Posts Tagged ‘pirate’

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.



Modern Warfare 2 Sees Massive Piracy

December 30, 2009

The latest addition to the Call of Duty series, the record breakingly popular Modern Warfare 2, has managed to become the most illegally pirated game of 2009, despite being released so late this year.

The fact that Modern Warfare 2 has topped the list of games being pirated this year should come as no surprise given the massive hype leading up to the game’s launch and the almost undiluted praise of its multiplayer, to say nothing of its record breaking launch. Still, those involved will be disappointed with the news, especially given the lengths to which the developers behind Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward, had gone to prevent illegal piracy.


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.


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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.


Eircom to Block The Pirate Bay

August 20, 2009

It seems as though just when the situation over at The Pirate Bay can’t seem to get any stranger, the Irish angle on it specifically takes a turn for the entirely bizarre. Eircom has determined that, from Septmber 1st it will block attempts from its users to access The Pirate Bay.

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Of course, for many of us that might seem entirely reasonable. For copyright holders, The Pirate Bay has a reputation being the internet’s version of Star Wars’ Mos Eisley, in that “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy” (I joke, I joke). There are only a few problems with Eircom’s decision to block access to TPB and that’s if you discount the ones that reasonable people might make about “privacy” and “censorship”. Those go without saying, but there are two really big reasons why this is a weird decision.


Windows 7 Cracks Emerge Early

July 30, 2009

Generally, there’s some lag time between the release of any software (be it an OS or a videogame) and those with nefarious intent managing to crack it for illicit use. However, the Windows 7 RTM (release to manufacturers) has been cracked already. Moreover, it’s been cracked in a manner that makes it decidedly difficult to put the worms back in the tin.


TomsHardware is carrying the story that the Windows 7 RTM release has been cracked using an OEM license key, which is basically a nice and easy way of telling your machine that you’ve got a legit copy of Windows 7 from an OEM – in this case, Lenovo.


The Pirate Bay Not Bought Yet

July 24, 2009

When news was released on The Pirate Bay’s official blog that the not-quite-company was being sold on to internet café chain Global Gaming Factory X, we heard that the deal wouldn’t be finalised until late August. Since then though, things have seemed more and more certain, until now, when GGF has stepped back a bit.

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NewsFactor is reporting that, during a Dutch court hearing, Global Gaming Factory X expressed a little more uncertainty about the arrangement, saying that it’s purchase of The Pirate Bay would only be going ahead if it could turn the erstwhile piracy hub into a legitimate business.