Adding a link or message to a company homepage to protest legislation may seem like a worthless gesture. That is, unless the company is Google.
After announcing yesterday that Wikipedia will join other websites in a January 18 blackout to protest the SOPA piracy bill, founder Jimmy Wales has explained his reasoning further to fend off criticism.
Guest Post Over the weekend, the White House responded to the online petition regarding SOPA. Although the response was by and large measured and acknowledged many of the concerns that have been raised by the Internet community, it included this statement as a matter of fact:
After hinting at a site-wide blackout to combat the SOPA anti-piracy bill, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales confirmed today that the English version of the free encyclopedia will go offline on Wednesday, January 18.
Beginning today, The Pirate Bay will gradually stop serving torrent files over the next month as it moves in a new direction.
Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the U.S. House member responsible for the highly debated Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), recently said he has no intention of backing down from trying to get the bill passed, despite heavy criticism from large tech companies, internet communities and influential tech business leaders.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT-D) is backing down on portions of the controversial Protect IP Act (PIPA) after a massive amount of criticism from human rights groups and tech industry leaders, the senator said in a statement today.
CD Projekt RED, the Polish developer behind last year’s critically acclaimed PC game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, is relenting in its hunt for alleged pirates.
Raising awareness on the Internet is all good and fine, but nothing tells our nation’s leaders we mean business like sending a letter to Congress or placing a phone call.
Are you in the mood for a mystery? Right now, a judge and a couple teams of lawyers are working on a great one — the case of the disappearing, reappearing YouTube video.
Voltage Pirates has officially failed in its quest to sue 24,583 people who illegally downloaded the movie The Hurt Locker.
If you’re going to spend a year in prison for an extreme act of piracy, you may want to at least make sure the movie you’re uploading to the internet illegally is worthy of the crime.
Editor's Pick Whether you support or oppose it, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is costing a fortune — more than $2.5 million so far.
Last month Witcher 2 developer CD Projekt talked about the estimated 4.5 million copies of its game that had been illegally downloaded via BitTorrent. Now it seems the company is going after users it believes have downloaded the game illegally, demanding $1,230 in damages from these individuals, via a German law firm.
Major motion picture studios and record labels have been waging war on so-called “pirates” — the consumers who download copyrighted content free of charge on the Internet.
The US government has seized 131 domains allegedly associated with counterfeiting- and piracy-related websites, reports TorrentFreak.
After stirring up controversy with its support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the Business Software Alliance (BSA) — an industry trade group that counts the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and 27 other tech companies among its members — now says that the controversial bill “needs work” before it can be passed.
While many tech companies have been vocal about their disdain for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) — a bill that is making the rounds on Capitol Hill and that could lead to unforeseen censorship on the web if passed — others like Microsoft and Apple have been mum on the subject.
Microsoft released a new study today that quantifies the unfair advantage that manufacturers in emerging countries get by pirating software. The study says that companies that steal information technology software get a $2.9 billion competitive advantage over companies that pay for their software.
Founders of popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay are launching a new file-hosting service called BayFiles, reports TorrentFreak.
The makers of action movie The Expendables have dropped an incredible lawsuit they had brought against more than 23,000 BitTorrent users who had allegedly downloaded the film illegally, according to TorrentFreak.
Piracy of Fox TV shows is on the rise just one week after the television studio decided to delay all new programming on the web by eight days, reports Torrent Freak.
Movieclips on Tuesday announced that it had raised a $7 million round of funding and partnered with YouTube to bring its 20,000 HD movie clips to a much bigger audience.
Guest Post Chinese internet company Xunlei Limited last week announced the postponement of its initial public offering and Nasdaq listing, citing adverse stock market conditions. The company had intended to raise up to $140 million to expand what many regard as a haven for copyright infringement that would be illegal if operated inside the United States.
Ever wonder what the gaming world would be like without pirates?
A group of major Internet service providers on Thursday declared they would take a larger role in fighting against the piracy of movies, music, and television shows. The ISPs include AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cablevision.
Canv.as, an online image-sharing website created by 4chan founder Christopher Poole, has raised $3 million from Union Square Ventures, the company announced today.
Sony shut down its Playstation Network after a new custom firmware version for the console let users download games and content with a fake credit card number, according to a moderator from Playstation fan-site PSX-Scene.
Most film makers aren’t encouraging digital pirates to illegally copy their works. But Lloyd Kaufman (pictured above) isn’t your usual film maker. The controversial movie maker has been making low-budget, exceedingly gory, vomit-filled and highly sexualized horror movies since the 1970s under the Troma Entertainment brand.
It’s no surprise that video is the most popular type of content shared on the controversial peer-to-peer protocol BitTorrent – according to one report, at the height of its popularity each episode of the TV show Heroes was downloaded five million times over the network – but the number of digital books and magazines that are available as ‘torrents’ is growing fast as well.
Piracy doesn’t pay. That’s a lesson for SAP. Oracle has won a $1.3 billion jury verdict against SAP, the world’s largest maker of business software, in a copyright infringement lawsuit.
A lot of people complained about the iPad’s closed-off software. But no one did anything about it — until now, apparently.