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Torrent Files Traced Back to Canadian Parliament Torrent Files Traced Back to Canadian Parliament

So, it’s simple to catch Internet pirates, eh? You just grab their IP address when they download stuff from Torrent sites, trace it back to the source and click the cuffs on those thieves. Except when the breadcrumb trail leads …

Roger Ebert Doesn’t Blame Piracy For Movie Industry Woes Roger Ebert Doesn’t Blame Piracy For Movie Industry Woes
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While famed movie critic Roger Ebert’s perspective on the movie industry isn’t directly related to the piracy acts that have been dominating Internet news, the fact that he doesn’t mention piracy once while discussing the industry’s financial woes resonates much …

SOPA Is Draconian, Anticonstitutional Says MythBuster Adam Savage SOPA Is Draconian, Anticonstitutional Says MythBuster Adam Savage
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Okay. So far, the proponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act (PROTECT IP) have heard opposition from big time tech names like Sergey Brin, security software companies and former members of the Business Software Alliance, Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, the entire …

Add RIAA And DHS To List Of Internet Pirates Add RIAA And DHS To List Of Internet Pirates

Nearly 2,000 years ago the Roman poet Juvenal coined the now-famous phrase, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, commonly translated “Who watches the watchmen?” For centuries the phrase has been associated with political philosophy and the problem of corrupt government, but in …

Exclusive: YouTube Responds to UMG vs. Megaupload Exclusive: YouTube Responds to UMG vs. Megaupload
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This morning we brought you a story concerning the conflict between Megaupload and Universal Music Group. Last week Megaupload, which has been the target of the RIAA’s and MPAA’s ire for its perceived role in piracy, posted a video in …

Piracy Uncovered At French President’s Palace Piracy Uncovered At French President’s Palace

A new Russian website continues to prove a source of embarrassment for high-level opponents of music and movie downloading. The site, YouHaveDownloaded.com, shows users their downloading history based on their IP address. It also allows users to put in IPs …

Piracy May Actually Help Artists Piracy May Actually Help Artists
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With all the controversy over SOPA, there has been a lot of attention lately on the so-called “piracy” of music and movies. The practice of downloading copyrighted content illegally – i.e., without paying for it – is at the heart …

BitTorrent Use Uncovered at Major Entertainment Companies BitTorrent Use Uncovered at Major Entertainment Companies
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TorrentFreak, a news site devoted to all things BitTorrent, has published the results of an investigation they conducted into downloads via BitTorrent software at IP addresses owned by some of the entertainment industry’s biggest companies. Using Russian site YouHaveDownloaded.com, which …

Fight SOPA Censorship with Censorship! Fight SOPA Censorship with Censorship!

It’s clear the SOPA/PIPA hubbub has been a polarizing issue, one that stretches far beyond mere web chatter. Big name industry giants have thrown their hats into the ring very loudly and very clearly on both sides of the coin. …

Megaupload Sues Universal Over Takedown of Viral Video Megaupload Sues Universal Over Takedown of Viral Video

Popular file hosting site Megaupload has filed suit against Universal Music Group today over claims that UMG abused YouTube’s automated copyright infringement reporting system to take down a video posted and owned by Megaupload On Friday we ran a story …

The MegaUpload Song: A Strange Gathering Of Celebrity Filesharing Advocates The MegaUpload Song: A Strange Gathering Of Celebrity Filesharing Advocates
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The RIAA and MPAA, in their push to rid the internet of what they dub rampant piracy, have set internet storage locker sites like MegaUpload firmly in their crosshairs as well. While saying that a site like MegaUpload is illegal …

Two Hundred Tech Entrepreneurs Sign Letter In Opposition To SOPA Two Hundred Tech Entrepreneurs Sign Letter In Opposition To SOPA
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Engine Advocacy, a entrepreneurial coalition whose mission is to “create an environment where technological innovation and entrepreneurship thrive by educating, collaborating, and innovating startups in shaping policy,” has gathered together a list of important tech figures who all voice opposition …

Serious Sam 3 Shows The Correct Way To DRM Serious Sam 3 Shows The Correct Way To DRM
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Digital rights management is still a concept of contention, which only gets exacerbated when companies like EA decide to block a consumer’s access to games they’ve already purchased. Yes, content developers and their publishers should have some level of control …

Swiss Government Declares Downloading for Personal Use Legal Swiss Government Declares Downloading for Personal Use Legal
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The government of Switzerland has issued a statement declaring that it will not take action to alter current copyright laws allowing the downloading of music and movies for personal use. The statement is the result of a lengthy study conducted …

Elvis Costello Thinks His New Box Set Costs Too Much, Would Rather You Download It Elvis Costello Thinks His New Box Set Costs Too Much, Would Rather You Download It

The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook is a limited edition, 3-disc box set that comes complete with autographed memorabilia, rare photos, posters and more. The content was recorded during a two-night show in 2011 and includes some of the …

Google Gives Update on How It’s Combating Piracy Google Gives Update on How It’s Combating Piracy
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Last winter, Google discussed its efforts to improve how copyright works online. They outlined four changes that they’d be implementing, including: 1. Acting on reliable copyright takedown requests within 24 hours 2. Preventing terms that are closely associated with piracy …

Beatles Nostalgia Used In Anti-Piracy Campaign Beatles Nostalgia Used In Anti-Piracy Campaign

Anti-piracy group Music Matters describes themselves as a “collective effort by artists and all those who work in and around music to remind listeners of its enduring value.” Their campaign “Why Music Matters” is an attempt to let people know …

Anti-Piracy Lawyer Rips Off Content from Competitor Anti-Piracy Lawyer Rips Off Content from Competitor
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John Steele, an anti-piracy “pay-up-or-else” lawyer, has filed close to 100 mass-lawsuits for his clients, targeting thousands of BitTorrent users, a.k.a. Pirates. Now it seems the moniker could even fit Mr. Steele himself. The folks over at TorrentFreak have pointed …

Why VCs Are Against the Protect IP Act Why VCs Are Against the Protect IP Act

The Protect IP Act introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy in May is receiving a lot of criticism. The bill, which in full is called Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011, hopes to crack down on the illegal online sale of counterfeit goods.

White House Throws Support Behind New Anti-Piracy Agreement White House Throws Support Behind New Anti-Piracy Agreement
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Not long after the news broke that top Internet Service Providers had agreed to a deal with the music and film industries to adopt a new, graduated response to piracy, the White House threw its support behind the deal on …

Top ISPs Adopt Graduated Response to Piracy, Give Users Six Strikes Top ISPs Adopt Graduated Response to Piracy, Give Users Six Strikes
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A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a new anti-piracy campaign being pushed by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA). The deal, backed by the music and movie businesses would have major Internet Service Providers sign a …