Elsevier sues to shut down ‘pirate’ websites

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

Elsevier’s been in the news lately for more than just its offer to Wikipedia. Torrentfreak reports that it recently filed suit against a pair of web sites that it claims host “millions of pirated scientific articles.” While the court considered an injunction, the operator of one of the web [ on]

Citing privacy concerns, BitTorrent trackers ban Windows 10 users

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

You know your operating system has privacy problems when the pirates start banning it. Seriously, TorrentFreak reports that a number of BitTorrent sites are actively banning Windows 10 users from connecting to their trackers, out of fear that the operating system could be snitching on them to [ on]

Why hasn’t piracy killed artists’ incomes?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

15 years ago, during the height of the Napster hearings, Lars Ulrich testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee of his concerns that Napster was going to set off a “creative apocalypse.” How were people going to afford to be able to continue making art, he asked, if people just wanted to [ on]

The September indie music stream-a-thon, and why you shouldn’t bother

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 6 Comments is one of those sites where anyone who wants to can contribute an article—and sometimes it shows. Today in my inbox arrived this piece submitted by one “Sharky Laguna,” with the provocative headline “Streaming Music Is Ripping You Off” and exhorting users to “Fight back with [ on]

Retro games market shows piracy doesn’t always win

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

Piracy might not be as bad of a scourge to business as some people make out. Or at least, that’s what Techdirt’s Timothy Geigner suggests, based on an article about price hikes in the retro video game market. Retro video games are some of the most easily-pirated, most often-emulated media [ on]

What’s in a word? The new ‘sharing economy’

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sharing is good, right? What about when you charge for it? A New York Times piece on the new “sharing economy” looks at the way services like Uber, Lyft, and AirBNB characterize themselves as being all about “sharing” while at the same time charging you money for using them (and sometimes [ on]

Belgian collection agency attempts to levy multifunction printers

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 2 Comments

Techdirt has an interesting piece on an attempt by a Belgian collection society to impose levies on Hewlett-Packard’s multifunction printers—computer printers that include a built-in scanner and photocopying functionality. After negotiations between collection society Reprobel and [ on]

Why own media when you can rent the library?

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2015 // 3 Comments

Is ownership of media passé? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend develop. It started with music, as “all-you-can-eat” services like Pandora and Spotify popped up to offer users a chance to listen to as much music as they wanted either free with advertising, or for a [ on]

Do You Know How to Pirate?

By Joanna Cabot
March 31, 2015 // 5 Comments

Techdirt’s latest on the whole cord-cutting thing was a good one. They make an interesting point, which is this: piracy exists. That might not seem like such a revolutionary statement—surely we all know that?—but their point is is: One gets the sense that media outlets feel like [ on]

Why we need an e-book DRM DMCA exemption

By Chris Meadows
October 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

It’s that time again. Ars Technica reports that the Copyright Office is accepting petitions on activities to exempt from the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, making it legal to crack DRM for certain restricted purposes. We’ve reported on this procedure a few times over the last few [ on]

Digital piracy now about access more than cost, says New York Times

By Chris Meadows
October 5, 2014 // 13 Comments

The New York Times has an interesting piece about Hana Beshara, who ran pirate web site and chat community NinjaVideo from 2008 to 2010 until she was arrested and served 16 months in prison. Beshara still doesn’t believe she did anything wrong. Her position isn’t exactly helped by the fact that [ on]

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