These are the things I've written that are tagged "piracy"

Warner Bros: Pirates Show Us What Consumers Want

Hey guess what, Warner Bros? Pirates show you what consumers want because they are consumers. They just don’t consume in the way you want them to. The most interesting thing about this article is that WB admits to selectively enforcing copyright based on how beneficial it is to them from an analytics standpoint. Which means […]

Every Time You Torrent, Feds Log Your IP in Just Three Hours

Gizmodo: Anyone who has downloaded pirated music, video or ebooks using a BitTorrent client has probably had their IP address logged by copyright-enforcement authorities within three hours of doing so. So say computer scientists who placed a fake pirate server online—and very quickly found monitoring systems checking out who was taking what from the servers. […]

“Writing on the high seas”

Author Tobias Buckell’s treatise on book piracy and what it means here in the now: A certain book that usually sells about 5,000 copies, locked down and protected, seems to sell the same 5,000 copies as a book with a free giveaway and pirated. The difference, according to O’Reilly and many, will be that the […]

The Case Against COICA

The Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is bad mojo that will not only limit creativity but stifle business. It will unconstitutionally restrict freedom of speech, raise the cost of doing business on the internet in a time when the economy is already in the toilet, and create an internet blacklist in America. The […]

US Library of Congress: Copyright Is Destroying Historic Audio

From the you’re-telling-us dept. The report also highlights the problems posed by the rather complicated history of US copyright law. “All U.S. recordings, both commercially released and unpublished, created before February 15, 1972, are protected by a complex network of disparate state civil, criminal, and common laws,” the study explains. The consequence is that all […]

You’re Stealing it Wrong: 30 Years of Inter-Pirate Battles

Historian Jason Scott walks through the many-years story of software piracy and touches on the tired debates before going into a completely different direction – the interesting, informative, hilarious and occasionally obscene world of inter-pirate-group battles. A multi-media extravaganza of threats, CSI-level accusations and evidence trails, decades of insider lingo, and demonstrations of how the […]

Developer of Minecraft on How Piracy Works

A whole lot of truth packed into a short post: I won’t bother analyzing why people copy games and other digital media, as that’s really a moot point. We’ve got an amazingly effective way of distributing culture that is extremely beneficial for humanity, but it clashes with our current economical models. Piracy will win in […]

Warner Bros. Sued for Pirating Anti-Piracy Technology

From the Do-As-I-Say Department: Warner Bros. has been sued by a German technology firm which claims the movie and television production company pirated its anti-piracy technology. I can only assume that anyone at Warner Bros HQ will be no longer allowed to connect to the internet for any purpose, right? That’s what they want to […]

European Parliament Demands Transparency For ACTA

The European Parliament today voted on a resolution that demands transparency in the ACTA negotiations, and that the Commission puts all papers on the table. The resolution was carried by 633 votes in favour, 13 against, and 16 abstentions. Way to go, EU. See also: Christian Engström’s talk on ACTA from the European Parliament floor.

TechCrunch Reports last.fm DID Give User Data to the RIAA

More exactly, CBS (Last.fm’s parent company) got this user data by not telling Last.fm they were going to turn it over. Last.fm responded to TechCrunch’s initial allegation with a blog post titled “TechCrunch are full of shit.” I wonder how Last.fm feel about the acquisition right now.

MPAA shows how to Video Record a TV set

This is, apparently, not a joke. What it is, is 4 minutes of some poor hired goon trying to pretend like this isn’t the biggest pain in the ass of thing to attempt. The video summary says: At the DMCA 1201 hearings at the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress, representatives from the MPAA […]

Court Jails Pirate Bay Founders

I’m sure the appeals process will be long: Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay $4.5m (£3m) in damages. I feel that their attitude didn’t help them with the judge. Google […]

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