Feeds

Articles about Pirates

The Pirate Bay changes domain again … TWICE!

The Pirate Bay's ongoing attempts to find safe harbour continue, with the torrent-tracker site hopping to another domain twice in a week. Last week, the site tied up in the .PE domain administered by Peru. Locals seem not to have offered it a warm welcome as it soon set sail for a .GY address in Guyana. But the Caribbean nation …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2013
The Register breaking news

New Euro IP law promises artists torpedoes to sink pirates

A revised EU anti-piracy laws will provide content creators with "solid legal certainty" when developing new ways for consumers to legitimately access their works, an EU Commissioner working on the legislation has said. Michel Barnier said that plans to revise the EU's Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRE …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Jan 2012
The Register breaking news

One-third of Aussies 'are pirates'

One-third of adult Australians have practiced piracy in the last 12 months, a study has estimated. The study, released by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, claims that piracy sucks $A1.37bn out of the Australian economy. Direct effects claimed by AFACT amounted to $A575m, the study claims – including $A225m …
The Register breaking news

ISP CAN cut off pirates with 'three strike' rule, says Irish beak

Four music record companies have won a court order in Ireland overturning a ban placed on an anti-piracy policy operated by the country's largest internet service provider (ISP). In December last year Ireland's data protection watchdog had issued an enforcement notice banning Eircom from operating its 'three strikes' system. The …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

BPI rejects scareletter approach to possible pirates

The tactic of using IP addresses extracted from internet service providers to send scare letters to suspected pirates is not something the British music industry would consider. ACS:Law has made a tidy business from sending out letters to suspected file sharers offering a one-off £500 payment draw a line under further …
John Oates, 29 Jan 2010
The Register breaking news

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
Dell XPS 600 PCMark

US Judge says IP addresses don't identify pirates

A US judge has labelled an attempt to sue internet subscribers whose accounts were used to download four pornographic films “abusive litigation” and also criticised legal arguments that an IP address is a valid way to identify an individual online. The comments were made by Gary R Brown, United States Magistrate Judge, in a case …
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2012
The Register breaking news

Ofcom grills pirates, loses report under fridge for two years

On Monday Ofcom published two studies it commissioned into digital piracy: one attempting to quantify the level of piracy, the other a smaller study collecting pirates' opinions. Oddly, the 'new' quantitative research is old - almost as old as the Norman Domesday Book. The field work was conducted by Kantar Media in March 2010, …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

Ofcom Radio pokes at potential pirates

Londoners can now tune into Ofcom's own radio station, which is transmitting for a week or two to let people know they shouldn't be. The station is transmitting across the South Bank on 87.7MHz, with a message explaining what a terrible thing pirate radio is, and reminding listeners that they can hire the frequency for their own …
Bill Ray, 06 Apr 2011

ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

High Court orders dished out to telcos in the UK and elsewhere in the European Union demanding that they block access to sites serving pirated content have helped to decrease access to BitTorrent trackers, a music industry body has claimed. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry published its annual report on …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Mar 2014
cloud

Software pirates should offer up more booty, says BSA

Software companies should be entitled to bigger damages for the use of copied software, industry lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has said. Damages law needs to be changed so that companies are entitled to damages greater than the current rate of the equivalent to the cost of the software which has been copied, …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2011
graph up

Torrent crackdown pushing pirates towards file hosting

The crackdown on torrent tracking sites such as BitTorrent has encouraged software pirates to make greater use of file-hosting websites. Sites such as RapidShare, MegaUpload or Hotfile allow anonymous users to upload large files without charge. The services are intended for personal video file and backup storage but also have …
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2009

Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

Hollywood could slash piracy rates by simply making its content easily and legally available, rather than trying legal and technological hacks to sustain its current business model. That's according to researchers from libertarian think tank the Mercatus Center. The team analyzed file-sharing news website TorrentFreak's weekly …
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2013
Star Wars: The Complete Saga

JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

“Boys are only interested in pirates and Star Wars,” my daughter tells me. She is four and speaks with the confidence and clarity only a four-year-old can manage. Star Wars Thirty-seven years on, and the Star Wars franchise still captures kids' imaginations Her proof? The games played, toys brought in and the clothes worn by …
Gavin Clarke, 21 May 2014
The Register breaking news

Google sets Android on pirates

Android now comes with an API allowing applications to phone home to check for a licence when launched, locking out pirates and anyone with an unreliable data connection. The "Licensing Verification Library" does allow the developer to permit caching of responses, so an application shouldn't stop working when one gets on a plane …
Bill Ray, 29 Jul 2010
Ship in trouble

Leaky security could scuttle global ship-tracking system

Security researchers have found a major flaw in the Automatic Identification System (AIS), a mandatory tracking system for ships, which could leave the 400,000 vessels currently using it globally wide open to terrorists or pirates. Trend Micro’s Kyle Wilhoit and Marco Balduzzi and independent researcher Alessandro Pasta …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Oct 2013
The Register breaking news

ISP ordered to drop 'three strikes' rule against pirates

The Irish data protection watchdog has ordered the country's largest internet service provider (ISP) to stop using its 'three strikes' system for identifying and warning alleged illegal file-sharers, according to media reports. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland (ODPC) expressed concern that Eircom's …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

Watchdog mauls Euro database of 'pirates'

The European Commission must explain in more detail the specifics of the operation of a database it plans to create that will hold personal data on suspected intellectual property (IP) rights infringers, an EU data protection watchdog has said. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said that in order to comply with data …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Oct 2011
Un Frog

France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy law shot down

French internet users need no longer fear having their connections cut off under strict France's Hadopi copyright infringement law, after the government's Constitutional Council on Friday ruled that portion of the much-criticized law to be unconstitutional. Under an official decree issued on Monday, the government can no longer …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jul 2013

Telcos can be forced to turn copyright cop, block websites – EU law man

ISPs across Europe can be instructed to block websites that provide access to pirated material, an EU advocate general said in a non-binding court opinion published yesterday. Pedro Cruz Villalón said that telcos can be ordered to, in effect, operate as buffers between their subscribers and site operators who infringe copyright …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

France says 'Oui!' to three strikes for music pirates

French politicians have handed the international music and video industries a victory against online media pirates with legislation to punish offenders. The bill, backed by pro-business president Nicolas Sarkozy, slipped comfortably through the National Assembly with a 296-to-233 margin. It's set for a vote in the Senate on …
Rik Myslewski, 12 May 2009
Assassin's Creed 3

Ubisoft admits major hacking breach, advises password change

French games publisher Ubisoft has confirmed a major breach of its Uplay servers and the theft of user names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords – although it claims financial data is in a separate silo and looks safe so far. "We are recommending you to change your password," the company said in a statement. "Out of an …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2013
graph up

eBay anti-virus pirates sued

US anti-piracy group the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) filed lawsuits yesterday against three suspected pirates who use eBay to sell copies of anti-virus software. The cases were filed at the District Court, Central District of California. The three accused were selling copies of Symantec and McAfee …
John Oates, 17 May 2006

German Pirate party punters 'don't pay their membership fees'

The Pirate Party of Germany (Piratenpartei) achieved breakthrough success capturing the protest vote last autumn - but its appeal may be starting to wane. The anti-copyright party won 8.9 per cent of the Berlin vote and has been attempting to build a national party organisation. However, Der Spiegel reports that "almost half of …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Bollywood 'recruits DDoS hired guns to fight movie pirates'

An Indian firm claims it was hired to carry out denial of service attacks against film download and torrent tracker websites at the behest of Bollywood movie distributors in India. Girish Kumar, managing director of Aiplex Software, said it was paid to search for sites offering download of newly released films, before issuing …
John Leyden, 10 Sep 2010

MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

An Ohio man is crying foul after he was detained and interrogated by the feds – because he wore a Google Glass headset in a movie theater. The bloke, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was pulled from a screening of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at the AMC Easton Town Center in Columbus by men who he claims identified …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jan 2014

Japan hides anti-piracy warning on P2P networks

The Japanese government has complemented its already robust digital copyright laws with the unusual practice of hiding warning notices disguised as pirated content on popular domestic peer-to-peer networks. The “copyright awareness” files contain a strongly-worded message designed to scare, shame and deter the reader into …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Feb 2013
eBay teaser 75

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
cable

Pirates not to blame for Big Media's sales plunge

The RIAA and MPAA would have you believe that piracy is responsible for their decline in sales. This is all of course blame to be laid at the feet of computers, the internet and the generic "digital boogyman." Even without getting deep into the flawed math in play, there are other reasons for the middling returns on investment …
Trevor Pott, 16 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

Porn and pirates hide Android's money maker

Android might be eating up smartphone market share, but Google's marketplace is leaving developers disgruntled. Nearly half aren't making the money they'd imagined they'd make off of Android, and the lack of decent search, filtering, and ratings have been blamed. Also: Google's laissez faire approach to gate keeping means the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2010

Android MasterKey found buried in kiddie cake game on Google Play - report

Two Google Play apps that use the so-called "MasterKey" vulnerability, albeit harmlessly, have been detected, security researchers have announced. The Android signature vulnerability, which first came to light two weeks ago, affects the vast majority of Android smartphones and tablets, creating a means to load fake files into …
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2013
Pirates ahoy!

Microsoft fires broadside of writs at China pirates

Microsoft has fired off more than 50 lawsuits in its ongoing fight against counterfeit software. The firm said yesterday that it had targeted global online auction sites in its latest punch-up with pirates who flog dodgy copies of Microsoft apps. It filed 52 lawsuits and referred 22 cases to local cop shops in 22 countries …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2007
The Register breaking news

Dutch send submarine to fight Somali pirates

International naval forces battling piracy in the lawless seas off the Horn of Africa are to be joined for the first time by a submarine. A single Dutch Walrus-class boat will operate in the area from September to November this year as part of NATO's Operation Ocean Shield taskforce. HNLMS Dolfijn leaving Portsmouth. Credit: …
Lewis Page, 30 Jun 2010

Ubisoft pirates game fix from pirates

Companies that take an iron fist approach to fighting software piracy are generally best served by not lifting a pirate group's code themselves to fix their own product. Ubisoft, the French video game developer and publisher, was recently caught with its pants down, releasing a pirated hack as an official fix. Ubisoft sells the …
Austin Modine, 18 Jul 2008
The Register breaking news

Vomit cannon to protect vessels from pirates, paparazzi

Seagoing Scottish mercenaries/security operatives say they have deployed a radical laser puke-ray weapon aboard shipping transiting the pirate-plagued Gulf of Aden. The device may also be used on paparazzi by reclusive superyacht owners. The Scotsman reports that ProForm Marine, a company run by ex-Royal Marine commandos and …
Lewis Page, 20 Jan 2010
Confrontation between ufologists, Somali pirates and a security guard

New plan: Sell Amazon cloud monitor tool, hope Amazon is OK with this

ExtraHop Networks has launched a monitoring product on top of the Amazon cloud and is gambling that Bezos & Co won't produce a cut-price mimic if it finds success. The "ExtraHop for Amazon Web Services" tool was announced by the company on Wednesday, and works like this: it will offer a virtual network appliance that can be …
Jack Clark, 07 Nov 2013

Chinese software pirate gets 12 years in US slammer

A Chinese national has been handed a 12 year jail sentence in the United States after being convicted of selling more than $100m of pirated software from his home in Chengdu. Xiang Li, 36, was sentenced in a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday after pleading guilty to copyright infringement and wire fraud charges …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Pirates: Good for Microsoft, great for open sourcers

Software used to be so easy. You built a product and sold it through a variety of channels. Prospective customers might wonder whether they should buy your product or someone else's, but there was no question that they'd have to buy something if they wanted it. Software was proprietary. You couldn't use it for free. Period. Open …
Matt Asay, 21 Jan 2011
PlayStation Network

Latest PS3 hack hits Sony with massive migraine

News that the PlayStation 3 has been jailbroken, again, is hardly a shocker. However, the latest hack makes Sony's battle against piracy a very tricky task, experts claim. While fresh custom firmware hit the web earlier this week, it's the leak of the so-called LV0 decryption keys which leaves Sony with a serious headache. The …
Caleb Cox, 24 Oct 2012
FIFA 12 goalie does it doggy style with strikerNetgear XAV5101

OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

Hundreds of legitimate websites were branded pirates and effectively kicked offline this week - after a court ordered UK ISPs to block access to an IP address they all shared with a copyright-infringing site. That network address - 96.45.82.196 - resolves to DNS Made Easy's http-redirection-d.dnsmadeeasy.com service, which is …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Pirates pee on Amazon's MP3 parade

Amazon.co.uk yesterday trumpeted the launch of its MP3 download service, but a group of upstart coders chose the same day to blow their own horn about a Firefox plugin linking the e-tailer's service to The Pirate Bay. The Amazon service is flogging albums from £3 and individual songs from 59p. However, the 'Pirates of the Amazon …
John Oates, 04 Dec 2008
The Register breaking news

Spotify: If musicians don't give us their stuff they get pirated more

A study by economist (and occasional Reg contributor) Will Page sheds new light on the relationship between streaming services and piracy. Artists who withhold from Spotify may suffer from increased piracy, he finds. Since Page works for Spotify, the words of the great prophet M'andee-rice Davies spring to mind - but it's worth …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Atari Pong at 40: Alcorn talks plastics, pirates and square balls

The phrase "Once you're lucky, twice you're good" should be applied to Allan "Al" Alcorn, the engineer behind Pong, the world's first successful computer arcade game which celebrates its 40th birthday this year. It is Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, the buccaneering entrepreneur with a flashy grin, who attracts headlines for …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Erotic trojan keelhauls Japanese pirates

Some Japanese aficionados of the "visual novel" who decided they'd really rather not pay to enjoy interactive erotic romp Cross Days ended up with their personal info splashed across the internet, TorrentFreak reports. Screen grab of the Cross Days website The recently-released novel in question quickly popped up on filesharing …
Lester Haines, 29 Mar 2010

Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

New technology means anyone can now create and distribute their creative works, like photos or music, like never before – but, in turn, it also means that anyone can now rip off creators. And yesterday, a range of speakers – from Google to legal experts to enforcement teams – met at the London HQ of law firm Bristows for an …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Apr 2014
The Register breaking news

Congratulations, freetards: You are THE FIVE PER CENT

Meet the most pampered group in the UK. Bankers? Farmers? Wind-farm operators? The depressed river mussel? Actually, none of the above. It's copyright infringers. New research from UK communications regulator Ofcom shows that filling your boots with pirate downloads remains risk free and a money saver, particularly if you like …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2013
The Register breaking news

Pirates get extra seat in Euro Parliament

Now that the Lisbon Treaty has been ratified by Czech President Vaclav Klaus, the European Parliament gets an extra 18 members, and one of those will be from Sweden's Pirate Party. Currently there are 736 Members of the European Parliament, this will temporarily go up to 754, because Germany, which is losing three seats, keeps …
John Oates, 05 Nov 2009
Boar Sausage Taipei

Taipei's tech malls are less than sum of their parts

Taiwan has a thoroughly deserved reputation as one of the world's technology dragons, as shown by the fact its annual Computex show is probably behind only Las Vegas' CES in terms of significance to consumer technology. Computex is why I've come to town. Trying to get a feeling for host city Taipei is why I arrived two days …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2014
The Register breaking news

Premium-rate calls watchdog to join battle against pirates

The UK's regulator of premium rate services (PRS) will pass on details of copyright infringing websites to service providers under a new "proactive" arrangement with police and music industry representatives, it has announced. PhonepayPlus said that PRS providers notified of copyright infringing sites could be charged under the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Nov 2011
Somali pirates storm the box

Virtual currency speculators shut down cloud

Proponents of virtual, encrypted currencies took another scalp on Monday when a gaggle of them flooded a cloud provider, causing it to shut off sign-ups for new users in some regions. Public cloud provider DigitalOcean was forced to stop people spinning up new servers ("droplets") on its cloud due to absurd levels of demand …
Jack Clark, 16 Jul 2013