I agree, we should reward companies that refuse DRM. Good for them.
Like my man Mark Twain says: "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, is under attack by online pirates. An add-on for the Firefox browser called ‘Pirates of the Amazon’ makes it possible to shop at the Amazon store but leave without paying a dime. Instead, on Amazon product pages the add-on integrates links to "free" copies on The Pirate Bay. The timing of [...]
There are a lot of good things to be said about TV and movie studios opening up to the idea of streaming content. Almost any popular TV show is freely available for streaming, without any fear of copyright enforcement. Legal sites such as Hulu.com also provide a great avenue for streaming video entertainment as well. Could embedded advertising [...]
The Batman sequel The Dark Knight was a smash hit at the box office, with $400 million in U.S. ticket sales in its first 18 days after release and more than $1 billion in sales globally so far. But the title achieved another significant milestone: It amassed over one million illegal downloads on BitTorrent in less than seven days. The data, [...]
Soon it'll be Intel and AMD. You know, because you can't pirate music without a processor. Maybe then they could go after Maxtor or Western Digital for making hard drives big enough to hold so many albums. Hell, even Keyboard manufacturers won't be safe! In fact, they should really sue the estates of Babbage and Turing, since they started this [...]
Team Twiizers, the group behind almost all of the Wii Homebrew scene, has released an update to the Homebrew Channel (and installer) that allows for installation on a Wii with the most recent update installed. While the team still recommends against installing the Nintendo update, those who accidentally updated or purchase games that require the [...]
Running the largest BitTorrent tracker on the Internet requires a lot of expensive hardware. To keep this hardware running smoothly, The Pirate Bay is constantly optimizing their setup. One of the latest changes is that they have started to automatically remove duplicate trackers from torrent files, to keep unnecessary connections between [...]
President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on how to better protect copyrights both domestically and internationally. The Justice Department had argued [...]
Weighing in at just 10 MB... but uncompressed it becomes 3.7 GB... neato. Download: http://rapidshare.com
...it seems only people who pay for music risk losing it to DRM shenanigans. Ugh. Hey suckers! Did you buy DRM music from Wal*Mart instead of downloading MP3s for free from the P2P networks? Well, they're repaying your honesty by taking away your music. Unless you go through a bunch of hoops (that you may never find out about, if you've changed [...]
When Windows Vista was first introduced, it came with a powerful defense against pirating. In fact, it was so powerful that paying customers complained when it malfunctioned, and Microsoft wound up making some big changes. Unless Vista was properly activated, it would drop into "reduced functionality mode", in which the only thing you could do [...]
This is cute...
Law enforcement officials from several German states have told local press in recent days that they won't pursue the vast majority of file sharing lawsuits anymore. A spokesperson of the state prosecutor of Nort-Rhine Westphalia told the online magazine jetzt.de earlier this week that P2P users won't have to fear any lawsuits if they don't share [...]
Pirate versions of the movie began appearing on The Pirate Bay a few days after the film was publicly released. However, this short piracy free period is apparently very important for the filmâ€™s distributor, Warner Bros. 38 Hours = Victory? It was approximately 38 hours after the film went on general release that The Dark Knight torrent [...]
It's easy to make the mistake. The idea that the fact these things are free of cost isn't the major motivator is something that is over most peoples heads. Take movie piracy for example. The fact that it enabled you to get movies without paying is only a tiny fraction of the allure. It's the only thing companies see, however, and it's the only [...]