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The life and times of Kim Dotcom

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You don’t need a psychology degree to work out that Kim Dotcom is all about excess. From his rise to fame as a hacker in the 1990s to his key role in the establishment of the now defunct file-sharing behemoth Megaupload.com, he has always openly pursued his love of...
The life and times of Kim Dotcom
Is There Any Value In Cracking Down On 'Piracy' If It Doesn't Increase Sales?

Google's Fiber Makes MPAA Skittish. Why Does Hollywood See All Technology In Terms Of Piracy?

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One of the points we're always trying to make about piracy is that it has less to do with people just wanting everything for free and more to do with people rushing to embrace the possibilities of new technology. The industry has been slow to offer products that take advantage...
Google's Fiber Makes MPAA Skittish. Why Does Hollywood See All Technology In Terms Of Piracy?

The Avengers: theaters bank on the midnight mania of diehard fans

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As the film industry continues to struggle with ways to fend off piracy, theaters rely increasingly on fans desperate to see it firstIt wouldn't have been enough for Nathan Owens simply to show up at the movies at midnight, despite having to be at his warehouse shift at 9am the...
The Avengers: theaters bank on the midnight mania of diehard fans

Australian Media Exec Uses Dickens & Shakespeare -- Who Both Thrived Without Copyright -- To Explain Why We Need More Copyright

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It's really amazing the lengths to which some copyright maximalists will go to push their agenda. Take, for example, the CEO of News Ltd., (the Australian wing of Murdoch's News Corp.), Kim Williams. In a keynote speech to the Australian International Movie Convention, he gave one those typical barn burner...
Australian Media Exec Uses Dickens & Shakespeare -- Who Both Thrived Without Copyright -- To Explain Why We Need More Copyright

What To Do When Attacked by Pirates

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If you were attacked by pirates, who would you want by your side? A loyal horde of head bangers, gangstas and hard-core punks? Or a brainy clutch of bookish types? I’d generally advise you to go with the former group. But it turns out that in the swashbuckling arena of...
What To Do When Attacked by Pirates

There's plenty of drama left in the file-sharing debate

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Rock legend Levon Helm has been posthumously dragged into an emotional dispute over digital piracy between a Reddit co-founder and a university professor who was once The Band's road manager. FORTUNE -- A feud that has flared up over the past several days between Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Jonathan...
There's plenty of drama left in the file-sharing debate

Gov't targets online counterfeits more than digital piracy

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Two U.S. agencies seized 270 websites in 2011 for alleged copyright infringement, but just 22 of those sites were targeted for digital piracy, with the rest allegedly selling counterfeit products, according to the annual report from the government's intellectual-property enforcement coordinator....
Gov't targets online counterfeits more than digital piracy

Universal Music Claims Piracy Justifies Monopoly, Wants The Power To Control Digital Music Services

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In a short article discussing how European antitrust officials don't appear to be too keen on Universal Music buying up EMI, and turning Universal Music (already the largest music label) into a truly dominant player in the market, there's this little tidbit: Unnamed sources at Universal have briefed journalists that...
Universal Music Claims Piracy Justifies Monopoly, Wants The Power To Control Digital Music Services
US embassies worldwide take to Facebook in bizarre promotion of "World IP Day"
Authorities take down another popular file-sharing site, arrest founder for piracy

Big Content eyes Google Fiber deployment in Kansas City warily

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As of early April, Google told press in Kansas City that it would stick to its target of bringing fiber service to the city within the first half of 2012. While the search giant has been a bit reticent to offer details about what precisely the level of service...
Big Content eyes Google Fiber deployment in Kansas City warily

Toni Johnson: The Debate Over Anti-Piracy Laws

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Congress has postponed floor votes for the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), bills intended to increase protections for copyrighted digital content. This marked a victory for opponents who mounted landmark digital protests to call attention to what they believe was a move to give...
Toni Johnson: The Debate Over Anti-Piracy Laws
EU’s highest court to determine if ACTA is legal

Anger about digital 'stitch-up'

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Ministers are accused of a "stitch-up" to pass laws cracking down on digital piracy before the election....
Anger about digital 'stitch-up'

Italian Court Orders All ISPs To Block KickAssTorrents

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Early this year TorrentFreak published a shortlist of the world’s most popular torrent sites. Leading the pack was of course The Pirate Bay, but in third place came a site that over its relatively short life has been shooting up through the rankings. Founded in just three years ago in...
Italian Court Orders All ISPs To Block KickAssTorrents
Arrest half the world: More than 50% of computer users pirate software, study finds

Gov't Efforts Target Online Counterfeits Much More Than Digital Piracy

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Two U.S. agencies seized 270 websites in 2011 for alleged copyright infringement, but just 22 of those sites were targeted for digital piracy, with the rest......
Gov't Efforts Target Online Counterfeits Much More Than Digital Piracy

30 Years Of The CD, Of Digital Piracy, And Of Music Industry Cluelessness

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A post on The Next Web reminds us that the CD is thirty years old this month. As the history there explains, work began back in the 1970s at both Philips and Sony on an optical recording medium for music, which culminated in a joint standard launched in 1982. The...
30 Years Of The CD, Of Digital Piracy, And Of Music Industry Cluelessness

Why piracy is perpetuating plastic pop

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Rather than helping to create a rock'n'roll revolution, the unwillingness to pay for music means more assembly-line artistsEver since Lars Ulrich and his band Metallica experienced a massive public backlash for suing Napster, artists have been weary of speaking out against piracy in public. The fact that Ulrich was already...
Why piracy is perpetuating plastic pop
Web host confirms The Pirate Bay is under investigation

Warner Bros. Looks for Anti-Piracy Interns

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The UK arm of Warner Bros Entertainment is looking for students to spy on digital pirates.At first, it seems only logical: students know about piracy, many of them have commited acts that would be considered digital piracy, so why not hire them as counterintelligence? The actual description of the...
Warner Bros. Looks for Anti-Piracy Interns
Anonymous says ACTA must be killed with fire, hacks U.S. government websites

Digital piracy cannot be stopped

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From the early days of IRC to the creation of The Pirate Bay, online piracy has grown from a minor annoyance perpetrated by an underground community to a mainstream issue that impacts several industries. Internet savvy users originally shared music and videos with one another through a string of underground chatrooms,...
Digital piracy cannot be stopped
ACTA reeks of death: European Parliament urged to reject the anti-piracy treaty
BitTorrent piracy has no impact on U.S. box office sales, study finds
European parliament advised to reject global anti-piracy agreement

Walmart Gives Hollywood a Hand

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The movie industry is recruiting Walmart Stores Inc. to help attract users to its struggling online video-library service, Hollywood’s latest step to combat the challenges of digital piracy and a fading DVD market. Walmart is in discussions to provide an in-store service that will assist customers in registering DVDs they...
Walmart Gives Hollywood a Hand

Torrent-busting ‘Pirate Pay’ may be illegal

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A Russian startup that received $100,000 of funding from Microsoft made headlines recently as its emerging efforts to battle digital piracy found their way to the spotlight. Dubbed Pirate Pay, the company’s technology launches attacks on groups of computers hosting pirated content, theoretically making it impossible for them to share...
Torrent-busting ‘Pirate Pay’ may be illegal

What The CW's About-Face On Streaming Says About Piracy, Authentication

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While its relevance in the realm of traditional linear television is more questionable than ever, the CW’s youthful, digitally literate core audience renders the network an important signpost on where the distribution of TV on emerging platforms is headed. And if the CW’s decision this week to collapse the...
What The CW's About-Face On Streaming Says About Piracy, Authentication
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