Posts Tagged ‘illicit’

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.

The Pirate Bay's logo remains the go-to image for piracy news 😉

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.



Facebook Involved in 20% of Divorces

December 23, 2009

It’s been a fairly common fact bandied about in the last year or so that Facebook is “bad for relationships,” but it seems that there are now some stats to back that claim up, and they don’t look good for Facebook.

Word comes from Divorce-Online, which used its own divorce petition database to obtain the results, that just shy of 20% of all of the divorces petitions it searched through had the word “Facebook” in the petition itself. Having the name of the service in the petition itself would seem to imply a fairly hefty connection between the two, and the folks at Divorce-Online were quick to point out what it means and why they’d studied it in the first place.


China Clamps Down on Domain Registration

December 21, 2009

It seems that China is clamping down on the registration of domains for personal use within the country, leaving would-be website and blog owners out in the cold when it comes to actually making their pages accessible.

News comes TomsHardware and from the China Internet Network Information Centre of the change in the way users will be expected to register for domains. The relevant document is called, simply enough, “The Notification about further enhancement of auditing domain name registration information,” which communicates just about the right kind of uncertainty to be scary. Fortunately, there are some notes on what will be expected from applicants.


Core i9 Processor on Ebay

December 4, 2009

Intel’s upcoming Gulftown processor, which most of us expect will become the Core i9 by the time it eventually goes on sale has showed up on Ebay, with the still in-development and testing CPU selling for the ripe price of $1,200.

While the current range of Core i5 and Core i7 processors top out at quad-core, the Gulftown/Core i9 boasts fully six cores, and some of the data leaking out from Intel’s tests show it to be a very interesting beast indeed. If nothing else it’s curious to see that there’s a Gulftown processor already working and released into the wild, regardless of just how much illegality it took to get there.


Movie Director Embraces Piracy

November 11, 2009

The director of an independent movie currently seeing some unusually high traffic on major torrent sites has come out to say that he is “embracing” the piracy.

ink movie

According to a report from TorrentFreak, independent film Ink has been downloaded more than 400,000 times since its release on DVD earlier in the week. It’s even managed to earn itself a space in the fairly dubious top ten most pirated movies of this week… none of which is nearly as interesting as the fact that the film’s writer and director have been fairly forthright and said that the piracy is among the best things to have happened the film.


Paramount Worried About Piracy Uptake

November 3, 2009

Paramount is arguing that internet piracy is now far more harmful to the film industry than before due to the ease with which non-technical users can get their hands on pirated content.

Pirate Bay

I sometimes wonder if images like this glorify piracy, but then I remember how much I like boats and post them anyway 😉

Of course, that’s not the only concern the Paramount folks have. In a letter to the FCC, Paramount outlines the reasoning behind the increase in piracy, saying that, “Just five years ago, one had to be computer literate and exceedingly patient to pirate movies. Today, literally anyone with an internet connection can do it.” That’s not all though, Paramount continued to rail against the faux-legitimacy that many piracy websites manage to achieve, including the fact that on-site advertising can help make very much illicit activities seem quite legal.


UK Pirates Face Disconnection

October 29, 2009

It has been confirmed that internet piracy in the UK is to become an offence punishable by internet disconnection for the offender.

Pirate Bay

TGDaily is reporting that Peter Mandelson has confirmed that the UK is to pass legislation that would see repeat offenders disconnected from the internet. As had been discussed before, those users found to be guilty of illicit activity (copyright infringement being the most obvious example) conducted over the internet will be issued with a warning before facing disconnection.


ISPCC Asks ISPs About Child Pornography

August 17, 2009

In a move that makes it particularly hard to disagree without sounding like some kind of heartless beast, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has issued a letter to Irish ISPs to ask what their policies are regarding access to child pornography.


The Sunday Business Post has actually been good enough to post the whole letter, which reads,

“Dear ——, I am writing to ask what your company’s policy is towards blocking access to known child pornography websites and Usenet groups. You will be aware that in Italy it is required by law that all ISPs block access to known child pornography websites, and the German government recently signalled its intention to promote a similar law at federal level.”