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RIAA Google Anti-Piracy Criticism

RIAA stamps its feet again, demands Google improve anti-piracy efforts

May 23rd, 2013

Shocking as it may seem, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) still isn’t happy with Google’s efforts to stamp out piracy. On its official blog this week, the RIAA once again bemoaned Google’s supposed lack of enthusiasm for removing links to alleged pirated content from its search results. In particular, the RIAA complained that online …

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Recording industry stamps its feet, triples URL takedown requests to Google

November 20th, 2012

ISPs’ new “six strikes” anti-piracy policies apparently aren’t enough to satiate the recording industry. As TorrentFreak reports, the Recording Industry Association of America has filed a whopping 665,564 URL takedown requests with Google (GOOG) over the past week, roughly triple its regular requests that average between 200,000 and 240,000 per week. TorrentFreak also says that the RIAA …

Court approves $675,000 fine for man who allegedly stole 31 songs

August 24th, 2012

The math is pretty simple: Buying a song off iTunes costs around $0.99, while downloading one illegally could cost around $21,800. CNET reports that a federal court in Massachusetts this week upheld a jury verdict against former Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum, who “was accused of illegally downloading 31 songs from a fire-sharing Web site and distributing …

Google’s Sergey Brin: Apple and Facebook pose huge threat to Internet freedom

April 16th, 2012

Google co-founder Sergey Brin said during an interview published on Sunday that Apple and Facebook pose serious threats to Internet freedom because of their closed approaches to software. While speaking with The Guardian, Brin said there are “very powerful forces that have lined up against the open Internet on all sides and around the world. I …

U.S. ISPs become ‘copyright cops’ starting July 12th

March 15th, 2012

Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other Internet service providers in the United States will soon launch new programs to police their networks in an effort to catch digital pirates and stop illegal file-sharing. Major ISPs announced last summer that they had agreed to take new measures in an effort to prevent subscribers from …

RIAA CEO says Google and Wikipedia ‘misinformed’ the public about SOPA, PIPA

March 2nd, 2012

The RIAA’s CEO Cary Sherman said that he hopes the Stop Online Piracy Act protest were a “one-time experience.” In an op-ed piece written in The New York Times earlier this month, Sherman accused companies such as Google and Wikipedia of exploiting their popular status to “misinform” the public. He also claimed that by opposing the bill, these companies …

Limewire to shutdown core services, for now

October 26th, 2010

It truly is the end of an era. AllThingsD is reporting that P2P file sharing service Limewire will shutdown “searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality” as the result of a court ruling last year that favored the recording industry. A Limewire spokesperson had this to say: While this is not our ideal …

The Pirate Bay hacked, 4 million user names, email adresses, and IPs accessed

July 8th, 2010

Argentinian researcher Ch Russo and his gang of merry men have successfully hacked The Pirate Bay. Speaking with security blog Krebs On Security, Russo proved to have the “user names, e-mail and Internet addresses of more than 4 million Pirate Bay users.” The hack was executed through several SQL exploits which gave Russo access to “create, delete, …