15 Year-Old Boy Faces File-Sharing Prosecution

A 15 year-old from Sweden is facing prosecution after sharing copyright files online. The boy was deemed to have shared movies owned by so-far unnamed "international" film companies. While his alleged actions are clearly illegal, this kind of legal action against a teenager makes little sense and is a PR failure ready to happen.

Super Meat Boy Devs Don’t Care About Piracy

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Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, the team behind indie platform game Super Meat Boy, are taking a particularly pragmatic approach to game piracy. The pair, collectively Team Meat, say that their PC and Xbox 360 title was hugely pirated. “We don’t fucking care,” they told the DarkZero podcast. (1hr 9mins in) “If there are, let’s […]

Demand Progress Founder Arrested for Downloading Academic Articles

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Aaron Schwartz, the founder of Demand Progress and former employee of Reddit was arrested today for downloading too many academic articles. Demand Progress, a group dedicated to fighting Internet censorship, reports: “Moments ago, Aaron Swartz, former executive director and founder of Demand Progress, was indicted by the US government. As best as we can tell, […]

The Pirate Bay Is Down.. Oh No!

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It’s that time of the month again. The Pirate Bay has disappeared. Every time The Pirate Bay suffers a few minutes for downtime, thousands of people start to worry that something awful has happened to their beloved site. However, 99.9% of the time there’s nothing to worry about, as the downtime is caused by a […]

Suppressed Report Found Busted Pirate Site Users Were Good Consumers

In June, police across several countries raided the operators of streaming video links portal Kino.to. This massive operation was one of the largest of its type and site admins and users alike were branded as enemies of the TV and movie business. However, it now appears that in respect of the latter group, the opposite was found to be true.

YouTube DMCA Takedown Grabs Track For Eminem

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Across the Atlantic, North London artist Skepta is not quite a mainstream household name yet his street-smart blend of hip-hop and grime is now three albums deep, with a fourth just around the corner. The MC/producer has a substantial UK following. A couple of weeks ago a track from his latest album, “Lights, Camera, Action” […]

Baidu Signs Music Deal With Big Recording Labels

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Leading Chinese search engine Baidu has signed an digital music distribution agreement with Universal Music, Warner Music, and Sony Music. The deal ends years of rights disputes. Music will be licensed to Baidu and either streamed or downloaded from the company’s servers. Baidu will compensate the rights-holders on what is being described as a “per-play […]

Google Helps Italians to Unblock Their Favorite Torrent Site

Last week the Italian authorities moved against the general purpose proxy site proxyitalia.com because it could be used by Italians to access BTjunkie and The Pirate Bay. Their goal was to prevent Italians from secretly accessing these torrent sites, but this plan backfired. BTjunkie's owner quickly launched a new proxy, one that will be much harder to crack. This time the Italian authorities have to censor Google's App Engine to stop it.