A need for piracy?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

German expatriate film director (and former World Karate and Kickboxing Champion) Lexi Alexander has posted a very interesting – and already much commented-on – entry on her blog, [...]

Worried about ebook theft? Here’s the whole story – in pictures

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 3, 2014 // 2 Comments

The issue of ebook piracy, whether a serious concern or just an obsession with media owners, simply won’t go away. And web hosting blog Who Is Hosting This? has just released a handy [...]

What to pay for e-books: a formula

By Chris Meadows
June 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’ve seen people make estimates of what they thought was the right amount to pay for an e-book, but I can’t say I’ve seen one actually put it into an equation before. But Ramzi Amri, an MD/PhD [...]

Enjoying OverDrive e-books from the Indianapolis Public Library

By Chris Meadows
May 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the great things about being in Indianapolis is having the Indianapolis Public Library’s main branch just a few blocks away. It’s a gorgeous place, with plenty of books and excellent [...]

Dropbox uses file hashes to comply with DMCA requests. So what?

By Chris Meadows
April 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

Surprise! Dropbox has anti-piracy measures in place. You’ve probably seen the stories by now. When you right-click that file on your drive and ask for a public link that you can share so your [...]

Interesting article on how piracy is devaluing digital goods

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 10, 2014 // 8 Comments

Although it’s an older post, it only came across my feed recently, and I thought Baekdal had some interesting points worth sharing. He says the real problem with piracy is the devaluation of [...]

Dutch intellectual property regime looks like becoming a no-BREINer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

After a series of high-profile instances of both overreach and incapability, Dutch intellectual property lobby group BREIN appears to have been handed a major defeat by Dutch courts. As reported by [...]

Tarantino suit of Gawker over link to leaked script may be capitalizing on Streisand Effect

By Chris Meadows
February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quentin Tarantino got so upset that someone leaked a copy of the script for his next movie, The Hateful Eight, online that he announced he would not be making that movie after all. He got further [...]

Why I pirated a book last night

By Joanna Cabot
January 31, 2014 // 17 Comments

I pirated a book last night. I didn’t mean to, per se, and I know I have been upfront in the past about respecting author’s work and paying for the media I consume. So, how did I wind up [...]

French ‘Three Strikes’ law fails to cut piracy

By Chris Meadows
January 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Remember that French “three strikes” law, Hadopi? Ars Technica reports that a recent study has shown that it has had no significant effect in getting people to stop downloading content [...]

Wearing Google Glass to a movie theater leads to interrogation by federal agents

By Chris Meadows
January 21, 2014 // 2 Comments

Here’s an article that points out a problem that will only become more common as wearables do. A member of the Google Glass program had prescription lenses on his Glass, and wore them everywhere as [...]

NetNames wants you to believe its textbook piracy figures, buy its services

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Statements by “domain management, online brand protection and online security” company NetNames about the size of the problem of textbook piracy in the UK are being picked up by the BBC [...]

GenCon 2013 Interview: Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games

By libertyc
October 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

I last spoke to Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games, at GenCon in 2011. We discussed e23, Steve Jackson Games’s DRM-free PDF e-book store, which had expanded far beyond its original intended [...]

UK Publishers Association backs police IP crackdown – but does it make sense?

By libertyc
September 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

The UK Publishers Association has come out strongly in support of the City of London Police’s creation of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), launched in the UK to tackle [...]

Copyright vs. Common Sense

By libertyc
September 12, 2013 // 7 Comments

Two tales of copyright idiocy crossed my inbox yesterday. The first, by Techdirt’s Mike Masnick tells the tale of the Village People’s Victor Willis, who has regained the right’s to [...]

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