Articles about Rampant Piracy

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Hey Apple - what's the $178bn for? Are you down with OTT?

Analysis After posting a record-breaking quarterly net profit of $18bn, on the back of sales of 74.5 million iPhones, Apple is sitting on $178bn in assets – despite a share buyback programme that has spent $103bn on its own stock, with $57bn of that occurring in the past 12 months. This is a staggering amount of cash, and it is only …
Faultline, 16 Feb 2015
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Adobe axes R&D lab in China, insiders blame mandarins and pirates

Adobe is closing the doors of its research and development facility in China – and some within the biz are reportedly blaming the recalcitrant attitude of the Chinese government for the move. "The overall climate in China against Western enterprises has been quite negative and that's one of the major reasons," the anonymous …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2014
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Foxtel cries wolf at the threat of fast broadband

Foxtel Australia boss Richard Freudenstein has picked up the IPFI megaphone and asked Australia's federal government to protect his business model from the rampant piracy that will doubtless emerge from the rollout of the National Broadband Network. Speaking to the ASTRA (Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association …
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Android Marketplace blocked by Great Firewall of China

China appears to have tightened up its Great Firewall, interfering with Google services in what appears to be a reprisal against the Chocolate Factory playing politics. Access to the Android Marketplace has been blocked entirely from within China as The Next Web reports, but locals are also complaining that Android handsets …
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2011
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The life and times of Steven Paul Jobs, Part Two

Before Steve Jobs introduced the iMac on May 6, 1998, his life – as we detailed earlier – had been a roller-coaster of ups and downs. After the iMac shipped on August 15 of that same year, however, he and the company he led traded that carnival ride for a rocket. The iMac was an immediate success. "We have had a phenomenal …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Oct 2011
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Pirates: Good for Microsoft, great for open sourcers

Open...and Shut 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
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.XXX domain deal stripped bare

The company behind a proposal to create .xxx, an adults-only top-level internet domain, is set to run the gauntlet of objections from angry pornographers and appalled Christians for the sixth time. ICANN last week published a draft contract that, if signed, could allow Florida-based ICM Registry to start offering .xxx domains …
Kevin Murphy, 01 Sep 2010
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Eagles singer wins case against US politico

Eagles frontman Don Henley has won a lawsuit against a Republican politician who was found to have violated the copyrights of two of the singer’s songs. California politico Chuck DeVore and his employee, Justin Hart, issued an apology to Henley and his fellow bandmates. “We apologise for using the musical works of Don Henley …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Aug 2010
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Google scores major victory in copyright fight with Viacom

Google scored a major victory Wednesday when a federal judge dismissed Viacom's $1bn copyright infringement lawsuit accusing the internet giant of turning a blind eye to rampant piracy on its YouTube video site. The landmark decision is a huge win for other internet companies as well because it said they are shielded from …
Dan Goodin, 23 Jun 2010
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Sims 3 leaked two weeks before release

The newest addition to Electronic Arts' mega-franchise The Sims has reportedly been leaked online two weeks before the video game's official release. It certainly didn't take long for EA's The Sims 3, one of the game publisher's flagship titles for 2009, to be shanghaied by interweb pirates. We've identified a number of …
Austin Modine, 18 May 2009
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Qualcomm startup punts '4th game console' for developing nations

GDC 09 A California-based startup backed by Qualcomm is launching a 3G-enabled home game console for emerging markets using hardware normally intended for high-end smartphones. Zeebo unveiled what it describes as the industry's "fourth console platform" today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The company hopes to …
Austin Modine, 23 Mar 2009
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MS wields price cutlass at Chinese pirates

Microsoft has slashed the retail price of its Office 2007 suite in China by over 70 per cent for versions to counter widespread piracy in the country. The software giant has cut the selling price for Office 2007 Home and Student Edition to 199 yuan ($29) from 699 yuan ($102) as a special promotional offer that kicked off on …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Sep 2008
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Ballmer nails Founder to Windows mast

Founder Technology, China's second biggest PC maker, after Lenovo, is to pre-install Windows Vista on business lines and laptops. Previously, it put Windows only on consumer desktops as a matter of course - about 30 per cent of overall shipments. It looks like Microsoft will plough much of the OEM cash straight back into …
Drew Cullen, 07 Nov 2007

US reveals intellectual property blacklist

The US has published a blacklist of those of its trading partners that are most ineffective when it comes to protecting intellectual property rights (IPRs). The "Special 301" report from the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) fingers Ukraine as the worst offender. The report, published annually by the Office of the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 May 2005
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Stealing movies: Why the MPAA can afford to relax

Analysis Another great hullabaloo has been going on this week over the fact that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) plans to start the same kind of debilitating legal actions against illegal file sharing of movies, that the recording industry has been filing for the past year. Online music file sharing is measured in …
Faultline, 09 Nov 2004
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Jamaica gov cleans up MS act

Microsoft is close to signing a licensing deal with the Jamaican government, which should bring rampant piracy in the public sector under control. Up to 50 per cent of Microsoft software used by the Jamaican government is unlicensed, according to a "highly placed source" of the Jamaican Observer. Private sector softare piracy …
Drew Cullen, 01 Apr 2004
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Not yet time for record labels to be smug about the end of piracy

Analysis There is an increasingly smug feeling among the big record companies and their various agents, that has been brought about by the supposed demise of music piracy. There are three related important points to establish about music piracy. Firstly it is illegal and also morally wrong to obtain copies of music or film or other …
Faultline, 27 Jan 2004
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Chinese take sip of Linux tea

XTeam, a Linux software developer, will list on Hong Kong's Growth Enterprise Market today, as part of its bid to push penguin-power into Mainland China. Having shifted its focus from trying to attain market share on the desktop level, the company is now hoping to target the burgeoning server market in the region, using the HK$ …
James Watson, 11 Dec 2001
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Piracy stops Xbox in China

Microsoft's Xbox gaming console will not be sold in Hong Kong or China for the foreseeable future, due to rampant piracy in the region. The company is selling the actual hardware at a loss - as much as $125 per box, according to Merrill Lynch - and plans to recoup profits on its software titles, much like the razor blade or …
James Watson, 15 Nov 2001
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Reg readers on the CPRM fiasco

Letters We're only just beginning to catch up with an avalanche of correspondence on our series of CPRM on ATA stories. This selection was culled before the 4C Entity signalled its willingness to accept a compromise on the issue. However that compromise is in no small part due to the outcry reflected in your letters here. Which as ever …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jan 2001
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Sneaky cable crypto scheme in the works

The cable television industry is moving ahead with a controversial plan to implement a copy protection scheme that will allow movie studios and cable providers to control what viewers are able to record off future digital cable TV networks. Makers of televisions, video recorders and interactive set-top boxes who want their …
Kevin Poulsen, 22 Dec 2000
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Music biz changes tune on Net threat

A music industry executive has finally gone public and revealed what business' real attitude to the Internet and music piracy. "We've far more to fear from a surplus of CD manufacturing here in Asia, where in some markets 90 per cent of CDs are bootlegged, than from the Internet," EMI senior VP Jay Samit later told Reuters. …
Tony Smith, 02 Jun 2000