Posts Tagged ‘copyright infringement’

Mass Effect 2 Sees Vast Pre-Release Piracy

January 26, 2010

It seems that Bioware’s upcoming sequel to its hit science-fiction RPG, Mass Effect, has been leaked to bittorrent sites, with many users rushing to illegally download the game before its release.

Mass Effect feels the mass downloading effect 😦

Word comes via TorrentFreak of the leak, which has apparently resulted in an inordinate amount of illegal downloads. Indeed, the figure was initially reported to be “more than 300,000” to be somewhere in the process of downloading or having already downloaded the game illegally. This is thanks, in no small part, to the fact that the first Mass Effect game managed to win such critical acclaim for itself.



France to Disconnect Illegal Downloaders

January 4, 2010

France’s controversial new law covering the disconnection of internet users found to be guilty of illegally downloading copyrighted material is now in effect.

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According to the BBC’s article on the law, those who are found to be illegally downloading content will initially be sent an email to warn them to cease their illicit activities. Those who continue to flaunt the law will be sent a plain-old snail-mail letter to inform them of their position. Should that fail to convince users to stop downloading, they’ll be brought before a judge and face either a fine or potential disconnection.


Microsoft Pulls Chinese Service Over Theft Claim

December 15, 2009

Microsoft has been accused by a company called Plurk of having ripped off its site design for its Chinese micro-blogging service. Microsoft has since pulled the service, seemingly confirming Plurks accusations.

The word comes from Plurk Labs’ own blog of Microsoft’s alleged theft, and there are no punches pulled. Instead, Plurk goes straight for the jugular and essentially lists exactly what it feels Microsoft has done and just how much of its service has been “stolen” directly from Plurk’s own service. In Plurk’s Dave Thompson’s own words,


Virgin Testing Fileshare Monitors

November 27, 2009

Virgin Media has announced that it’s currently rolling out some new tech to take a peek at the amount of filesharing that’s happening across its service.

TheRegister is reporting on the trial of the new deep packet monitoring setup, called CView. Perhaps the single most striking thing about this announcement is that it’s being rolled out to such a high proportion of Virgin’s customers, with somewhere in the region of 40% of users set to be monitored when CView is implemented. Moreover, those customers who are being monitored aren’t going to be informed of the fact…

Indeed, shady as it might sound, Virgin Media contends that to inform users that their traffic was to be among the 40% being monitored for filesharing activity wouldn’t be in the best interests of its trial, instead saying,


Suing Filesharers Feels “like Terrorism’

November 17, 2009

A lawyer who has worked cases against peer-to-peer filesharers accused of infringing Viacom copyrights has admitted to a group of law students that the process “felt like terrorism.”

According to ArsTechnica Viacom general counsel, Michael Fricklas, had some very choice words indeed about just how it feels to be in the opposite position to the one in which many internet users fear they might one day end up. During his speech to students at Yale, Fricklas described the process of pursuing internet users accused of piracy as “expensive, and it’s painful, and it feels like bullying.”


Hackintosh: Apple Steamrolls Psystar

November 16, 2009

Apple and Psystar’s long running legal woes have finally come to a fairly unsurprising close, with Apple winning its case against the company that has struggled to legally produce Mac clones.


Apple and Psystar have danced back and forth around the issue of Psystar’s allegedly illegal activities for the last two or three years now, but things escalated recently when Apple managed to have Psystar stop selling custom-built desktops running Mac OS only to see Psystar then start selling its own custom bootloader, allowing PC users to install Mac OS on their own non-Apple hardware.


Danish Anti-Piracy Group Folds

November 9, 2009

In a highly unusual turn of events, a Danish anti-piracy group representing copyright owners in both the music and film industries has announced that it will no longer be pursuing internet pirates.

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Turbulent times for all involved, it seems...

TorrentFreak is reporting that the group’s decision not to pursue internet file sharers stems from several losses the group incurred in cases against users accused of copyright infringement. The anti-piracy group, appropriately enough named Antipiratgruppen, has said that it will no longer be seeking to have users taken to court due to the difficulty entailed in accumulating evidence against alleged copyright infringers.


Pirates Spend More On Music?

November 2, 2009

Results of a recent survey have shown that pirates, that is to say, those who the music industry has effectively been witch-hunting, actually turn out to spend more money than most on music.

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According to The Independent the results of the survey suggest that those guilty of infringing copyright by downloading music illegally spend an average of £77 (or €85) on music every year, while those who claim never to download music illegally spend around the £44 (or €48) mark. Moreover, the survey hit a wide audience, with 1,000 people aged between 16 and 50 responding.


UK Plan to Disconnect Pirates Faces Legal Challenge

October 30, 2009

The confirmation earlier in the week that internet pirates in the UK could face disconnection from the internet as a response to repeat offences has raised some issues with ISPs, who have threatened legal action.

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TorrentFreak is reporting that, while there had been some how that it wouldn’t be supported, the disconnection of repeat offenders is set to go ahead as planned. The most interesting response hasn’t been from copyright groups, which are, unsurprisingly, quite supportive of an action with such a strong disincentive for copyright infringement.