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  • Pirate Bay Founder Builds The Ultimate Piracy Machine

    12/24/2015 5:47:20 PM PST · by Utilizer · 23 replies
    TorrentFreak ^ | December 19, 2015 | Ernesto
    Former Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde has always been very outspoken about people's inherent drive to copy things. Last year he paid the ultimate price of sacrificing his freedom for his involvement in TPB, but that hasn't changed his core 'kopimi' values. One of Peter's major frustrations is how the entertainment industries handles the idea of copying. When calculating the losses piracy costs, they often put too much value on pirated copies. This is something Peter knows all too well, as he still owes various movie and music companies millions in damages. However, this hasn't stopped him from continuing to...
  • Vatican’s illegal downloads include ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Lesbian Hair Salon’

    01/12/2014 5:39:41 AM PST · by ClaytonP · 14 replies
    ROME (RNS) Computer users in the Vatican apparently have an illegal taste for the German heavy metal band Scorpions, the coming-of-age dance film “Billy Elliot,” the television comedy series “Camp” — as well as more, ahem, adult content — according to information from Netherlands-based company TorrentFreak.TorrentFreak is a news site that focuses on file sharing and intellectual property issues, but may be best known for its occasional reports on the illegal peer-to-peer downloading of files.Video courtesy of thecultbox . via YouTube The Vatican is not the only place guilty of illegal downloads, based on data gathered by the company: the...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • GOP sides with Mickey Mouse on copyright reform

    12/08/2012 12:36:35 PM PST · by seacapn · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 5, 2012 | Tim Carney
    Illegally downloading a couple dozen songs can earn you a million-dollar fine. Setting some Robert Frost verses to music can make you a criminal. Software or hardware that could possibly be used to copy DVDs -- illegal. And thanks to congressional action every couple of decades, Disney still holds a copyright over Mickey Mouse, whom Walt first created nearly a century ago. The law and law enforcement around copyright has moved far beyond its purpose of promoting arts and sciences and has become a textbook case of collusion between big business and big government. If Republicans took on this issue,...
  • RIAA request for trillions in LimeWire copyright case is 'absurd,' judge says (72 Trillion!)

    05/24/2012 5:08:39 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 6 replies
    Computer World ^ | 5/24/2012 | Computer World
    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) estimates that filesharing website LimeWire owes it over $72 trillion dollars (Ł46 trillion) in damages. In October 2010, Limewire was forced to shut down after a judge in the Federal District Court ruled that its main filesharing functions be disabled, but the RIAA is still actively pursuing its owners for damages. Given that the combined wealth of the entire planet is around $60 trillion (Ł38 trillion), the RIAA likely has no hope of securing this in damages, but believe this is what it is owed, reports Computerworld.com.
  • Court won't reduce student's music download fine [$675,000!!]

    05/21/2012 7:49:30 PM PDT · by ETL · 94 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | May 21, 2012 | DENISE LAVOIE
    BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston University student who was ordered to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs on the Internet says he will continue fighting the penalty, despite the Supreme Court's refusal to hear his appeal. Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., said Monday he's hoping a federal judge will reduce the amount, which he called "ludicrous." A jury in 2009 ordered Tenenbaum to pay after the Recording Industry Association of America sued him. A federal judge called the penalty constitutionally excessive, but the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated it.
  • Court won't reduce student's music download fine

    05/21/2012 9:03:35 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 50 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | May 21st 2012 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to take up a Boston University student's constitutional challenge to a $675,000 penalty for illegally downloading 30 songs and sharing them on the Internet. The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., who was successfully sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally sharing music on peer-to-peer networks. In 2009, a jury ordered Tenenbaum to pay $675,000, or $22,500 for each song he illegally downloaded and shared.
  • Pirates not to blame for Big Media's sales plunge

    04/16/2012 10:43:54 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | 16 April 2012 | Trevor Pott
    The RIAA and MPAA would have you believe that piracy is responsible for their decline in sales. This is all of course blame to be laid at the feet of computers, the internet and the generic "digital boogyman." Even without getting deep into the flawed math in play, there are other reasons for the middling returns on investment Big Content is seeing. Cord-cutting is a big factor. Personal taste naturally varies, but in my view the advance of technology democratised content creation and enabled a generation of talented creators to capitalise on a resistance to innovation by established media. Reality...
  • US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

    03/20/2012 6:22:31 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 103 replies · 2+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | March 17, 2012 | Zach Epstein
    Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States will soon launch new programs to police their networks in an effort to catch digital pirates and stop illegal file-sharing. Major ISPs announced last summer that they had agreed to take new measures in an effort to prevent subscribers from illegally downloading copyrighted material, but the specifics surrounding the imminent antipiracy measures were not made available. Now, RIAA chief executive Cary Sherman has said that ISPs are ready to begin their efforts to curtail illegal movie, music and software downloads on July 12.
  • BTJunkie voluntarily shuts down

    02/06/2012 7:59:09 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 19 replies
    BTJunkie, the file sharing and torrents index voluntarily decided to shut down after being in existence for 7 years. As a final closing message, they wrote on their site, btjunkie.org, " This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!" According to Torrent Freak, the shutdown has to do with the Megaupload and Pirate Bay cases. The legal...
  • How SOPA 2.0 Sneaks In A Really Dangerous Private Ability To Kill Any Website (including FR)

    12/28/2011 4:37:01 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 21 replies · 1+ views
    TechDirt.com ^ | 12/16/2011 | Mike Masnick
    I already wrote a big post about yesterday's SOPA markup day one. While we're moving forward on day two, I wanted to call out one key point that was really made clear by an amendment offered by Rep. Jared Polis late in the day yesterday, which hasn't received nearly enough attention. As you may recall, with the "manager's amendment" version of SOPA (i.e., SOPA 2.0), the "notice-and-shut off funding" section of the private right of action in Section 103 was removed. This was good, because we've seen how the notice-and-takedown provision of the DMCA has been widely abused. However, what...
  • RIAA and AAP File Amicus Brief in Righthaven Appeal

    12/12/2011 9:33:42 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | December 5, 2011 | Kurt Opsahl
    December 5, 2011 | By Kurt Opsahl RIAA and AAP File Amicus Brief in Righthaven Appeal The Association of American Publishers and the Recording Industry Association of America have decided to cozy up to a copyright troll, filing an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit appeal of Righthaven v. Hoehn.  The Hoehn case is one of many decisions where a district court dismissed the case brought by copyright troll Righthaven. Indeed, Righthaven has lost on the merits every single time a court has considered its arguments (before six judges and counting). In Hoehn, the court correctly found both that Righthaven did not...
  • 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...
  • Venture Capitalists Oppose Anti-Piracy Bill

    06/26/2011 5:33:57 AM PDT · by abb · 13 replies
    Online Media Daily ^ | June 26, 2011 | Wendy Davis
    A pending bill aimed at curbing online piracy would "put American innovators and investors at a clear disadvantage in the global economy," a coalition of venture capitalists and Internet experts warned this week. The Protect IP Act (S. 968) "is ripe for abuse," they say in a letter to Congress. "It allows rights-holders to require third-parties to block access to and take away revenues sources for online services, with limited oversight and due process." The letter was signed by more than 50 executives, including Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, Esther Dyson of EDventure Holdings and Fred Wilson of Union Square...
  • Music Web Sites Dispute Legality of Their Closing

    12/20/2010 7:14:11 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 12 replies · 2+ views
    The New York Times, Business Day ^ | December 19, 2010 | BEN SISARIO
    When federal authorities shut down five Web sites last month on suspicion of copyright infringement, they gave no warning and offered no details of their investigation, and they have not filed any criminal charges since But after the seizure warrant used in the operation was released last week, the operators of several of the sites said in interviews that they were innocent of infringement, and criticized the investigation for misrepresenting how their sites worked.
  • The “All-Digital Future”: Surrendering our Property Rights

    12/13/2010 2:02:03 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ECN Magazine ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jason Lomberg
    We keep hearing about it—the “all-digital future”: easier, more convenient, no need to drive to the store. Download all the content you want instantly. Thus, iTunes, OnLive, Steam, and various other services were born. But this convenience bears a steep price. In our rush to embrace the all-digital future, we’ve sacrificed fundamental property rights. Time and again, record labels, software developers, and movie studios have expressed their displeasure with physical media. The overhead is too steep. There’s too much piracy. The second-hand market is immoral and equivalent to piracy. Technophiles love to debate the merits of streaming media, but it’s...
  • Web censorship bill sails through Senate committee

    11/19/2010 5:41:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 223 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2010 | Sam Gustin
    On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.” COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and...
  • $1.5 million ruling for 24 downloads

    11/05/2010 9:27:54 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 62 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 5, 2010
    MINNEAPOLIS, - A Minnesota mother was ordered by a jury to pay $1.5 million to the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally downloading and sharing 24 songs. Jammie Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay the sum, $62,500 for each illegally downloaded song, by a Minneapolis court after two previous convictions were thrown out on appeal, the New York Daily News reported Friday. Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay $222,000 following a 2007 trial but the decision was declared a mistrial upon appeal. She was next ordered to pay $1.92 million in a June 2009 trial, but the judge lowered the amount...
  • Single mom can't pay $1.5M song-sharing fine

    11/05/2010 4:23:36 PM PDT · by paudio · 82 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11.4.10 | Amy Forliti
    A federal jury found Wednesday that Jammie Thomas-Rasset, of Brainerd, must pay $62,500 per song — for a total of $1.5 million — for illegally violating copyrights on 24 songs. This was the third jury to consider damages in her case, and each has found that she must pay — though different amounts. And after each time, the single mother of four has said she can't pay. "I can't afford to pay any amount. It's not a matter of won't, it's a matter of 'I can't,'" Thomas-Rasset said Thursday. "Any amount that I pay to them is money that I...