Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

New Movies To Display 20 Seconds Of Unskippable Warnings

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

When you add those 20 seconds of unskippable warnings to the five or ten minutes worth of unskippable ads at the beginning of a DVD, the pirated stuff starts looking better and better all the time.

If you are living in the United States, and like to watch a movie from time to time, you are in for a new treat courtesy of the government, the FBI, ICE, and six major movie studios. According to an Ars Technica, new movies will soon carry two unskippable government warnings, that legit buyers will have to look at before they can actually start watching the movie.


US ISPs to Start Monitoring Users by July 12

Friday, March 16th, 2012

It’s getting to the point where no matter what you do, there will always be somebody watching over your shoulder …

Say you are an Internet Provider and have a customer base that has selected you for one reason or the other. What would convince you to start policing your users on behalf of another company or organization? According to CNET, U.S. American ISPs like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon or Cablevision have agreed to “policies designed to discourage customers from illegally downloading music, movies and software”.


Megaupload Shuts Down, Arrests have Been Made

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Due to its immense unpopularity with voters, SOPA is apparently dead in the water (for the time being) … but that still doesn’t stop the Feds from pulling tricks like this:

The popular file hosting site Megaupload has been shut down by US authorities on Thursday, and the site’s leaders have been charged with widespread online copyright infringement. According to an US Department of Justice press release, Megaupload generated more than “$175 million in criminal proceeds” and caused more than “half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners”.


YouTube Wins Viacom Court Case

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The court case is over, but judging from the statements from YouTube and Viacom, the battle is far from over …

Updated: The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has just granted YouTube’s motion for summary judgment against Viacom, meaning that the site is off the hook in Viacom’s billion-dollar copyright infringement case.

Both sides had filed motions for summary judgment in March, which is essentially a way to expedite the court case without going to a jury. YouTube had once again invoked protection under the DMCA’s Safe Harbor provisions in its filing, and the court apparently agreed.