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RIAA Totally Out Of Touch: Lashes Out At Google, Wikipedia And Everyone Who Protested SOPA/PIPA

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Remember all that talk of how the supporters of SOPA/PIPA were "humbled" by the protests of January 18th, and how they had learned their lessons about trying to push through a bill without actually involving the stakeholders? Remember the talk of how they hoped a new tone could be found...
RIAA Totally Out Of Touch: Lashes Out At Google, Wikipedia And Everyone Who Protested SOPA/PIPA

BitTorrent Giant BTjunkie Shuts Down For Good

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Founded in June 2005, BTjunkie has been among the top BitTorrent sites for more than half a decade. The site was never involved in any legal action, and to keep it this way the site’s operators decided to shut the site down for good today. The following message was posted...
BitTorrent Giant BTjunkie Shuts Down For Good

Is A Hash Of Hash Of A Torrent Of A Torrent Of Copyrighted Data Copyrighted?

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Let’s try to parse this. Pirate Bay (.se) user allisfine just recently uploaded a torrent to the site that is a collection of all the magnet identifiers for the entire site (actually, only about a quarter of the site, but all the publicly visible ones). That is to say, it...
Is A Hash Of Hash Of A Torrent Of A Torrent Of Copyrighted Data Copyrighted?

Torrent search engine BTJunkie voluntarily shuts down

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Torrent search engine BTjunkie is the latest file-sharing service to fall on its sword in the wake of the Megaupload sting. Junkie, one of the largest BitTorrent indexes, decided to shut down voluntarily. A statement on the website reads, "This is the end of the line my friends. The...
Torrent search engine BTJunkie voluntarily shuts down

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom believes Vice President Biden was behind the site’s shutdown

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New Since Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom isn’t in jail, he’s been keeping himself busy by talking to the press about why his company was targeted for shutdown. This time, Dotcom says that United States Vice President Joe Biden is the one that put the hit out on Megaupload. Dotcom spoke exclusively...
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom believes Vice President Biden was behind the site’s shutdown

Kim Dotcom: Joe Biden Ordered the Megaupload Shutdown

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When Megaupload was raided in January, questions were raised as to why the U.S. Government acted so aggressively against a company that seemingly played by the rules. It’s no secret that the MPAA provides the authorities with “leads” for criminal investigations on a regular basis, but considering the size and...
Kim Dotcom: Joe Biden Ordered the Megaupload Shutdown

Now BTJunkie shuts down: Who needs SOPA?

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In the weeks after Internet users and some of the web’s biggest companies rallied around to fight SOPA’s approach to curbing online piracy, filesharing services of all stripes have taken a thrashing. First Megaupload was shut down and its flamboyant owner charged, and then the Swedish courts ruled that the...
Now BTJunkie shuts down: Who needs SOPA?

Is BitTorrent Done? Major Torrent Sites Consider Shutting Down

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For nearly a decade BitTorrent sites have ruled the file-sharing landscape. In recent weeks, however, worry about the future has increased drastically among the owners of some of the largest torrent sites. Yesterday, BTjunkie closed its doors for good, and TorrentFreak has learned that at least two other sites in...
Is BitTorrent Done? Major Torrent Sites Consider Shutting Down

Hollywood Wants To Kill Piracy? No Problem: Just Offer Something Better

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Just John points us to a recent Reddit thread, in which a rather basic suggestion is made for how Hollywood could do a much better job killing movie piracy: by offering something better. It was summarized with the following graphic: Or, basically, create a service that doesn't limit people and...
Hollywood Wants To Kill Piracy? No Problem: Just Offer Something Better

NY Times: RIAA & MPAA Exaggerate Piracy Impact Stats... But We're Going To Assume They're True Anyway

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Sometimes you have to wonder if the NY Times is simply trying to hurt its own credibility. That's the only conclusion I can come to after reading the editorial by Eduardo Porter concerning the impact of unauthorized file sharing on the economics of the creative industries. While he admits that...
NY Times: RIAA & MPAA Exaggerate Piracy Impact Stats... But We're Going To Assume They're True Anyway

Megaupload Search Warrants Ruled Illegal by High Court

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A case that seemed, just 5 months ago, to be a veritable David and Goliath fight is certainly living up to its billing. The battle between Megaupload (David) and the US Government and the MPAA (Goliath) started out with a flurry of blows against the New Zealand based site staff,...
Megaupload Search Warrants Ruled Illegal by High Court

Even After Shutting Down, LimeWire Can't Catch a Break [Piracy]

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LimeWire has been kaput as a file-sharing service since October but that hasn't stopped its legal woes. Now, after settling with the RIAA to the tune of $105 million, the MPAA and a host of indie music labels have filed lawsuits against the company as well. Talk about beating...
Even After Shutting Down, LimeWire Can't Catch a Break [Piracy]

Kim Dotcom: US Govt Is Protecting An Outdated Monopolistic Business Model

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After speaking with TorrentFreak on Monday, Kim Dotcom has elaborated on his situation in an interview with 3news’ Campbell Live, which now gives us the opportunity to reveal a bit more detail about the current musings of the Megaupload founder. Aside from the heavy-handed nature of the shutdown, the underlying...
Kim Dotcom: US Govt Is Protecting An Outdated Monopolistic Business Model

Evidence Shows That Megaupload Shutdown Had No Real Impact On Infringement

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The first big analysis of what happened to file sharing via cyberlockers following the shutdown of Megaupload shows that there was no slowdown in file sharing -- it's just that the traffic moved elsewhere. The analysis, by Deepfield Networks, concludes that there was no significant drop off in file sharing...
Evidence Shows That Megaupload Shutdown Had No Real Impact On Infringement

U.S. Govt: Megaupload Users Should Sue Megaupload

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Nearly half a year has passed since Megaupload’s servers were raided by the U.S. Government, and still there is no agreement on how former users can retrieve their files. This prompted Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin, a sports reporter who used Megaupload to store work-related files, to take action. Helped by...
U.S. Govt: Megaupload Users Should Sue Megaupload

The Target Isn’t Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, Or MAFIAA: It’s The Policymakers

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Big Monopoly has learned in the past century that when they look like a little spoiled brat having a tantrum, politicians will throw taxpayer money their way to shut them up. Therefore, this is a behavior they emulate as soon they are given a good enough excuse. It’s simply a...
The Target Isn’t Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, Or MAFIAA: It’s The Policymakers

Arizona Internet Censorship Bill So Ridiculous, Even The MPAA And RIAA Are Against It

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A new bill has passed through the Arizona state legislature that would allow for broad censorship of the internet. As with many such bills, this one is weakly "disguised" as an attempt to deal with online "bullying" and "stalking." However, as with many such attempts to outlaw "being a jerk"...
Arizona Internet Censorship Bill So Ridiculous, Even The MPAA And RIAA Are Against It

ACTA suffers major blow following European rejection call

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ACTA, the controversial anti-counterfeit and copyright-bolstering treaty, which at one point threatened the very existence of the Web, may not have its desired global effect should the European Parliament reject the trade agreement.And it’s one step closer to being thrown out after the guiding “rapporteur” for the treaty warned fellow parliamentarians not to...
ACTA suffers major blow following European rejection call

DepositFiles Settles Multi Million Dollar Piracy Lawsuit

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As one of the largest files-sharing sites on the Internet, DepositFiles is visited by millions of users per day. After the Megaupload shutdown the cyberlocker appeared to be one of the top alternatives. Aside from attracting new users, the site also grabbed the attention of Hollywood with the MPAA describing...
DepositFiles Settles Multi Million Dollar Piracy Lawsuit

MPAA: Censorship Is Good For Consumers

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Ah, the MPAA. Hardly a day goes by when someone there doesn't say something positively ridiculous. The latest is a reaction to the news that a court in the Netherlands has expanded the censorship of The Pirate Bay to a few more ISPs. The MPAA has decided to explain that...
MPAA: Censorship Is Good For Consumers
Senator admits: SOPA "really did pose some risk to the Internet"

Chris Dodd: The Internet Developed Because Of Strict Copyright Enforcement

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It's really quite amazing just how badly Chris Dodd still doesn't seem to get what happened in the SOPA/PIPA fight. Every time he opens his mouth to "explain" what happened, he just looks less and less and less aware of what actually happened. His latest discussion on the topic came...
Chris Dodd: The Internet Developed Because Of Strict Copyright Enforcement

Congress to hold a hearing tomorrow on the Future of Video

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If you're reading this, then you're probably always looking ahead at what technology might bring next. Tomorrow at 10AM ET, US Congress members of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will be doing that too. The specific segment of the market being discussed is video and on the docket...
Congress to hold a hearing tomorrow on the Future of Video

Movie Studios Jump In Late: Sue LimeWire And Demand Cash From Dead Site

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Limewire is long dead and buried as a file sharing platform, and with the company settling the lawsuit filed against it by the major record labels for $105 million (down from the many trillions it had originally said it deserved), you might think that the legal shenanigans were long over....
Movie Studios Jump In Late: Sue LimeWire And Demand Cash From Dead Site

Open Offer To Chris Dodd & Cary Sherman: Meet The Internet Online And In The Open

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We've covered how the RIAA's Cary Sherman and the MPAA's Chris Dodd have both taken the strategy of first slamming everyone who took part in the internet protests against SOPA/PIPA as somehow being misinformed corporate pawns... but then concluding by expressing a desire to "meet" to discuss solutions. The problem,...
Open Offer To Chris Dodd & Cary Sherman: Meet The Internet Online And In The Open

Since The RIAA & MPAA Say That A Copy Is Just As Valuable As The Original, Send Them A Copy Of Money

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As a bunch of folks have been pointing out, in response to the Paul Graham essay on property that we were just discussing, a guy by the name of Jake Gold set up SendThemYourMoney.com, which is a site encouraging you to send "money" to the RIAA/MPAA. But... by "money" he...
Since The RIAA & MPAA Say That A Copy Is Just As Valuable As The Original, Send Them A Copy Of Money

How The RIAA & MPAA Are Like The Anti-Innovation German Weavers' Guild Of The 16th Century

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Five years ago, we wrote a post comparing the RIAA (and the MPAA) to 17th century French buttonmakers, who used their guild to go absolutely crazy in blocking a horrifying new innovation: cloth buttons, which could be made by weavers, without making use of the members of the buttonmakers guilt....
How The RIAA & MPAA Are Like The Anti-Innovation German Weavers' Guild Of The 16th Century
MPAA Warns of Megaupload 'Relaunch' If Servers Are Transferred

Undercover MPAA Agents Expose Alleged Movie Pirates

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For years the US movie industry has tried to bring streaming links site SurfTheChannel.com to its knees. After a chain of events that reads like a Hollywood blockbuster script, the case is now on trial with husband and wife team Anton and Kelly Vickerman as the defendants. As is often...
Undercover MPAA Agents Expose Alleged Movie Pirates

The MPAA would be OK seeing legit Meagupload files restored

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Megaupload Kim Dotcom lampoons New Zealand MP in his new rap song Government trying to deny Megaupload fair legal representation Judge not impressed with government's arguments against preserving Megaupload data Carpathia blasts government for hypocrisy on Megaupload servers Raid of Dotcom mansion was videotaped, footage nowhere to be found...
The MPAA would be OK seeing legit Meagupload files restored
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