With Russia’s new anti-piracy law just a few days old, further opposition will be voiced today in a particularly unconventional manner. Following Russia’s first Kopimi-inspired wedding yesterday, in which the happy couple exchanged vows and silicon chips, pirates in several areas of the country will today apply to form their own church. Official complaints will then be filed against the new law on the basis that it insults the beliefs that underpin the Kopimist religion.
How do you really get the attention of a website famous for distributing pirated movies, games and software? By completely ripping them off and then daring them to sue you for copyright infringement. That’s exactly what Finnish anti-piracy group CIAPC did, and The Pirate Bay took the bait.
US government ups the fines on DVD piracy, makes FBI/Homeland Security DVD pirating warnings unskippable
For decades, everyone in the US has gotten used to the big, nasty FBI warnings at the beginning of VHS tapes and DVDs about the consequences of pirating movies or unlicensed playback. Just recently, these warnings were changed, adding a Homeland Security badge, upping the fine to $250,000 and oh yeah… those warning screens are now unskippable.
92 year old bootlegs movies, sends them to troops overseas because he just doesn’t give a fuck about the MPAA
While the MPAA goes after people for downloading ripped theater vids of Twilight, 92 year old Hyman Strachman has been churning out shitloads of DVDs of first run movies to send to American troops overseas. Because he’s old and he’s doing it for the troops, so the MPAA can suck it.
After being temporarily iced by the US federal government late last year, file sharing site Megaupload has been permanently shut down by the feds, with seven Megaupload employees in US custody, including several who live in New Zealand. That’s right bitches. As if to say that they don’t need SOPA and that national boundaries don’t count, we’re fucking up Kiwis who pirate music.
As my own form of protest against SOPA and PIPA, I asked you to pirate the bejesus out of my software, linked below. You will find links to full versions of Brickout and The Name Dropper. Download them for yourself, pass them around to friends, torrent them…do whatever you want with them. Burn the exes out to CDs and hand them out to hobos if you wish.
Last week, Fox’s new rules for its shows on Hulu went into effect— if haven’t signed up for Hulu Plus, you have to wait 8 days to see Fox shows. And not surprisingly, this has caused piracy of Fox TV shows to double in a short period of time.
There haven’t been any good Somali pirate stories in the news in a while, but just because they haven’t pulled off any high profile ship captures lately doesn’t mean they aren’t still as active as ever. A maritime industry group crunched the numbers and found that combating piracy threats cost governments and businesses between $7 and $12 billion every year.
Uh, I found this… somewhere. I think it fell off the back of a truck.
The music industry, the software industry, the movie industry and television have all had to worry about piracy and get serious about trying to combat piracy and to redevelop their revenue models to keep up. The porn industry’s probably been hit harder, longer and deeper than any other, and they’re finally getting together to try and figure out what to do about it.
Yes, you read that correctly— legally burned CDs. Boy Scouts of America, which have introduced anti-piracy into their traditional list of skills like campfires and helping old ladies across the street have now said that they don’t want kids listening to music on legally burned CDs, because it’s “too close to pirated CDs”. Sort of like how being in a car is too similar to drunk driving.
A new bipartisan bill introduced by the Senate Judiciary Committee would make it much easier for the US Justice Department to shut down sites that routinely and as a matter of course engage in and encourage software and media piracy.
Following a call to arms yesterday, the masses inhabiting the anonymous 4chan boards have carried out a huge assault on a pair of anti-piracy enemies. The website of Aiplex Software, the anti-piracy outfit which has been DDoSing torrent sites recently, is currently down having been DDoS’d. They are joined in the Internet wasteland by the MPAA’s website, also currently under huge and sustained attack.