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The clever way Netflix determines subscription rates in each country

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The clever way Netflix determines subscription rates in each country

History has shown that any effort aimed at eradicating piracy via brute force is destined to fail. Arguably, the only way to truly stem piracy is to, quite simply, embrace the notion that piracy exists and subsequently do everything in your power to deliver a product or service that’s fundamentally more appealing than scouring the depths of BitTorrent.

Apple successfully implemented this strategy when it introduced the iTunes Music Store, instantly making the digital download experience a much safer and simpler endeavor than acquiring music through illicit means.

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HBO goes after Game of Thrones pirates on Periscope

By on April 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

HBO goes after Game of Thrones pirates on Periscope

Not only is HBO’s Game of Thrones the most torrented show on TV today, the show’s season 4 finale has the bittersweet distinction of being the most pirated episode in TV history.

Historically, HBO has played nice with pirates. Whether its turning a blind eye towards BitTorrent or even ignoring the widespread sharing of HBO Go credentials, some folks at HBO, to their credit, view piracy as a tool to drum up even more interest in an already successful show.

To wit, Game of Thrones Director David Petarca once said of rampant GOT piracy, “I think it really raises the profile of the show and raises the profile of HBO in general… It really helps the show’s cultural buzz, and it does not impact the bottom line because HBO has more than enough money to keep making the show.”

But even HBO has to draw the line somewhere.

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Hollywood vs Movie Pirates

Leak: Here’s Hollywood’s new plan to attack movie pirates

By on August 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Leak: Here’s Hollywood’s new plan to attack movie pirates

Hollywood hasn’t had much luck curtailing movie piracy over the past several years, but a new draft of anti-piracy legislation could be a frightening sign of things to come as studios and executives run out of options. TorrentFreak reports that the Australia Screen Association is heading up the draft, but Disney, Paramount, Sony, Universal and the Motion Picture Association are just a few of the other names attached to the legislation. More →

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Movie Pirate Sentenced

Man jailed for 33 months for pirating ‘Fast and Furious 6′

By on August 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Man jailed for 33 months for pirating ‘Fast and Furious 6′

The British justice system can occasionally deliver as stern messages as any Texas or Mississippi municipality. A judge in the idyllic town of Wolverhampton has just sentenced a 25-year old man named Philip Danks to 33 months in prison for recording “Fast and Furious 6″ at a movie theater and distributing a pirated version of the film. The judge explained his harsh decision by referring to the “bold, arrogant and cocksure” manner of the accused. That seems to be an apt description, since Mr. Danks promoted his illicit endeavor in his Facebook profile. More →

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Confessions Of A Music Thief

Confessions of a music thief

By on August 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Confessions of a music thief

I have stolen music. A massive amount of music, in fact. Over the past decade or so, I have illegally downloaded hundreds of songs from various file-sharing networks. Even thousands, most likely.

In the past couple of years, however, I have completely stopped stealing music as my listening habits shifted from album-based listening to services like Pandora and Spotify. The painful irony here, however, is that recording artists and music labels earn far less money from me now that I have gone legit than they did when I was a thief.

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VCAP and Illegal Downloads Laws in U.K.

It turns out illegal downloads in the U.K. will remain illegal

By on July 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

It turns out illegal downloads in the U.K. will remain illegal

After a report on Tuesday detailing a new legal initiative on online piracy in the U.K. claimed that the local government has decriminalized illegal downloads, TorrentFreak has set the record straight on the matter, saying that torrenting movies, music, games and any other kind of online content will be just as illegal in the future as it is now. More →

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Anti-Piracy Laws for Illegal Downloads

U.K. has a new punishment-free plan to turn download pirates into buyers [updated]

By on July 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

U.K. has a new punishment-free plan to turn download pirates into buyers [updated]

The British government has apparently decriminalized online piracy, VG247 reports, and pirates who download illegal copies of movies, music and games will no longer be punished, as the U.K. has figured out its actions against pirates were not working anyway. More →

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Hollywood Movie Piracy Effects Study

Shocker: Extensive new study says movie piracy isn’t that harmful to Hollywood

By on July 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Shocker: Extensive new study says movie piracy isn’t that harmful to Hollywood

A new study looking at the relationship between movie piracy and Hollywood revenues has found that the mass illegal downloads movie studios complain about while spending vast resources to put a stop to, are not that relevant. TorrentFreak reveals that economist Koleman Strumpf has conducted a tremendous amount of research before releasing his determination – that movie piracy is not harmful to Hollywood. He looked at data from 150 blockbuster movies that were released over a period of seven years and, and drew data from a popular BitTorrent tracker as well as revenue projections from the Hollywood Stock Exchange. More →

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Lexi Alexander on Illegal Downloads and Piracy

Shocker: Hollywood downloads pirated content just like everyone else

By on July 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Shocker: Hollywood downloads pirated content just like everyone else

Hollywood has been on a holy war against piracy for years, but that doesn’t mean it actually managed to achieve anything worth bragging with, especially as some studies have revealed that piracy doesn’t actually have an impact on Hollywood’s bottom line. No matter what Hollywood comes up with to defend against piracy, pirates still figure out ways to illegally download copyrighted content. In fact, TorrentFreak reveals that even Hollywood downloads just as much content as regular Internet users, no matter what its official stance against piracy is. More →

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Game of Thrones finale shatters piracy records with 2PB of illegal downloads

By on June 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Game of Thrones finale shatters piracy records with 2PB of illegal downloads

The finale of the fourth Game of Thrones season shattered all previous illegal download records, TorrentFreak reports. First, a quarter-million people shared a single file at the same time. Beyond that, more than 1.5 million users downloaded a pirated copy of the show within the first 12 hours after it aired, with the number expected to move past 7.5 million in the following days. More →

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Pirating copyrighted content is legal in Europe, if done correctly

By on June 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Pirating copyrighted content is legal in Europe, if done correctly

The Internet provides access to many surprising things, including the means to enjoy copyrighted content without paying for it. Whether it’s movies or TV shows, music, books, games, software or other protected digital content, the Internet offers users ways to get their entertainment fix free of charge. Naturally, copyright holders are right to try to fight piracy, which they do on a regular basis, but a court in the European Union on Thursday ruled in favor of a certain type of copyright infringement. More →

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Six Strikes 2013 Results

Alleged pirates received 1.3 million alerts from ISPs in 2013

By on May 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Alleged pirates received 1.3 million alerts from ISPs in 2013

When we last checked in on the ‘six strikes’ Copyright Alert System, we discovered that it hadn’t done anything to curb online piracy as traffic continued to trend upwards at the most popular torrent site in the world. Now that the first year of the newly implemented system has come to an end, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) has shared the results. More →

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Most Pirated Movies of 2013

The Hobbit wins dubious honor of being 2013’s most pirated movie

By on January 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

The Hobbit wins dubious honor of being 2013’s most pirated movie

While Game of Thrones took home the official title of the most pirated TV show of 2013, the most pirated film of the past year was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, TorrentFreak reports. The first episode of The Hobbit saga was downloaded an estimated of 8.4 million times on BitTorrent networks from January 1st to mid-December 2013, according to the publication’s sources which include download statistics from public BitTorrent trackers. However, the numbers do not include data from online streaming sites and cyberlocker downloads. More →

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