3 million people and counting sign petitions against SOPA and PIPA

Update: Google said that 4.5 million people have added their signatures to the SOPA/PIPA petition since this morning. Mark Zuckerberg also threw his hat in the ring, Silicon Alley had a rad protest and a bunch of legislators who sponsored these bills withdrew their support. The internet is really flexing its political muscle.

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Minecraft developer says “No sane person can be for SOPA”

Markus Persson, creator of the breakout hit indie game Minecraft, has announced that minecraft.net and mojang.com will be taken down on Jan 18th, in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act. Speaking on Twitter, Persson said “Decided. We’ll silently take down minecraft.net and mojang.com on the 18th in protest of SOPA.”

Crysis 2 leads the list of 2011’s most pirated games

Editorial ‘game of the year 2011′ picks favored the likes of Uncharted 3 and Skyrim, but the pirate vote went to Crysis 2. According to statistics published by BitTorrent blog TorrentFreak, the PC version of Electronic Arts’ first-person shooter was the most-pirated game of the year 2011 with an estimated 3.92 million downloads.

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SOPA is for lazy companies and campaign donations — not piracy prevention

Personally, my political positioning is less about a single litmus test and more about the ideal that personal freedom is of utmost importance. It should only be trumped in the most serious of situations. As a natural extension of this belief, it means that less government is always preferable to more government — especially when it comes to the internet.

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CD Projekt demands $1,230 from suspected Witcher 2 pirates

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.

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Despite heavy Witcher 2 piracy, CD Projekt still rejects DRM

PC fantasy RPG The Witcher 2 has been a massive success for the developers at Poland’s CD Projekt, with over one million sales since the game’s May launch. But that sales success is dwarfed by what the company’s CEO and co-founder Marcin Iwinski estimates is over 4.5 million pirated copies of the DRM-free game downloaded via BitTorrent.

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Apple, Microsoft-backed trade group now says “SOPA needs work”

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.

Piracy gives overseas manufacturers a $2.9B competitive advantage

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.

Xunlei IPO on Nasdaq would have US funding Chinese piracy

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.

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ISPs team up to take out web piracy

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.