Category: Piracy

Pirate Bay co-founder to be deported from Cambodia

September 4, 2012

Pirate Bay co-founder to be deported from CambodiaOne of the Pirate Bay founders may actually serve jail time after being arrested in Cambodia. Officials there say they are prepared to deport him, though they can’t confirm if and how he will wind up in his native Sweden.

Joel Tenenbaum pays for music piracy

August 24, 2012

Joel Tenenbaum, one of the few people caught sharing copyrighted content online who decided not to pay up to make it all go away, has been told to, well, pay up.

German law firm to name and shame “porn downloaders”

August 24, 2012

German law firm to name and shame A law firm in Germany is to begin publicly naming Internet users it believes have infringed copyright by sharing hardcore pornography without permission. A company insider says Urmann will start by targeting those users most likely to be embarrassed by such publicity, though officially its denying that claim.

Piracy site owner jailed despite hosting no content

August 15, 2012

Piracy site owner jailed despite hosting no contentFor many years operators of questionable video content sites assumed they are untouchable if they don’t actually host any copyright-infringing material. That assumption has proved incorrect in several countries, with theUnited Kingdomthe latest example.

Streaming music helps Warners’ bottom line

August 10, 2012

Warner Music Group recently revealed its financial figures for the last quarter, and surprise, surprise, streaming music services are a growing source of income. And they’re only going to become a bigger piece of the pie from here on in.

Filesharing site Demonoid in triple turmoil

August 8, 2012

Filesharing site Demonoid in triple turmoilAs with Pirate Bay, it may always be too early to declare filesharing site Demonoid completely deal. But the site is currently unavailable and its operators have suffered three significant blows.

Megaupload judge: US is the enemy

July 18, 2012

Megaupload judge: US is the enemyThe New Zealand judge who was to decide if Megaupload’s founder should be extradited to the United States has quit the case. Judge David Harvey was forced to step down after describing the US as “the enemy”.

Spotify pays dividends, at least in Sweden

July 13, 2012

The music industry is dead, right? Killed by piracy and all those nasty people sharing files with each other on the InterWebs, right? Wrong.

Sean Parker Blames Apple for Spotify delays

May 30, 2012

That Sean Parker fella sure knows how to grab a few headlines…

Pirate Bay knocked offline by mystery attack

May 17, 2012

Pirate Bay knocked offline by mystery attackCourtroom verdicts and government crackdowns have so far done little to stop users with even a sliver of determination from using the Pirate Bay site. But now a mystery denial of service attack has knocked down the site for around a day.

Brits ban Pirate Bay

May 1, 2012

Brits ban Pirate BayA British court has ordered leading internet service providers to block access to the Pirate Bay website. It may simply be a procedural move but has prompted fury from campaigners who believe it’s another step to censorship.

How will Google Drive avoid piracy?

April 25, 2012

How will Google Drive avoid piracy?Google has finally confirmed it is to launch an online storage service named Drive. But with the company confirming users will be able to make files accessible by others, does it have the answer to potential piracy issues?

Megaupload questions keep coming

April 23, 2012

Megaupload questions keep comingThe question of what to do with 25 petabytes of data uploaded to Megaupload may be settled this week. But there are legal questions about whether the site’s owner could stand trial.

Does embedding videos breach copyright?

April 12, 2012

Does embedding videos breach copyright?The Motion Picture Association of America is arguing that allowing users to embed copyrighted clips on your site may itself be an infringement. If upheld, that argument could change the way copyright law is applied.

Google defends file lockers; some self-interest

March 20, 2012

Google defends file lockers; some self-interestAs the legal dispute over direct download or “cyberlocker” sites rolls on, Google has lent support to one high-profile defendant. It appears the intervention may be an attempt to stave off legal problems for Google’s own planned services.

Napster WAS better than Spotify, but for obvious reasons

March 19, 2012

Yes, Napster was awesome. But it was also completely illegal and so cannot be compared to modern legal alternatives such as Spotify.

Sony and/or Apple cashes in on death of Whitney Houston

February 13, 2012

Classy move Sony. Or Apple. Or both of you. Cashing in on the death of someone, and certainly within hours of them dying, is not a good move.

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