Posts Tagged ‘piracy’
  • RIAA not impressed with Viacom-YouTube ruling.
    by Mike
    Posted July 1st, 2010 at 10:02 pm
    First off -- Eat a dick RIAA. You are the cancer of this planet. With that off our chests, let's continue. Over the last several months, Viacom and YouTube have been at each others' throats in court over the basic principle of copyright infringement and liable YouTube is for 3rd party/users' uploaded content. If Viacom would have won and had their way, YouTube would be front and center of the firing squad for something they literally have no control over -- users' uploaded content. Th...
  • Common sense does exist — Paramount to allow Redbox and friends new movie rentals same day as new movie purchases.
    by Mike
    Posted June 17th, 2010 at 7:37 pm
    I've honestly lost count how many times I've written articles criticizing the MPAA and movie industry as a whole. Their entire thinking in general is bassakwards and completely anti-consumer. The only beneficiary is the rights owners' pockets. Consumers on the other hand get shafted as old business models are desperately fought for in vain. But even after three separate movie studios have blacklisted Redbox and others such as Netflix with BS 28-day rental blackouts, common sense does reside ...
  • Ubisoft definitely on illegal narcotics: Our DRM servers failed because everyone loves them so much…
    by Mike
    Posted March 8th, 2010 at 10:56 am
    That old saying "what kool aid are you drinking" couldn't be any more perfect in the situation involving Ubisoft and their new "always on" DRM. We've already ranted about it several times before for it's awful implementaion and methodology. Yesterday we found out just how much it sucks when a game that requires a live connection to a remote server has said server go down...for hours on end. Common sense would have the company admitting they screwed up and at the very least apologizing for sho...
  • Ubisoft: “Our invasive DRM is made by PC guys, for PC guys because we love you”. *Rolls eyes*
    by Mike
    Posted February 21st, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    Remember that little article we highlighted a couple days back concerning Ubisoft and their new anti-consumer DRM? Well, what's a good debate without hearing both sides to the story. An Ubisoft spokesperson went on the record defending their DRM stating that it's for the betterment of us all. Right. Per Ubisoft Spokesperson by way of interview with PC Gamer: So what’s in it for gamers? Ubi say there are three advantages to their online services. The first: you don’t need a disc. The ...
  • Ubisoft fails to learn from peers’ failures, Settlers VII and Assassin’s Creed II require constant internet connection to even run.
    by Mike
    Posted February 17th, 2010 at 10:53 pm
    This whole massive fight against so called "piracy" that has been blamed for everything from the death of the music industry to the cause of world hunger is unfortunately, not going anywhere anytime soon. I can tell however, who will be going somewhere (as in out of business somewhere) very soon - Ubisoft. Let me clarify -- Ubisoft will go out of business if they continue to release games with DRM like that of the cancer that's found in recently released Settlers VII and Assassin's Creed II. ...
  • Apple continues f’ing over the App Store. Demands removal of ebook app over USB transfers.
    by Mike
    Posted February 2nd, 2010 at 10:05 am
    Ok, big deal. A few ebook readers no longer have the ability to transfer ebooks over USB. You may be thinking why this is of such utter importance to earn a spot on the front page of Gadgetsteria. Continue on... If you take it at face value, the instant reasoning probably gravitates you towards piracy. But such reasoning is an extremely poor choice and full of holes. The app in question is Stanza, a popular ebook app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Until the recent 2.1 update, users...
  • Danish anti-piracy group “Antipiratgruppen” gets it — Giving up on chasing and prosecuting file sharers.
    by Mike
    Posted November 7th, 2009 at 10:18 am
    Label me a pirate. A renegade. A lawless scum who doesn't care about intellectual property. That's fine. I pay for music in one way or another. I have no qualms or regrets. Here in the states, intellectual property laws and policies are becoming increasingly anti-consumer, anti-artist, and are getting tweaked more and more to benefit labels and other such "middlemen". We're not alone however as many other countries across the world are enacting similar laws. France for example will soon ...
  • “You censor your results” China claims against Google
    by Mike
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 9:32 am
    Oh boy. If you want to see a good form of irony, this is it folks. China is accusing Google of censorship. Never mind the fact that China has made headlines countless times for blocking numerous websites and social networking services above and beyond what is necessary. Though, censorship is never necessary. I'll admit that many countries, the U.S. included, blocks sites here and there and manages to stay out of the public spotlight. But I'm sure we all know the difference between China's ...
  • Japanese Gov’t and music labels teaming up to “disable music functions of those who listen to unauthorized music”.
    by Mike
    Posted September 8th, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    Count me thoroughly impressed and disgusted by the actions that music labels and bass akwards governments will go to in the hope of preventing piracy innovation. If you thought certain "3-strikes" plans that kicked suspected, not convicted file sharers off the internet were bad enough, a new friendship forming in Japan may signal an even more daring assault on consumers' rights. According to a report revealed by Elmundo, the Japanese government and one or several music companies are in the b...
  • ISP’s not so eager to adopt RIAA “3 strikes” policy
    by Mike
    Posted June 7th, 2009 at 8:16 pm
    A mere 6 months (give or take) have gone by since the RIAA started pushing their latest "3 strikes" campaign in which they were aiming to enlist the help of individual ISP's in order to "fight piracy" and "help protect content holders/copyright holders/yada yada.  The basis of this program was that after 3 accusations, not actual convictions, the ISP would cut off your internet service for good.  From the get go, the ISP's weren't exactly what I'd call excited to jump on board this program...
  • Oh the irony: EA (the lover of DRM) facing Sims 3 leaking like water in net.
    by Mike
    Posted May 18th, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    We all know EA is no stranger to DRM or piracy. They love DRM in fact. So much so they went out on a limb to alienate their users by implementing a very intrusive and controversial DRM control scheme on their blockbuster of '08, "Spore". Users who were unfortunate enough to have to deal with Spore and it's hidden poison quickly found out why DRM has no place in todays society. Thankfully EA realized their error and lightened the restrictions on the game. Fast forward to EA's latest Sim's ...
  • Arrrgh the irony: Pirates buy more music than non-pirates?! [Study]
    by Mike
    Posted April 20th, 2009 at 9:35 am
    *Image property of NotEvilMusic* Tack this on the board of irony that we all have stashed away in our rooms.  A study by BI Norwegian School of Management has come up with some surprising data about piracy, who downloads it, and why they are the music labels' best friends - as in Torrent users are 10x more likely to pay for music than non-torrent users.  What?!  This would certainly be a big hole in music labels' and other anti-piracy lawsuits who keep pushing the idea home that pirates...
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