piracy

  • We Can All Go Home Now. Piracy Is Mostly Dead

    We Can All Go Home Now. Piracy Is Mostly Dead

    According to a report by Norwegian researchers at Ipsos, piracy has fallen alarmingly in that country thanks to viable alternative sources. For example, music piracy has fallen from 1.2 billion songs in 2008 to 210 million last year. About 60 million movies and TV shows were pirated last year, compared to 125 million and 135 million five years ago. In short, access to paid content, whether… Read More

  • BitTorrent Would Really Like Everyone To Stop Suggesting It’s Being Used For Piracy

    BitTorrent Would Really Like Everyone To Stop Suggesting It’s Being Used For Piracy

    At this point, you’ve probably read about how popular Game of Thrones is on BitTorrent — and there’s at least one article calling the show “the once and future king of BitTorrent.” Well, it sounds like BitTorrent, the company developing the open source file-sharing protocol of the same name, is getting a bit tired of the coverage. In a just-published blog post… Read More

  • Adobe Photoshop CC Proves That The Cloud Isn’t A Cure-All Refuge From Software Piracy

    Adobe Photoshop CC Proves That The Cloud Isn’t A Cure-All Refuge From Software Piracy

    Adobe released Photoshop CC this week, as part of its Creative Cloud-only revamp of the entire Creative Suite of software products it offers. The new version of Photoshop offers some exclusive new features, which I’ve covered previously, but the cloud-based and subscription nature of the program were seen by many as a way of counteracting the rampant piracy that greets each new edition… Read More

  • Game Of Thrones Season 3 Premieres To Record Ratings, Piracy

    Game Of Thrones Season 3 Premieres To Record Ratings, Piracy

    Everyone, it seems, is a Game Of Thrones fan. The fantasy series, which was spawned out of a series of novels by George R. R. Martin and adapted for HBO, just aired its third season premiere last night and a whole bunch of people were watching. The show touted its largest-ever live audience during the broadcast, which is good news. The bad news is that it also had more people pirating the show. Read More

  • Brooklyn Band Ghost Beach Launches Ad Campaign That Encourages Fans To Pick A Side On Piracy

    Brooklyn Band Ghost Beach Launches Ad Campaign That Encourages Fans To Pick A Side On Piracy

    A large billboard in Times Square formerly occupied by American Eagle is currently cycling through the following phrases: Piracy is progress. Piracy is freedom. Piracy is harmless. Piracy is inevitable. Piracy is robbery. Piracy is evil. Piracy is selfish. Or is it a fad? It’s part of an advertising campaign by a Brooklyn-based band called Ghost Beach that is asking all of us to choose… Read More

  • Finnish Police Seize 9-Year Old’s Winnie The Pooh Laptop For Using The Pirate Bay

    Finnish Police Seize 9-Year Old’s Winnie The Pooh Laptop For Using The Pirate Bay

    How young will the casualties become in the ongoing war against online piracy? You have to wonder, when you learn that a 9-year old girl’s laptop was seized by Finnish police in a raid on her home, following a complaint by the CIAPC anti-piracy group which had ISPs block The Pirate Bay in Finland. The raid followed a request that the girl’s father pay up around €600 to settle… Read More

  • Happy Independence Day: SOPA’s Cousin ACTA Fails To Make The Vote In Europe, But Is This Really The End?

    Happy Independence Day: SOPA’s Cousin ACTA Fails To Make The Vote In Europe, But Is This Really The End?

    A big day today for those who have been opposed to measures like SOPA that are aimed at stronger, government-imposed measures to define and prevent counterfeiting and copyright infringement on the internet: the European Parliament has rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), by a nearly-unanimous margin of 478 votes against to 39 in favor. The rejection means that the… Read More

  • Meet Tom Lowe, The Filmmaker Who Talked Back To The Pirate Bay

    Meet Tom Lowe, The Filmmaker Who Talked Back To The Pirate Bay

    On June 6, 2012, filmmaker Tom Lowe found his film, Timescapes, on The Pirate Bay. His response wasn’t to sue the uploaders into oblivion. Instead, he wrote a simple note: Greetings. I am Tom Lowe, the person who spent two years of his life living out of a Toyota pickup truck to make this film. If you enjoy it, please consider buying a copy from our website at TimeScapes.org or at iTunes… Read More

  • Experience The Wonder Of Streaming Piracy With iOSLiveTV.com

    Experience The Wonder Of Streaming Piracy With iOSLiveTV.com

    This is so illegal that we can probably expect to see it fold in a matter of hours, but if you’re really hankering for some Russian or German TV right now – or some hott sexxxy Penthouse action – iOSLiveTV has you covered. The site is formatted for iOS and Android and features a number of live TV channels including some adult selections. Read More

  • Hollywood’s Role In Innovation… And SOPA

    Hollywood’s Role In Innovation… And SOPA

    Silicon Valley may be a garden of innovation, but many of the seeds were sown by Hollywood. Earlier generations of innovators were inspired by shows such as Star Trek, Lost in Space, and The Jetsons; later generations, by films such as Aliens, Terminator, and Avatar. Hollywood brought science fiction to the masses and gave people big things to dream about. And music spread the… Read More

  • Pirate Parties Organizing Lawsuit Against FBI Over Megaupload Takedown

    Pirate Parties Organizing Lawsuit Against FBI Over Megaupload Takedown

    The Megaupload troubles make for interesting discussion because there is much to be said on both sides. Whether the illegal aspects of the network “outweigh” the legal aspects is a question that will be discussed for months and perhaps years. But one thing can’t be disputed: after the two-year investigation by the FBI, the site’s takedown was swift and perhaps… Read More

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