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CYBER VIGILANTES GO TO WAR AGAINST DOJ, FBI

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Within minutes after the Department of Justice shut down the cyberlocker MegaUpload on Thursday, the “hacktivist” collective Anonymous managed to shut down the Department of Justice’s and the FBI’s own websites, as well as those of the MPAA and the recording industry’s publishing group BMI and Universal Music, using what is called a distributed denial […]

U.K. STUDENT ORDERED EXTRADITED TO U.S. FOR ALLEGED PIRACY

January 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A 23-year-old British college student who operated a popular website that linked to other sites that offered pirated videos is to be extradited to the U.S. where he faces a possible 10-year prison sentence for copyright violations. On Friday a British judge rejected Richard O’Dwyer’s defense that he broke no British law (so-called linksites are […]

MURDOCH CALLS GOOGLE “PIRACY LEADER”

January 16, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Rupert Murdoch went on a Twitter attack against Google over the weekend. In a series of tweets blasting the White House’s apparent opposition to the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Murdoch referred to Google as the “piracy leader” and charged that it “streams movies free, sells [advertisements] around them. No wonder pouring millions into […]

CABLE BLACKOUT MAY NAPSTERIZE TV

January 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While no progress was reported in the stalled talks between the MSG cable network and distributor Time Warner Cable — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is expected to meet with the two sides sometime this week — it is becoming clear that with a little Internet savvy, New Yorkers can access MSG’s telecasts of […]

REPORT: CONGRESSMEN MAY BE PIRATES, TOO

December 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Even while debating the Hollywood-backed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), members of the House of Representatives and/or their staffs have been engaging in online piracy themselves, using computers located in the House office building, the website TorrentFreak.com, which tracks BitTorrent usage, reported on Monday. “We found more than 800 IP addresses assigned to the U.S. […]

PIRATES DOWNLOADING FLOPS, IGNORING HITS

December 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Suggesting that those who download pirated movies from BitTorrent sites are more interested in looking at films that they’ve missed or wouldn’t otherwise pay money for, TorrentFreak’s list of the 10 most pirated movies for this week puts The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, at No. 6 — up from No. 7 the […]

AUTHORITIES SHUT DOWN 150 COUNTERFEIT WEBSITES

November 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In their widest crackdown on online piracy to date, federal authorities on Monday shut down some 150 websites offering counterfeit goods, including DVDs. Among the sites that were closed were www.dvdshopdvd.com and www.dvdsetonline. Those two sites and the others now sport a notice headed by the seals of the Department of Justice, the National Intellectual […]

VIDEO OF JUDGE WHO BEAT DAUGHTER FOR ONLINE PIRACY GOES VIRAL

November 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A video of a Texas judge who meted out punishment to his daughter by beating her with a belt when he discovered that she had been illegally downloading copyrighted material from the web has gone viral on YouTube. The video, taken in 2006, was uploaded by Hillary Adams, whose father, Aransas County Judge William Adams, […]

MOST-PIRATED MOVIES ARE ALSO BOX-OFFICE HITS

October 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The most-pirated movies of all time are also some of the biggest box-office winners, according to TorrentFreak.com, which tracks BitTorrent use on the Internet. According to the website, Avatar, with 21 million downloads, is the most pirated movie ever, with The Dark Knight and 2007’s Transformers tied for second place with about 19 million. Avatar, […]

DOES DRM ENCOURAGE PIRACY?

October 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Digital Rights Management (DRM), the coding that aims to prevent digital recordings from being copied, may actually encourage piracy rather than prevent it, according to a joint study by Rice and Duke universities. While the study primarily focused on the impact of DRM on sales of recorded music, much of its findings also pertain to […]

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