Posts Tagged ‘Piracy’

Hadopi Cut Piracy in France, But Sales Down as Well

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

In this case, low sales figures aren’t due to piracy, they’re due to the fact that much of what the “entertainment” industry produces these days is just so boring and worthless that its not worth buying.

You may know that France has implemented a system called Hadopi about one and a half year ago. It is basically a monitoring and response system that is sending out three warning letters to alleged file sharers, with the third letter suspending the Internet account of that user for a year, and a fine of up to €1500 on top of it.

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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”.

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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”.

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TVShack’s Student Founder can be Extradited to US, Court Rules

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Weird. Not so long ago, international extraditions were usually reserved for mass murderers and drug barons …

US customs agents seek to prosecute Richard O’Dwyer over TVShack, which linked to sites carrying pirated shows and films

A British student can be extradited to the United States for running a website linking to sites carrying pirated TV shows and films, a court has ruled.

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Illegal Filesharing – Is This the End of Speculative Invoicing?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Speculative Invoicing didn’t really serve to discourage downloaders; it just made the copyright holders seem heavy handed and thuggish.

ACS:Law made controversial payment demands to thousands of suspected filesharers – but such tactics could be on the way out

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Global Digital Music Sales Slowing Despite Piracy Crackdown

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Could it be that the music industry just isn’t coming out with very much worthwhile new music lately (it certainly seems that way to us older guys.)

Industry looks to subscription services such as Spotify to help reverse drop in total worldwide music sales of up to 9% in 2010

The crackdown on websites aiding distribution of pirated content such as LimeWire and Pirate Bay failed to stem falling music sales last year, according to industry figures that show that the global growth in digital music halved in 2010.

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Google Ramps Up Anti-Piracy Measures

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

I wish they’d spend as much time and effort combating virus writers as they do copyright pirates!

Internet giant to remove illegal content from search ‘within 24 hours’ and promote legitimate download sites

Google is introducing a range of measures to improve its policing of digital piracy, promising to respond to requests for the removal of material that infringes copyright from its search service “within 24 hours”.

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Music Industry to Pay for Catching Pirates

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Music piracy has been around since the invention of the tape recorder. If the Music Industry is really concerned about their falling profits, then maybe they should worry more about producing a better, more economical product instead of alienating their own customer base.

Coalition says film, TV and music industries must bear financial burden of pursuing illegal downloaders

The government has said today that rights holders in the music, TV and film industries will have to bear 75% of the expense of notifying and pursuing illegal downloaders – estimated to be as much as £14m a year.

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