MPAA Takes Unfairly Blaming College Students For Illegal Downloading Very Seriously

MPAA Takes Unfairly Blaming College Students For Illegal Downloading Very Seriously

BONUS QUOTE:“Illegal peer-to-peer file-sharing is a society-wide problem. Some of it occurs at college s and universities but it is a small portion of the total,” [Terry Hartle ,vice president of the American Council on Education] said, adding colleges will continue to take the problem seriously, but more regulation isn’t necessary.

Everybody Panic: DVD Sales Down For The First Time Ever

Everybody Panic: DVD Sales Down For The First Time Ever

DVD sales slipped for the first time since the format was introduced in 1997, says USAToday.

Walmart Shutters Video Download Store

Walmart Shutters Video Download Store

It’s official: Walmart is no longer in the video download business.

Congress Wants To Up Copyright Infringement Penalties

The usual gang of RIAA-funded suspects have introduced a bill that would boost US intellectual property laws and the penalties that go along with them, and allow the U.S. government to seize computers, says Ars Technica.

http://consumerist.com/2007/12/04/the-mpaas-university-toolkit-a/

The MPAA’s “University Toolkit,” a controversial suite of programs designed to help colleges monitor their networks for copyright infringement has been taken down for copyright infringement. Life is mysterious and magical, isn’t it? [BoingBoing]

J.K. Rowling Sues To Stop Publication Of Fan-Written Potter Reference Book

J.K. Rowling Sues To Stop Publication Of Fan-Written Potter Reference Book

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling takes a dim view of independently authored reference books, it seems. She’s joined a lawsuit to stop the publication of a fan-written reference book based on a website that she herself admitted to using while fact checking her writing.

New Bill Would Cut Financial Aid To Schools Who Don't Police P2P, Sign Up With Napster

New Bill Would Cut Financial Aid To Schools Who Don't Police P2P, Sign Up With Napster

Ars Technica is reporting that there is a provision in a massive new education bill that would punish schools that don’t police p2p traffic on their networks by cutting federal financial aid. In addition, the bill requires that schools offer an industry approved alternative to file sharing, such as Napster or Rhapsody.

MediaDefender's Emails Hit The Internet: Entrapment? The New York Attorney General's Office?

MediaDefender's Emails Hit The Internet: Entrapment? The New York Attorney General's Office?

MediaDefender, a company that “disrupts” p2p on behalf of record labels and movie studios, suffered an embarrassing leak this weekend when 700MB of internal company emails were distributed on the internet. Oops!

The MPAA's New Secret Weapon: DVD Sniffing Dogs!

The MPAA's New Secret Weapon: DVD Sniffing Dogs!

The MPAA is serious about stopping piracy—so serious that they’ve hired DVD-sniffing dogs to patrol border-crossings. No, we’re not kidding. DVD-sniffing dogs are real and they’re already on the job!

Is Warner Bros. Filming Audiences In An Attempt To Stop Piracy?

Is Warner Bros. Filming Audiences In An Attempt To Stop Piracy?

Here’s the creepiest complaint we’ve received in a long, long time. Reader Sam says he was filmed by a security guard contracted by Time/Warner during a recent showing of The Invasion at an AMC movie theater.

Teen Faces Charges For Recording 20 Seconds of "Transformers"

Teen Faces Charges For Recording 20 Seconds of "Transformers"

Don’t use your digital camera in a theater to record 20 seconds of the movie Transformers (even if it’s just to show your little brother) or you could face 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

CCIA Starts Online Petition Defending Fair Use

CCIA Starts Online Petition Defending Fair Use

The CCIA, an industry trade group representing the interests of the likes of Google and Microsoft, asked us to let you know they’ve started an online petition at DefendFairUse.org.

Meet The "CCIA": Google, Microsoft's Industry Group Attacks Copyright Bullying

Meet The "CCIA": Google, Microsoft's Industry Group Attacks Copyright Bullying

Google, Microsoft, and others speaking through the Computer and Communications Industry Association or CCIA, have announced their intention to file a complaint with the FCC accusing copyright holders such as Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the MPAA and the RIAA of “overstating” their rights in various consumer warnings.

University Of Kansas' New File Sharing Rule: One Strike And You're Out

The University of Kansas has a harsh message for its students: illegally download copyrighted material and you’ll spend the rest of your college days checking Facebook in the computer lab. The university previously operated under a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy. From Kansas University ResNet:

AT&T's New Copyright Protection Plan: Read Everyone's Data!

AT&T's New Copyright Protection Plan: Read Everyone's Data!

AT&T has announced a plan to keep pirated content off their network by peeking at everyone’s data to see if it contains copyrighted material. The plan, which the telecom somehow claims will “not violate user privacy,” will only target repeat offenders.

Liveblogging Digg's $#@*!storm

Liveblogging Digg's $#@*!storm

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Digg Goes Ape$#@*!

Digg Goes Ape$#@*!

A wide-scale user revolt is disrupting popular social news networking Digg. It’s a protest over Digg acquiescing to MPAA pressure and deleting a 15,000+ dugg story about a crack for the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray DRM system.

Jack Valenti, Architect of the MPAA Movie Rating System, Dies At 85

Jack Valenti, Architect of the MPAA Movie Rating System, Dies At 85

Valenti was a special assistant and confidant to President Lyndon Johnson when he was lured to Hollywood in 1966 by movie moguls Lew Wasserman and Arthur Krim. A lifelong film lover, he once cited the 1966 film ”A Man for All Seasons” as his all-time favorite.