Google Anti Piracy Strategy

Google wants to starve pirates of revenue instead of outright blocking them

By on May 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM.

Google wants to starve pirates of revenue instead of outright blocking them

Google is getting sick and tired of the entertainment industry stamping its feet and demanding that it do more to block pirates from its search results. TorrentFreak reports that Google’s U.K. policy manager Theo Bertram said during a panel on online piracy this week that blocking links from search results is mostly a pointless exercise because there are simply so many other links that pop up in their place. The better solution, he said, would be for advertisers to give the company a list of websites where they did not want their ads to appear and ask Google to make sure that those sites are starved of advertising revenues. More →

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Arrested Development Season 4 Torrent Downloads

Not even Netflix is safe from pirates

By on May 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM.

Not even Netflix is safe from pirates

Netflix has been helping cord-cutters save money for years, offering unlimited movie and TV show streaming for just $7.99 per month. Just because the service is affordable doesn’t mean it is immune to digital piracy, however, and newly available data shows that the service took a pretty big hit earlier this week. Early on Sunday morning, Netflix released the complete fourth season of cult comedy “Arrested Development,” the latest show in Netflix’s original programming lineup. Netflix has begun to develop its own shows in an effort to attract new subscribers of course, but according to paidContent, around 100,000 people downloaded season 4 illegally within the first 24 hours alone. Many of the downloads are said to have come from markets where Netflix is currently unavailable, though firm geographical data is not available.

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IP Commission Report Computer Lockdown

Anti-piracy group says companies should mimic ransomware techniques to fight alleged pirates

By on May 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

Anti-piracy group says companies should mimic ransomware techniques to fight alleged pirates

A prominent anti-piracy commission, whose members include former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, has released a new report making the case that copyright holders should start deploying software capable of locking down the computers of alleged pirates. The new report from the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property says that copyright holders should be allowed to take more assertive action against intellectual property thieves, including developing software that will “allow only authorized users to open files containing valuable information” and will potentially lock down any unauthorized computer that tries to access the file. More →

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Australia Game Of Thrones

American diplomat begs Australians to halt Game of Thrones piracy

By on April 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM.

American diplomat begs Australians to halt Game of Thrones piracy

America’s ambassador to Australia wants the Aussies to act more like the Lannisters and pay their debts to HBO. Australia’s News.com reports that American ambassador Jeffrey Bleich has castigated Australians for being “some of the worst offenders with among the highest piracy rates of Game of Thrones in the world.” Bleich described the large-scale piracy of Game of Thrones as an “epic theft by online viewers around the world” and said that fans of the show had no excuse for illegally streaming it because “stealing is stealing.” HBO programing president Michael Lombardo has previously said that he sees the widespread piracy of Game of Thrones as a “compliment” that has actually helped the company sell more DVDs.

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ISP Six Strikes Policy

How ISPs’ ‘six strikes’ anti-piracy program could wreak havoc on public Wi-Fi hotspots

By on January 28, 2013 at 6:53 PM.

How ISPs’ ‘six strikes’ anti-piracy program could wreak havoc on public Wi-Fi hotspots

Here’s another reason why Internet Service Providers’ plans to implement a “six strikes” anti-piracy system could be a disaster in the making: it will likely make life miserable for businesses that offer their customers free Wi-Fi connectivity. Essentially, ISPs have not yet indicated that they’ve figured out a way to avoid punishing everyone who uses a shared connection simply because one person on that connection allegedly pirated copyrighted material. What this means, as BoingBoing writes, is that “anyone operating a hotspot will quickly find that it can no longer access popular sites like YouTube and Facebook, because random users have attracted unsubstantiated copyright complaints from the entertainment industry.” More →

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Windows 8 Games Piracy

Windows 8 games can easily be pirated through simple hacks

By on December 11, 2012 at 7:53 PM.

Windows 8 games can easily be pirated through simple hacks

It was bound to happen. Nokia (NOK) engineer Justin Angel outlined on his blog various tactics that can be used to pirate Windows 8 games distributed through Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Store. While Angel doesn’t condone the circumvention, he points out that Windows 8 game developers stand to lose a large chunk of revenue because games account for over “51% of developer revenue on every mobile developer platform.” We won’t detail them here, but Angel essentially posts a step-by-step guide on how to compromise games to unlock in-app purchases, crack trial versions to full paid versions, remove in-app ads and reduce cost of in-app purchases. Angel concludes that Windows 8 games and apps can easily be cracked and Microsoft should be on alert to issue patch. It looks like Microsoft’s Windows team is headed for some sleepless nights.

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ISP Six Strikes Policy

ISPs will basically break your Internet service if they catch you pirating too much content

By on November 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM.

ISPs will basically break your Internet service if they catch you pirating too much content

Internet Service Providers have long promised/threatened to implement a “six strikes” piracy policy that provides six notifications to alleged pirates before their service is degraded or temporarily revoked. And now, thanks to Ars Technica, we have some details on exactly how the oft-delayed policy will work in practice. Basically, there are three “stages” ISPs will go through before taking action: a “notice” phase that “involves letting users know they’ve been tracked on copyright-infringing sites”; an “acknowledgement” phase in which “the customer will have to actually acknowledge having received those notices”; and finally, the “mitigation” phase where “users who have traded copyrighted files are actually punished.” More →

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Porn Piracy Fine

Court hits alleged Virginia porn pirate with enormous $1.5 million fine

By on November 3, 2012 at 12:09 AM.

Court hits alleged Virginia porn pirate with enormous $1.5 million fine

Pirating massive amounts of gay porn via BitTorrent may not be as rewarding as it seems. According to BBC News, a federal court in Illinois has slapped Virginia resident Kywan Fisher with a $1.5 million fine for allegedly pirating 10 pornographic films onto a BitTorrent site and then illegally distributing them to thousands of other viewers. The court awarded Flava Works, the film company that filed suit against Fisher, an award of $150,000 per film largely because it gave evidence that allegedly “demonstrated that Mr Fisher was the person who put copies of its films on a BitTorrent site.” BBC News says that the $1.5 million award is “believed to the biggest awarded in a file-sharing case.”

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U.S. government seizes three popular Android piracy sites

By on August 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

U.S. government seizes three popular Android piracy sites

Android Piracy Websites U.S. Government

The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced that in connection with Dutch and French law enforcement agencies, it has seized three of the most popular sites for illegally downloading Android apps. The three domains — Appbucket, Snappzmarket and Applanet — are now in the custody of the federal government, and would-be visitors are greeted with an FBI seizure notice. “Criminal copyright laws apply to apps for cell phones and tablets, just as they do to other software, music and writings. These laws protect and encourage the hard work and ingenuity of software developers entering this growing and important part of our economy,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. “We will continue to seize and shut down websites that market pirated apps, and to pursue those responsible for criminal charges if appropriate.” The DOJ’s press release follows below. More →

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Digital piracy cannot be stopped

By on August 6, 2012 at 10:30 PM.

Digital piracy cannot be stopped

Online Piracy Authorities Struggle

From the early days of IRC to the creation of The Pirate Bay, online piracy has grown from a minor annoyance perpetrated by an underground community to a mainstream issue that impacts several industries. Internet savvy users originally shared music and videos with one another through a string of underground chatrooms, however with the rise of video-sharing website YouTube, it has become increasingly easy to watch or listen to copyrighted material on the Web for free. While Google (GOOG) does its best to remove infringing content, throughout the years users have found various techniques that allow them to bypass the Internet giant’s search and destroy tools, and keep their videos online for millions to see. YouTube and similar sites are only the tip of the iceberg, however.  More →

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Music industry again hoards Pirate Bay booty, starves artists

By on July 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM.

Music industry again hoards Pirate Bay booty, starves artists

Pirate Bay Compensation

Wait, people didn’t really expect the music industry to share copyright infringement winnings with the people who actually make music, did they? TorrentFreak reported over the weekend that a leaked report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) stated explicitly that any compensation won by recording companies as part of the Pirate Bay verdict would go directly to anti-piracy campaigns rather than to the artists who were actually hurt by music piracy. More →

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Music industry’s anti-piracy playbook revealed: Site blocking, app removal and litigation

By on July 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

Music industry’s anti-piracy playbook revealed: Site blocking, app removal and litigation

Anti-Piracy Strategy Music Industry

A leaked confidential report from the archaically-named International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has revealed a wide range of strategies being employed by the recording industry to fight piracy, including petitioning for the removal of third-party music apps from app stores and petitioning ISPs to block sites that offer pirated music. The report, obtained by TorrentFreak, shows that the IFPI is advising the music industry to attack piracy with multiple tactics that are divided into five broad categories:  Take down, Disruption, Investigation, Lobbying and Litigation. More →

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Developer slams Android app store, calls it ‘broken’ and ‘designed for piracy’

By on July 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM.

Developer slams Android app store, calls it ‘broken’ and ‘designed for piracy’

Android App Store Criticism Piracy

Scottish app developer Matt Gemmell has written a lengthy blog post slamming Google (GOOG) for setting up Android in a way that makes app piracy insanely easy. Specifically, he says that Android’s open architecture has made it easy for users to sideload pirated apps on their devices without having to even root or “jailbreak” them first. More →

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