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Piracy

  1. Entertainment

    Hollywood Motion Picture Studios Caught Pirating Games, Movies, and Television Shows via BitTorrent

    The thought that motion picture studios, including members of the Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, have been pirating content through the use of BitTorrent is one of those things that's long been suspected, and TorrentFreak reports that they now have proof. Specifically, they worked with BitTorrent monitors Scaneye to track down what IP addresses associated with the member studios of the MPAA have been illegally accessing, and the results were pretty much what you'd expect.

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  2. Tech

    Two New Pirate Bay Proxies Launch After UK Pirate Party Forced to Discontinue Their Own

    Without coming down on either side of the piracy argument, we can all probably agree that the methods currently being used to combat piracy are ineffective at best. At worst, the whole industry appears to be absolutely set on trying to catch lightning in a bottle. One of the recent attempts saw music industry group BPI putting legal pressure on the UK Pirate Party to drop their proxy service to The Pirate Bay. After initially indicating that they'd fight the legal battle, the proxy was taken down. In response, similar parties in Argentina and Luxembourg have launched their own proxies.

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  3. Tech

    Judge Slaps Pirate With $1.5 Million in Damages for Sharing Seven Porn Clips

    Let's just get this out of the way immediately: Never, ever, miss the chance to defend yourself if you're being accused of piracy. Regardless of whether you're guilty to some degree, plaintiffs have consistently shown that they believe any infringement upon their content to be worth millions of dollars. This public service announcement is unfortunately far too late for Anwar Ogiste of Maryland, as a federal judge has already awarded a default judgment of $1.5 million to adult company Flava Works. Ogiste's crime? Sharing seven porn videos.

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  4. Tech

    Finnish Nine-Year-Old Given Laptop by Mysterious Donors After Police Seize Hers

    Sometimes the Finnish police raid the homes of nine-year-old girls and confiscate their Winnie the Pooh laptops. That really happens. Okay, it happened once, but it's pretty messed up. The girl, whose computer was confiscated after being accused of illegally downloading one song off The Pirate Bay, was given a used MacBook Pro by a group of donors. The group asked to remain anonymous, but hit the jump to see us take a few guesses anyway.

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  5. Weird

    Finnish Police Take Winnie the Pooh Laptop From Nine-Year-Old Accused of Piracy

    Seriously, Finland? We understand that Internet piracy is a problem, but this is just too much. Police raided the home of a nine-year-old girl and confiscated her laptop -- her Winnie the Pooh laptop -- because she was accused of downloading one song off The Pirate Bay. That really happened. We all live in this world now.

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  6. Tech

    Microsoft Accidentally Gives Free Copies of Windows 8 Pro to Pirates

    When it comes to computer software, piracy is a big issue. No matter what measures traditional companies implement to keep pirates out, they'll always find ways to get around them. When a better lock's built, folks just devise new ways to pick it. It's pretty much a fact of life. So it's not surprising that folks have already pirated Windows 8. If anything, it was probably expected. What is surprising, however, is that Microsoft's just unintentionally legitimized pirated copies of Windows 8 Pro through a Windows Media Center upgrade. Oops.

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  7. Tech

    Copyright Troll Links to TorrentFreak in Legal Threat, Shenanigans Ensue

    It's fairly well-known that TorrentFreak is an excellent source for anything related to BitTorrent, copyright, and general piracy news. Due to this fact, it's understandable that any legal firm dealing with these issues would be familiar with it. Those that follow the site should know that TorrentFreak looks down on copyright trolls that send out mass notices. Prenda Law apparently didn't get the memo, as they've included a direct link to a TorrentFreak article in their latest legal threats. Well, TorrentFreak's responded by redirecting the link to a page on how to defend against such claims.

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  8. Tech

    Progeny’s Piracy Not Problem of Parents, Preteen Pirates Probably Pleased

    Pirates that also happen to be children might have just been given a free pass. After a 2007 case saw the parents of a then 13-year-old pirate get stuck with a bill of 5,380 euros for lack of parental supervision, the duo appealed on the grounds that they had told their son it was illegal. They argued that, by informing, they'd met their parental obligations. Yesterday, Germany's Federal court agreed and dismissed the case entirely.

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  9. Tech

    Christmas Comes Early: Demonoid’s BitTorrent Tracker Returns, Potentially Heralds Revival

    When Demonoid went down, there was little hope that it would return. Most former users were firmly entrenched in the doom and gloom camp, and considering the circumstances, they had every reason to feel that way. Those who've held on to hope might have cause to celebrate, however, as it appears the reports of Demonoid's death have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, Virginia, Demonoid's BitTorrent tracker lives once again, and that potentially means the website itself isn't far off.

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  10. Tech

    BitTorrent Porn Pirate Slapped With Excessive $1.5 Million in Damages for Sharing 10 Movies

    The way in which damages are calculated in piracy cases has long been known to be ridiculously inflated, but that hasn't stopped them from being applied haphazardly. Media companies often try to through the book at any pirates they think they might actually win against. If they do win, they can then use the judgment like a cudgel in their continued attempts to cow other illegal downloaders into settling. For example, Flava Works, an adult entertainment company, has just been awarded a grand total of $1.5 million in damages from defendant Kywan Fisher. That's the maximum possible, and sets the record for largest damages ever awarded in a BitTorrent case.

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  11. Weird

    RIAA Never Told Six Strikes System Partners the Group’s Independent Expert Once Lobbied for Them

    The copyright alert system, commonly referred to as the "six strikes" system, might have hit a snag this past week. Part of the anti-piracy plan requires an "impartial and independent" expert to review all data gathered to ensure that the alerts are being distributed accurately and judiciously. As it currently stands, the system being used, called MarkMonitor, is supposed to then be itself monitored by Stroz Friedberg, a third-party technology firm. Unfortunately, it turns out that Stroz Friedberg was once the lobbying firm for the Recording Industry Association of America. Even worse? The RIAA supposedly didn't bother telling the rest of the group.

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  12. Gaming

    Hotline Miami Developer Finds Game on Pirate Bay, Provides Technical Support to Downloaders

    The question of what to do when video game piracy rears its ugly head is something all developers must ask themselves. This is especially true for the typically small indie teams that don't have the same clout as publishing giants like Electronic Arts or Activision. Unlike other forms of media, it's hard to argue that pirating video games isn't theft. Sometimes, though, the developers try to take a stance that differentiates from the norm. One of the developers behind Hotline Miami, for example, found their recently released game on The Pirate Bay and actually offered technical support to those having trouble with the download.

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  13. Weird

    A Man Named ‘Success’ Fails to Avoid Jail Time for Counterfeiting Nintendo Games

    Authorities in the U.K. recently apprehended a 41 year-old man for creating and selling thousands of counterfeit Nintendo games. Justin Success Brooks — Yes, that is his actual middle name, not a handle — made fake Wii, DS, and DSi game bundles from pirated software, selling 100-200 games on a single disc or cartridge for the price of one or two retail products. It sounds like a great deal for everybody... Except Nintendo, which eventually came after the man cutting into their business.

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  14. Tech

    The Pirate Bay Heads to the Cloud, Becomes More Difficult to Stop

    The Pirate Bay has a history of trying different methods of becoming more diffused. They've dropped various ties to things like trackers in order to make it harder on law enforcement, and anyone else, to track anything even remotely involved with the website. In many ways, they're removing every trace of themselves that they can. It should come as no surprise then that the current people behind the popular piracy haven have now moved their entire operation to the cloud.

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  15. Science

    Survey Says: Illegal Downloaders Also Purchase More Legal Music Than Those That Don’t Pirate

    The argument has long been that music piracy leads to a massive loss of revenue when accumulated across the millions of songs downloaded illegally. That's what groups like the RIAA have pushed for years. According to the American Assembly's upcoming Copy Culture Survey, however, that's just not the case. As it turns out, those that pirate in the United States also purchase around 30% more music than those that don't.

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