Articles about Anti Piracy

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

Developer Bruno Cauet has offered HBO a series of mathematical equations that could have tracked the Game of Thrones season five leaker, or even killed the leak completely. The massively popular series thought to be HBO's most profitable production was rocked over the weekend when a leaker, thought to be a translator with an …
Darren Pauli, 14 Apr 2015

Web vigilantes seek MS anti-piracy quarry

Earlier this month we reported on an audacious Microsoft anti-piracy initiative which consisted of sending customers a stone in a box. Now that's an awful lot of people, so where exactly did MS dig up this mineralogical resource? A good question, and one being posed by Stones Reunited - an online resource hewn from raw html by …
Lester Haines, 19 May 2006
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Anti-piracy lawyers 'knowingly targeted the innocent', says law body

A major law firm knew it sometimes had no reliable evidence of unlawful filesharing when it demanded hundreds of pounds damages from internet users, according to the solicitors' watchdog. London-based Davenport Lyons threatened thousands of people with legal action for alleged copyright infringement between 2006 and 2009. They …
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UK anti-piracy group gets new flag waver

IP theft and corporate compliance organisation the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has installed John Lovelock as its new chief executive. Lovelock, who joined FAST in 2002 and previously held the position of director general, said he hoped to focus on "upholding" software asset management and compliance standards. He …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Nov 2007

WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

For the last ten years, politicians and business leaders have been hammering out the largest trade deal in US history. Very few people have actually seen what's in it, and WikiLeaks wants to change that. Youtube Video The document-leaking website, run by Julian AssangeTM, is offering a $100,000 (£65k) reward for the text of …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jun 2015
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Chilean anti-piracy law drafted on pirated software

Chilean lawyer Guillermo Frêne is having a bit of a bad hair day after it was revealed that draft legislation aimed at cutting the internet connections of illegal downloading ne'er-do-wells was presented in .doc format written on pirated software. The full outrage was exposed here, which shows that the firm of attorneys …
Lester Haines, 30 Dec 2008
hands waving dollar bills in the air pummelled over purported piracy permissiveness

UPDATED has come under fire for failing to quickly clamp down on an alleged seller of pirated Microsoft software. An IT consultant advised SME clients to order copies of Office 2003 Professional but says that on arrival it was apparent they were not legit: there was no holographic strip on the COA sticker, it had a fake VBA …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2011
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Judge bars dead Steve Jobs from appearing on TV news FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

A US judge has stricken a request to release a video of Steve Jobs recorded just months before the Apple cofounder and CEO died in 2011. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers has denied [PDF] a motion filed by three US news organizations that would have compelled the court to make a video deposition from Jobs available to the public. …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2014
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Rapidshare tells world+dog: Stop PIRACY now!

Rapidshare wants to lose its notoriety as a haven for copyright infringement – and become a legitimate cloud service. The cyberlocker’s chief lawyer Daniel Raimer has written a four-page "anti-piracy manifesto" and hopes this will head off stronger laws that will make legitimate takedowns of infringing websites easier. …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2012

China cuffs 60,000 pirates in 2013 crackdown

Police in China arrested just shy of 60,000 people suspected of copyright abuses last year, in cases worth 173 billion yuan (£17bn). A total of 59,222 perps involved in 55,180 cases were cuffed in 2013, according to Ministry of Public Security stats revealed by state-run newswire Xinhua. Some 1,260 criminal networks were …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jan 2014

Wikipedia: YES! we’ve SAVED the INTERNET again!

Just as we predicted only yesterday, Wikipedia has proclaimed a famous “victory” over something that was never going to happen. The site launched a high-profile campaign to “Save the Freedom of Panorama”, after an amendment was tacked onto a European Parliament report produced by the Parliament’s only Pirate MEP. The amendment …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jul 2015
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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

An economic study of direct download locker sites has found most are used for copyright infringement – and calculates that they're highly profitable. The study looked at download sites like Mega, Rapidgator and Depositfiles, and streaming lockers like, and The study, carried out by NetNames …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Sep 2014

Blocking BitTorrent search sites 'ineffective': Pirate Bay ban lifted for Dutch ISPs

Two ISPs in The Netherlands have overturned a court order that forced them to block access to BitTorrent search engine the Pirate Bay. Internet providers in the Euro nation were told by a district judge in 2012 to seal off the website from their customers, at the request of anti-piracy campaigners. Two ISPs, Ziggo and XS4All, …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2014
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El Reg scuttled by anti-piracy blockade

There's a meeting of the film and music industry's anti-piracy captains in London today. The Fraud Advisory Panel's (FAP) conference has an interesting roster of speakers. There's Met anti-piracy DCI, the deputy director of technology for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the British Phonographic …

Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support

The Chinese government has urged Microsoft to extend support for Windows XP in order to boost Beijing’s anti-piracy efforts and head off a potentially huge security threat. Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of China’s National Copyright Administration, met Microsoft and other software companies in a bid to put some pressure on, …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Dec 2013

Ad biz now has one less excuse to sponsor freetards and filth

Project Sunblock is a technology that might help make the internet less of a cesspit. It tells advertisers where their ads are appearing on the web, which would be unremarkable in any other medium: shouldn’t the ad spenders know exactly where their ads are appearing? But it’s not that simple. Web advertising can entail a …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Aug 2014

Gadgets safe from global airport anti-piracy plan

Alarming headlines claiming that our laptop hard drives and iPod libraries could soon be scanned at airports for illegal copies of content are unfounded. Several recent reports, including one by the Daily Telegraph, claim that the governments of the G8 nations are considering an anti-piracy plan that would see customs officials …
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008

'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

Anyone in the West Country yearning to dob in a work colleague for illegally downloading software should take heart that a Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) roadshow is coming to a town near you. An anti-piracy whistleblower campaign is kicking off in cider country next month, starting at an event in Bristol where FAST, …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
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Grooveshark to sink its teeth again into Pandora (legally this time)

Embattled Grooveshark is promising to launch a music-streaming service next year that will, for a change, be fully legit and safe from copyright lawsuits. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, CEO Sam Tarantino said that next year his biz will launch a paid-for service designed to compete with Pandora. The service, …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Dec 2014
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MS beefs up WinXP Pro's anti-piracy nagware

Microsoft wants to rein in more Windows XP pirates over the coming weeks, by pushing out a new version of its “nagware” which detects when a machine is running a fake copy of the OS. The company’s Genuine Windows director Alex Kochis said yesterday that Redmond will release the latest version of its Windows Genuine Advantage ( …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2008
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Trojan armed with hardware-based anti-piracy control

The latest version of the Zeus do-it-yourself crimeware kit goes to great lengths to thwart would-be pirates by introducing a hardware-based product activation scheme similar to what's found in Microsoft Windows. The newest version with bare-bones capabilities starts at $4,000 and additional features can fetch as much as $10, …
Dan Goodin, 12 Mar 2010

Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

The Ministry of Fun says it isn't going to put the Digital Economy Act's anti-piracy measures into use – and will instead leave it to the creative industry's newer, kinder and gentler awareness campaign, Creative Content UK, to school digital pirates. Creative Content UK (CCUK) works by emailing copyright-infringing downloaders …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2014
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What now for the anti-piracy law?

Analysis BT and TalkTalk threw the kitchen sink, legally speaking, at the Digital Economy Act and made very little stick. Reading the ruling, you wonder why they bothered. High Court Judge Kenneth Parker summarised the DEA as "a more efficient, focussed and fair system than the current arrangements". Over and over, he pointed out that …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Apr 2011
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Second piracy threat lawyers withstand DDoS attack

Updated The attack on a second law firm with a history of involvement in copyright litigation has turned out to be something of a damp squib. Anonymous extended its fight against organisations supporting anti-piracy efforts to solicitors Davenport Lyons on Thursday night, with plans to flood its website with spurious traffic and carry …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2010
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Sony BMG 'diligently re-evaluates' CD anti-piracy tech

Music label Sony BMG is to reconsider its approach to copy protection technology following weeks of negative publicity over flaws with its anti-piracy software. Thomas Hesse, head of Sony BMG's global digital business, said the firm planed to "diligently re-evaluate" how it protects music on CDs, the BBC reports. Hesse declined …
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2005
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Anti piracy group grapples with virtual world

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has sunk its teeth into the fuzzy, grey world of virtualisation. The anti-piracy body said it has got together with a number of big name firms, including Hewlett-Packard, Symantic/Altris, and Computacenter to work out ways of tackling potential problems that could arise when running …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Nov 2007

Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

Adobe has tweaked its Digital Editions 4 desktop ebook reader to now encrypt the data it secretly sends back to headquarters – data that details a user's reading habits. Previously, information on every single tome accessed by Digital Editions 4 was phoned home unencrypted, allowing anyone eavesdropping on a network to intercept …
Iain Thomson, 23 Oct 2014

BSA targets Indonesian pirates

In a sign of Indonesia’s increasing importance as a market for Western technology vendors, anti-piracy body the Business Software Alliance has teamed up with local police to bust numerous firms found to be running illegal copies of well-known software. The raid on 20 businesses back in March yielded pirated software from …
Phil Muncaster, 14 May 2013
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MS mounts covert anti-piracy op

Almost 25 per cent of Belgian PC retail shops encourage users to buy illicit software, according to research by Bare Associates. As part of its ongoing effort to stamp out the use of pirated software, Microsoft paid Bare to send secret investigators or "mystery shoppers" to 400 computer retailers in Belgium. About 17 per cent …
Jan Libbenga, 06 May 2004
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57 cuffed in UK anti-piracy crackdown

UK anti-piracy investigators arrested 57 people last weekend in a nationwide crackdown targeting music, film and computer game piracy. Many of those arrested as part of Operation Zouk could face benefit fraud charges along with copyright offences - 45 of those collared were on benefits. Department of Work and Pensions' anti- …
John Leyden, 04 Aug 2004

Hotmail-gate: Windows 8 code leaker pleads guilty to theft of trade secrets

A former Microsoft employee accused of leaking prerelease Windows 8 software has pleaded guilty to stealing the company's trade secrets. Alex Kibkalo, a Russian national who spent seven years as a Microsoft employee in Russia and Lebanon, was arrested in Seattle, US, in March on charges that he shared proprietary Microsoft code …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2014
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Japanese ISPs agree three strikes-style anti-piracy regime

Japanese ISPs have agreed to disconnect filesharers who persistently use popular peer to peer program WinNY to pirate music, films, and software. WinNY is based on WinMX, and has been reckoned to be the most widely-used filesharing application in Japan. Now under pressure from government and rights holders, the country's four …

Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

An ex-Microsoft worker faces criminal prosecution in the US over allegations he leaked work-in-progress Windows 8 software to a French blogger. Russian national Alex Kibkalo was arrested in Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, charged with the theft of trade secrets, and held in custody without bail. Kibkalo, who worked for …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2014
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Ubisoft undone by anti-DRM DDoS storm

Ubisoft has confirmed its rights management servers were hit by a fierce DDoS attack over the weekend that left some customers unable to play its games for much of Sunday. The attack is an apparent protest at controversial new DRM controls by the video game publisher which mean customers have to be online in order to play its …
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2010
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Gloves off in Dutch anti-piracy punch-up

Five Dutch ISPs will launch a "procedure on the merits" action against Dutch anti-piracy organisation Dutch Protection Rights Entertainment Industry Netherlands (BREIN). As reported yesterday, BREIN intends to sue the ISPs next month to obtain the identity of 42 individuals suspected of illegally swapping copyrighted music. The …
Jan Libbenga, 13 May 2005

VESA adds anti-piracy tech to DisplayPort

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has posted DisplayPort version 1.1, almost a year after the digital monitor connection standard was first published. DisplayPort is pitched as the successor to not only DVI external monitor connections but also LVDS, used to hook up notebook panels. Heck, it'll even replace VGA …
Tony Smith, 04 Apr 2007

Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

Exclusive A second software licence broker has been kicked out of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) in what appears to be a crackdown against those selling its members' software at discounted rates. Value Licensing has had its application for renewed membership FAST turned down, it has told The Reg. The company specialises in …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2014
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Feds deploy massive anti-piracy dragnet

A US-led crackdown on online piracy led to raids in 11 countries this week. Operation Site Down is targeting "leading criminal organizations" that illegally distribute and trade in copyrighted software, movies, music, and games on the net. Since Wednesday 29 June, the FBI and law enforcement from 10 other countries (Canada, …
John Leyden, 01 Jul 2005 beta

Australia's IT industries were repeatedly humiliated in 2014

Last week's hearing of Australia's Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, which convened in part to discuss Australia's planned communications metadata retention laws, produced high farce. Despite having been lampooned for previously being unable to offer a definition of metadata, Attorney General George Brandis …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2014
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EU to share data with Japan in anti-piracy deal

Japan and the European Union have agreed to create an information exchange scheme to beat intellectual property crime. The countries made the agreement as part of a new trade co-operation deal. The protection of intellectual property was one of the three main aims of a recently-agreed deal to pool efforts in customs matters. At …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Feb 2008
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Macrovision unwraps CD-ROM anti-piracy solution

Macrovision is releasing a new CD-ROM anti piracy solution, SafeDisc. The new product is designed to help software publishers regain some of the billions of dollars the industry loses to software piracy and unauthorised copying every year. SafeDisc is a software based solution that uses both a digital signature and encryption to …
Team Register, 07 Sep 1998

Swedish anti-piracy group broke privacy data act

Swedish anti-piracy group Antipiratbyrån (APB) has been disciplined by the country's Data Inspection Board for breaking privacy data rules in its hunt for illegal file-sharers. ABP used special software to record the IP-addresses of file swappers, the file name and the server through which the connection was made, Sweden's The …
Jan Libbenga, 10 Jun 2005
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Dutch anti-piracy group targets file swappers

Dutch anti-piracy organisation Protection Rights Entertainment Industry Netherlands (BREIN) is going after individual music files swappers and will bill or prosecute people who offer large amount of files through services as KaZaA, Gnutella and Grokster. BREIN has an impressive track record of battling counterfeit software, CDs …
Jan Libbenga, 12 Aug 2003
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France weighing 'culture tax' on phones, slabs, PCs, TVs

The Socialist government of France is mulling a new "culture tax" to be levied on smartphones and other consumer electronics as one possible measure to help fund music, film, and the arts in a rapidly changing media landscape. Last fall, French president Francois Hollande created a special panel, chaired by former Canal+ CEO …
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2013
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Music industry busts jukebox piracy scheme

Just because the recording industry keeps a close eye on internet file-sharing these days doesn't mean you can evade the long arm of justice, antiquated mediums of entertainment! Indeed, Spanish police in the western province of Extremadura have recently conducted a major sting against bars selling crooked music videos on …
Austin Modine, 20 Jul 2009
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Dutch anti-piracy unit targets ISPs

The Dutch Protection Rights Entertainment Industry Netherlands (BREIN) has launched its largest round of lawsuits yet targeting 42 individuals suspected of illegally swapping copyrighted music. However, in order to identify the song swappers, BREIN will sue five Dutch ISPs who so far have rigorously refused to co-operate. Eight …
Jan Libbenga, 12 May 2005

'Close to one in three - sorry, one in eight - SMEs are software pirates'

More than one in ten of Blighty's small biz owners admit to being shameless software pirates, the Business Software Alliance reckons. The industry organ arrived at this stat by extrapolating research from Vanson Bourne covering just 250 SMEs, finding that 12 per cent admitted to side-stepping licensing rules. It found that 18 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013

Littlest pirate’s Winnie-the-Pooh laptop on the way home

The ten-year-old girl accused of piracy in Finland will probably still find it hard to stay off Santa’s naughty list, but has at least cost her family only €300 after attempting to pinch a Finnish pop song. Big Content, in the form of the Finnish Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC), was last week revealed to …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Dec 2012

Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

A Dropbox user sparked outrage after he revealed he was blocked from sharing a file he'd deposited in the online storage locker – because it was the target of a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anti-piracy takedown notice. The trouble started when designer Darrell Whitelaw found he couldn't share a file in a personal …
Iain Thomson, 31 Mar 2014

Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has threatened to introduce legislation if Google doesn’t stop promoting pirate sites above legitimate sites in its organic search results. “Search engines also have to play their part. They must step up and show willing,” Sajid Javid told the BPI at their AGM yesterday. “That’s why Vince Cable and …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Sep 2014