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This page contains all the news items for the month of December 2011.

 

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GoDaddy Continues To Lose Customers Due To SOPA, Rivals Take Advantage

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By not coming out fully against the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, GoDaddy is still facing a massive Internet backed protest that could see it lose thousands of customers on the 29th of December ... Read more ...
Dec
28
2011



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Heritage Foundation, GoDaddy and Ashton Kutcher All Join Anti-SOPA List

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What does a conservative think-tank, a domain name registrar and a Hollywood actor have in common? ... Read more ...
Dec
24
2011



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New Firefox Add-on Defeats SOPA DNS Filtering

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A new Firefox add-on makes it a seamless process to access future SOPA-blocked websites ... Read more ...
Dec
24
2011



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Righthaven's Own Domain Name Seized, To Be Auctioned Off

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Righthaven inches closer to being totally dismantled, as its own domain name has been seized and could be put up for auction ... Read more ...
Dec
24
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 10th December 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 10th December 2011 ... Read more ...
Dec
22
2011



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Anti-SOPA Protests Continue, Now In Music Form

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Three separate protests of SOPA, two in music form, as the Internet public starts to realize the real dangers of the controversial legislation ... Read more ...
Dec
22
2011



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RIAA: Someone Else Using Our IP Address To Download Pirated Stuff

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RIAA denies one of its employees pirated the dozens of songs, movies and software linked to their IP address, instead, goes with the excuse that "someone else did it" ... Read more ...
Dec
22
2011



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Reddit May Have To Close Due To SOPA

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Reddit's General Manager says the popular discussion forum may have to close if the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act is passed in its current form ... Read more ...
Dec
20
2011



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MPAA Boss Claim Spain, Egypt and Sweden Film Industries Destroyed By Piracy, Not True

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MPAA's Chris Dodd says Spain, Egypt and Sweden industries wiped out by piracy, but this does not appear to reflect the reality of these country's film industries ... Read more ...
Dec
20
2011



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Comedian Louis CK's DRM-Free Experiment: It Works!

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Louis CK bypasses the traditional media distribution method, and uses the Internet to sell his videos directly, DRM-Free, and for only $5, with great results ... Read more ...
Dec
17
2011



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New Website Exposes BitTorrent Downloaders, Also Exposes Studios For Pirating Movies

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A new website exposes the list of downloads made by BitTorrent downloaders, but also helps to expose infringing activities at movie studios and copyright agencies ... Read more ...
Dec
17
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 3rd December 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 3rd December 2011 ... Read more ...
Dec
14
2011



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Wikipedia Might Shut Down Website To Protest Against SOPA

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Wikipedia founder suggests blanking pages for a short time to protest against the controversial Stop Piracy Online Act, in the hope of spurring a "public uprising" on the issue ... Read more ...
Dec
14
2011



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Quid pro quo: SOPA/PIPA Congressional Staffers Get New Cushy Entertainment Lobby Jobs

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Two GOP Congressional staffers that worked on SOPA/PIPA, now gets high paying jobs with lobby groups still actively promoting both controversial bills ... Read more ...
Dec
12
2011



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Stars Come Out To Support Megaupload In New Music Video, Gets Censored By Universal

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Universal Music abuses copyright law to censor artists' free speech rights, when today's biggest stars come out to support "rogue" file hosting website Megaupload ... Read more ...
Dec
12
2011



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MPAA: America Should Learn From China In Censoring The Internet

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MPAA's boss wants the US and web companies to learn from China when it comes to censoring the Internet, and also compared movie downloads to bank robbery (saying Google is the getaway driver, in this twisted analogy) ... Read more ...
Dec
10
2011



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Due Process Denied: DHS's Domain Seizure Ends In Failure

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Seized domain name returned to rightful owners by the Department of Homeland Securities a full year after it was wrongfully seized ... Read more ...
Dec
10
2011



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Birds of a Feather: RIAA Comes To 'Copyright Troll' Righthaven's Rescue

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The RIAA is coming to the aid of Righthaven, or at the very least, making sure that fair use rights are not strengthened by court rulings in the case ... Read more ...
Dec
10
2011



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Consumer Electronics Association CEO: Stop SOPA To Save Internet

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The CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which represents all major electronic manufacturers in the US, launches scathing attack on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act ... Read more ...
Dec
8
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for Black Friday 2011 (the week ending 26th November 2011)

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 26th November 2011 ... Read more ...
Dec
7
2011



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Groups Petition US Copyright Office: Make DVD Ripping, Xbox Hacking, Legal

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DVD ripping and game console hacking could be made legal, much like how smart phone jailbreaking was made legal last year, if the US Copyright Office rules in favor of new petitions by Public Knowledge and the EFF ... Read more ...
Dec
6
2011



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Kaspersky To Withdraw From BSA To Protest Against SOPA

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Kaspersky will withdraw from the Business Software Alliance to protest the lobby group's support of the controversial Stop Piracy Online Act ... Read more ...
Dec
6
2011



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Swiss Government: Piracy Is Legal For Personal Use

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Swiss government keeps piracy for personal use legal, as government report shows that web piracy has little financial impact, if any ... Read more ...
Dec
6
2011



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Sony Does It Again: Goes With Expensive, Proprietary Memory Format For PS Vita

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Sony is using a new proprietary memory format for the PS Vita, abandoning its own MemoryStick format and the widely used SD format, due to performance and, more importantly, security concerns ... Read more ...
Dec
3
2011



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Anti-Piracy Company Caught Distributing 'Stolen' Music, Amidst Corruption Scandal

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A series of events reveals the underbelly of the copyright industry, as anti-piracy video uses authorised music, and the composer's ordeal to get paid for this work embroils him in a corruption scandal ... Read more ...
Dec
3
2011



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Congressman Dismisses SOPA's Threat to Freedoms, Says Google Is "Self-Serving"

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Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) accuses anti-SOPA protesting of spreading lies, says Google is a "self-serving" promoter of counterfeit drugs, and that online piracy is just like child pornography ... Read more ...
Dec
3
2011



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Stats Show Search Engine Results Removal May Not Stop Piracy

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Search engine result filtering may only do so much, aswebsites on the MPAA's "notorious piracy" list derive most of their traffic from other sources ... Read more ...
Dec
1
2011



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New Firefox Add-on Defeats SOPA/PIPA DNS Filtering Before It Even Starts

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The MAFIAAFire Team launches preemptive strike against SOPA/PIPA filtering by launching a new Firefox add-on that gets around the potential problem ... Read more ...
Dec
1
2011