All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Piracy’

Pirate Pay Aims To Kill Sharing Over BitTorrent

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 Internet. Pirate Pay is a Russia-based company that has one simple goal – to kill torrents. It’s actually not as …

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The Pirate Bay Takes Its Case To The European Court

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 options was to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights and it looks like one of the founders is …

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Blu-ray and DVD Will Now Come with Unskippable Piracy Warnings

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. The biggest change to these warnings is the emergence of the Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a major department …

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‘Game of Thrones’ Draws Torrent Piracy

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 season of the shaow has been downloaded more than 25 million times last month. Downloading peaked after April 30th’s episode, …

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New York Judge Slaps Down Piracy Lawsuit

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 film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to a woman home alone.” Of course, that was …

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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 way, The Pirate Bay would be a smoldering husk of a website, one that was taken out long ago by …

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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, wanted the IP addresses of the users who participated in the illegal file-sharing but didn’t wish to pursue the matter …

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Dropbox Becomes Megaupload With New Link Feature

[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 Ying, a Dropbox designer, announced on The Dropbox Blog today that Dropbox will now allow users to share links to …

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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 of the Megaupload data that Carpathia is hosting. If you recall, the judge in the case told all the interested …

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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 studios against an Australian ISP for its user’s piracy was dismissed. The case had previously been dismissed by a lower …

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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 reject the treaty altogether. While acknowledging IP protection is indeed an issue that needs addressing, Martin doesn’t feel ACTA is …

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Facebook Responds To CISPA Criticism

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 has reached almost 200,000 signatures, enough to get the attention of Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of his inner circle. …

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