. There was also the small coincidence of The Pirate Bay’s former host being raided …

ISPs To Start Six-Strike Anti-Piracy Program Later This Year ISPs To Start Six-Strike Anti-Piracy Program Later This Year
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You may recall an effort on the part of the Center for Copyright Information to start a six-strike warning system for repeat copyright infringers. The plan called for tracking of Internet users and calling them out when they were found …

File Sharing Is Now Legal… In Portugal File Sharing Is Now Legal… In Portugal

Portugal has a piracy problem. The European country has been the focus of anti-piracy group ACAPOR for some time now. It all came to a head last year when the organization delivered over 2,000 IP addresses of alleged file sharers …

Mediacom Takes File Sharing Punishments To Absurd New Levels Mediacom Takes File Sharing Punishments To Absurd New Levels

Are you a Mediacom subscriber? Do you use file sharing services to obtain content? If so, you may want to switch to a different provider. The ISP’s new three-strike system is absurdly anti-consumer. Mediacom is a very large ISP. They …

Don’t Expect To Get Your Megaupload Data Back Anytime Soon Don’t Expect To Get Your Megaupload Data Back Anytime Soon
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Collateral damage is unavoidable in war. A good general tries to keep this to a minimum, however, as the people who have no stake in the fight can only suffer. It seems that those waging the war on piracy didn’t …

You Don’t Have to Secure Your Wi-Fi to Help Prevent Piracy, According to Judge You Don’t Have to Secure Your Wi-Fi to Help Prevent Piracy, According to Judge

In a ruling that should make internet freedom activists very happy and many copyright holders very sad, a California Judge has set a precedent that protects internet subscribers from lawsuits based on “negligence.” The decision comes out of the case …

Google, Takedown Requests & The Unknown Google, Takedown Requests & The Unknown
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As you may know, Google is now using the amount of takedown requests it receives for a site as a ranking signal. Google publicly announced this change earlier this month, and it’s been something of a controversial topic within the …

Are 30 Songs Really Worth $675,000? The Justice System Thinks So Are 30 Songs Really Worth $675,000? The Justice System Thinks So
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We brought you the story of Joel Tenenbaum back in May. He was facing massive statutory damages at the hands of the RIAA for sharing 30 songs via the file sharing service, Kazaa. Unfortunately, he was denied an appeal with …

iOS Users Also Don’t Want To Pay For Anything According To Wind-Up Knight Developer

Game developers are on the forefront of the piracy debate. They have more to lose than any other industry as their game is the only thing keeping them afloat. That’s why it was pretty damning of the Android platform last …

Online Petition To Allow YouTube to MP3 Conversion Tops 1 Million Signatures Online Petition To Allow YouTube to MP3 Conversion Tops 1 Million Signatures
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An online petition demanding YouTube to allow access for third party recording tools has topped 1.1 million signatures, and shows no signs of stopping. The petition, created by 21-year-old Philip Matesanz, asks Google to “break their silence and participate in …

Google May Have To Start Censoring Search Results In France Google May Have To Start Censoring Search Results In France
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The entertainment industry has a bone to pick with Google. They feel that the search engine directly aids in helping people pirate content on the Web. While there are some legitimately good ideas out there to compete with piracy, the …

UK Pirate Bay ISP Blockade Did Nothing To Stop Piracy UK Pirate Bay ISP Blockade Did Nothing To Stop Piracy
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The entertainment industry is pretty short-sighted when it comes to finding solutions to piracy. They file a little lawsuit here and a little domain ban there in hopes that people stop using P2P services to download their content free of …

Jimmy Wales Got a Little Testy with Reporters About the O’Dwyer Case Jimmy Wales Got a Little Testy with Reporters About the O’Dwyer Case
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In spite of what appeared to be a decision from the United Kingdom’s Home Office to continue with the extradition of accused copyright-infringer Richard O’Dwyer to the United States, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales maintains that reports of the Home Office’s …

Despite Protests, UK Will Feed Richard O’Dwyer to US Officials Anyways Despite Protests, UK Will Feed Richard O’Dwyer to US Officials Anyways
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In a paradigm switch of imperialism, the United Kingdom is apparently to now be considered the Far Eastern United States given the fate of TVShack webmaster Richard O’Dwyer. Despite having not committed any crime on U.S. soil and hosting no …

Pressure Mounts on UK to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Extradition to US Pressure Mounts on UK to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Extradition to US
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Although the United Kingdom has yet to withdraw plans to extradite Richard O’Dwyer to the United States in order to face charges related to copyright infringement, a separate case that isn’t entirely dissimilar to O’Dwyer’s situation may have increased pressure …

U.S. Government Pirates TVShack.net to Share Pithy Anti-Piracy Propaganda U.S. Government Pirates TVShack.net to Share Pithy Anti-Piracy Propaganda

If you’ve tried to go to sites like Megaupload or Ninjavideo or any other file-sharing site that has been seized by the U.S. government, instead of seeing the website you’ll be met with a notice from the government telling you …

Jimmy Wales Pens Petition to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Absurd Extradition to U.S. Jimmy Wales Pens Petition to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Absurd Extradition to U.S.
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Earlier this year, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales added instrumental support in the internet’s successful fight against the U.S. government-backed Twin Bills of Terrible known as SOPA and PIPA. For his second act, Wales is hoping he can once again use …

Dropbox Can Now Downloads Torrents Through Boxopus Dropbox Can Now Downloads Torrents Through Boxopus
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Ever since the war on file sharers began in the early 2000s, people have been looking for more and more ways to share files anonymously. The use of encrypted torrents and VPNs have met with success. There has also been …

Disney Imposes 28-Day Delay On Netflix, RedBox Rentals Disney Imposes 28-Day Delay On Netflix, RedBox Rentals

Sometimes it seems that Netflix just can’t catch a break. While the movie industry has long had a love-hate relationship with the video rental industry, Netflix seems to get all the hate and none of the love. Ever since the …

The Pirate Bay Wants To Thank The RIAA For Censorship The Pirate Bay Wants To Thank The RIAA For Censorship
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It’s no secret that the RIAA and the MPAA want Google and other search engines to stop listing sites like The Pirate Bay in their search results. The main problem is that Google makes it super easy to find pirated …