Posts Tagged ‘Piracy’

Nintendo Pursues Nokia on Piracy

November 27, 2009

Nintendo is cracking down on piracy of its major intellectual properties in a big way, with its new ‘piracy tsar’ set to investigate copyright infringement on mobile platforms.

The Independent is reporting that Nintendo’s legal team has been instructed to investigate the manner in which smartphones have been made able to emulate older consoles and whether or not this constitutes a breach of Nintendo’s rights as copyright holder.

Emulation has gone from rife to a background concern when it comes to the desktop, but there’s a burgeoning market for emulated content on smartphones. Given the growing power of mobile devices this kind of move was pretty much inevitable, and it’s something that companies like Apple have been keeping as far from its App Store as possible, one of the great victories of the infamous App Store approval process.



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.


Kindle 2 Update Adds PDFs and Better Battery

November 25, 2009

Amazon is updating its Kindle and adding some pretty impressive bits and pieces, including extending the device’s battery life of its Kindle 2 by up to 85% making the whole thing a lot more attractive, but that’s not all.

Word comes from TheRegister that Amazon has also added native PDF support, which has long been one of the features other ebook readers have claimed over the Kindle. The question now is whether or not these updates will just push those who have been, until now, just considering picking up an ebook reader to go for Amazon’s offering or if we’ll just see existing Kindle customers exceedingly pleased with the latest additions.


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.”


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.


Marketing – Game Developer Pirates Own Game

November 10, 2009

In a move that’s certain to get earn bundles of free publicity, game developer RedLynx has made sure that its own game has been posted on torrent sites for free download.

Pirate Bay

If you haven’t heard of RedLynx then you’re not alone; it’s a small, independent developer and it’s doing its best to get its product out there and make a name for itself. They have taken the fairly sensible precaution of stripping out a big feature from the torrentable version, namely the leaderboard, which they’re describing as the “soul” of the game.


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.

Pirate Bay

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.


EU to Offer Pirates More Protection?

November 6, 2009

The European Parliament is currently weighing up a telecoms reform package that would see users accused of filesharing by ISPs treated a little more fairly than the current situation, which is a little vague.

Pirate Bay

The BBC is reporting that users accused of illegal filesharing under the new reform package would have to be treated to a “fair and impartial procedure” before they could be disconnected. This is of particular interest now, given the recent announcement that British ISPs would be tasked with disconnecting users guilty of copyright infringement.


Microsoft to Take Legal Action on Piracy?

November 5, 2009

Rumours are circulating that Microsoft could be considering legal action against videogame pirates responsible for leaking Xbox 360 games before release.

Xbox 360 Elite

Microsoft has recently imposed another of what have come to be recognised as waves of bannings from its Xbox Live service for the Xbox 360. Since Xbox Live is often touted as being the biggest advantage the console has over Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Nintendo’s Wii, getting banned from the service is a big deal. In this case though, most of the Xbox Live bans seem to stem from illegal modification of the console to play pirated games.