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Sergey Brin: Hollywood Is Shooting Itself in the Foot Sergey Brin: Hollywood Is Shooting Itself in the Foot
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Google co-founder Sergey Brin spoke with The Guardian over the weekend and offered up his opinions on a series of topics related to the current state of affairs with the internet and the technology world as a whole. Unsurprisingly, Brin …

A Handy CISPA Infographic Clarifies The Issues A Handy CISPA Infographic Clarifies The Issues

Does the fact that companies like Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, and Intel mean that CISPA is the friendly, less intrusive version of SOPA or are these companies supporting the bill for reasons not related to intellectual property? Actually, in regards to …

MPAA Versus Google, Facebook Concerning Repeat Infringer Case MPAA Versus Google, Facebook Concerning Repeat Infringer Case
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There’s an important copyright case being heard at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals concerning DMCA and repeat infringers. Simply put, if a site owner responds to DMCA complaints and removes infringing content but does not ban the users who …

CA Court Won’t Help Copyright Holders ID BitTorrent Users CA Court Won’t Help Copyright Holders ID BitTorrent Users
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The District Court for the Northern District of California today ruled against copyright holders, saying that it will not assist them to identify BitTorrent users. The copyright holder, Hard Drive Productions, purveyors of online pornography, filed a suit against multiple …

MPAA CEO Chris Dodd Still Has Hope For SOPA MPAA CEO Chris Dodd Still Has Hope For SOPA
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Now, before we delve into the Chris Dodd interview that’s making waves around the Internet, it should be noted that, if the bill is resurrected or revitalized, it probably won’t be called “SOPA.” That being said, SOPA has essentially moved …

SOPA Gets a New Name, Still Terrible SOPA Gets a New Name, Still Terrible
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So long, SOPA. It’s been real, and it’s been fun, but it hasn’t been really fun. It’s time to celebrate because SOPA’s dead, right? But wait, what’s this CISPA thing RT.com is talking about? Well, if your answer includes something …

New Center For Copyright Info Set To Start Sinking Pirates Soon New Center For Copyright Info Set To Start Sinking Pirates Soon

Remember when Google defended itself from any culpability due to “safe-harbor” protection from hosting copyright-infringing material and, instead, argued that the responsibility of policing those infringements should rest with the copyright holders themselves? It appears as that several entertainment companies …

ACTA Is Still Alive and Kicking, Could Be Ratified Soon
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Folks, you might want to get those Guy Fawkes masks out, and start working on your next anti-ACTA sign, because there’s a very real chance the European Parliament is going to circumvent the European Court of Justice and ratify it …

The Pirate Bay Blocked By Windows Live Messenger The Pirate Bay Blocked By Windows Live Messenger
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The Pirate Bay has been attacked repeatedly in the past few months by various countries and ISPs attempting to block access to them. The site may even be blocked by the UK in the very near future. The tracker is …

Indian ISPs Ordered To Block Over 100 Sites, SOPA Comparisons Raised Indian ISPs Ordered To Block Over 100 Sites, SOPA Comparisons Raised
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Nearly 400 Internet service providers in India have been ordered to block over 100 music sites by the Calcutta High Court. The Indian Music Industry (IMI) trade group (basically India’s version of the RIAA), which is made up of 142 …

Infographic: The True Cost Of Piracy Infographic: The True Cost Of Piracy

Online piracy is a global problem in regards to both consumers and industry groups. Expensive media, low incomes and cheap digital technology are said to be the primary reasons for rampant media piracy. In 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office …

Piracy Good: Message To Content Producers Piracy Good: Message To Content Producers
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Content producers at a conference in Ottawa recently received a surprising message. Piracy is good. Canadian Indie producers were told at a media conference on Thursday that illegal downloading of content actually secures more business and reveals new emerging markets …

MSN-Owned Site Allegedly Sells Pirated eBooks MSN-Owned Site Allegedly Sells Pirated eBooks
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The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Microsoft-owned website Cudo, was selling a 4GB ebook reader this week for $99 (Australian) – The Chinese-made device came with a CD preloaded with 4,000 books, most of which were pirated. Some of …

Oscars Have Little Effect On Top 10 Pirated Movies Oscars Have Little Effect On Top 10 Pirated Movies

Do Oscar nominations correlate to increased piracy? Let’s find out! TorrentFreak keeps a tally on the most pirated films each week, but this week is special as it comes on the coattails of the Oscars. People were aware of the …

German Police Arrest File Sharing Operator German Police Arrest File Sharing Operator

German police raided file-sharing locker Skyload.net last week, and arrested it’s operator, along with the guy who provided hosting for the site, according to Networld. The Dresden Attorney General’s office initiated the raid in response to a complaint led by …

Copyright Laws Could Break The Internet As We Know It Copyright Laws Could Break The Internet As We Know It

If you’re going to try to sue a website because of the site’s members’ activity, you might want to reconsider given a new report about the success rate of such legal pursuits. Internet lawyer Catherine Gellis, author of “2011 State …

Australia Content Industry Pushing For New Internet Laws

Australia content owners and ISP executives met last Wednesday in Sydney to hammer out potential laws and policies in response to content piracy. The meeting, led by Roger Wilkins, secretary of the Attorney-General’s office, sought to create a draft proposal …

Megaupload Takedown Didn’t Impact Piracy At All
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Clearly, the lessons that Napster offered about piracy all those years ago have yet to sink in with the authorities that are trying to “clean up” the Internet. According to a study conducted by DeepField Networks, as pointed out by …

Study: Piracy Does Not Harm U.S. Box Office Sales Study: Piracy Does Not Harm U.S. Box Office Sales
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Despite the claims of the MPAA and other supporters of SOPA and PIPA, file-sharing does not negatively impact box office sales in the U.S., according to a new study conducted by economists from Wellesley College and the University of Minnesota. …

Piracy Still Rampant After MegaUpload Takedown Piracy Still Rampant After MegaUpload Takedown
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Did anybody seriously think that the take down of MegaUpload would deter people from piracy? I didn’t think so. DeepField Networks posted a study on their blog titled, “File Sharing in the Post MegaUpload Era.” They say that file sharing …

Paulo Coelho on SOPA: ‘Pirate Everything I’ve Ever Written!’ Paulo Coelho on SOPA: ‘Pirate Everything I’ve Ever Written!’
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During the entire SOPA/PIPA/ACTA ongoing ordeal, all you have heard about were the movie studios in Hollywood feeling butt hurt about people ripping them off and depriving them of untold millions of dollars due to copyright violations. One sect of …