Unsurprisingly, Ubisoft's latest attempt to stop piracy is causing problems for legitimate buyers of its games.
The nation of Brazil has implemented a new copyright reform law to allow fair use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) on copyrighted material and works in the public domain. The much anticipated announcement comes at a time when several countries are choosing to enforce laws that favor regulators rather than consumers.
Another mass porn file-sharing lawsuit bites the dust, as prosecuting lawyer John Steele is berated by Illinois Federal judge Milton Shadur with a tongue-lashing that included an accusation that the attorney had “abused the litigation system in more than one way.”
It wasn't long ago that a Swedish file-sharing collective called "The Missionary Church of Kopimism" failed in an attempt to garner official recognition as an actual religion. A recently filed second plea received the same dismissal this week. Will the group go for a holy trinity?
Apparently hacking YouTube channels is the new, fun thing to do. On Sunday morning Microsoft had their YouTube channel commandeered but this time porn wasn't posted in place of educational videos. This hacker stripped away all of Microsoft's content and put up solicitations for sponsorships.
At a recent conference in Ireland, Google's chairman Eric Schmidt, stated that certain governments are seeking to regulate the internet the same way they regulate television and radio. Schmidt's other concern was that his colleagues in these countries would be imprisoned or tortured because of their link to web content that was deemed illegal.
The US Copyright Group (USCG) has asked for several time extensions to allow for collection of evidence against 6,000 John Doe defendants accused of illegally sharing the motion pictures Far Cry and Steam Experiment since the cases were filed...
LulzSec has been on a tear lately and it appears the newest victims of their rampage are two Brazilian government websites. Both presidencia.gov.br and brasil.gov.br are out of commission with the most likely cause being DDOS attacks.
To help stifle piracy, a US judge has now effectively limited funds collected by a website gaining from pirating material online. The website no longer has anonymity as the domain has been seized and the site's owner is no longer able to collect ad-based revenue until the ongoing case is resolved.
Japanese file sharers face a crackdown instigated by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.
Ditching the illegal but keeping the free, infamous Swedish torrent depot The Pirate Bay announced on Monday an initiative dubbed "The Promo Bay" to help new and struggling musicians and filmmakers. The ongoing contest will offer the site's own home page to lucky winners.
For over two months the upstart hackers at LulzSec collectively laughed at online security as they wrought havoc upon site after site in a mad spree that counted government agencies, video game companies and law enforcement as victims. However, the joking could be over for at least one alleged member. UK authorities apprehended the man whom they believe to be a key figure and spokesperson for the group - known in hacking circles by the alias "Topiary" - on Wednesday. But is he the genuine article?
Irish ISP Eircom is working with the music industry to try and figure out a way to reduce peer-to-peer file sharing while also keeping music fans happy. In addition to the music offering, a multi-strike law would punish repeat offenders with 12-month ISP bans.
Linking and viewing streaming video without permission from copyright holders is ruled legal by a US appeals court. But there are limits...don't try hosting such a file, or uploading one.
The video game industry seems to have a stronger focus on console gaming at the moment, but that is expected to change in the future, the president of Epic Games recently said in an interview.
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.

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