piracy

  • Court: Adult Film Studio Has To Sue Alleged Pirates Individually

    In a setback for adult film studios looking to make a quick buck (by fighting piracy), a court in Dallas has ruled that one such studio, Serious Bidness, cannot sue a group of John Does in one lump sum. If it wants to pursue legal action it has to sue each John Doe individually. Read More

  • Music Piracy May Be Going Away But It's Not Dead Yet

    A recent study suggests that the music industry has done such a good job pushing people toward legal services (iTunes, Rdio, Spotify, etc.) that online music piracy has all but disappeared. While it’s probably true that the proliferation of legal alternatives has made illegal methods less attractive—why run the risk of contracting malware trying to download the new Sei A album from… Read More

  • Google Begins Soft Censorship Of Arbitrary Piracy-Related Queries

    The efforts of media companies to quash online piracy are a bit like someone trying to put out a forest fire with a wet noodle. The latest pathetic flail comes in the form of coercing Google into censoring its results for some search terms. A number of words will no longer be autocompleted or trigger an instant search, among them the interesting and perfectly legal “bittorrent.” Read More

  • Nintendo UK: "Heyday Of Piracy" May Be Over

    Although the headline oversimplifies Nintendo UK’s James Honeywell’s comments on piracy (what are headlines for?), it’s more or less what he said, and Nintendo seems to actually think that its steps to curb piracy are going to be effective. To be fair, Honeywell also described crowing about piracy countermeasures as being “like a red rag to a bull,” which mirrors… Read More

  • UK Anti-Piracy Firm Buckles Under Scrutiny, Wants To Drop Infringement Cases

    Wow. Remember a few months ago when thousands of e-mails had leaked from ACS: Law’s computers, ACS: Law being the anti-piracy firm that was tasked with going after illegal file-sharers? Of course you do. Well now it seems that one lawyer from ACS: Law, Andrew Crossley, has given up the fight against said illegal file-sharers, but not for any altruistic reasons: “I have ceased… Read More

  • UFC Files Lawsuit Againt Justin.tv As It Tries To Elmininate Illegal Online Streams Altogether

    UFC has continued its fight against copyright infringement by filing a lawsuit against Justin.tv, the video streaming Web site where, UFC alleges, people can watch its events for free. UFC takes issue with “Justin.tv’s repeated and ongoing failure to meaningfully address the rampant and illegal uploading of video of live Pay-Per-View UFC events by members and users of the… Read More

  • UK Video Game Piracy Caused £1.45B In Losses & 1,000 Jobs Last Year

    Video game piracy cost some £1.45 billion ($2.31 billion) in lost sales last year, as well as around 1,000 lost jobs. So says the Association of UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE), which cautioned that even those impressive numbers are on the conservative side. That’s console piracy, mind you, which yet again throws a wrench in publishers’ arguments that piracy is only a problem… Read More

  • Universal Donates 200,000 Oldies To Library Of Congress

    It’s only fair that after giving the music industry in general a hard time, I should acknowledge when they do something right. Universal Music Group has just donated a huge collection of recordings from the 1930s and 40s to the Library of Congress, where they will be available to be listened to for free. The collection includes iconic, rare, and never-digitized tracks from the jazz… Read More

  • UK Recording Industry Says Piracy Killing Music, Despite Record Sales

    Oh, recording industry. You are impervious to reason. This year saw increases in digital sales over in the UK — extreme increases, really — and the bulk of this BPI report is still focused on the threat of piracy. I guess if they admit they’re doing all right, they have to stop suing people. And we all know how much fun they’re having doing that. Read More

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