“Computers Are Never Going to get Worse at Copying Things”

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“The one thing that everyone should have uppermost in your mind when you’re designing your business is that computers are never going to get worse at copying things.” Author, blogger, journalist and activist Cory Doctorow is talking about digital rights management software (DRM), something he passionately opposes. He believes digital content should be shared freely, […]

Secrecy and Darkness Surround Mysterious $900m Piracy Report

Anti-piracy reports that are commissioned by the entertainment industries are suspicious by definition, but the mystery that surrounds a recent study goes far beyond that. Despite being widely covered in the press, no journalist has actually seen a copy of the report. Even worse, the company that produced the in-depth report was registered only four months ago, and appears to be carefully hidden from the public.

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent

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The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent, 'TRON: Legacy' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Next Three Days'. 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' completes the top three.

Video: iPad2 Jailbreak Confirmed With Cydia Demo

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Just a couple of days after its release, hacker Comex has confirmed he has jailbroken the device. A video making the rounds shows Apple’s latest baby running Cydia, the gateway to a world of unofficial software. Currently there is no news on a public release date.

Men Tell Judge: We’re Wii Pirates! Judge Does Nothing

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American citizens will have likely seen the TV show Judge Judy, but there is another similar show called The People’s Court. In this episode below, kindly brought to us via Destructoid, two men argue in court over the cost of installing a modchip in a Wii. Idiot on the left admits asking for a modchip […]

Secret Anti-Piracy Treaty Introduces ‘Virtual Death Sentence’

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This is a guest post by TorrentFreak reader cjd, aka Caleb. According to a newly leaked document the “3 strikes” mafia are at it again. Following on the ACTA debacle, they have again been been working secretly on a new global anti-piracy plan. Of course, the democratic process is conveniently undermined by making their agreement […]

Police Return Seized Hardware to Victorious BitTorrent Admin, Trashed

Last month the second case against a UK-based BitTorrent site came to an end. Two administrators of FileSoup – the longest standing BitTorrent community – had their case dropped by the authorities and were free men once again. This week, personal belongings that were seized during the house raids were released and returned, but what should have been a celebration turned out to be a great disappointment.

5 Reasons Why the US Domain Seizures Are Unconstitutional

Opinion

Last week, Bryan McCarthy, the 32-year-old operator of ChannelSurfing.net, was arrested on charges of criminal copyright infringement. This arrest has once again raised questions about the seizure of domains operated by those that are accused, but not convicted, of copyright infringement related crimes. Critics ranging from bloggers to individual rights advocates to Senators have rightfully questioned the constitutionality of these seizures.