• 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

  • Will Interactive iBooks Be The Next Big Booty For Pirates?

    Will Interactive iBooks Be The Next Big Booty For Pirates?

    With the shift from print books to digital books come a few nasty side effects. Sure, it’s much easier much easier to acquire and read books when you don’t even have to get out of your chair, but those digital copies can be cracked and disseminated for free with only a little more effort. As ebook sales expand, so does ebook piracy, so I have to wonder if Apple’s… Read More

  • A Pirate’s Life For Me: Police Bust Hungarian Movie Ring

    A Pirate’s Life For Me: Police Bust Hungarian Movie Ring

    If you had any misconceptions about the noble pirates fighting the nasty, dirty MPAA, put those to rest now. Here’s the inside of a pirate’s lair in Budapest where we find a 70TB disk array (the article claims it held “5000 movies, 4000 songs, 6000 games and 500 pieces of software,” which is a ridiculously low number), blow, and what appears to be a shotgun. Read More

  • German ISPs Surrendering 300,000 Pirating Suspects' Details Every Month

    As ridiculous as the copyright battles are here in the states, it’s a bit surreal when you see them exceeded elsewhere by an order of magnitude or two. According to German internet industry association ECO, ISPs in that country are giving up their subscribers to rightsholders at the mind-boggling rate of around 300,000 per month. To put that in perspective, you remember that big… Read More

  • Ballmer: Piracy Kills Chinese Market Earnings By 95%

    Despite the fact the number of PCs in China and the U.S. are pretty similar, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claimed on Wednesday that the company sees 95 percent less revenue coming from China than the States. Why, you ask? Piracy, of course. Other tech companies have had the same problem in China, which could indicate that the Chinese government hasn’t done enough to stop the acquisition… Read More

  • Pirate Bay Servers Take Refuge In Secret Mountain Cave

    If your website is so internationally controversial that you’ve got Interpol and RIAA secret police knocking on your door every other day, it pays to be a bit circumspect when it comes to hosting. But only the most paranoid (justifiably or not) will go so far as to keep their servers in a top-secret cave in rural Sweden. Read More

  • EU Court's Advocate General: Internet Filtering May Conflict With Charter Of Fundamental Rights

    The Advocate General of the European Union Court of Justice, Cruz Villalón, says that national courts there should not have the ability to tell Internet Service Providers to filter their connections in order to prevent copyright infringement because such a move would conflict with the Charter of Fundamental Rights. That was a mouthful, yes. It should be noted that the Advocate… Read More

  • To Encourage Smugness, Garry's Mod Creator Triggers Error Message For Pirated Versions

    This is pretty great. You know Garry’s Mod, right? It’s basically a sandbox “game” built on the Source engine. It’s only $10, but apparently there are people out there who feel the need to pirate it. The mind boggles. Anyhow, the developer of the mod, Garry Newman, created an error message that would only manifest itself in pirated copies of the game. Go ahead… Read More

  • Survey: Dutch Artists Say P2P Doesn't Hurt Them Financially

    You may have heard that the Dutch Government now plans to outlaw music and movie (and whatever else) downloading. That seems pretty prosaic: since when was it legal to infringe on someone’s copyright? Isn’t that the whole point of copyright? No matter, for in the lead up to the Dutch announcement’s announcement a survey was taken. “What about the survey?” you may ask. Read More

  • The Witcher 2 Devs: DRM Does Nothing But Drive People To Piracy

    The next big PC game will be The Witcher 2, which should be released on May 12 (and if you’re cool like me you will have already pre-ordered). Unlike a certain other big RPG this year, it actually looks like it was developed within the past few years. If you order it from Good Old Games (the company behind GoG, CD Projekt, also developed the game) it will be completely DRM-free. That is… Read More

  • Canadian Anti-Piracy Brigade White Knights For Non-Pirated Band

    The Internet is a cruel, mysterious mistress. What we have here is the story of a Canadian band called One Soul Thrust, a phony baloney (I refused to believe “bologna” is the proper spelling here; that’s not even how you’d pronounce the town name in Italian…) BitTorrent site, a misguided manager, and a lobbying group that apparently does little to no research. The… Read More

  • Will Social Media Save WrestleMania 27?

    Well, maybe not “save” WrestleMania, but help ensure it does better than last year’s edition, WrestleMania 26, which, at well under one million pay-per-view buys worldwide, was considered a bit of a disappointment. What’s different this year is WWE’s use of social media—that is to say they’re actually using it this time around. But even if this… Read More

  • UK Plan Would Block Access To Sites That Assist Copyright Infringement

    There’s a plan in the UK that would, if enabled, lead to ISPs blocking access to specific Web sites in order to cut down on piracy. It takes all of two seconds to understand why this is a silly idea, and thankfully a prominent consumer rights group there has come out against it. Read More

  • UK's Digital Economy Act Delayed Until 2012 As ISPs Vow Courtroom Battle

    The UK’s Digital Economy Act, designed to, among other things, stomp out Internet piracy once and for all, has run up against the High Court. Two of the country’s ISPs, BT and TalkTalk, will argue on Wednesday that the law is basically an unenforceable load of nonsense, and that it should be torn up and completely forgotten about. We’ll see. Read More