No, You Didn't Rent A Pirated DVD From Redbox

No, You Didn't Rent A Pirated DVD From Redbox

Nathan didn’t know who it was replacing Redbox DVDs with ripped and burned copies in his city, but he approved. Kinda. He like pirated copies better, without all of the un-skippable trailers and other nonsense that studios cram on DVDs. “I don’t know who this vigilante is, but I’m thankful for him,” he wrote. Only there was no vigilante stealing discs from Redbox en masse. This Sony DVD-R with the movie title written in felt-tip pen is an official, legal copy of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” [More]

Angry Birds CEO: "Piracy May Not Be A Bad Thing"

While lawmakers and Hollywood execs try to come up with ways to combat piracy in ham-fisted, knee-jerk ways that punish everyone, the CEO of Rovio Mobile — better known as the company that makes Angry Birds — has joined his voice to more sensible suits who see online piracy as an opportunity to learn and grow. [More]

Why Wikipedia Decided To Join The Blackout And Potentially Threaten Your Homework

Why Wikipedia Decided To Join The Blackout And Potentially Threaten Your Homework

Wikipedia prides itself on being neutral… so why is it taking itself down to protest something political? According to their official explanation of the protest decision, the members of the Wikimedia Foundation feel that “although Wikipedia’s articles are neutral, its existence is not.” [More]

SOPA and PIPA Far From Dead, Despite Concerns Of White House And Changes To Bills

SOPA and PIPA Far From Dead, Despite Concerns Of White House And Changes To Bills

Although the White House this weekend expressed “serious reservations” about elements of the pending anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA, and House leaders have said they will not conduct hearings on their bill any time soon, the legislation is far from dead. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said this weekend that he hopes to open debate on the Senate’s version later this month. And House sponsor Lamar Smith said he will continue work on that chamber’s version. Internet protests planned for tomorrow, in which some of the web’s largest sites will go offline for 24 hours, are expected to go ahead as scheduled. [More]

"Thor" And "Kung Fu Panda" Were Popular With Pirates This Year

"Thor" And "Kung Fu Panda" Were Popular With Pirates This Year

While sailing the seven seas of legally questionable file sharing, freeloaders apparently cast their treasure nets for the likes of Thor, Glee, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Green Lantern. Those titles were reportedly among the most searched-for BitTorrent phrases in 2011. [More]

RIAA On Illegal Dexter Downloads: "It Wasn't Us"

RIAA On Illegal Dexter Downloads: "It Wasn't Us"

Earlier this week, we told you about how the torrent freaks at TorrentFreak claimed to have discovered that some people at anti-piracy stalwart the Recording Industry Association of America had been illegally using BitTorrent to download copyrighted material, including five full seasons of Showtime hit Dexter. RIAA has since come out with an explanation, one that sounds exactly like the defense used by the very people it has pushed to have prosecuted — “it wasn’t us.” [More]

Report: Someone At The RIAA Downloaded $9 Million Worth Of Pirated Dexter Episodes

Report: Someone At The RIAA Downloaded $9 Million Worth Of Pirated Dexter Episodes

The hallowed halls of the Recording Industry Association of America, where all music is bought at full price and never shared, lest people face violations of up to $150,000 per pirated item, has reportedly been infiltrated by ne’er-do-wells who think they can BitTorrent copyrighted material at work and not be caught. [More]

Man Sentenced To Year In Prison For Leaking So-So Wolverine Movie

Man Sentenced To Year In Prison For Leaking So-So Wolverine Movie

The New York man who pleaded guilty to uploading a nearly finished work print of X-Men Origins: Wolverine to the internet a month before it hit theaters, has been sentenced to a year behind bars in federal prison for letting the world see how mediocre the movie was before they had to pay $10 to see it at the theater. [More]

These Are The Most Pirated Movies

These Are The Most Pirated Movies

Although it’s tough for bean counters to take much joy in their product being massively pirated, there’s little question that popularity with the freeloaders translates to success with paying customers. That’s why it’s not much of a surprise that Avatar, the all-time highest-grossing film, is also the most pirated. [More]

Lawsuit Claims 70-Year-Old Woman Illegally Downloaded Porn

Lawsuit Claims 70-Year-Old Woman Illegally Downloaded Porn

“Grandma, what are you doing on the Internet? Oh, downloading porn illegally?” Yeah, that scenario doesn’t seem too likely, but nonetheless, a 70-year-old woman is being told to pay up in a settlement pushed by a Chicago law firm, claiming she and others pirated porn. [More]

Comcast, Verizon, Others Hop On Board Anti-Piracy "Copyright Alert System"

Comcast, Verizon, Others Hop On Board Anti-Piracy "Copyright Alert System"

We know, because you’ve told us, that a number of you prefer to get your movies and premium TV via less-than-legal internet sources. We’re not going to judge you for that, but you may soon begin seeing notices from the new Copyright Alert System to let you know that they are aware of your dirty downloads and would you kindly stop. [More]

Few Pirated Titles Named In Copyright Infringement Case Against CBS Interactive

Few Pirated Titles Named In Copyright Infringement Case Against CBS Interactive

A copyright lawsuit against CBS Interactive, the parent company of CNET, claims the company helped others infringe on copyrights by promoting and profiting on LimeWire downloads via Download.com in 2008. But when asked to provide a list of songs and movies that CNET allegedly helped others pirate, the plaintiffs came up with only six obscure titles: one movie (2007’s Fish Tales) and five songs which don’t yet have U.S. copyright registration. [More]

California Law Would Allow Raids Of Suspected Piracy Facilities Without Warrants

California Law Would Allow Raids Of Suspected Piracy Facilities Without Warrants

If anti-piracy California legislation becomes law, authorities will be able to enter facilities suspected of pirating movie and music discs and seize equipment without first receiving warrants. [More]

Author Pirates Copies Of Own Books To Put Them In E-book Format

Author Pirates Copies Of Own Books To Put Them In E-book Format

Most publishers and some authors believe online piracy robs them of potential income, but at least one writer has managed to turn the digital pilfering of his wares into a potential gain. He says he’s downloaded copies of out-of-print work with the idea of converting the files into legit e-books he can sell. [More]

23,000 Who Downloaded Stallone Flick Face Lawsuit

23,000 Who Downloaded Stallone Flick Face Lawsuit

Hopefully 23,000 users who allegedly illegally downloaded The Expendables really, really enjoyed the movie, because now they’ll be paying for it with fear and loathing brought on by a lawsuit, as well as possibly tons of money. [More]

Rappers Sue CBS Interactive, Alleging It Profited From Music Piracy

Rappers Sue CBS Interactive, Alleging It Profited From Music Piracy

A lawsuit led by rap artists alleges CBS Interactive, the parent company of CNET, aided copyright infringement by promoting and profiting on downloads of file-sharing service LimeWire. [More]

Judge Rules IP Addresses Aren't People, Blocking Subpoenas

Judge Rules IP Addresses Aren't People, Blocking Subpoenas

In a decision that could have long-term implications for cybercrime prosecution, a U.S. District judge ruled that IP addresses do not directly represent people, and thus aren’t fair criteria for copyright holders to subpoena individuals. [More]

Sony Can Sift Through Alleged Hacker's PayPal Records

Sony Can Sift Through Alleged Hacker's PayPal Records

In it’s all-out legal quest to stomp an alleged hacker who released a PS3 jailbreak, Sony continues to seem to get whatever information it wants via legal channels. After being allowed to collect the IP addresses of anyone who visited the alleged hacker’s site, Sony has now been given the go-ahead from a federal magistrate to collect the man’s PayPal records. [More]