Sony BMG Busted for Using Warez

It looks like Sony BMG wants to kill all piracy, except for when they do it. After Sony tried to call PointDev, a company that makes administration software for windows, Sony BMG gave them a pirate license. This prompted PointDev to to mandate a seizure of Sony BMG servers which showed 4 servers containing pirated PointDev software. PointDev also claims that up to 47% of software on Sony BMG computers could be pirated. I wonder if Sony will find a way out of this are have to pay up.

Source: Arstechnica

Verizon Rejects Hollywood’s Call to Aid Piracy Fight

Unlike AT&T, Verizon won’t monitor its network to block unauthorized copying. That would violate customer privacy, it says, and would be expensive too.

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World Trade Organization says piracy is ok in the Caribbean

The WTO has decided that the United States was wrong in preventing Antigua and Barbuda from operating their online gambling sites to the US while also allowing online betting on horse racing–a dual standard. The ruling will allow the two the right to pirate copyrighted US properties up to a value of $21 million in return.

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Piracy, Morals and The Need for Change

Morals are often defined by what the general public sees as right or wrong. Most people don’t feel that they’re doing wrong when they download an MP3 or share a movie, but in most countries they are actually breaking laws, laws which do not reflect what the general public considers to be legal, fair use, or even moral.

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Stop Downloading Fakes and Junk From BitTorrent

Many experienced file-sharers can’t understand why relative novices manage to download so much junk from BitTorrent. Fake downloads that never finish, video files which refuse to play, movies that require special players and unwatchable video are easily avoided. But how do they do it?

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RIAA tells Universities to stop P2P downloads or “lose all federal funding”

The new Higher Education Bill (HEA §494) requires that the Universities stop all P2P downloads that RIAA doesn’t like AND buy Napster or Rhapsody subscriptions for every student on the campus or lose all federal financial aid.

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The Pirate Bay Sees a Future Without BitTorrent

The guys from The Pirate Bay are always working on interesting side-projects, but there is one in particular that’s so significant, it might be the future of filesharing. For a while now, they have been working on a brand new protocol – which may come to replace BitTorrent in the near future.

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Illegal music downloads hit record high

Illegal music downloads have reached an all time high just as the growth of online social networking has shifted the epicentre of the music industry away from the major record labels, according to a new study.

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MPAA Tries to Trick Users into Downloading Movies Illegally

New video download site busts you for illegally downloading video content as well as offers the ability to download video content using a custom client which also scans a users PC to see if the user has already downloaded copyrighted files.

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