MPAA

  • MPAA says it shouldn't have to provide evidence to convict pirates because it's 'very difficult'

    MPAA says it shouldn't have to provide evidence to convict pirates because it's 'very difficult'

    The MPAA may have some explaining to do following remarks of one of its lawyers in the Jammie Thomas trial. The remark in question, as written by Marie. L. van Uitert: It is often very difficult, and in some cases, impossible, to provide such direct proof when confronting modern forms of copyright infringement, whether over P2P networks or otherwise; understandably, copyright infringers… Read More

  • Crime-fighting dog found dead in Malaysia

    Crime-fighting dog found dead in Malaysia

    Sad news, folks. Manny, a dog trained to sniff out pirated DVDs, has died in Malaysia. The AP is reporting that the dog “died of an unknown cause” and that Malaysian authorities don’t suspect foul play, but then added that two other dogs that helped uncover 1.6 million pirated DVDs last year “reportedly caused movie pirates to place a bounty on their heads.”… Read More

  • MPAA: Release movies to TV sooner, block recordings

    MPAA: Release movies to TV sooner, block recordings

    The Motion Picture Association of America wants to release movies to TV, pay-per-view, on-demand, and premium movie channels before releasing them for sale on DVD. Sounds good, no? There’s a little catch, though. The MPAA wants to block these early releases from being recorded on your DVR. Traditionally, new movies get released into theaters, then get shown on airplanes and in hotels… Read More

  • MPAA gives two printers take-down notices

    MPAA gives two printers take-down notices

    I knew that printers could copy documents but can they really copy Iron Man? Researchers at the University of Washington were doing some tests to suss out BitTorrent traffic on their local network when they found a way to spoof traffic from certain IP addresses. After spoofing two printers on their network, the printers received DMCA notices from the MPAA for sharing files like Iron Man and… Read More

  • New York launches anti-piracy ad campaign: Your intelligence is in no way insulted

    New York launches anti-piracy ad campaign: Your intelligence is in no way insulted

    Go ahead and tell me that New York isn’t over. The city will be plastering subways with anti-piracy flyers throughout the summer, telling people, essentially, not to copy that floppy. Harried New Yorkers and in-the-way tourists will be treated to mock movie ratings, like the kind seen here. Instead of “R” and “PG” we’ll be seeing “RO” and… Read More

  • Look out, Newzbin: MPAA targets Usenet indexing site

    Look out, Newzbin: MPAA targets Usenet indexing site

    Usenet appears to be the MPAA’s next target. Not good. The MPAA has told Newzbin, a popular Usenet indexing service and creator of the NZB file format, that it’s hosting copyright-infringing material, material that needs to be removed post-haste. Never mind that NZB files themselves aren’t copyright-infringing (though I doubt the courts would make that distinction), but such… Read More

  • Revision 3 says RIAA/MPAA anti-piracy company responsible for recent outage

    Revision 3 says RIAA/MPAA anti-piracy company responsible for recent outage


    Flickr’d You guys watch Revision 3, right? Diggnation, Tekzilla (my personal favorite), Totally Rad, etc. The company was DoS’d last week, and you’ll never guess who was responsible. Can you say MediaDefender, the same company the RIAA and MPAA employs to shut down illegal BitTorrent trackers? According to Rev3’s CEO Jim Louderback, the anti-BitTorrent company had… Read More

  • MPAA sends a big, fat bill to The Pirate Bay

    MPAA sends a big, fat bill to The Pirate Bay

    The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) wants $15.4 million from The Pirate Bay for copyright infringement. It cited that “The Pink Panther” torrent file has been downloaded from The Pirate Bay almost 50,000 times. The Pink Panther — starring Steve Martin? I think 50,000 downloads would eclipse the number of people who saw it in the theater. Plus, it’s just… Read More

  • MPAA to collect $110m from TorrentSpy

    MPAA to collect $110m from TorrentSpy


    In what can only be termed a crushing defeat, leading torrent site TorrentSpy has been ordered to pay more than $110 million to the MPAA by a US District judge. It’s been a losing battle following TorrentSpy’s decision in March to make a stand by erasing a huge amount of MPAA-requested data they considered private. This isn’t the time for sites like TorrentSpy to win cases… Read More

  • MPAA says 44% of movie losses due to piracy on college networks, number could be closer to 3%

    MPAA says 44% of movie losses due to piracy on college networks, number could be closer to 3%

    In 2005, the Motion Picture Association of America did a study where it claimed to find that college students account for 44% of the losses that the movie industry incurs, thanks to the illegal downloading of pirated films over high-speed campus networks. That figure is more like 15% due to a “human error,” according to the MPAA. That’s a pretty big difference. What’s… Read More

  • Video: How the RIAA/MPAA tracks your BitTorrent downloads

    Use BitTorrent to, cough, illegally download music, movies, games and whatnot? If you do, you might want to watch this video, which explains how tracking agencies (the companies the **AA hire to track your downloads, often leading to a letter from your ISP saying you’ve been caught) do what they do. It’s fairly informative and will tide you over until the MacWorld three ring… Read More

  • ZML is Allofmp3.com for movies

    ZML is Allofmp3.com for movies

    Say hello to the source of the MPAA’s next ulcer. It’s ZML.com, a site with similar ultra-simplicity and low, low pricing to former heavyweight music champ Allofmp3.com. The site offers movies in varying levels of quality, with the lower resolution movies starting at $1.99 and the highest resolution movies (DVD-quality) topping out at $4.99. If it sounds too good to be true, it… Read More

  • Want to work for the MPAA? Send them an email

    Want to work for the MPAA? Send them an email

    Are you an out-of-work hacker angry at the world/some guy from TorrentSpy who wouldn’t let you do some ridiculous ad thing? Want to make over $4,999? Then send the MPAA an email. They’ll pay you $5,000 for secret information about TorrentSpy (Hacker: “They use PHP and Apache.” Hollywood: “Is that special code for stealing movies?” Hacker: “Yes.”). Read More

  • How NYU Handles Piracy: Don't Get Caught Or Else…

    How NYU Handles Piracy: Don't Get Caught Or Else…


    Piracy kills kittens, you know Don’t ask, don’t tell. Oh, but if the RIAA catches you, your ass is grass. That’s essentially how New York University, known as NYU to the Haley Joel Osments and Spike Lees and John Biggses of the world, treats piracy on campus. (I’ll be a senior there this fall.) I logged into the school’s main portal today to determine whether or… Read More

  • MPAA Caught Red-Handed in Sting: Durn Them Duke Boys!

    MPAA Caught Red-Handed in Sting: Durn Them Duke Boys!


    I know this spread like wildfire last night, but it’s pretty funny. The MPAA hired a company, MediaDefender, to stop piracy. How did they do it? Through a fake video download site called MiiVi, a red hot download site full of red hot videos. The catch? It makes you download spyware that reports back on stolen video found on your computer. What a treat! How did the world find out about… Read More

  • "My Router Got Hacked!" Excuse Wearing Thin

    "My Router Got Hacked!" Excuse Wearing Thin

    Up until about a month ago, if you got caught pirating some software, music, or video, you could just claim that your router was left unsecured and that anyone could have accessed it. This claim would cause the party trying to sue you to drop their case against you and you’d walk off a free man or woman. But now times have changed and these big-shot lawyers accusing you of piracy now… Read More

  • The Great Digg Riots of 2007: Digg Caves In, Link to Encryption Keys All You Want, Kiddos

    The Great Digg Riots of 2007: Digg Caves In, Link to Encryption Keys All You Want, Kiddos

    The nerds cried foul and Digg acquiesced. Digg’s founder—and deity to many—Kevin Rose just posted an explanation for all the shenanigans that happened yesterday regarding HD DVD encryption key stories being pulled. The short of it, Digg has a policy of removing stories from the front page that it deems could get it into legal trouble—porno, piracy, and here… Read More

  • The MPAA Is A Code Thief!

    The MPAA Is A Code Thief!

    You would think that with the MPAA suing people left and right for copyright infringement and with movies like Ghost Rider climbing to the Number 1 spot you’d think it’d have $50 to throw a blogger for his software. “Think again!” cries Patrick Robin, designer of the Forest Blog publishing platform. Robin recently discovered that the MPAA’s blog (currently down)… Read More

  • Elvis Was a Hero to Most, But That Doesn't Stop me From Downloading the Sun Sessions

    A charming little video by the Futuristic Sex Robotz who seem to be upset by some sort of “copy protection” on music. I suspect they’re just angry because they don’t have big record deals like Nelly Furtado and don’t get to be taken both from behind and the front by rapacious contacts. Next year, boys! via BoingBoing Read More