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  • Madonna says leaking of new album is “artistic rape” and “form of terrorism”

    12/22/2014 8:30:54 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 62 replies
    Consequence of Sound ^ | December 17, 2014, 10:47am | Alex Young
    A 13-track album of new music from Madonna has reportedly leaked onto the web. Oh No They Didn’t theorizes that the release could be the entirety of Madonna’s as-yet-unannounced thirteenth studio album, rumored to be titled either Unapologetic B**** or Iconic. Madonna’s camp has experienced a fury of unauthorized leaks in recent weeks, leading to the singer’s manager, Guy Oseary, to enlist the public’s help. “I would be grateful to any Madonna fans that can assist us in finding those responsible for the leak,” Oseary tweeted after a song called “Rebel Heart” hit the web late last month. “We appreciate...
  • “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Warnings Double This Year

    10/08/2014 11:25:31 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 19 replies
    TorrentFreak ^ | August 30, 2014 | Ernesto
    The six-strikes Copyright Alert System has been active for one and a half years now and warnings are being sent out at an increasing rate. The program will double in size this year, according to its executive director, in the hope that it will eventually change people's norms toward piracy. February last year, five U.S. Internet providers started sending Copyright Alerts to customers who use BitTorrent to pirate movies, TV-shows and music.These efforts are part of the Copyright Alert System, an anti-piracy plan that aims to educate the public. Through a series of warnings suspected pirates are informed that their...
  • Republicans Don’t Want America to Give Up Control of Web Addresses

    05/02/2014 3:11:22 PM PDT · by celmak · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | April 10, 2014 | Denver Nicks
    Democrats and Republicans both say they want keep the Internet free and open for all. They disagree about who should guard the guards House Republicans advanced legislation Thursday that they say will keep the Internet open and free from government censorship. Every Democrat on the panel considering the measure opposed it in service, they say, of the same goal. At issue is a question with profound implications for the future of global communications that delves into the deepest bowels of the Internet, and a version of the age-old question: Who guards the guards?
  • Australia says new 'pings' best lead yet in Malaysia jet search

    04/07/2014 3:16:46 AM PDT · by blueplum · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 7, 2:38am EDT | JANE WARDELL AND SWATI PANDEY
    (Additional reporting by Lincoln Feast in Sydney; Editing by Michael Perry) Sydney/Perth(Reuters) - An Australian ship searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner has picked up signals consistent with the beacons from aircraft black box recorders, in what search officials said on Monday was the most promising lead yet in the month-long hunt. The U.S. Navy "towed pinger locator" connected to the Australian ship Ocean Shield picked up the signals in an area some 1,680 km (1,040 miles) northwest of Perth, which analysis of sporadic satellite data has determined as the most likely place Boeing 777 went down. :snip: The...
  • Multiple objects spotted by planes in hunt for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

    03/29/2014 2:40:45 AM PDT · by blueplum · 33 replies
    The Australian ^ | March 29, 2014 | AFP
    ...Yesterday’s objects were spotted by a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion. Five aircraft have seen multiple objects of various colours in the new search area. A cluster of 11 white rectangular objects was sitting just below the surface about 1600km west of Perth, New Zealand Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short told media today. “It’s hard to identify because all you’re seeing is this one-metre rectangular piece of material.” The 11 objects were within 5m of each other and there were objects up to 300km away as well, he said. “There seems to be patches of these objects and that’s not...
  • Search for lost Malaysian jet shifts significantly after new lead

    03/28/2014 1:39:20 AM PDT · by blueplum · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 28, 2014 3:53am EDT | JANE WARDELL AND MICHAEL MARTINA
    (Additional reporting by Suilee Wee in Beijing, Niluksi Koswanage in Kuala Lumpur, Stanley White in Tokyo, Amy Sawitta Lefevre in Bangkok and Lincoln Feast in Sydney; Editing by Dean Yates and Alex Richardson) Sydney/Perth (Reuters) - An international air and sea taskforce hunting for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was re-directed on Friday to an area 1,100 km (685 miles) north of where they have been searching for more than a week, after Australian authorities received new radar information from Malaysia. The new search area is larger, but closer to the Australian west coast city of Perth, allowing...
  • Stolen passports on Malaysia flight used before, Chinese firm says

    03/17/2014 5:02:42 PM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 17, 2014 7:07am | Barbara Demick
    BEIJING -- Stolen passports carried by two Iranian men to board missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were used last year by two people applying for visas to work as entertainers in China, according to the head of an entertainment company. Xie Zhuoling, the head of a firm that recruits foreign performers for nightclubs and hotels, said that employment contracts had been signed in June for Christian Kozel, an Austrian, and Luigi Maraldi, an Italian, to work as dancers in Ningxia, northern China. :snip: When investigators announced last week they were looking into two passengers of the missing plane with stolen...
  • Armed Defense Against Pirates Works

    03/05/2014 10:47:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Buried in the LA Times Entertainment section is some interesting news about the Maersk Alabama, the ship that was attacked by Somali pirates early in the Obama Presidency.  In the last paragraph of the article, it is casually mentioned that the ship was attacked three more times in the next two years!  From the LA Times: But while Phillips' story -- and by extension, "Captain Phillips" -- had a happy ending, the Maersk Alabama has not been so fortunate, facing further pirate assaults in recent years. The ship was attacked a second time in 2009, again in 2010 and...
  • Greenpeace in New Feud With Russia Over a Ship Seized by Senegal

    01/11/2014 2:42:32 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 8, 2014 | ANDREW ROTHJAN
    MOSCOW — Having just quieted the furor over its seizure of a Greenpeace International ship in the Arctic, Russia is embroiled in a new dispute with the environmental organization, this time over a Russian fishing trawler accused of poaching in coastal waters off Senegal. The Oleg Naydenov, a Russian-owned fishing boat, was seized by the Senegalese military on Saturday and taken to the port of Dakar, accused of trawling in the country’s exclusive economic zone. Senegal’s Fishing Ministry has demanded more than $800,000 in fines, while the Russian government has called for a diplomatic resolution to the standoff. ... Greenpeace...
  • U.S. Government Caught Pirating Military Software, Settles For $50 Million

    12/15/2013 4:23:34 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    TorrentFreak ^ | November 27, 2013 | Staff
    For years the U.S. military operated pirated copies of logistics software that was used to protect soldiers and shipments in critical missions. Apptricity, the makers of the software, accused the military of willful copyright infringement and sued the Government for nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in unpaid licenses. In a settlement just announced, the Obama administration has agreed to pay $50 million to settle the dispute. In recent years the U.S. Government has taken an aggressive stance towards copyright infringement, both at home and abroad. “Piracy is theft, clean and simple,” Vice President Joe Biden said when he...
  • Bail Granted for More Jailed Greenpeace Activists in Russia

    11/19/2013 1:49:29 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | November 19, 2013 | Staff
    MOSCOW, November 19 (RIA Novosti) – Two district courts in St. Petersburg granted bail Tuesday to several more Greenpeace activists awaiting trial, signaling a possible softening in the authorities’ stance over the case. Nine activists, including nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Italy, New Zealand and Poland, can leave their detention facilities after they have posted bail of 2 million rubles ($61,500) each, the courts ruled. A group of 28 Greenpeace activists and two reporters was initially charged with piracy for attempting in September to scale an Arctic Sea oil platform owned by an affiliate of energy giant Gazprom...
  • North Korea 'publicly executes 80 people'

    11/11/2013 11:10:52 AM PST · by nuconvert · 26 replies
    North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. -excerpt- In the eastern port of Wonsan, the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch the execution of eight people by firing squad, the source quoted one eyewitness as saying.
  • Nigeria: U.S. Firm Negotiates with Nigerian Pirates for Hostages' Release

    11/01/2013 4:44:59 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    All Africa ^ | 1 November 2013 | Ekanem Etim-Offiong
    A United States maritime company is negotiating the ransom for two American mariners kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria last week, U.S. government officials told ABC News. Sources briefed on the matter said third-party agents had made contact with the hostage-takers, who have not been publicly identified, and talks to free the men are under way.The U.S. government is not considering any type of military operation to rescue the seamen, officials said. The kidnapped men, employees of the maritime transportation company, Edison Chouest Offshore, have only been identified as the captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, an oil supply...
  • Pirates kidnap two U.S. sailors off Nigerian coast -sources

    10/24/2013 10:16:05 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:54am EDT | Joe Brock, Jonathan, Tife Owolabi, Andrea Shalal-Esa
    (Reuters) - Pirates attacked an oil supply vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both U.S. citizens, an American defense official and security sources said on Thursday. Pirate attacks off Nigeria's coast have jumped by a third this year as ships passing through West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, a major commodities route, have come under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews. The U.S.-flagged, C-Retriever, a 222-foot (67 meter) vessel owned by U.S. marine transport group Edison Chouest Offshore, was attacked early Wednesday, UK-based security firm AKE and two security sources said. The...
  • Hollywood-style sting nabs alleged pirate kingpin

    10/15/2013 6:05:35 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 15, 2013 | Raf Casert
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The alleged pirate kingpin thought he was going work in the movies. Instead he landed in jail. In a sting operation worthy of Hollywood, Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured from Somalia to Belgium with promises of work on a documentary about high-seas crime that would "mirror his life as a pirate," federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle said Monday. But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan ended up behind bars, nabbed as he landed Saturday at Brussels airport. "(He's) one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking...
  • Three Somali Pirates Sentenced To Life-In-Prison For Murder Of Four Americans Aboard SV Quest

    10/12/2013 8:10:46 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 40 replies
    DOJ ^ | August 2013 | DOJ
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August , 2013 NORFOLK, Va. – Somali nationals Ahmed Muse Salad, a/k/a “Afmagalo,” 25, Abukar Osman Beyle, 20, and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, 29, who were previously found guilty, by jury, of all 26 counts charged, to include: piracy, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, hostage taking resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death, and multiple firearms offenses, were sentenced today by a federal jury. The three defendants were sentenced to life-in-prison for their roles in the February 22, 2011, murder of four Americans aboard the sailing vessel Quest. The victims included: Scott Underwood Adam, Jean Savage Adam, Phyllis...
  • The Tom Clancy Thread

    10/04/2013 3:39:19 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 3, 2013 | Richard Fernandez
    I related an anecdote many posts ago about flying into Jolo in late 1980s to attend a meeting on recent attacks by the MNLF on civilians. In the seat beside me on the plane was a European man, who introduced himself to me as a member of a well known humanitarian NGO. He announced his intention to travel to Patikul, or some such town. I told him, “that’s Indian country. If you try that you’ll be kidnapped before sundown.” His answer was “nonsense. I have humanitarian status. They won’t hinder me.” He mentioned an affiliation with some other International agency...
  • FBI seizes ‘Silk Road' black market domain, arrests owner

    10/02/2013 9:18:08 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 48 replies
    Russia Today ^ | October 02, 2013 15:48
    Authorities have arrested a man in San Francisco, California accused of operating an underground website that allowed users to purchase guns and drugs from around the world using encrypted, digital currency. Ross William Ulbricht, also known as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in the Silk Road online marketplace, according to court papers published this week. A sealed complaint dated September 27 was unearthed by security researcher Brian Krebs in which Ulbricht is accused of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy money laundering conspiracy and more. According to prosecutors,...
  • Bolivian minister: Evo Morales’ plane rerouted on suspicion Snowden on board

    07/02/2013 4:05:58 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 62 replies
    wapo ^ | 7/2/13 | ap
    LA PAZ, Bolivia — The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, the country’s foreign minister said. Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca denied that Snowden was on the plane, which landed in Vienna, and said France and Portugal would have to explain why they canceled authorization for the plane. “We don’t know who invented this lie. We want to denounce to the international community this injustice with the plane of President...
  • Prenda Law's Attorneys Take The Fifth Rather Than Answer Judge Wright's Questions (Copyright trolls)

    04/03/2013 10:56:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies ^ | 4-2-2013 | Ken
    Today the Prenda Law enterprise encountered an extinction-level event. Faced with a federal judge's demand that they explain their litigation conduct, Prenda Law's attorney principals — and one paralegal — invoked their right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. As a matter of individual prudence, that may have been the right decision. But for the nationwide Prenda Law enterprise, under whatever name or guise or glamour, it spelled doom. -Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here- The crowd gathered early outside of the courtroom of United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II. As before,...
  • French tanker with 17 aboard likely hijacked by pirates off Ivory Coast

    02/04/2013 5:39:15 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 04, 2013 | AP
    A French-owned oil tanker missing off Ivory Coast with 17 sailors on board likely has been hijacked, an official with an international piracy watchdog said Monday, in what may be the latest attack by criminal gangs targeting the ships to steal their valuable cargo. Details remained scarce Monday about the fate of the ship, flagged in Luxembourg. The ship had been reported missing Sunday and officials believe it fell victim to the same pirates operating throughout the Gulf of Guinea, said Noel Choong, a spokesman for the International Maritime Bureau in Malaysia. ... Over the last year and a half,...
  • 'Piracy' at sea: Has definition changed? Supreme Court declines to enter fray.

    01/29/2013 6:03:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 22, 2013 | Warren Richey
    The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a series of lower-court opinions endorsing a broad view of what constitutes the crime of piracy – a move that will make it significantly easier for the government to prosecute and convict suspected Somali pirates in federal court. The high court turned aside an appeal by five Somali nationals convicted of firing shots from a small skiff at a US Navy frigate on patrol 600 miles off the coast of Somalia on April 1, 2010. ... Lawyers for both groups of Somalis urged the Supreme Court to consider whether the Fourth Circuit...
  • Report: House Of Representatives Apparently Can’t Get Enough Pirated Episodes Of ‘Dexter’

    01/16/2013 1:14:05 PM PST · by SMGFan · 3 replies
    Pardon us, U.S. House of Representatives — is that… is that mud on your face? Don’t worry, you’re not the only government group to get caught allegedly downloading pirated content from the Internets. A new report claims that someone or multiple someones in the offices of the U.S. House of Representatives have been catching up on TV and movies by illegally downloading content recently. U.S. News & World Report’s “Washington Whispers” blog says it got its hands on data compiled by ScanEye, a site that checks on which IP addresses have been downloading stuff on BiTorrent.
  • Arguments begin in case of minister accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ for homosexuality remarks

    01/08/2013 11:51:43 AM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    lsn ^ | 1.8.2013 | Kirsten Andersen
    Lawyers for a Massachusetts pastor have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a foreign homosexual advocacy group accusing him of “crimes against humanity.” During a 90-minute hearing on Monday in U.S. District Court, Judge Michael Ponsor said the lawsuit filed by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) against Springfield-based minister Scott Lively poses a test of free-speech protection and the rights of sexual minorities to equal protection under the law. Ponsor heard arguments from lawyers representing both Lively and SMUG. SMUG, represented in court by the George Soros-funded “Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR),” accused Lively of...
  • Update: Six Strikes Program Delayed Until 2013

    01/03/2013 9:10:57 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    EyeOnIP ^ | December 12, 2012 | Sheldon Mak & Anderson
    The rollout of the Copyright Alert System will be delayed until early 2013, according to the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The system, also referred to as the “Six Strikes” program, is intended to deter copyright infringement committed through illegal file sharing. CCI indicates that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is largely to blame for the delays. "Due to unexpected factors largely stemming from Hurricane Sandy which have seriously affected our final testing schedules, CCI anticipates that the participating ISPs will begin sending alerts under the Copyright Alert System in the early part of 2013, rather than by the...
  • Pirate fishermen 'exporting catch to the EU'

    10/13/2012 1:55:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    European Voice ^ | 11.10.2012 / 16:14 CET (October 10) | Dave Keating
    Pirate fishing vessels in west Africa are selling their illegal catch in Europe, according to a report published today (11 October) by the Environmental Justice Foundation. The report says that more pirate fishing takes place in west African waters than anywhere else in the world, and one-third of the catch in the region is illegal. During a two-year investigation, the EJF found 250 reports of pirate fishing by industrial vessels in Sierra Leone's waters alone. A 2010 EU regulation authorizes the European Commission to blacklist vessels caught fishing illegally and even blacklist countries that fail to prevent pirate fishing under...
  • Filmmakers Behind '2016: Obama's America' Claim Piracy

    09/24/2012 2:26:18 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 25 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9/24/2012 | Paul Bond
    Full Title: Filmmakers Behind '2016: Obama's America' Claim Piracy and Disinformation Campaign Are a Coordinated Attack The movie showed up on YouTube over the weekend as rumors spread it would also be shown free on the Fox News Channel. The filmmakers behind 2016: Obama’s America are claiming a coordinated attack engineered by supporters of Barack Obama to suppress the box-office results of the movie, which is a critical look at the president. our editor recommends '2016: Obama's America' Filmmaker Calls White House Attack 'Clumsy,' 'Bizarre' (Exclusive Audio)Emmys 2012: 'Homeland' Stars on Their 'Hugely Validating' Fan, President ObamaThe film, the second-highest-grossing...
  • Do not post link to online video of 2016:Obama's America - PIRACY

    09/23/2012 2:14:12 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    <p>Those who upload the video of the complete movie, 2016: Obama's America maybe be guilty. Linking to it may also be considered piracy.</p> <p>I myself linked it here. Antoher FReeper reminded me that I was contributing to piracy.</p> <p>I punched abuse on my own thread. Others may have done so too.</p>
  • Caption Obama talking like a Pirate in Oval Office

    09/19/2012 8:41:03 PM PDT · by garjog · 26 replies
    Drudge ^ | 9 19 2012 | Drudge
  • Russians Shoot (Yemeni) Fisherman in the Face

    09/18/2012 7:48:26 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 28 replies
    GCAPTAIN ^ | Sep 17, 2012 | Alan Katz
    The Nordic Fighter tanker was sailing south in the Red Sea as Mohammed Ali Quanas headed west to catch kingfish on Aug. 3, 2011. Quanas began cooking the evening meal for the seven other men in the narrow, rented skiff.They say they curved away to the northwest to keep their usual distance from merchant vessels, as did two other fishing skiffs working nearby from their home port of Hodeidah, Yemen.From 500 meters, gunshots erupted from the tanker. Two rounds pierced the water on the motorboat’s starboard side, and a third slammed into Quanas’s face.“He was killed while he was holding...
  • BitTorrent study finds most file-sharers are monitored

    09/04/2012 12:36:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    bbc ^ | 9/4/12 | staff
    Anyone using file-sharing service BitTorrent to download the latest film or music release is likely to be monitored, UK-based researchers suggest. A Birmingham University study indicates that an illegal file-sharer downloading popular content would be logged by a monitoring firm within three hours. The team said it was "surprised" by the scale of the monitoring. Copyright holders could use the data to crack down on illegal downloads. The three-year research was carried out by a team of computer scientists who developed software that acted like a BitTorrent file-sharing client and logged all the connections made to it. BitTorrent is a...
  • 500 year old rum? Archaeologists search for the real Captain Morgan

    07/29/2012 2:13:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies ^ | July 26, 2012 |
    To life, love and a legendary privateer’s lost fleet. U.S. archaeologists are continuing their search for real-life buccaneer Captain Henry Morgan’s lost fleet after the discovery of six cannons, a 17th century wooden shipwreck and even a barrel that may very well contain rum. Yo, ho ho indeed. Aptly backed by the Captain Morgan rum brand, a team of leading archaeologists led by Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann of Texas State University hope to unlock the myth and mysteries of one of history’s most iconic sea captains. “We’re interested in telling the true story of Henry Morgan,” Hanselmann, who is a director...
  • Africa: Piracy on the Rise in the Gulf of Guinea as Niger Delta Militants Move Offshore

    07/28/2012 10:37:05 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 17 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 7/26/2012 | Mark McNamee
    While the threat of piracy has gained international recognition off the coast of Somalia and farther out into the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, pirate activities in the Gulf of Guinea have only recently caught the world’s attention. According to the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO), 64 incidents of piracy were reported in nine countries of the Gulf of Guinea region in 2011, up from 45 incidents in seven countries in 2010 (Ghanian Chronicle, May 15). However, one of the defining features of West African piracy is its considerable underreporting, leading most analysts to believe that the level of attacks...
  • Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered.

    06/19/2012 12:57:16 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 12 replies
    The Trichordist ^ | June 18, 2012 | David Lowery
    Recently Emily White, an intern at NPR All Songs Considered and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Our intention is not to embarrass or shame her. We believe young people like Emily White who are fully engaged in the music scene are the artist’s biggest allies. We also believe–for reasons we’ll get into–that she has been been badly misinformed by the Free Culture movement. We only...
  • Violent Entrepreneurialism: Why Piracy is on the Rise - An Interview with Jellyfish

    06/19/2012 9:06:46 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies ^ | 19/06/2012 | Jen Alic
    As global energy supplies come under increasing attack by non-state actors and private energy holdings become key targets of political maneuverings and criminal activities, discusses the nature of the growing threat and how to reverse the risk with “smart power.” To help us look at these issues we got together with Corporate intelligence specialists Jellyfish Operations and security expert Jennifer Giroux. Michael Bagley is the president of Jellyfish, a global boutique intelligence firm that combines on-the-ground intelligence collection and analytics with an unprecedented country-to-country economic diplomacy program Jennifer Giroux is a global security expert who specializes in emerging threats...
  • Whale Wars LIVE Thread - Games of Chance

    06/08/2012 5:39:01 PM PDT · by matt04 · 24 replies
    The Sea Shepherds' scout vessel, the Brigitte Bardot, is slammed by a 30-foot wave, and water is entering the vessel through a crack in the pontoon. The terrified crew issues a distress call to the rest of the Sea Shepherd fleet, but help is more than 20 hours away. Fighting swells and brutal cold, the crew hopes to hold the outrigger in place with rope and straps. If the damaged piece is ripped from its slender mount, the crew fears the vulnerable craft may be torn to pieces.
  • At 92, a Bandit to Hollywood but a Hero to Soldiers

    04/27/2012 7:43:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 26, 2012 | ALAN SCHWARZ
    One of the world’s most prolific bootleggers of Hollywood DVDs loves his morning farina. He has spent eight years churning out hundreds of thousands of copies of “The Hangover,” “Gran Torino” and other first-run movies from his small Long Island apartment to ship overseas. “Big Hy” — his handle among many loyal customers — would almost certainly be cast as Hollywood Enemy No. 1 but for a few details. He is actually Hyman Strachman, a 92-year-old, 5-foot-5 World War II veteran trying to stay busy after the death of his wife. And he has sent every one of his copied...
  • Feds seize $5 million in counterfeit NFL gear, Comstock Park man accused of online piracy

    02/02/2012 3:40:52 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | February 02, 2012 | John Agar
    GRAND RAPIDS – A Comstock Park man has been charged with criminal copyright infringement for allegedly streaming live sporting events and pay-per-view events on the Internet.
  • Next Frontier in Piracy: Downloading Physical Objects to Your 3D Printer

    01/25/2012 3:17:41 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Time ^ | 1/24/12 | Doug Aamoth
    Exciting times, friends. While we’ve been cleaning up the proverbial ticker tape left behind by jubilant celebration over the recently-stalled antipiracy bills, the Pirate Bay – arguably the premier resource for pirating digital content – has already moved on to the next big thing. The site has announced a new category called “Physibles” that houses digital files that can be downloaded and used in conjunction with 3D printers to print out actual, physical objects: We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or as we decided...
  • Judge: Accused pirate's interrogation was lawful

    01/24/2012 11:05:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/24/12 | BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press
    Norfolk, Va. (AP) -- Prosecutors in a piracy trial will be allowed to use a Somali man's statements that he had been asked to negotiate the release of four American hostages who were later shot and killed aboard a yacht off the coast of Africa, a federal judge in Virginia has ruled. Mohammad Saaili Shibin's attorney wanted the comments suppressed because they were made aboard a U.S. Justice Department airplane en route from Africa to Virginia after Shibin had requested an attorney. Shibin faces piracy, hostage-taking and kidnapping charges for his role in the February hijacking of the Quest as...
  • US government hits Megaupload with mega piracy indictment

    01/19/2012 10:04:17 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Guardian home ^ | 1/19/2012 | Matt Williams
    Seven executives charged as filesharing site shut down over accusations they cheated copyright holders out of $500m
  • Exclusive: Hollywood Moguls Stopping Obama Donations Because Of Administration’s Piracy Stand

    01/18/2012 4:15:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 1/18/12 | Nikki Finke
    EXCLUSIVE: Internet sites on their SOPAStrike may be conducting a blackout but Hollywood studios are conducting a boycott. I’ve learned that Hollywood studio chiefs individually and as a group are drawing a line in the sand on the piracy issue with the Obama re-election campaign and refusing to give any more donations. The blowup came after President Obama on Saturday dashed moguls’ hopes that he would remain on the sidelines in the dispute over the U.S. House Of Representatives’ Stop Online Piracy Act and the U.S. Senate’s Protect IP Act.
  • Royal Navy Captures 13 Somali Pirates

    01/13/2012 5:24:12 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Sky News ^ | 11:16pm UK, Friday January 13, 2012
    The Royal Navy has captured 13 Somali pirates onboard a sail boat in the Indian Ocean, the Ministry of Defence has said. A combined Nato-led counter-piracy force successfully intercepted the vessel which was known to be operating off the Somali coast. Both Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria and United States Ship Carney manoevered into position around the dhow and encouraged her to comply with the British and American forces. After the boat refused to cooperate, a Royal Navy helicopter with Royal Marine maritime snipers was deployed to provide various clear warnings to the suspects to stop. The boat refused to...
  • Can Issa, Wyden Change Piracy Debate?

    01/12/2012 11:03:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    ad week ^ | 1/12/12 | Katy Bachman
    The debate in Congress over the best way to shut down foreign websites that steal U.S. copyright material and sell counterfeit goods could be about to shift. At least that's the hope of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who outlined their strategy during a Wednesday press briefing with reporters at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The unlikely partners have teamed to oppose two bills in the House and the Senate, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) that would shut down foreign websites by forcing search engines and domain...
  • Pirates attack Spanish navy ship off Somalia, prompting gunbattle and helicopter chase

    01/12/2012 9:56:30 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 35 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | Thursday, January 12, 10:26 AM
    MADRID — Spain says pirates have attacked a Spanish navy warship off Somalia, drawing gunfire that reportedly left one dead and prompted a helicopter chase in which six attackers were arrested. A Defense Ministry official says the assailants may have mistaken the 165-meter (540-foot) ship Patino for a freighter in the attack before dawn Thursday.
  • Activists board Japanese whaling ship

    01/08/2012 12:29:17 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 83 replies
    France 24 ^ | 1/8/2012
    The Sea Shepherd anti-whaling group said three Australian activists were being held as "prisoners" by the Japanese harpoon fleet Sunday after sneaking aboard one of their vessels overnight to protest. Sea Shepherd said they had helped the three men from the Forest Rescue Australia environmental group to board the Shonan Maru No.2 16 miles (26 kilometres) off Australia's west coast. "The boats approached the Shonan Maru under the cover of darkness and the three negotiated their way past the razor wire and spikes and over the rails to successfully board the Japanese whaling vessel," Sea Shepherd said of the Forest...
  • Somali pirates release Italian oil tanker ($11.5 million ransom)

    12/21/2011 3:59:43 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:15pm GMT | Mohamed Ahmed
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali pirates released an Italian-owned oil tanker and its 22 crew on Wednesday after receiving a multi-million dollar ransom, one of the pirates told Reuters. ... The ransom was dropped from an aircraft in two stages, according to a pirate speaking to Reuters by phone. "We have just received the remaining $3 million (1 million pounds) of the agreed $11.5 million ransom. We have abandoned the ship," a pirate calling himself Abdiwali said from Haradhere, one of the pirates' biggest coastal bases.
  • Google chairman says online piracy bill would 'criminalize' the Internet

    12/12/2011 4:09:06 PM PST · by khnyny · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2011 | Gautham Nagesh
    An online piracy bill in the House would "criminalize linking and the fundamental structure of the Internet itself," according to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Schmidt said the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would punish Web firms, including search engines, that link to foreign websites dedicated to online piracy. He said implementing the bill as written would effectively break the Internet. "By criminalizing links, what these bills do is they force you to take content off the Internet," Schmidt said, calling it a form of censorship. The search giant has been at the forefront of a tech industry backlash...
  • Anti-piracy group BREIN caught ripping off music

    12/03/2011 12:21:56 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 12/2/11 | Steven Hodson
    Oh let the laughter ensue raucously on this one folks. Seriously how ridiculously stupid do you have to be to not only steal music from the very people you are suppose to be representing, and protecting, but then to get caught doing it. It all started back in 2006 when Dutch performer Melchior Rietveldt was approached by the anti-piracy group BREIN to write a score for an anti-piracy video which he was led to believe would only be shown a a local arts festival. Well it turns out that his music found its way on a large number of retail...
  • Royal Marines snipers foil Somali pirates

    12/01/2011 6:31:28 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    Mirror ^ | December 2, 2011
    PIRATES were arrested in the Seychelles – thanks to the Royal Marines. It happened after a Spanish trawler sent out a mayday call saying they were being attacked by a gang of seven. The marines, who were on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Fort Victoria, flew in a ­helicopter to the ­fishermen’s aid. They fired warning shots at the Somali pirates, who were arrested. Lieutenant Alastair Thompson said: “The operation was superbly ­co-ordinated.” On Monday the supply ship, patrolling about 420 nautical miles from the Seychelles, received information that a Spanish fishing vessel had come under attack from a group of...