Warning: Don’t Visit Torrent Sites, You May Catch a Virus.

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We have an apology to make. In the past we reviewed and recommended many torrent sites, but it now appears that these type of sites have to be avoided if possible. Research from Cyberdefender, a respectable web security outfit, shows that visiting these sites can lead to a disastrous outcome. You’ve been warned. They say: […]

Music Industry Working on Global Copyright Database

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The music industry is working to create a global repertoire database to make it easier and faster for new online music services to come to market. The industry estimates that 100 million euros each year could be saved in copyright administration fees and returned to song writers and the industry by simplifying the current system. […]

Verizon Sues FCC to Overturn Net Neutrality Rules

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Less than a month after the Federal Communications Commission adopted an order aimed at keeping Internet service providers from blocking access to certain Web content or applications, Verizon asked a federal appeals court on Thursday to overturn the new rule. Verizon is arguing that the F.C.C. exceeded its authority, and violated the company’s constitutional rights. […]

Do You Prefer Copyright or the Right to Talk in Private?

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Five years ago, when I founded the Swedish and first Pirate Party, we set three pillars for our policy: shared culture, free knowledge, and fundamental privacy. These were themes that were heard as ideals in the respected activist circles. I had a gut feeling that they were connected somehow, but it would take another couple months for me to connect the dots between the right to fundamental liberty of privacy and the right to share culture.

File-Sharing Operators Hit With Big Fines, Jail Sentences

A man and woman who operated a 50TB capacity file-sharing hub have been found guilty of copyright infringement offenses. Despite arguing that their 2,600 member system was set up merely for discussion, the pair now face paying damages to the IFPI of more than $1 million and suspended jail sentences totalling 7 months.

Canadians Face Draconian Anti-Piracy Law

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Following pressure from the US Government, Canada is preparing to ram through a revamped copyright bill that will have disastrous consequences for consumers. Michael Geist, prof. E-commerce Law in Ottawa, previously described the bill as “the most anti-consumer copyright bill in Canadian history.” Canadians who’re concerned about this development should act, before January 31. “Bill […]

Piracy Horrors and The Music Industry’s Twisted Reality

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Once again the music industry has published a report featuring the desperate times record labels are facing, all because of file-sharing horrors. Each year the industry's press releases and annual reports are ever more depressive, with their lobbyists citing horribly inaccurate research and utilizing twisted arguments to beg governments for help. Brace yourself.

Malware Toolkits Guarded With Stolen DRM

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Malware writers are pinching anti-pirate technology embedded into some of the world’s most popular software to protect their own, according to Symantec. The antivirus company said writers of complex malware toolkits can embed measures to prevent users from stealing their work. Read More