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Microsoft Back In Court Against A Known Pirate
One of the universal truths about civil litigation is that you can’t get blood from a turnip. The old phrase refers to the practice of suing the “bigger fish,” such as suing the entire fast food chain for the actions of a lowly hourly wage employee, because being awarded... Read more
US Navy Sued For Software Piracy
While the irony isn’t lost on most people, the only humor in this story is that it’s a well-known and widely respected navy that has been accused of piracy. The US Navy has been served with a federal lawsuit by a German software company after more than half a... Read more
Adobe’s Polite Reminder To Stop Pirating Software
Adobe’s taking a stand against pirated copies of its software. No matter what the form of media–film, music, software, books–there’s someone who stands to make a quick buck off a pirated version of it. Whether it’s bootleg movies actually filmed in the darkness of a theater or ebooks that... Read more
BSA Global Software Survey: Companies Can Do Better
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has published the results of its 2015 Global Software Survey. While not surprising, the report does make for some very interesting reading. Carried out across more than 110 national and regional economies, from Kenya to the US, and from China to the EU, and... Read more
Microsoft Offers Amnesty To End Software Piracy
When most tech consumers think of software piracy, they tend to think of a gaunt gamer in a darkened basement, drooling over an unlicensed copy of the latest title. But the reality of global software piracy is far more serious: in a ten year period ending in 2012, the... Read more
Kanye West Outs Himself As A Software Pirate?
There’s so much to love about a good Twitter fight between the good guys and the bad guys, but what if you can’t really tell which is which? Professional famous person Kanye West has been quite vocal about…well…everything, but his latest online publicity stunt may have backfired in the... Read more
Game Piracy Has Just 2 Years Left
The founder of the infamous Chinese based cracking forum 3DM has said that the days of people playing pirated games are drawing to a close, because it’s just becoming too difficult. The issue for game pirates is that the encryption software being used by game developers is becoming harder... Read more
HBO Hunting Down Pirates Who Leaked Game Of Thrones On Torrent Sites
HBO and its parent Time Warner have often times gleefully accepted Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world, going as far as to say it is a bonus for the show’s overall trend worldwide. Something changed when season five aired. HBO launched Game of Thrones... Read more
Windows 10 Will Be Free, Even For Software Pirates
When Microsoft introduced security keys for Windows XP, it was the beginning of a long and tiring battle against piracy, one it would ultimately fail to control with users capable of downloading a full Windows 8 license in under two minutes. Instead of continuing the tirade against pirates, it... Read more
Rapidshare Will Shutdown in March
Back in the day, Rapidshare was one of the most popular file-sharing websites around. The time has now come to close the doors on the site as it has been officially announced that Rapidshare will close in March. The decision comes after a long period of decline for the... Read more
As Digital Piracy Increases, Box Office Hits 19-Year Low
I love going to see movies while they’re playing in the theater. There’s just something a whole lot more exciting about seeing a movie I’m excited about on the big screen vs. watching the same thing on my TV screen at home. And while I love going to the... Read more
Shutdown of The Pirate Bay Has No Effect on Piracy Rates
The Pirate Bay has been the most popular torrent site for the past decade, but on Dec. 9 the Swedish police force managed to raid the server room, shutting down the piracy site. What was marvelled as a big step towards beating piracy has had almost zero effect however,... Read more
The Pirate Bay Goes Down Worldwide
The Pirate Bay has officially went down worldwide, after the Rights Alliance filed a complaint in Sweden against the piracy organization. Instead of simply banning the IP, the Swedish authority raided the server room keeping The Pirate Bay alive. Rumors said The Pirate Bay was on cloud servers now,... Read more
British Man Goes to Jail for Recording Film with iPhone
Pirating movies is nothing new, of course, but one man in particular seems to be getting a lot of attention in the news right now. His name is Philip Danks, he hails from the UK, and he’s about to spend several months in jail for illegally recording and distributing... Read more
Man Yanked Out Of Cinema For Wearing Google Glass
A man from Columbus, Ohio recently had a different kind of experience while sitting down to enjoy a movie at one of AMC’s theaters. Somewhere around the one hour mark of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, officials came out of the shadows and pulled him from his seat. The reason? He... Read more
Torrent Uploader Fined $652,000 For Uploading 1 Movie
In spite of the heat on torrent sites, as well as uploaders and downloaders, it seems that people are not really deterred from carrying on. Even The Pirate Bay, the world’s most resilient torrent site, continues to operate. Of course, we don’t know how much longer they can resist... Read more
Major Torrent Sites In UK Have Domains Suspended
In June of this year, the UK government announced a new unit dedicated to dealing with intellectual property cases. Dubbed the Intellectual Property Crime Unit  (City of London Police) – shortened to PIPCU – is supposed to have a £2.5m fund. Launched in September, the unit has not been idle,... Read more
YouTube Audio Gallery Offers Royalty-Free Tracks
You know all that hullaballoo about piracy and people not respecting copyright? It’s a major – and very real – issue, although there are always different sides to a story. I remember watching the recent movie about Napster and how the music industry went up in arms against them.... Read more