Flight Sim Company Embeds Malware to Steal Pirates’ Passwords

Flight sim company FlightSimLabs has found itself in trouble after installing malware onto users' machines as an anti-piracy measure. Code embedded in its A320-X module contained a mechanism for detecting 'pirate' serial numbers distributed on The Pirate Bay, which then triggered a process through which the company stole usernames and…

Google on Collision Course With Movie Biz Over Piracy & Safe Harbor

Google and one of Australia's leading movie companies are on a collision course over piracy. Village Roadshow's outspoken co-chief Graham Burke has twice this month accused Google of facilitating crime and is now inviting the company to sue him. Meanwhile, Google is fighting for new safe harbor protections that Village…

Epic Games Uses Private Investigators to Locate Cheaters

After hiring the services of a private investigations firm, Epic Games discovered they'd sued another minor for alleged cheating. The gaming company asked the court to keep the personal information of the kid under seal. A private investigator was also used to locate another minor defendant in a separate case,…

Sweden Considers Six Years in Jail For Online Pirates

Sweden's Minister for Justice has received recommendations as to how the country should punish online pirates. Heléne Fritzon received a proposal which would create crimes of gross infringement under both copyright and trademark law, leading to sentences of up to six years in prison. The changes would also ensure that…

Game Companies Oppose DMCA Exemption for ‘Abandoned’ Online Games

Electonic Arts, Nintendo, Ubisoft and other major game publishers have asked the US Copyright Office not to make an exemption to preserve abandoned online games for future generations. The companies argue that libraries, museums, and their affiliates might exploit such a right for commercial purposes, competing with other games.

Subtitle Heroes: Fansubbing Movie Criticized For Piracy Promotion

Subs Heroes is a just-released Italian documentary which tells the story of underground fan-made subtitling in a country which is "still paying the consequences of language barriers created by fascism." However, local anti-piracy groups and even the country's cinema industry are angry that the movie paints the volunteer translators on…

Major US Sports Leagues Report Top Piracy Nations to Government

The Sports Coalition, which includes prominent leagues such as the NBA, NFL, and MLB, has shared its concerns over sports piracy with the US Trade Representative. The coalition urges the US Government to place the Netherlands and Switzerland on the Priority Watch List, as many pirated games are broadcast from…