Topic / Piracy

OPINION: New copyright laws are not the answer to stop piracy

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Image: Dr Stephen Dann/Flickr (Creative Commons) Earlier this week, Kim Williams, CEO of News Limited, spoke at the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast and called for new copyright laws to better protect digital property rights. Back in February, my colleague and friend Bruce Arnold opined a similar view, stating that in “the age of the internet and multinational business models, many of the existing laws are under […]

The best things in life are free, especially if you’re downloading a movie

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$6. That’s the price I paid to rent the delightful Pixar production that is Wall-E. But, obviously, that’s not enough money for me to not be treated like a criminal, for me to actually watch the movie the way I wanted to, or even watch it at all in any way. Sure, it’s a rental, so I expect DRM. But even then, I would’ve had the same experience if I’d bought […]

AFACT brings iiNet case to High Court

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The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has announced that it plans to lodge an appeal with the High Court in its case against iiNet, alleging that the ISP has allowed its users to infringe on the copyright of the film and television studios it represents. It seeks to reverse the decision made by the Federal Court, dismissing AFACT’s appeal in its case, ongoing since 2009. The federal court found […]

Pirate Bay to bring more “fear” to music industry with new site

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Notorious website The Pirate Bay is said to be launching a new project – dubbed “The Music Bay” – that aims to instil more fear to the music industry, according to an anonymous Pirate Bay insider talking to TorrentFreak. The site in question – themusicbay.org – is currently used to serve up ads for The Pirate Bay website, but rumours began to grow in recent days that the domain could […]

Nintendo’s anti-piracy measures, have they gone too far?

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“ROMs can only be obtained and played if you already own the game, have a license to the game or are part of a commercial marketing company. This seems fine until you notice that your gameplay is disrupted from built-in anti-piracy software, programmed by Nintendo to stop you from allegedly playing it illegally.”

iiNet uses Telecommunications Act to defend itself in AFACT lawsuit

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In its lawsuit from the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), Perth-based iiNet has used the Telecommunications Act as part of their defence, arguing that the request from AFACT to act on its notices of alleged infringement would violate the privacy provisions under Section 276 of the Act. “Under the Act, it is illegal for iiNet to use customers’ personal information in the manner demanded by AFACT without a court […]

UK: Music Survey Reveals 14-24 Year Olds Pirate On Average Of 8,000 Music Tracks – Each

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Results from research conducted by the University of Hertford in the UK, commissioned by the music industry group UK Music, has came with startling revelations that 61 percent of all 14 to 24 year olds living in the UK that were interviewed use file sharing networks to collect, on average, 8000 tracks on their computers. More than 1,800 young people were asked to do the survey, with the University finding […]

Pirate Bay sold to Swedish software company, gets new business model

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The Pirate Bay has announced that it is being acquired by Global Gaming Factory X AB, a Swedish software company, that will see a new business model for the website that “allows compensation to content providers and copyright owners.” In a statement, The Pirate Bay wrote, “We’ve been working on this project for many years. It’s time to invite more people into the project, in a way that is secure […]

Pirate Bay judge alleged to have links to entertainment industry

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A lawyer representing one of the co-defendants in the Pirate Bay trail has called for a retrial after it has been alleged that the judge that was presiding had links to the copyright protection organisations and the industry representatives belonging to such organisations, according to The Local. The judge, Tomas Norström, was found to have such connections after Sweden public radio station, Sveriges Radio P3, broke the news.

Study: Pirates ten times more likely to buy music legally

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Piracy may be the one “industry” that the music industry loathes, but a new study from the BI Norwegian School of Management has found that those who pirate music from websites like the Pirate Bay are more than likely to pay for songs that are on Amazon or on iTunes, according to the Guardian. The study found that, out of 2,000 online users surveyed, that those who downloaded the music […]

BitTorrent trackers shut down after Pirate Bay verdict

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A large number of private BitTorrent trackers have shut down their servers after it was ruled that the Pirate Bay, the well known torrent website, was found guilty last Friday; and many more servers are soon to be shut down soon, according to a report by TorrentFreak. The report has said that a number of trackers are located in Sweden, and are now worried that they could face possible jail […]

Sunde: “We lost” Pirate Bay trial

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The men connected with the file sharing website The Pirate Bay have been found of being accessories to copyright infringement by a Swedish court on Friday, according to The Local website. The win gives the entertainment industry, which have been battling the owners for years, a step in stopping music and movie piracy on the web. The four men, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström, have […]

Another Mac trojan found in pirated version of Photoshop CS4

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Another pirated copy of another popular software for the Mac has been found to contain a variant of a trojan horse that was found a few days ago on a pirated version of Apple’s productivity suite, iWork ‘09, by the same company who found the first one. Intego has said that this new variant of the iServices trojan, OSX.Trojan.iServices.B, installs a backdoor in the /var/tmp/ directory, which is supposed to […]

YouTube finds creative way to stop copyright infringement – muting sound

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Notice anything wrong with the video? No Sound? Don’t worry, it’s not a virus, nor your computer; but just the video itself. YouTube may have found a way that could deter users from uploading copyrighted videos by just having the video muted instead of taking down the video as part of the law that makes up the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, also known as the DMCA. YouTube has had technology […]