piracy

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 6 Comments

Medium.com 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

TeleRead Links: UK e-book piracy, loosening e-book licensing terms, digitizing fanzines, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

eBook Piracy Virtually Nonexistent in the UK (GoodEReader) The Intellectual Property Office conducted a three month study into the extent of online copyright infringement in the UK. It found that  [...]

European e-book market plagued by lack of statistics, growth of piracy

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the United States, e-books are relatively mature now. There’s a huge Kindle-owning audience, and even a lot of people who don’t have anything to do with Kindles will read e-books from other [...]

TeleRead Links: Lower book sales, lost-phone retrieval, smartwatch success, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Book Sales Down 6.5% in Q1: AAP (GalleyCat) Though sales in Trade Books for the quarter were $1.53 billion, down only 2.2 percent from the same quarter in 2014. Adult book sales helped the category, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Photographer explains why piracy is driving him out of business

By Chris Meadows
September 24, 2014 // 8 Comments

We hear about Internet piracy and its deleterious effect on creators dozens or hundreds of times every year. In most cases, it’s about music, movies, games, or books that are circulating on [...]

Is Chris Ruen’s utter bollocks argument utter bollocks?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Chris Ruen has a book to promote. That promotion is best done through rabble-rousing headlines and inflammatory articles. And since that book is Freeloading: How our insatiable appetite for free [...]

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