British web denizens who frequent infamous usenet indexer Newzbin2 are in for a surprise. Per a court ruling handed down this summer, local Internet service provider British Telecom has blocked the site from customers' computers ahead of schedule.
Legendary musician Pete Townshend leveled some harsh criticism at Apple over its successful iTunes store this week, his dignified accent cushioning the blows. Contrasting iTunes with radio, the artist explained that the digital music download service is cash flow-driven but lacks more traditional revenue streams such as advertising and subscriptions. Townshend proposed that Apple should become more hands-on with the musicians who use its online shop instead of just sitting back and collecting an "enormous" 30 percent commission.
Two out of the blue announcements from key police officer and firefighter organizations have lent support to the controversial Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property act.
Hot off a legal victory this summer against usenet index site Newzbin2, the Motion Picture Association has named its next target: another usenet called NZBsRus. The trade organization has fired the first shot, hitting the site with a cease-and-desist. However, the group doesn't plan on staying offline for long.
The Recording Industry Association of America sent a notice to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week, calling unlicensed music-sharing at foreign social networking sites and cyberlockers a "cynical ploy" to take money out of artists' pockets and line their own. Named in the organization's missive was Megaupload, owned by the famously eccentric millionaire Kim Schmitz. The other two targets were China's SoGou MP3 service and Russian social networking site VKontakte.
The controversial PROTECT IP bill languished on Capitol Hill, but a new proposal could take up its cause. HR 3261, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, will "promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property" and allow the U.S. Attorney General to go after foreign sites engaging in copyright infringement.
Rob Levine, author of "Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business Can Fight Back," is no fan of copyright theft - in case the name of the book didn't already give that away. A new NBCUniversal video has Levine espousing the perils of piracy, taking a stroll through New York City to illustrate a point.
Motorola is catering to technophiles who love exercising as much as cutting-edge software with a new smart watch dubbed MOTOACTV. But is it too little, too late for the novel yet niche gadget?
YouTube has been all about the Benjamins for a while now, but some new services will help artistic uploaders cash in too. A new in-channel Merch store will help musicians reach more users and capitalize on their work announced the company this week.
A new piracy case in Sweden this week is a big deal said Rick Falkvinge, a Pirate Party founder. According to Falkvinge, who live-blogged the trial on Monday, the public agreed: not a seat was available in the Sollentuna courtroom. The unnamed female defendant was accused of sharing some 45,000 music tracks online - a record for local trials, he noted. She pleaded not guilty.
Curbing piracy in the digital age is an uphill battle for rights holders. The sheer amount of illegally reproduced music, movies and video games available on the Internet makes shutting down sources an exercise in futility; like a Hydra, when one pirate site is killed others take its place. One avenue companies have explored is digital rights management, which puts restrictions on content for legitimate customers as a safeguard for possible piracy. However, new research from Rice and Duke universities suggests that removing DRM may actually be more beneficial for curtailing copyright infringement than including it.
Swedish Pirate Party member Christian Engström defied expectations and became a European Parliament member in 2009. If a recent editorial is any indication, the office has done little to sour the activist's outlook on reforming copyright law.
If you are looking for a Netflix streaming box and don’t have a lot of money to spend then you might just be in luck. Roku is adding another box to their lineup of affordable video streaming devices. The Roku LT will debut in early November and will only cost $50.
Hungarian authorities raided locations tied to movie piracy group CiNEDUB last week, turning up startling evidence related to its operations. Hidden hard drives, a cocaine-laced snorting mirror, stacks of cash and over a dozen computer towers were among the materials seized by customs organization National Tax and Customs Administration (NAV) and local police. Footage from the raids was released this weekend.
Western Digital announced on Thursday that a new iteration of its WD TV Live media player would ship with the popular online music service Spotify built in - a first according to the company. Is it enough to convince consumers to meet the $99 asking price?
Sweden's The Pirate Bay is no stranger to ISP blocks, so it's taking a new Belgian ruling ordering ISPs Belgacom and Telenet to disallow customers access to the site in stride - or the closest thing to it, at least. In the case of an infamous outlet which garners equal amounts praise and scorn, that's actually much closer to cocky indifference.

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