Posts Tagged ‘infringement’

LG Manual Details Piracy…

February 8, 2010

LG may well find itself in some trouble with studios after its user manuals were found to contain details of how to watch illegally downloaded material on LG’s hardware.

Seems like a bit of a misstep...

The whole kafuffle stems from the release of a line of HDTV’s from LG that boast USB ports, allowing users to plug external storage directly into their displays and watch any content that they’ve got stored on those drives directly on their LG TV. Of course, the assumption might be that such content has been legally obtained, but LG’s own manual doesn’t seem too fussy, showing pirated content in its diagrams of the functionality.



Nokia/Apple Suits Continue

December 30, 2009

Nokia and Apple have been tearing into one another in the courts lately, with Nokia launching yet another salvo against Apple this week, alleging further patent infringement on mobile devices.

The whole kafuffle began when Nokia alleged that Apple had infringed no fewer than ten patents it had filed with relation to the various bits and pieces of hardware that make up its by now well established iPhone. Apple’s response was to counter-sue Nokia for a raft of different patents that it filed for the iPhone and felt Nokia had since infringed. Now, it seems, the case continues, with Nokia filing further claims of infringement.


Top 10 Illegally Downloaded Movies of 2009

December 21, 2009

While there will always be awards and ceremonies, there are all kinds of ways to see what the top movies of any given year were, not least of which the movies that have been pirated the most.

TorrentFreak has posted a list of the top ten most pirated movies of this year, and while we’ve seen some fairly massive releases over the course of the year, you might be interested to see what did and what didn’t make the big list. So, while the critics are sure to have already decided what the best films of this year were, the list of the top ten most pirated movies is a very democratic one… though those in the movie industry would likely estimate it to be a democracy of thieves.


Microsoft Apologises for Code Theft

December 16, 2009

Microsoft has apologised to social networking site Plurk after it emerged that Microsoft China’s Juku service contained a significant amount of code that appeared to be ripped directly from Plurk’s own service.

Word emerged via the Plurk blog yesterday that Microsoft’s Juku social networking service in China copied not only its design and UI directly from Plurk’s own, but that the code for the two sites was “eerily similar.” Plurk’s word on the situation was that it was, generally speaking, not too bothered by imitators, but when it came to Microsoft’s offering the whole affair was a little too much to let slide.


The Pirate Bay Gets Tougher

November 30, 2009

In a genuinely bizarre turn of events, it seems as though renewed attempts to have file sharing haven and practical Mos Eisley of the internet, The Pirate Bay, shut down have pushed the site into a position where it could be impossible to do so.

There’s a very lengthy write-up of the history leading to the most changes to the Pirate Bay’s structure over at TorrentFreak, but the long and short of it is that the fact that the Pirate Bay no longer boasts its own tracker could well have done an awful lot to shake up the cases against the illegal filesharing service. For one, it could well mean that the current cases being fought in Sweden don’t mean quite as much, with the site in question now entirely outside of Sweden.

Repeated attempts to disconnect the Pirate Bay have seen the site move around so much, geographically, that it was eventually carried out of its home country. Those individuals behind the Pirate Bay itself are now quite a bit outside of Sweden’s jurisdiction, with Frederik Neij safely holed up in Thailand while Gottfrid Svartholm is, apparently, spending his time in Cambodia.

Neij was good enough to comment on the current situation of the Pirate Bay last week when he said that,

“I am wondering if Swedish law has the power to issue a prohibition or penalty against a website in another country and my adopted acts in another country with a website that does not exist in Sweden.”

Certainly, it’s an interesting question, but the fact is that there’s an awful lot of money behind the case against the Pirate Bay, and it seems entirely likely that the case will be pursued as far as it possibly can be. Still, the whole thing is very interesting, given the lengths to which the copyright holders involved have gone to in shutting down the whole thing down.

For those interested in reading (an awful lot) more on the topic, the TorrentFreak article on the current state of the Pirate Bay has much more detail.

Mininova Finally Hobbled

November 27, 2009

After years of managing to stave off legal action, major torrent site Mininova has been force to take down just about all of its trackers after losing a legal fight with a Dutch organisation representing copyright holders.

The move, alongside the continuing fall-apart state of The Pirate Bay, seems to indicate that copyright holders are certainly making some major headway against internet-based piracy. Of course, things are a little different for Mininova and The Pirate Bay… for one, those behind the day-to-day operation of The Pirate Bay never really made any profit off their work, but the brains behind Mininova were in quite a different situation.


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.”


Microsoft Pulls Win7 Download Option

November 11, 2009

Microsoft has pulled its Windows 7 download tool from the Microsoft online shop due to legal issues with the software.

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It’s ironic to see Microsoft in trouble because of copyright infringement so soon after the launch of Windows 7, which it has said aims to decrease the number of pirated copies of Windows in circulation. Word comes from Rafael Rivera’s Within Windows blog that there seemed to be seriously amiss with Microsoft’s Windows 7 Download Tool. Rivera said of the download tool,

“While poking through the UDF-related internals of the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, I had a weird feeling there was just wayyyyy too much code in there for such a simple tool. A simple search of some method names and properties, gleaned from Reflector’s output, revealed the source code was obviously lifted from the CodePles-hosted (yikes) GPLv2-licensed ImageMaster project. (The author of the code was not contacted by Microsoft.)”


Google Acquires Gizmo5

November 10, 2009

Google has managed to get in under Skype’s feet and snatch VOIP setup Gizmo5, setting the stage for a very strange web of services indeed, and one that Skype won’t be too pleased with.


TechCrunch is reporting that Skype had been angling to pick up Gizmo5 during the last month or so while Gizmo5 the two were embroiled in legal proceedings. At some point during the whole affair though, Skype managed to settle the whole thing, which made Gizmo5 look like a far less worthwhile investment… at least, it looked like a far less worthwhile investment to Skype. Google had other ideas.