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This page contains all the news items for the month of January 2012.

 

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Angry Birds Dev: Piracy May Help Us

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The CEO of Rovio, the company behind the mega-hit Angry Birds, says that piracy may help to generate revenue, and described the music industry's way of handling web piracy as a good example of "what not to do" ... Read more ...
Jan
31
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 14th January 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 14th January 2012 ... Read more ...
Jan
31
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 7th January 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 7th January 2012 ... Read more ...
Jan
31
2012



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EMI's VP: SOPA is 'incorrect', Piracy Is A Service Issue, Not A Price One

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EMI's VP breaks ranks with the rest of the music industry by saying that SOPA isn't the way forward, and echoing the thoughts of Valve's Gabe Newell, says that piracy is a service issue more so than a pricing one ... Read more ...
Jan
29
2012



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Xbox 720 Rumours: Blu-ray Drive, Radeon 6000 GPU, Kinect 2, But No Used Games

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Xbox 720 rumours abound, including Kinect 2, Blu-ray drive, and banning second-hand games! ... Read more ...
Jan
27
2012



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Was Megaupload's New Pro-Artist Distribution Model The Real Reason Behind Shut Down?

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Megaupload's intentions to launch a new service that would see artists sell directly to fans, and cutting out the major music labels, might have given the music industry extra reason to be happy to see Megaupload shut down by the FBI ... Read more ...
Jan
27
2012



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Petition Asks White House To Investigate MPAA Bribery Claim

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White House's petition website used again, this time to call for an investigation into MPAA's Chris Dodd for bribery claims, after the former senator threatened to stop writing checks for politicians that did not come out to support SOPA/PIPA ... Read more ...
Jan
26
2012



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Hardware Upgrades Not Welcomed By Ubisoft DRM, Ubi Says It's Normal

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Ubisoft caught in new DRM controversy, as change of graphics card for the game Anno 2070 will mean using up one of only three reactivations ... Read more ...
Jan
24
2012



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Music Piracy Falls in 2011, But Revenue Also Drops, As Digital Distribution Grows

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Despite a possible 46% drop in the number of music pirates compared to a year ago thanks to the shut down of LimeWire, the music industry still recorded a 3% decline in revenue ... Read more ...
Jan
24
2012



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Anger From Users Of Megaupload's Legitimate Service, While Fear Grips Industry

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Users who used Megaupload's services legitimately are shocked and angered by the closure of the website on Thursday ... Read more ...
Jan
21
2012



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SOPA, PIPA Votes Postponed, Indefinitely

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A victory for opponents of SOPA/PIPA, with votes scheduled for January 24 now delayed indefinitely ... Read more ...
Jan
21
2012



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Megaupload Shuttered By US Government, Site's Founder Arrested

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Popular file hosting website Megaupload is shut down, with its founder, and others, arrested in a multi-national operation ... Read more ...
Jan
20
2012



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Anti-SOPA 'Blackout' Forces Political Back Downs, As MPAA Attacks 'Dangerous Gimmick'

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Thousands of websites take part in a planned day of action, protesting the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, as politicians start to distance themselves from the bill ... Read more ...
Jan
19
2012



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Murdoch Attacks Obama, Google For Supporting Open Web

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Rupert Murdoch has controversially attacked President Obama and Google on Twitter, for their stance on the equally controversial Stop Online Piracy Act ... Read more ...
Jan
17
2012



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SOPA, PIPA Backers Back Down On DNS Filtering

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DNS filtering will no longer be part of SOPA/PIPA, after the sponsors of the bills back down due to public pressure ... Read more ...
Jan
14
2012



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Sega's Solution To SOPA: Do A Hard Reset

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When Sega was asked where it stands on SOPA, the response that was given was unorthodox, to say the least ... Read more ...
Jan
14
2012



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SOPA Sponsor May Have Committed Copyright Violation

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The sponsor of the SOPA bill may have committed a copyright violation by improperly using an image on his website ... Read more ...
Jan
13
2012



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MPAA Attacks Ars Technica for 'Challenging Efforts To Curb Content Theft'

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MPAA attacks article showing that it misleads on piracy loss figures, and labels tech blog Ars Technica as being pro piracy ... Read more ...
Jan
13
2012



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Hollywood's Own Research Firm: Content Owners To Blame For Piracy, SOPA/PIPA Wrong

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Research firm Envisional, previously hired by NBC Universal to conduct research on web piracy, says that content owners should blame themselves for web piracy, and has revealed that the firm tried to convince content owners that SOPA/PIPA "is not the way to go" ... Read more ...
Jan
13
2012



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Righthaven Domain Name Sold For $3,300, More Assets To Be Sold Soon

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Righthaven's domain name is sold for $3,300 to an unknown bidder, while more of its assets could be auctioned off to pay the company's substantial debts ... Read more ...
Jan
11
2012



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UltraViolet Gets More Backers, May Lose One

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Samsung and Amazon jump on the UltraViolet bandwagon, while Netflix may be going the other way ... Read more ...
Jan
11
2012



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Digital Streaming Up, While Packaged Media Revenue Declines

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Spending on Blu-ray, digital media up in 2011, as overall consumer spending dipped slightly, The Digital Entertainment Group reveals ... Read more ...
Jan
11
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 31st December 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 31st December 2011 ... Read more ...
Jan
10
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 24th December 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 24th December 2011 ... Read more ...
Jan
10
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 17th December 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 17th December 2011 ... Read more ...
Jan
10
2012



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MPAA Conning Congress On Piracy Losses, Says Cato Instititute, GAO

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The MPAA may be double, or even triple, counting losses attributed to piracy, in order to scare the US government into implementing draconian copyright laws ... Read more ...
Jan
6
2012



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Movie Box Office Down For 2011, Critic Roger Ebert Refuses To Blame Piracy

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Movie ticket sales are down in North America for 2011, but film veteran Roger Ebert says the blame is not with web piracy ... Read more ...
Jan
3
2012



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Gaming Companies, Even Sony, Withdraw Support For Stop Online Piracy Act

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Reports suggest that major gaming companies Sony, Nintendo and EA, have all removed themselves from the list of SOPA supporting firms ... Read more ...
Jan
3
2012



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Reddit Target Republican Congressman Paul Ryan Over His SOPA Support

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Reddit users have switched from targeting GoDaddy to targeting politicians that support SOPA, with the latest target being Rep. Paul Ryan, despite the Congressman's assertions that he hasn't made up his mind on SOPA yet ... Read more ...
Jan
3
2012