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  • MPAA Takes Down Pirating Group And Popcorn Time Fork

    MPAA Takes Down Pirating Group And Popcorn Time Fork

    There are corks popping around the MPAA offices today. The American trade organization is claiming responsibility for shutting down several pirating services including a popular version of Popcorn Time, you know, the Netflix for pirates. This comes after the MPAA obtained an injunction in a Canadian against three operators of PopcornTime.io, which forced the site and service offline. The MPAA… Read More

  • Google Says It Will Not De-List Entire Sites For Copyright Violations

    Google Says It Will Not De-List Entire Sites For Copyright Violations

    In an open letter to the Office and Management and Budget’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Google announced today that it opposes the practice of removing entire sites from search results. Google’s letter is in response to a public solicitation by Daniel H. Marti, the United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. In early September, the United… Read More

  • Privacy Groups Upbraid MPAA For Trying To Bring SOPA Back At The State Level

    Privacy Groups Upbraid MPAA For Trying To Bring SOPA Back At The State Level

    The ongoing struggle between Google and the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has new players this week, as a number of privacy groups waded into the mix, dinging the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for, in their words, a “coordinated campaign to shut down and block access to individual websites through backdoor methods resoundingly rejected by the public and federal… Read More

  • Google Rips MPAA For Allegedly Leveraging Local Government To Revive SOPA

    Google Rips MPAA For Allegedly Leveraging Local Government To Revive SOPA

    Corruption in the American Hollywood style is something to behold. Today, Google published a short blog post alleging that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), alongside a number of film studios, funded what was essentially opposition research about the company. The resulting material was later fed to state attorneys general. Read More

  • A Look Back At How The Content Industry Almost Killed Blockbuster And Netflix (And The VCR) Crunch Network

    A Look Back At How The Content Industry Almost Killed Blockbuster And Netflix (And The VCR)

    The once iconic video rental giant Blockbuster is shutting down its remaining stores across the country. Netflix, meanwhile, is emerging as the leader in video rental, now primarily through online streaming. But Blockbuster, Netflix and home media consumption (VCR/DVD/Blu-ray) may never have existed at all in their current form if the content industry had been successful in banning or… Read More

  • MPAA: Despite Piracy, 2010 Was Record Year For The Movie Business

    The Motion Picture Association of America says [PDF] the movie industry had its biggest year ever last year. This, despite the fact that folks like the “US Copyright Group” have gone after people for ruining said industry. Down is up, black is white, and the New York Mets are a well-run organization. Read More

  • RIAA Goes Offline, Joins MPAA As Latest Victim Of Successful DDoS Attacks

    In an offense called “Operation Payback,” members of the Internet collective Anonymous have organized what seems to be anti anti-piracy movement. Dubbed by Torrent Freak as the “protest of the future” the group has been pretty busy over the past 36 hours launching DDoS attacks on the MPAA, Indian anti-piracy site Aiplex Software and today both RIAA.com and RIAA.org. Read More

  • Theater Revenue Reaches Record Levels, Despite Cries About P2P Piracy

    Some things just amaze me. Despite the fact that people are paying more for theater tickets then ever, the MPAA and their ilk are crying about how they aren’t making as much money due to piracy. I suggest that the real pirates here are the theater owners, who are raising ticket prices at the highest year to year rate ever. Read More

  • MPAA refused to tell U.S. GAO where it got its piracy numbers

    More fallout from last week’s U.S. Government Accountability Office report on the entertainment industry’s piracy numbers. The gist of the report was that the government (and you and I) should never believe what the entertainment industry has to say again re: piracy because it was pulling data completely out of thin air. “Oh, 44 percent of all unauthorized file-sharing comes… Read More

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