09/11/2012, Online file-sharing is considered illegal and an infringement of intellectual copyrights of the content that is being shared, if it is not available publicly and for free. However, very few cases related to online file sharing have surfaced in the U.S. so far. Among them is the case of Jammie Thomas, the first case that involved unauthorized file-sharing. The case has been around since 2007 and has since lingered on […]
09/10/2012, Google has recently introduced a number of anti-piracy measures to discourage users from looking up pirated content online. While the search giant hasn’t removed the indexes of piracy sites from its search results, it is taking steps to ensure that minimum traffic gets routed to piracy sites through its search results. For instance, it recently started downranking piracy sites in Google Search. The latest in the list of such measures […]
07/25/2012, Scottish developer Matt Gemmell is saying that Android’s open source philosophy is designed for piracy from the ground up. If you’re taken aback by Gemmell’s statement, he has a lengthy post on his blog to explain his presumption. Gemmell says that Google’s Android platform and Play Store are built in such as way that makes the sideloading of apps almost as easy as legitimately purchasing them. “People pirate Android apps […]
02/20/2012, Filesharing website The Pirate Bay might be closer to a shipwreck (read: blocked) in the UK after the high court ruled that the site actually breaches copyright laws on a large scale. Most of the bigwigs among the music industry has pushed British internet service providers (ISPs), including BT and BSkyB, to prevent their customer base that numbers in the millions from accessing The Pirate Bay, at least in the […]
11/24/2011, Earlier this year it was reported that Google was censoring various piracy-related keywords from its autocomplete and instant services, with quite a number of file sharing websites being affected by the move. Well now, it looks like the search engine has added even more websites to its list of “piracy related terms”. According to reports online, Google has now added uTorrent, Bitorrent, combinations of the word torrent, and more. While […]
10/12/2011, You might think that the Dev Team is almighty when it comes to making everything and anything work with your iDevice, but bear in mind that just like how Hal Jordan in the 2011 movie Green Lantern put it, “We have a saying on earth, that is, ‘We’re only human.’” Guess that is where the Dev Team draws the line this time around, as they are unable to port the […]
09/07/2011, The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has recently published a report saying that almost half the world’s PC users acquire software illegally and think that it’s okay to do so. It recently published on its blog: 47% of personal computers acquire software through illegal means most of the time, with folks in developing countries contributing to most of the piracy. The BSA conducted its research by surveying approximately 15,000 PC users […]
08/25/2011, As technology is starting to become integrated more and more in our daily lives, the line that separates art and technology is starting to blur. So much so we’ve started calling computers with top of the line specs to be “pieces of art”, but perhaps this 1TB hard drive that’s being displayed on Art 404’s gallery with its own pedestal and all.
07/21/2011, Well it was only just yesterday that we reported about how a 15 year old kid in Sweden got into legal trouble for downloading movies. He’s not the first and he will probably not be the last, but there seems to be an increasing rate of filesharing websites being banned in certain countries (such as Malaysia who has blocked the Pirate Bay website) due to the abuse by users who […]
07/20/2011, When most of you were 15-year old kids, the last thing on your mind would probably be spending time in a courtroom for breaking the law because you were caught downloading movies. Well, that’s what a 15-year old boy from Gothenburg, Sweden is going through right now. It was reported that the boy is currently facing charges from “international movie companies” (most likely the MPAA) for illegally downloading and sharing […]
07/19/2011, Music and movie piracy have been running rampant for the past decade or so, and despite various attempts by record labels and movie studios to put a stop to them, nothing has really caught on just yet. That may change with Apple’s iTunes for the cloud which would allow users to “match” the songs on their hard drives against the ones on iTunes, and for a flat fee of $25 […]
06/07/2011, After creating a racket by refusing to censor its search results when requested by a French music rights organization last year, Google oddly changed its mind earlier this year when it decided to censor various piracy-related keywords from its Instant and Autocomplete services. Now it looks like the list of words that are being filtered out has increased, according to a report from TorrentFreak.
06/01/2011, Great news if you’re a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the war on illegal downloading of movies is finally in your favor. At the recent D9 Conference this morning, Netflix is helping to beat piracy, according to its CEO, Reed Hastings. Corroborating with previous reports about Netflix reducing bit-torrent downloads in the US, Hastings was quoted as saying, “One of the things that we’re most proud […]
05/13/2011, Bad news for folks who frequent illegal file sharing and torrent sites to for their entertainment purposes. A recently proposed bill named the Protect IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property), the law will remove websites that dish out pirated content from the internet’s address books, making them hard to find by their domain name. The law would also force search engines to […]