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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Piracy’

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 AF Holdings vs. Josh Hatfield and John Doe. In that case, adult video company AF Holdings sued Hatfield for failing …

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Google, Takedown Requests & The Unknown

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 webmaster community. Interestingly, according to Google’s Transparency Report, the number of takedown requests has actually decreased since the announcement, but …

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Are 30 Songs Really Worth $675,000? The Justice System Thinks So

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 the Supreme Court which means that his previous sentence stands. The previous sentence sees Tenenbaum having to pay the RIAA …

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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 week when Dead Trigger developer, Madfinger Games, said that piracy forced the Android version to go free-to-play. Another developer doesn’t …

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Online Petition To Allow YouTube to MP3 Conversion Tops 1 Million Signatures

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 an open and fair discussion” regarding the practice of translating YouTube videos into MP3 files. Matesanz is the creator of …

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Google May Have To Start Censoring Search Results In France

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 entertainment industry seems content with just censoring the Web. A future of Google censorship may be coming to France soon …

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UK Pirate Bay ISP Blockade Did Nothing To Stop Piracy

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 charge. Their latest attempt in the UK that saw ISPs blocking The Pirate Bay on the IP level is once …

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Jimmy Wales Got a Little Testy with Reporters About the O’Dwyer Case

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 decision are false. On Tuesday, V3 published a comment from U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May’s office saying that it would …

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Despite Protests, UK Will Feed Richard O’Dwyer to US Officials Anyways

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 servers in the U.S., and in defiance of widespread support to block O’Dwyer’s extradition, V3 has confirmed with the office …

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Pressure Mounts on UK to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Extradition to US

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 on the British government to take action to prevent his extradition. Anton Vickerman, who ran the site surfthechannel.com, has been …

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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 that the site has been taken down. It’s kind of become the “Keep Out” sign that the U.S. Justice Department …

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Jimmy Wales Pens Petition to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Absurd Extradition to U.S.

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 the internet to galvanize supporters in both the public and the government to take up the cause of U.K. student …

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