A 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.”
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
If you think you have it bad in the United States in terms of anti-piracy laws then try living in Japan.
One 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, 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.
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.
For 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.
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.