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“Take My Money, HBO” Shows That Plenty Of People Pirate Just Because They Have To “Take My Money, HBO” Shows That Plenty Of People Pirate Just Because They Have To

I’m sure you all remember that amazing comic from The Oatmeal that depicts what happend when the creator decided to watch HBO’s smash series Game of Thrones. With credit card in hand, he took to the interwebs to try and …

RIAA Inaccurately Criticizes Google’s Transparency RIAA Inaccurately Criticizes Google’s Transparency

When organizations like the MPAA and the RIAA want to complain about the tech industry not helping with the fight against piracy, inevitably, their focus turns to Google. Bing? Not so much, but if you’re going to rattle cages, make …

Dutch Pirate Party Scoffs At ACTA Rejection Dutch Pirate Party Scoffs At ACTA Rejection

While the Dutch Parliament’s rejection of the ACTA treaty may be treated as good news by some, according to the Dutch Pirate Party, the move can be viewed as grandstanding on the part of Dutch officials who are up for …

Chris Dodd Hints That Piracy Isn’t Theft, Still Wants SOPA Chris Dodd Hints That Piracy Isn’t Theft, Still Wants SOPA
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Chris Dodd has all the makings of an effective politician, if, for nothing else, his ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth. Take, for instance, his current stance on both SOPA and piracy. In an interview with …

VKontakte Loses Appeal Over Allegations Of Copyright Infringement VKontakte Loses Appeal Over Allegations Of Copyright Infringement

Are you aware of VKontakte? It’s essentially the Facebook of Russia that was founded by Pavel Durov. You may remember Durov as the guy who gave Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales $1 million on stage in January during the DLD conference. …

The Pirate Bay Goes Down After DDoS Attack The Pirate Bay Goes Down After DDoS Attack
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Now this is odd. The Pirate Bay is a priority target to almost every government and media corporation on the planet, but none of them have ever been successful in truly taking down the Web site. It would appear that …

Charles Nesson Says RIAA Creating “Urban Legend” Around Copyright Charles Nesson Says RIAA Creating “Urban Legend” Around Copyright
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You may recall the story of Joel Tenenbaum, the young man who chose to fight the RIAA when the group began to go after individual file sharers during the last decade. He has been caught in a legal hell for …

Most Computer Users Are Pirates (of Software, not Booty) Most Computer Users Are Pirates (of Software, not Booty)
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Be honest: how much of that software on your home computer did you really pay for? All of it? Most of it? Maybe just a little? Did you feel the need to hide that disc containing Adobe Photoshop CS6 that …

Counting Crows Releases Album Sampler On BitTorrent Counting Crows Releases Album Sampler On BitTorrent

I don’t really listen to a lot of rock music anymore these days. I’m more of an electronic fan, but I do remember Counting Crows from back in the day with that crazy CG rabbit dancing around a lady in …

Pirate Pay Aims To Kill Sharing Over BitTorrent Pirate Pay Aims To Kill Sharing Over BitTorrent
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You’re not misreading that headline, there is a new company called “Pirate Pay.” It’s not some kind of illegal service that offers to pay people for the amount of content they pirate, but rather aims to kill piracy on the …

The Pirate Bay Takes Its Case To The European Court The Pirate Bay Takes Its Case To The European Court
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We reported back in February that Sweden’s Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of The Pirate Bay’s founders. The verdict left their jail sentences and fines intact, but they had a few options available to them. One of those …

Blu-ray and DVD Will Now Come with Unskippable Piracy Warnings Blu-ray and DVD Will Now Come with Unskippable Piracy Warnings
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Blu-Rays and DVD’s will now come with a mandatory FBI and Homeland Security warning, arstechnica is reporting. The US government came out with two new copyright notices that are intended to warn and educate people on the horrors of piracy. …

‘Game of Thrones’ Draws Torrent Piracy ‘Game of Thrones’ Draws Torrent Piracy
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As Forbes’ Andy Greenberg is reporting, HBO’s Game of Thrones is a huge hit in the file-sharing community, and is on track to be the most downloaded show of 2012. Accorrding to BitTorrent-tracking and analysis firm Big Champagne, the second …

New York Judge Slaps Down Piracy Lawsuit
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If you believe the rhetoric coming from certain organizations, the illegal downloading of copyrighted material will be the death of the entertainment industry. One MPAA official once said that technology that allowed unauthorized copying of movies “is to the American …

The Pirate Bay Pulls No Punches Responding To Takedown Requests The Pirate Bay Pulls No Punches Responding To Takedown Requests

If you follow the Internet industry with any regularity, you’re already aware of the relationship the entertainment industry shares with The Pirate Bay. That is to say, it’s not a very good one. Truth be told, if Hollywood had its …

Alleged Copyright Infringers Could Be Outted By ISPs, EU Court Rules Alleged Copyright Infringers Could Be Outted By ISPs, EU Court Rules

Earlier this month, a District Court in California ruled against a copyright holder who had wished to obtain the identity of a number of BitTorrent users by subpoenaing the ISP identified with the piracy. The copyright holder, Hard Drive Productions, …

Dropbox Becomes Megaupload With New Link Feature Dropbox Becomes Megaupload With New Link Feature
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[UPDATE] Dropbox has gone on the PR offensive today, answering these allegations. As the commenter below pointed out, the bandwidth limits Dropbox imposes on public links may help to curb copyright violations. See the full story here. [ORIGINAL STORY] Jon …

Megaupload Data Negotiations Begin April 26 Megaupload Data Negotiations Begin April 26

We brought you word yesterday that the U.S. government may not have a case against file-sharing service Megaupload due to a “procedural error.” If this is true, Megaupload could be potentially let off the hook. There still remains the problem …

Movie Studios Lose Appeal in Aussie ISP Piracy Case Movie Studios Lose Appeal in Aussie ISP Piracy Case

The High Court of Australia has soundly rejected the notion that internet service providers (ISP’s) are responsible for their subscribers’ copyright violations. In a unanimous decision by the seven justices of the High Court, the case brought by several Hollywood …

European Parliament Rapporteur Recommends Rejecting ACTA European Parliament Rapporteur Recommends Rejecting ACTA

After replacing the disillusioned Kader Arif who resigned his rapporteur position due to his disagreement with ACTA, David Martin MEP is picking up where Arif left off, rejecting the principles on which ACTA was constructed, while suggesting the European Union …

Facebook Responds To CISPA Criticism Facebook Responds To CISPA Criticism
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After Demand Progress took Facebook to task over the service’s support of CISPA, through the use of of an online petition, the social media king offered a response to quell the masses. According to their email updates, Demand Progress’ petition …