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Kim Dotcom slams 'dirty ugly bully' Uncle Sam as extradition hearing ends

The extradition hearing of rotund web baron Kim Dotcom finally ended Tuesday, having taken three times longer than expected. Tweeting on the last day of the ten-week hearing in Auckland, New Zealand, Dotcom railed: "My defense team has shown how utterly unreliable, malicious, and unethical the US case against me is. They have …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Nov 2015
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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

The first four episodes of the latest series of Game of Thrones has been leaked online – with fans reportedly downloading 550,000 illegal copies of the saucy, bloody fantasy drama in just 12 hours. Season 5 of GoT is set to air in the US tonight on HBO, while Blighty fans won't be able to view it over on Sky Atlantic until …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Apr 2015
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Big Content picks on small Australian ISPs again

Big Content has once again headed to Australia in an attempt to make internet service providers (ISPs) at least partly responsible for their customers' illegal downloads, this time by coughing up their contact details. Hollywood spent years trying to make ISPs liable for illegal downloads by their subscribers in the “iiTrial …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2015
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Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

A trio of software firms is taking a large US-based fashion retailer to court for allegedly pirating their software. Adobe, Autodesk and Corel claim that clothes bazaar Forever 21 infringed their copyright by illegally copying a raft of well-known software tools and not paying license fees. Forever 21 is a $3.8bn retailer …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Feb 2015

Oracle scores mixed bag in Rimini Street software IP 'theft' ruling

Oracle has been handed a partial victory in its IP violation case against software support provider Rimini Street. A US court hearing Oracle's case has issued a summary judgment saying that in two of the four incidents cited by Oracle, Rimini was in the wrong. Oracle claimed to have identified illegal copies of its software …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2014

Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

Movielabs, the R&D business for Hollywood studios, has just issued a new specification for securing 4K high-def streaming video content, and one of the things that it’s going to demand is forensic watermarking. This spec is being described as “recommendations”, but studios will need to adopt these overnight as the hard and …
Faultline, 07 Oct 2013

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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Microsoft: Pirates at high risk of malware infection

Web-based attacks are on the rise, but according to Microsoft security researchers, the risks involved with casual browsing are nothing compared to the dangers of downloading and sharing illicit software, videos, music, and other media. In the latest edition of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, published on Monday, …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2012
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ReDigi fights for right to sell used digital music

A New York court is hearing legal arguments that will decide if there can be a legal market in second-hand digital music, an idea strongly opposed by record companies. ReDigi, a Boston,MA startup, opened its virtual doors last year with a scheme to allow the resale of people's digital music collection if it has been bought on …
Iain Thomson, 05 Oct 2012
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Manchester is 'PIRATE CAPITAL of the UK'

Manchester is Britain's biggest cove of pirate downloaders, claims a Shoreditch-based music upstart. Mancunians have a particular craving for illegal copies of smirking indie crooner Ed Sheeran's albums and singles, we're told. The northern city is the piracy capital of the UK, according to a new study by London-headquartered …
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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

A series of slides leaked online reveal information about Microsoft's new OEM Activation process for Windows 8, which is designed to make it more difficult to activate illegal copies of Redmond's latest OS. OEM Activation (OA) allows PC manufacturers to ship systems with Windows preinstalled and already activated, so that …
Neil McAllister, 03 Aug 2012

Microsoft drags 9 resellers to court in fresh piracy blitz

Microsoft has its sights trained on another bunch of Chinese software pirates, this time pitting its formidable resources against nine resellers it said installed illegal copies of Windows onto PCs they sold. Redmond said it started proceedings against the resellers in seven cities across the People’s Republic including …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jul 2012
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Media groups propose anti-piracy 'code of practice' for UK search

Internet search engines that operate in the UK could stop publishing links to websites that are deemed to be substantially infringing copyright under plans proposed by groups representing rights-holders. The groups have proposed a voluntary code of practice for search engines in a bid to get them to engage more in tackling …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Jan 2012
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Microsoft shields Russia's refuseniks from police harassment

Microsoft is shaking up its licensing in Russia after reports that authorities are clamping down on the use of Redmond software by government protest groups. The company has announced a sweeping software license for protest groups and small, independent media organizations that extends to all copies of Microsoft software they …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2010
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Hentai malware publishes web history of marks online

A Trojan circulating in Japan seeks to extort money from shame-faced fans of hentai-themed games. Those who download illegal copies of ”over 18″ hentai-themed games from file sharing networks are liable to wind up with a nasty surprise, Trend Micro warns. Some bogus files posing as games from Abel software attempt to trick …
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2010
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Hackers in keyless Windows 7 entry

Hackers have found a way to bypass product activation in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to get free and illegal copies of Microsoft's latest operating systems. The hack, according to My Digial Life, means you can get Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 without the need for a product activation key. The crack apparently …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Nov 2009
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Windows Mobe Marketplace sets its stall out

Windows Phone Marketplace is now available on the web, and has new DRM too, allowing everyone to see the impoverished selection of apps that are now harder to steal. To be fair, the Windows Phone Marketplace hasn't been running long, and it's not as though one can't get applications elsewhere - Handango lists tens of thousands …
Bill Ray, 13 Nov 2009
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US court says software is owned, not licensed

Software company Autodesk has failed in its bid to prevent the second-hand sale of its software. After a long-running legal battle, it has not been able to convince a court that its software is merely licensed and not sold. Like many software publishers, Autodesk claims that it sells only licences to use its software and that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Oct 2009
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Apple yanks C64 emulator from App Store

Many Register readers seeking the Commodore 64 emulator application for the iPhone, which finally made it to Apple's App Store yesterday, were disappointed not to be able to find it. Here's why: Apple pulled it. Apple originally rejected the emulator, called simply C64, some months ago. Developer Manomio appealed against the …
Tony Smith, 08 Sep 2009
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Microsoft cuts down Chinese 'Tomato Garden'

Microsoft scored a big victory in China yesterday, after four people were reportedly sentenced to jail terms for reproducing and distributing illegal copies of the firm's Windows XP operating system. The four were found guilty of punting the software via a website called "Tomato Garden". Microsoft described the court win as …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Aug 2009
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US software pirate fined $210K for auction sales

A US man has been fined $210,000 for selling illegal copies of software through internet auction sites. Matthew Miller of Newark, Delaware, was hit with $195K in damages and $15K in legal fees by US District Judge Susan Illston in the case brought in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Miller sold …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2009
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Microsoft catches 11 UK pirate retailers

Microsoft has reached settlements with 11 companies accused of selling dodgy copies of its products. The 11 computer retailers all faced court action and admitted illegal hard disc loading and selling illegal software. Christine Throup, from PC Support in Worcester, said: “We recognise that we weren’t installing Microsoft …
John Oates, 13 Aug 2009
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Amazon vanishes 1984 from citizen Kindles

In an irony-filled moment that underlines the flaws of our increasingly digital society, Amazon has removed George Orwell's 1984 from America's Kindle ebook readers. As noticed by one loyal Reg reader - and by the ebullient David Pogue of The New York Times - Amazon vanished the Kindle incarnations of both 1984 and Animal Farm …
Cade Metz, 18 Jul 2009
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Microsoft rebrands WGA nagware for Windows 7

A nagware anti-piracy feature in Windows isn't going away, it's just getting a marketing makeover by Microsoft. Windows Genuine Advantage is being re-branded Windows Activation Technologies in Windows 7 and for updated versions of Windows Vista, the company has said. Microsoft claimed the change reflected the use of " …
Gavin Clarke, 07 May 2009
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Wattpad furnishes iPhone with bootleg books for bupkes

The literato's Pirate Bay, Wattpad, has reached the iPhone and iPod Touch, offering community scribblings and copyrighted material through an Apple-sanctioned client. While iPhone owners who want to pay for electronic reading material can install Amazon's Kindle service or the Stanza, those who prefer to avoid paying for books …
Bill Ray, 09 Mar 2009
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Bootleggers jump on 'complete' Windows 7

Microsoft has been taking some heat lately for not listening to testers' feedback on Windows 7 as it insists that the operating system is essentially complete. Now it seems pirates and bootleggers in South East Asia are starting to cash-in on Windows 7's status as almost done. Bootleg copies of 32-bit editions of Windows 7 …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Mar 2009
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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
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Microsoft warns customers against bogus 'Blue Edition' Office

Microsoft has today filed 63 lawsuits against online auctioneers in 12 countries who allegedly sold pirated copies of MS software on sites including its own MSN shopping network. The company said the number of counterfeit Microsoft goods sold online was getting out of hand. “Dishonest auctioneers are too often using these …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Dec 2008
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Microsoft sued in China for black screen of death

A Chinese lawyer has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for installing Windows Genuine Advantage on his computer. He has asked the Ministry of Public Security to file criminal charges against Microsoft. Dong Zhengwei accused the company of hacking into people's computers. He said: "I respect the right of Microsoft to …
John Oates, 22 Oct 2008
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Microsoft raises anti-piracy posse

Microsoft is banging the drum for its anti-piracy message, claiming the trade in dodgy software is costing the US 32,000 jobs and billions of dollars in income. The scheme takes a snapshot of what Microsoft is doing every day to counter trade in illegal copies of its software around the world. These range from civil lawsuits …
John Oates, 21 Oct 2008

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 …
James Sherwood, 11 Jul 2008
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Developing world buoys up software pirates

Software piracy in the UK has fallen for the first time in three years, albeit slightly. However, the worldwide counterfeit software rate climbed to 38 per cent in 2007. A survey conducted by analyst firm IDC on behalf of The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has shown that, despite huge efforts from the likes of Microsoft and …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2008
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SIIA slaps lawsuits on eight eBay Adobe sellers

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today filed suit (pdf) in California against eight people for "knowingly selling illegal copies" of Adobe software on eBay. eBay has a woeful record in keeping dodgy dealers at bay, so ambushing suspect merchants is a sensible tactic for the software industry. The SIIA …
Drew Cullen, 20 Mar 2008
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Legal attack dogs chase software pirates from eBay

Adobe and Symantec have unleashed legal attack dogs on nine individuals accused of selling pirated software on eBay. The lawsuits, filed in US District Court in the Northern District of California, are the biggest round filed to date by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). They're part of the SIIA's Auction …
Dan Goodin, 14 Feb 2008
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World's Dumbest File-sharer megafine gets DoJ thumbs-up

The US Department of Justice has given government backing to the $222,000 fine slapped on Minnesota woman Jammie Thomas. She was successfully sued by the Recording Industry Ass. of America earlier this year for illegaly sharing 24 songs. In a brief filed in federal court in Minnesota yesterday, acting assistant Attorney …
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TV-Links man: 'I'm no master criminal'

The man arrested as part of the investigation into the TV-Links website has spoken to his local newspaper about his arrest. In a story from thisisgloucestershire.co.uk, David Rock, a 26-year-old computer engineer from Cheltenham, says he didn't think what he was doing was illegal. Rock was arrested just over a week ago in …
Lucy Sherriff, 29 Oct 2007
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Court convicts 'million pound' modchip man

A Bristol man has vowed to fight on after being found guilty by a UK court of more than two dozen counts of possessing and selling modchips for games consoles. Neil Stanley Higgs, 39, of Speedwell Road, Speedwell, Bristol, who called himself Mr Modchips, was found guilty of 26 offences under a 2003 amendment to the 1988 …
James Sherwood, 26 Oct 2007
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Pirated Simpsons movie traced to phone

A man has been arrested in Australia on suspicion of filming The Simpsons Movie in a cinema on his mobile phone and uploading it to the internet. The unnamed 21-year-old from Sydney has been charged with copyright theft and could face up to five years in jail. An illegal copy of the hit movie was available on a streaming …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Aug 2007
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SAP confesses to 'inappropriate' Oracle downloads

SAP has admitted making "inappropriate downloads" of code and supporting documents from Oracle's website through its US-based Tomorrow Now subsidiary. The firm says it has since tightened its governance and control mechanisms, with CEO Henning Kagermann saying he "very much regret[s] this occurred". The two firms have been …
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Jul 2007
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Microsoft tries to hit jackpot with patents FUD but do the numbers add up?

This was a week for figures, at least if you were Microsoft that is. The first figure Microsoft pulled out of its big monopolist's hat was 235. This was the number of its patents the software behemoth claimed open source software infringed against. In an interview with Fortune magazine, licensing boss Horacio Gutierrez …
Billy MacInnes, 17 May 2007
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Symantec pursues $55m copyright damages

Symantec is seeking $55m in damages against eight US and Canadian firms for selling illegal copies of its software. It has filed civil lawsuits for trademark and copyright infringement, fraud, unfair competition, counterfeit documentation, trafficking, and false advertising. Scott Minden, director of legal affairs at …
Mark Ballard, 16 May 2007
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P2P pinball lawyers say ignorance is no defence

The lawyers pursuing 500 file sharers for allegedly distributing illegal copies of computer game Dream Pinball 3D have accepted that some of its targets may have been unaware their machine was being used to distribute illegal software. However, alleged perpetrators will still be charged £300 on the assumption they were guilty …
Mark Ballard, 17 Apr 2007
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Microsoft 'wait-and-see' on Vista BIOS hack

Microsoft has no immediate plans to tackle a reported hack to Windows Vista product activation that could allow illegal copies of Windows to be widely installed. The hack is not yet viewed as a wide-scale threat, although Microsoft indicated it may act if more hackers view breaking Windows Vista's OEM product activation as a …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2007

Windows Trojan masquerades as Vista hack

A week after Windows Vista's official launch hackers have devised their first attack, targeting pirates trying to install illegal copies of Microsoft's operating system. A supposed Windows Vista crack called Windows Vista All Versions Activation 21.11.06 is reportedly doing the rounds, offering those tempted by the chance of …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Dec 2006
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eBay software pirates stump up $100,000

Two eBay traders agreed this week to pay a total of $100,000 in damages after they were caught selling illegal copies of Norton security software. The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), working on behalf of its member companies, settled the case against Kevin Liu and GT Tian who also agreed to stop selling …
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Nov 2006
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Symantec claws $100k from Calif. eBay pirates

Two eBay traders agreed this week to pay $100,000 in damages after they were caught selling illegal copies of Norton security software. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), working on behalf of its member companies, settled the case against Kevin Liu and GT Tian who also agreed to stop selling illegal …
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Nov 2006
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Record industry uploads 8,000 lawsuits

A recording industry lobby group has launched 8,000 new cases alleging illegal file sharing all over the world but none of them is British because the UK lobby group is focusing on its negotiations with internet service providers. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has begun the thousands of new …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Oct 2006
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Microsoft will police licenses through SMS

Microsoft is beefing up policing for Windows licensing after going back to the drawing board on its asset management strategy. Upcoming editions of Systems Management Server (SMS) will introduce metadata and workflow tools and capabilities for management of software licenses in a three-phase plan. Starting with an SMS 2003 R2 …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Oct 2006
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Pirate Bay resurfaces, while protesters walk the street

Pirate Bay, the controversial Swedish BitTorrent site that was closed last week by Swedish police, has reemerged in the Netherlands. The site was temporarily available at an untitled IP address, but is now running again at its original address, thepiratebay.org. Fredrik Neij, one of the three people behind the site, told …
Jan Libbenga, 05 Jun 2006
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Readers stuff Peppers

Letters Pity if you will the poor old Red Hot Chili Peppers - reduced to making a tearful appeal to fans not to download illegal copies of their new album, Stadium Arcadium, released today: Tell you what, Chili Peppers. I'll not only not download your new album, but I won't buy it either! How's that? Feeling better already, aren't you …
Lester Haines, 09 May 2006