Two out of the blue announcements from key police officer and firefighter organizations have lent support to the controversial Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property act.
Despite the aura of anonymity and secrecy that surrounds what they do, hackers are enjoying some uncommon attention lately. The obvious focus is George Hotz -- the outspoken hacker who became the main target of Sony's global anti-hacking, anti-piracy efforts this past January after jailbreaking the PlayStation 3 console. However, others hackers such as Alexander Egorenkov (graf_chokolo) and Waninkoko have made headlines, too. Unfortunately, the former's claim to fame is a 1 million Euro lawsuit filed by Sony after a police raid. Another hacker with no small amount of history in the PS3 hacking scene in Mathieulh. The Frenchman sparked controversy and drew ire when he announced he found an exploit for the latest PS3 firmware - 3.60 - but would not release it.
A UK court sided on Monday with Sony Music, EMI and several other major record companies in a case against six major Internet service providers which could push The Pirate Bay further onto the fringes of the Internet. The London High Court's Justice Arnold stated that he believes the infamous Swedish torrent site actively engages in wide-scale copyright infringement.
Attorneys who ran two UK law firms that were exposed for copyright infringement settlement letter schemes are finding out that consequences can be pretty dire for knowingly targeting innocent citizens and wasting the court’s time.
Hans Pandeya, who ran into tax and money troubles trying to acquire The Pirate Bay last year, claims that he's bought the company a second time, but The Pirate Bay's administrators have already dismissed the announcement as "a lie."
Mark Diestler, executive producer of horror-thriller "The Inner Room," is crossing his fingers that the film's recent posting on BitTorrent will spur satisfied downloaders to support the project with a legitimate purchase - or at least tell their non-pirating friends about it.
Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group posted the results of an international study into online security this week, and they aren't pretty. Using its specially-designed, 100-point Microsoft Computing Safety Index to rate global computer users, the company found five countries with failing scores.
As predicted, the most recent draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) generated by last week’s final round of negotiations in Tokyo has been released to the public. Judging from comments voiced by participating nations, however, the treaty is far from final.
Lawyer Katherine B. Forrest was recently recommended by NY senator Chuck Schumer as a potential new federal judge within the state's Southern District Court, which covers cases in Manhattan, White Plains and Middletown. A 20-year veteran in the field, Forrest handled IP law for a private firm before being appointed (.pdf) Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. However, some worry her past as a litigator representing the RIAA against recently dismantled music sharing site Limewire may color future rulings if her nomination is approved.
The president of EA Labels, Frank Gibeau, has stated that Digital Right Management (DRM) is a failed and dead-end strategy.
Global intelligence firm Stratfor relaunched its website this week following a large-scale cyber attack conducted by hacker collective Anonymous. The Christmastime breach stole the credit card data of thousands of members and knocked the site offline for over two weeks. In a new message to customers, Stratfor Founder and CEO George Friedman owned up to the serious internal security failures which left client and subscriber data easy pickings and called Anonymous' attack "a new censorship."
Three men connected with The Pirate Bay must stop all traffic between themselves and the service in 10 days, or they'll face heavy court-imposed fines.
Megaupload founder Kim Schmitz played a little game of hide-and-seek with the New Zealand police officers sent to apprehend him at his multimillion dollar Coatesville mansion on Thursday. Schmitz, also known as Kim Dotcom, was named this month in a U.S. Justice Department indictment along with six others for fueling a global "mega conspiracy."
This week the office of the U.S. Trade Representative published an updated report outlining the most controversial websites currently operating around the world. The "Notorious Markets" list isn't designed to explicitly point out law-breaking or assert the government's stance in other countries, clarified the USTR, but if a site is on it, it's been previously investigated for copyright infringement.
Unsurprisingly, Ubisoft's latest attempt to stop piracy is causing problems for legitimate buyers of its games.
A new study in the United Kingdom re-asserts that illegal downloaders actually purchase more music than those who don't download tracks online.

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