Category: Piracy

Megaupload mega-deletion a ‘massacre’ says Dotcom

June 20, 2013

Megaupload mega-deletion a 'massacre' says DotcomA company that physically hosted files shared via the controversial Megaupload service has finally wiped the servers. It’s prompted Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom to call it the “largest data massacre in the history of the Internet.”

PirateBay not moving to North Korea

March 5, 2013

PirateBay not moving to North KoreaThe Pirate Bay torrent site claims it is moving to North Korea to seek protection from its legal and political opponents. But the move appears to be a hoax, albeit one with an extra degree of effort.

Comcast’s “Six-Strikes” notification seen in the wild, and it has problems

February 27, 2013

Two Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Verizon and Comcast, have activated their versions of the anti-piracy monitoring system known as Copyright Alert System (CAS), which has been in development for years, on Wednesday.

Here’s a document detailing how much data police can get from your cellphone

February 27, 2013

In the United States, the police have always been allowed to search and inspect any item a suspect may be carrying on their person at the time of their arrest. These searches typically turned up little due to the limits of what a person can carry. Enter the cell phone, which can often give officers of the law access to every little embarassing detail in cell phone user’s life.

The Pirate Bay sets sail from Sweden to newer, friendlier, file-sharing ports

February 27, 2013

The Pirate Bay (TPB) will have to find a new port to dock in as the Swedish Pirate Party has been forced to stop hosting the website for political reasons.

Six-Strikes policy expected to launch on American ISPs this coming Monday

February 23, 2013

American torrenters beware: a six-strike anti-piracy plan will go into effect on Monday, February 25. The plan, called the Copyright Alert System (CAS), was created in coordination with the entertainment industry and will operate on AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon services.

New York Times patches one embarrassing hole in paywall, others remain

February 12, 2013

When the New York Times introduced a pay-to-read scheme two years ago it forgot to do one thing: to make sure that non-subscribers couldn’t bypass the paywall. Now, two years after the fact, the Grey Lady has allegedly closed one method used to see everything for free.

Antigua’s legal piracy scheme is the best kind of piracy

January 25, 2013

If it all falls together, the Antiguan government will soon launch a website based around selling movies, music, and software — all without paying United States copyright holders. That’s on purpose and it’s not piracy — it’s revenge. The small-island nation is subject to a U.S. blockade which prevents them from offering online gambling websites to U.S. residents.

Is Dotcom’s Mega security mega flawed?

January 22, 2013

Fancy new encryption methods and the promise of 50 gigabytes of free space has lured many to Kim Dotcom’s new site, Mega. Dotcom’s new file-hosting website, launched on Sunday, was greeted with a level of hype and fanfare rarely seen outside of an Apple launch. It’s too bad then that Dotcom’s brand-spanking new site, billed as “the privacy site,” has hole upon hole in terms of security.

Metallica come in from the digital cold with Spotify deal

December 6, 2012

Open Spotify up and you’ll be able to stream the entire back catalog of Metallica. I never thought I’d see the day when Lars Ulrich and co. would come in from the digital cold, but it’s happened.

Police confiscate laptop of 9-year-old Pirate Bay Girl

November 22, 2012

A 9-year-old girl has had her laptop — which was adorned with Winnie-The-Pooh transfers — confiscated because it was suspected of having been used to download a file from The Pirate Bay. Why not lock her in prison and throw away the key?

Japan introduces draconian piracy law

October 1, 2012

If you think you have it bad in the United States in terms of anti-piracy laws then try living in Japan.

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.

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