copyright

  • We talked to the Pirate Party of the United States: Here's what it's all about

    Let’s make one thing absolutely clear about the Pirate Party of the United States (PPUS): it has no interest in defending your ability to illegally download The Blueprint 3 from Waffles.fm. It just doesn’t. If you had the idea in your head that the PPUS would somehow work to legalize your bad habits, well, tough break, kid: it’s a legitimate political party whose goal is not… Read More

  • Judge: RealDVD is totally illegal as per the DMCA

    Yesterday, August 11, wasn’t just Joe Rogan’s birthday. Nope, it was also the date when a judge in San Francisco ruled that RealDVD was illegal, and reiterated that it was illegal to manufacture or traffic software that makes it possible to copy DVDs. So, every time you fire up DVD Copier on your PC, make a copy of a DVD that you bought, well, you’re breaking the law. The… Read More

  • In a move I'm calling "too little, too late, too proprietary," major labels are introducing their own file format

    For years you’ve been using the well-supported, ubiquitous file format called MP3. It’s an international standard, it works just fine in every media player, and other universally-accepted formats are in place for the album artwork, lyrics, and what have you. Sounds like you’re ready for a new, unified format that no one has ever heard of and, if introduced five or six years… Read More

  • Steam and Games for Windows Live add more piracy protection

    In moves which may or may not lead to an outcry from the gamer population at large, both Valve and Microsoft have strengthened their DRM on their PC gaming platforms. Whether these changes will simply curb piracy, as intended, or whether they will prove a nuisance as other DRM schemes have done historically is yet to be seen. Read More

  • Academy Awards nominated films distributed by kopimi stations


    If you somehow managed to avoid all the hype, you might not know that the Academy Awards were handed out this weekend. There were preview shows, review shows, and Oscar-related goings-on all over television all weekend long. The Free Art and Technology Lab threw their own little Academy Award party this weekend by making all the nominated films available to anyone with a USB drive. Read More

  • YouTube presses the mute button on some uploads

    YouTube is chock full of amateur videos. It’s easy to make a video and upload it to YouTube. Making a quality soundtrack for your video is considerably more difficult, though, which is why many folks punt and just use a song from their favorite artist. Don’t be surprised, though, if your recent uploads are silent. Read More

  • Spanish copyright agency crashes wedding in search of copyright violations

    Flickr’d Imagine you’re at your wedding doing the ol’ “smash cake into your wife or husband’s face” move. It’s a great day, all things considered. The sky is the bluest it’s ever been and birds are fluttering around in a non-threatening manner. (That’s what weddings are like, right? I’ve never been to one.) A man dressed like Spy vs. Read More

  • How to successfully guilt-trip software pirates

    Oh my. I like the “Shame on me” button. I think I’m going to go register my trial copy of WinRAR , which I’ve been “evaluating” for 8 years. A commenter points out that in the full screencap you can see that the guy has an 8-core Mac Pro with 10 gigs of RAM. I think he can afford a $20 program! [via Reddit] Read More

  • Blu-ray DRM: Slysoft and studios do battle

    You may or may not be aware, but there has been and still is a war being waged over Blu-ray DRM. Slysoft announced that they cracked the BD+ algorithm back in March this year and has been including Blu-ray backup with AnyDVD HD since March. That was just eight months after Richard Doherty from Envisioneering Group predicted that BD+ would stand for 10 years.  But! Just because BD+ plus has… Read More

  • Apple sends baseless takedown notice to hackers discussing iTunesDB code

    It’s no secret that Apple wants everyone to use iTunes, especially to sync with their iPod. I personally can’t stand iTunes and prefer Winamp, and many others share my view but have enjoyed Apple hardware. Some more code-savvy people than myself have in years past determined how to read and write to the proprietary iTunesDB file, allowing non-Apple software to sync with… Read More

  • Two lawsuits against EA, one might have merit

    Poor, wretched EA. First they have to make 600 staff walk the plank, and now they’re being sued all over the place. There are a lot of hackles raised by SecuROM’s secondary effects, like disabling certain drives or legitimate software. A commenter pointed out this page, which lists the current lawsuits (there are four) against EA on this subject. The most compelling one has to be… Read More

  • Berlin metro claims copyright over iPhone timetable application

    What’s more convenient than having an unfamiliar subway system’s map and timetable information right there on your iPhone? Oh, what’s that, Berlin? Such a convenience violates copyright? Excellent! There’s an application for the iPhone called Fahr-Info Berlin. It’s just as I described—a free app that contains the city’s subway (“metro”)… Read More

  • Bush doctrine for piracy: More laws! And a czar!

    Really, though — who doesn’t like czars? Although the czars of today are a far cry from their imperial namesakes, they are still in positions of great power and presumed authority. I can’t imagine that, more than a decade into the ongoing controversy, this Intellectual Property Czar position has been created for anything other than the abuse of media lobbyists. After all… Read More

  • Michael Moore doesn't mind that his film Slacker Uprising is being downloaded illegally

    Famous director Michael Moore released his latest movie, Slacker Uprising, on that there Internet a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, for would-be viewers outside the U.S. and Canada, trying to download the movie results in a great big fail whale. And then the movie appeared on The Pirate Bay, where anyone can download it. Is this Mr. Moore’s doing, or the work of some busybody fan who wants… Read More

  • Surprise! Sales of RealDVD suspended while Hollywood runs itself into the ground


    Note that I have nothing against Mr. Norris per se. You just knew this was going to happen. Sales of RealNetworks’ RealDVD have been suspended while Real fights Hollywood in court, forever. You already know what Hollywood’s beef is, that RealDVD allows people to illegally copy DVDs blah bah who cares. Rent, rip and retun all you want, I say. Take this line from the… Read More

  • MPAA sues Real over RealDVD – the fools


    In yet another ridiculous and short-sighted move, “the nation’s top movie companies” have filed suit against RealNetworks due to the release of RealDVD. Oh my god. Every time I think these heads of industry can’t get any more stupid, they do something like this. What are they going to accomplish here? They’re telling consumers that they can’t back up their… Read More

  • Woman ordered to pay $6,050 for downloading 8 songs

    A Bronx woman will have to pay the RIAA $6,050 for making songs available to download on Kazaa. That works out to something like $756 per song (there were eight songs in question). The case, Electra v. Barker, matters a little more than serving as anti-RIAA fodder. The RIAA was trying to argue that merely making songs available in a shared folder was tantamount to copyright infringement. If… Read More

  • The Office of the UK Prime Minister owns the interwebs

    In case you were wondering, Number 10, the UK Prime Minister’s website uses a WordPress theme called Networker. A WordPress theme, they decided to take credit for. Or at least, not give credit as to where they got it. The theme was designed by Anthony Baggett and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. In contrast, we here at CrunchGear are using a… Read More

  • WoW causes more woe for Glider bot-maker MDY

    Last month, Blizzard, the makers of World of Warcraft, won their case over MDY and Michael Donnelly, creator of grindbot software Glider. Now, Blizzard wants to make sure the code never sees the light of day. Blizzard won the case by arguing that since Glider was loaded into RAM, it could be considered a copyright violation. Blizzard also won in its summary judgment motion on grounds that… Read More

  • Not iPhone: German court says leaving Wi-Fi access point doesn't make owner liable for copyright infringement

    A German court has ruled that having an open, unsecured Wi-Fi access point isn’t tantamount to copyright infringement. Follow the logic for a minute: you’ve got a wide open WAP, and someone comes along and downloads a Metallica album off The Pirate Bay. Metallica’s record company finds the IP address, your IP address, and sends a letter to your ISP demanding retribution. You… Read More