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The Pirate Bay will fit on a ZIP cartridge

The Pirate Bay will fit on a ZIP cartridge

The Pirate Bay is making good on its long-announced plan of moving from hosting a torrent-tracker to hosting "magnet links" that allow BitTorrent file-sharing without a centralized tracker. This will vastly reduce the amount of data that TPB needs to store and serve, so much so that the entire TPB index will only be 90MB -- a file that you could [...]

Russian Pirate Party must change name, contemplates “Pira7e Party”

Russian Pirate Party must change name, contemplates “Pira7e Party”

A Russian judge has ruled that the Russian Pirate Party has to rename itself, citing a law that prohibits naming a party after criminal acts. The party is now debating what new name it will use for ballots. Options include “Unnamed Party” and “Pira7e Party” and “Pirrate Party.” I would like to conclude with stating that our [...]

Piracy sends “Go the Fuck to Sleep” to #1 on Amazon

Piracy sends “Go the Fuck to Sleep” to #1 on Amazon

I read a review of a funny parody of a kid's picture book called Go the Fuck to Sleep late last month, and it's since gone to be the number one bestseller on Amazon. Except, it hasn't been published yet. It's reached the number one slot on the strength of pre-orders. How did this remarkable thing occur? Piracy. In an age of e-books, piracy [...]

Poor countries have more piracy because media costs too much

Poor countries have more piracy because media costs too much

Media Piracy in Emerging Economies, an academic report on pricing and copyright infringement in poor countries, comes to the conclusion that high media prices (as measured against the average wage in poor countries) are responsible for piracy... that is, when you control for social attitudes towards copying, enforcement differences, and so [...]

Pirating the Oscars: 2011 Edition

Pirating the Oscars: 2011 Edition

Andy Baio has continued his excellent annual series, "Pirating the Oscars," which tracks each year's Oscar nominee's appearance on file-sharing networks, and keeps statistics on the method by which each nominee is captured and uploaded (camcordered, ripped from screener/pre-release cut, ripped from commercial DVD, etc). Because Andy does these [...]

Piracy vs Theft

Piracy vs Theft

BitTorrent Based DNS To Counter US Domain Seizures

BitTorrent Based DNS To Counter US Domain Seizures

i see this system being ripe for DNS poisoning. I wish good luck with this project, as this is the problem with any alternative DNS system out there... which all seem to be going for a cloud, crowd-sourced solution. The domain seizures by the United States authorities in recent days and upcoming legislation that could make similar takeovers [...]

Download porn from file-sharing? Pay up or be exposed and sued, says attorney

Download porn from file-sharing? Pay up or be exposed and sued, says attorney

More than a dozen pornography studios are using a Chicago attorney to launch an attempted crackdown on the illegal online sharing of their movies, borrowing a page from the controversial campaign launched this year by the Hollywood makers of "The Hurt Locker"to go after thousands of alleged copyright violators. John Steele, 39, dubbed a [...]

Senators Don’t Expect Cyber Security Bill to Pass this Year

Senators Don’t Expect Cyber Security Bill to Pass this Year

Much of the critical infrastructures of developed nations like the U.S. depend on computer and network systems to operate and communicate. Hackers from nefarious nations and those who hack for fun can get into some of these critical systems potentially causing a security threat to the country. In an effort to give the president the power to [...]

Clever girl

Clever girl

Downloading a pirated anti-malware program is just like wearing a stabvest made of daggers. Even if you can't be stabbed, you're gonna get blood all over your chest.

Google buying UAV drones for Street View spying?

Google buying UAV drones for Street View spying?

Over at the Telstar Logistics blog, BB pal Todd Lappin points to a a German news report that Google has purchased small UAV "microdrone" aircraft manufactured by Germany's microdrone GmbH, perhaps for use to augment the company's Street View mapping data. From the cited report: The UAVs being flogged are mini helicopters with cameras [...]

Canadian cinema fined $10,000 for privacy invasion over bag search

Canadian cinema fined $10,000 for privacy invasion over bag search

A Canadian cinema has been fined C$10,000 for invasion of privacy when it searched a mother and daughter's bags for video cameras, but instead pulled out birth control pills from the daughter's purse. The mother had no idea. She sued. She won. Staff at the theater were searching customers' bags for video equipment that could be used for movie [...]

Official “This website seized by feds” graphic

Official “This website seized by feds” graphic

Check out the new US Government official takedown graphic-- the thing you'll see when a filesharing site (or some similar site which has run afoul of the law) is yanked. The example here can also be seen on tvshack.net, one of nine websites recently seized by the feds over pirated movies. The warrants for those takedowns were issued in [...]

The Pirate Party: We will host The Pirate Bay inside the Swedish parliament

The Pirate Party: We will host The Pirate Bay inside the Swedish parliament

I wonder if this will last? The Swedish Pirate Party: We want to make use of parliamentary immunity from prosecution to protect The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Party recently started to deliver Internet bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, a bittorrent search engine. It is a website that helps people to share digital content, regardless of form. Since The [...]

White Berbarian ready to put movie execs in Hurt Locker

White Berbarian ready to put movie execs in Hurt Locker

For $250, the Arizona law firm White Berberian will represent people accused of illegal file sharing by "U.S. Copyright Group" (aka Dunlap Grubb & Weaver), the firm filing lawsuits on behalf of The Hurt Locker filmmakers and others who claim their movies have been widely pirated by P2P downloaders. "U.S. Copyright Group" says it intends [...]

Finnish record industry’s regrettable new anti-piracy mascot

The Finnish record industry lobby has produced a series of excruciatingly bad videos to educate the general populace about the evils of piracy. Starring "Captain Nation," they combine moralizing, crummy CGI, bad irony, and worse music.

“The Hurt Locker” producers about to sue an army of pirates

“The Hurt Locker” producers about to sue an army of pirates

Voltage Pictures, the production company behind The Hurt Locker, is gearing up to sue thousands—no, tens of thousands—of individuals who pirated the film online. Get ready for a huge escalation in the war on P2P. The suit could hit as early as tomorrow, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as Voltage teams up with the US Copyright Group to [...]

Coupon Fraud Grows

Coupon Fraud Grows

On the Internet, shoppers can view an image of the coupon, then print it themselves. That has given some computer-savvy consumers the opportunity to create their own coupons resembling legitimate ones. Some of the new bogus coupons use design templates ripped from couponing Web sites, while others were concocted independently. The makers of [...]

U.S. Lets Hollywood Disable Home TV Outputs to Prevent Piracy

U.S. Lets Hollywood Disable Home TV Outputs to Prevent Piracy

The film industry can block outputs on home television equipment so studios can offer first-run movies while preventing viewers from making illicit copies, U.S. regulators said. Temporarily disabling the outputs will "enable a new business model" that wouldn’t develop in the absence of such anti-piracy protection, the Federal Communications [...]

Porn stars decry piracy

Adult film stars and directors take a stand against internet piracy of adult content. Cast (in order of appearance): Lisa Ann, Julie Meadows, Kaylani Lei, Sinnamon Love, Axel Braun, Nicki Hunter, Ron Jeremy, Alektra Blue, Kimberly Kane, Will Ryder, Cousin Stevie, Joanna Angel, and Charlie Laine. Performer? Next they'll be calling themselves [...]

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