file sharing

How to use SHAREit for superfast file transfer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Courtesy of a bundled install on my Lenovo A7-10 tablet, I’ve discovered the wonders of SHAREit – the cross-platform file sharing app that claims to be “200 times faster than bluetooth” and, surprisingly, works without a WiFi or mobile data network. Readers of my other posts [...]

How to make Facebook the file transfer solution of your dreams

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

“Facebook?” I hear you say? Why would you want to use a social media platform for file transfer? File sharing with friends, maybe, and posting pictures online, but file transfer? Well, think about it. Most every file transfer solution requires you to either plug in a cable or fire up an [...]

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 [...]

Want to boost your sales 10%? Remove all DRM

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 17, 2013 // 6 Comments

Coverage courtesy of Ron Miller in Computerworld has brought to light a research paper published last month which brings fresh data points to the anti-DRM debate. Put simply: All DRM does is kill your sales. That’s all. It doesn’t protect you against piracy; it doesn’t preserve [...]

YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley says let my freebies go

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Australian House of Representatives committee report on hardware and software pricing, geographical restrictions, copyright law, and other issues around tech and digital media in Australia, hasn’t exactly vanished into the legislative waste basket. Indeed, it’s sparked comment and [...]

Post-Apocalyptic Reading: A short story from the end of the world

By Jon Jermey
December 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

With the End of the World coming up on the 21st of December and all, we need to consider our reading options carefully. (Here’s a tip: don’t start the Wheel of Time series.) Nate Hoffelder has a piece on Digital Reading in a Post-Apocalyptic World over at the Other Place that got me [...]

Publishers, DRM, unauthorized sharing, and the NPR example

By Chris Meadows
April 23, 2012 // 13 Comments

We’ve heard a lot of people arguing that publishers should fight Amazon by dropping DRM. However, in The Scholarly Kitchen, Joseph Esposito has written a long and thoughtful piece looking at the possible drawbacks of this approach. Esposito first looks at the question of whether unauthorized [...]

Wiley unmasks file-sharing Dummies, goes forward with suit

By Chris Meadows
March 28, 2012 // 3 Comments

PaidContent has an update on the status of “For Dummies” publisher John Wiley’s court cases against individuals accused of illicitly sharing various “For Dummies” books via BitTorrent. The company was able to unmask 46 “John Doe” defendants, 40 of whom were dropped from the case after [...]

Unrepentant file sharer explains why he does it

By Chris Meadows
March 15, 2012 // 18 Comments

hise’s a quite long screed by Bobbi Smith, a media consumer who both buys and pirates a lot of material, in the form of an open letter to content creators. To sum it up, Smith finds he actually buys significantly more media since he started pirating than before he could ($2,500 per year, he says, [...]

Megaupload prospects look dim; other file-sharing services take notice

By Chris Meadows
January 22, 2012 // 3 Comments

Dreamwidth blogger synecdochic has taken an in-depth look at the allegations against Megaupload and agrees with Ars that the prospects look dim for the company’s execs. The problem is not so much what Megaupload did—indeed, synecdochic suggests that a sufficiently skilled legal team would have [...]

Wiley adds more IP addresses to file sharing lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
November 26, 2011 // 2 Comments

John Wiley & Sons has expanded its lawsuit against P2P sharers of its books, adding 46 new “John Does”—file sharers identified only by their IP addresses until Wiley can get their ISPs to fork over their actual identities. This list is made up of people who shared Cooking Basics for [...]

John Wiley & Sons sues 27 BitTorrent sharers of ‘For Dummies’ books

By Chris Meadows
November 1, 2011 // 2 Comments

Suing copyright violators had had such terrific results for the music, movie, and newspaper industries that it’s only natural publishers would step up to take a shot. John Wiley & Sons has filed suit against 27 BitTorrent sharers of its “For Dummies” books. Wiley argues that through the [...]

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