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European Study Examines How Illegal Downloads Impact The Music Industry

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has published a new study with their findings from more than 16,000 Europeans about their legal (and illegal) music consumption. Some interesting findings show that in general, music piracy doesn’t hurt the music industry. A few takeaways from the study: – It seems that the majority of the music [...]

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MegaUpload Data Will Be Safe For Two More Weeks

The founders of MegaUpload, a file hosting service, have been accused of piracy and money laundering and the site’s assets were frozen. Because the site was unable to pay its hosting fees, the data on the site was threatened for total deletion. According to MegaUpload’s lawyer Ira Rothken, “The hosting companies have been gracious enough [...]

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To Censor or Not To Censor? Should That Even Be A Question?

The internet was abuzz this week with protestations against Congress bills affectionately known as SOPA and PIPA.  These bills, if passed, will enable the censoring of the internet in order to stop online piracy acts while simultaneously placing limits on the way people access free information on the internet, like through Google searches. Speaking of [...]

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Google Publicly Opposes SOPA and PIPA

Today is January 18th, the day appointed  by www.sopastrike.com as the public protest day against the Internet censorship bills Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and it’s sibling Protect IP Act (PIPA). On January 24th, Congress will vote to pass these censorship bills in the Senate, even though the majority of the American public is opposed. [...]

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Grooveshark gets hit by a $15 billion lawsuit

Grooveshark is getting hit with a lawsuit that could reach $15 billion by Universal Music (UMG). Big risk for Grooveshark Universal Music says that Grooveshark has posted over 100,000 pirated songs. Each infringement could cost up to $150,000, meaning the potential damages could reach $15 billion. It probably won’t come quite to that, but the [...]

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Apple Store Imposters

Pretty much all of Asia, from Russia to Singapore, has become forcibly linked in my mind with pirated products. CDs and DVDs, certainly, but also software, electronics, even neckties. It’s a rampant problem on the other side of the world, and governments are having a difficult time keeping the piracy contained. Just to illustrate how [...]