Listen, it’s never a good idea to download pirated software, but yet people do. There are many reasons for this, first of all it’s illegal. Secondly, because the source you’re downloading it from might not necessarily be trusted, and there could be some changes made that would hide malicious files inside of the installation.
Now with more people working and studying from home as social distancing measures are being implemented, it means that people need to find new ways to keep themselves entertained. Interestingly and coincidentally enough, it looks like the coronavirus outbreak has brought back to life what has been hailed as the Netflix of piracy – Popcorn Time.
For a brief moment in time, it felt like The Pirate Bay was in trouble when its servers were taken down. However, the website managed to claw its way back online, and if anything, it seems to be doubling down on their offerings where according to a report from TorrentFreak, it appears that the website is now offering a streaming option.
There are many streaming services these days, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, and so on. However, the problem with all these services is that they all have different licensing deals with the studios, meaning that some shows are available on some platforms, while others are not.
There are some sporting events that are held behind a paywall where viewers will need to purchase a pass in order to watch it. There are some ways to get around this, such as going to a bar where the event might be streamed, or alternatively, there is always pirate streams that you could look for.
So Disney Plus will be launching next month and given the breadth of Disney’s catalogue and the various franchises under its umbrella, it is understandable that many are eagerly anticipating its release. However, before you get too excited, it seems that there is a chance that Disney Plus might not work on your device.
The advancement of technology has resulted in our manufacturing process becoming a lot more efficient compared to back in the day. This means that products are produced at a much faster rate than before with fewer defects. Unfortunately, it seems that the advancement of our manufacturing technology has resulted in an unintended negative consequence: higher-quality, harder-to-detect fake luxury goods.
It was recently reported that a pirated copy of Avengers: Endgame was making its rounds on the internet. However, it was suggested that it might not be a big deal because the copy was said to be poorly recorded and somewhat unwatchable, meaning that most people would probably still prefer to watch it in the cinema.
Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame has already been released in some parts of the world, such as China, and unfortunately, it looks like Marvel has a piracy problem on their hands because according to a report from TorrentFreak, it seems that pirated copies of the movie have already made their way online.
HBO’s Game of Thrones has continued to be one of the most pirated TV shows of all time, and as such, it wasn’t surprising to learn that the long-awaited Season 8 premiere was heavily pirated as well. According to the data from analytics firm MUSO, they found that the premiere of Season 8 was pirated a whopping 55 million times.
Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is expected to be released on the 7th of December, but according to a report from Motherboard, it appears that the game has since been pirated thanks to leaked copies finding their way online. Motherboard was told by four separate sources that the game was leaked, and these leaks have since been verified via gameplay footage.
There are gamers out there who flat out refuse to pay for games, instead choosing to find various means and methods to get a game for free, even if it results in piracy. Unsurprisingly this has allowed a piracy market to thrive, although it seems that the internet is now free of at least one ROM website.
Given the price of games, it’s not surprising the in the early days of consoles like the original PlayStation and the PS2, piracy was extremely rampant as it was such an easy process to replicate the CDs/DVDs that games came on. However in recent times, it seems to have become less of a problem, although there are still instances of it happening.
Thanks to streaming which allows users to watch as many videos as they like for a fixed monthly price, piracy has gone down somewhat. This led to many believing that streaming is the way to go, which has spawned more streaming platforms. Unfortunately this seems to have had the opposite effect.
A lot of software used for piracy purposes were probably not necessarily designed to be that way. For example software used to rip CDs to MP3s were probably designed to be for personal use, but people later used it to rip MP3s and distribute them on the web. The same can be said for Kodi, but unfortunately Google doesn’t seem to see it that way.
Music streaming was meant to be one of the ways to solve music piracy. By creating a service where people could listen to as much music as they like for a fixed price every month, versus buying music piecemeal which could easily add up to the hundreds, it does solve one of the reasons why people pirate, which is pricing.
When digital movies and music were sold piecemeal, it was sort of easy to see why people might turn to piracy. However with the introduction of subscription-based streaming where consumers can pay a flat fee and stream as much video and music as they would like, you would think that it might see a drop in piracy, right?
Internet service providers (ISP) as their name suggests provides internet services to users, and what users do with that internet is really up to them, save for certain restrictions that might have been put into place by the government. This also means that the onus for catching and stopping pirates is usually on the copyright holder, not the ISP.
For the past few years, HBO’s Game of Thrones has had the “honor” of being the most pirated TV show, a title that they’ve won pretty much for the past six years or so, and it seems that their streak won’t be ending anytime soon because according to a report from TorrentFreak, Game of Thrones is 2017’s most pirated TV show as well.
These days with the number of videos uploaded onto YouTube, you can find tutorials for just about anything, from how to poach an egg all the way up to how to build your own home. There also exists tutorials for things that are illegal, like how to rip videos from websites, music, and so on, and for the most part no one has really gotten into any trouble, at least […]