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

 

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RIAA Shaped Storm Clouds On Amazon's Horizon

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Amazon has come under attack by the record industry for allowing their customers to store the legally purchased music online, in the cloud, for playback on their mobile devices ... Read more ...
Mar
31
2011



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Righthaven Sues Ars Technica Writer "By Mistake"

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Only at Righthaven could a "clearical error" lead to a full scale lawsuit, as one Ars Technica writer found out ... Read more ...
Mar
30
2011



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Domain Blocking, As An Anti-Piracy Measure, Defeated Before It's Even Used

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Usenet website is now using free speech tool to ensure their website stays up, even if the MPAA gets governments and ISPs to block their domain name ... Read more ...
Mar
29
2011



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Just Cause Creator: DRM is Completely Useless

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Avalanche Studios boss Christofer Sundberg has come out attacking "stupid DRM", and calls for more hacker involvement in the PC gaming industry, as well as better games, to fight the piracy problem ... Read more ...
Mar
29
2011



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Music Piracy Decreases Dramatically After LimeWire Shutdown

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NPD says the number of people download pirated music, as well as the number of tracks downloaded, have dropped significantly in Q4 2010 compared to Q4 2007, possibly due to LimeWire shutdown ... Read more ...
Mar
28
2011



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Xvid 1.3.1 Released

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A new version of the Xvid codec has just been released. Version 1.3.1 is mainly a bug fix release ... Read more ...
Mar
26
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 12th March 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 12th March 2011 ... Read more ...
Mar
25
2011



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Has PS3 Hacker George Hotz Fled To South America?

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Sony lawyers claim George Hotz, aka geohot, has fled to South America to avoid handing over key equipment requested by the judge in the PS3 jailbreak lawsuit ... Read more ...
Mar
25
2011



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Music Industry Wants LimeWire To Pay $75 Trillion In Damages

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U.S. Judge calls record companies' damages claim "absurd", as total amount of damages may exceed total global GDP ... Read more ...
Mar
24
2011



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Music Industry Expert Hopes P2P News Site Gets Banned

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Following the White House's proposal to make streaming a felony, music industry expert Moses Avalon hopes the new laws will be used to curb all speech on P2P ... Read more ...
Mar
24
2011



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Latest Kinect Mod Lets You Control PS3, Play Games

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Want to control your PS3 and play games without using a controller? Sony hasn't made a device for it yet, but an enterprising hacker has made Microsoft's Kinect work on the PS3 ... Read more ...
Mar
22
2011



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Entertainment Industry Should Compete With Torrents

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A prominent piracy expert feels the best way for the entertainment industry to respond to BitTorrent file sharing is to compete ... Read more ...
Mar
21
2011



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Hacker Turns Down Sony Job Offer In Protest of Geohot Treatment

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Sony offers Android hacker Koushik Dutta a job, but he turns it down to protest Sony's actions against PS3 hacker George Hotz (aka geohot) ... Read more ...
Mar
21
2011



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Righthaven Defeated Again On Fair Use Grounds

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Controversial copyright law firm, Righthaven, has had another setback in court ... Read more ...
Mar
19
2011



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Paramount To Release Movie On BitTorrent

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Paramount to release movie on BitTorrent ... Read more ...
Mar
18
2011



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Lord of the Rings Extended Blu-ray Edition Detailed

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The extended versions of the Lord of the Rings movies comes to Blu-ray ... Read more ...
Mar
17
2011



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Ubisoft Distributes Pirated Songs

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Ubisoft may have included a pirated version of the Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood soundtrack the Digital Deluxe version of the game ... Read more ...
Mar
17
2011



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Microsoft Will Stop Producing Zune Hardware

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The production of Zune music players may be halted due to lack of demand, as well as Microsoft's shifting focus towards the Windows Phone ... Read more ...
Mar
16
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 5th March 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 5th March 2011 ... Read more ...
Mar
16
2011



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Pachter: Kinect Outselling Move By 5:1

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Analyst Michael Pachter believes Kinect is outselling the Move by a 5:1 margin ... Read more ...
Mar
15
2011



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Piracy Is A "Pricing Problem", Can't Be Solved Via Three-Strikes, Censorship

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A new report says that the piracy problem, particularly in less developed nations, can only be solved via pricing changes ... Read more ...
Mar
15
2011



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Japan Quake Affects Blu-ray Production, But 3DS Launch Unaffected

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Blu-ray disc production factories has been shut down and personnel evacuated following the Japanese earthquake and flooding from the subsequent tsunami ... Read more ...
Mar
15
2011



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Hollywood Too Slow In Adapting, Costing Them Billions

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The Observer observes that Hollywood's losing battle against online piracy may be their own fault in not adapting quickly enough ... Read more ...
Mar
13
2011



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Movie Rentals Come To Facebook

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You can now rent movies on Facebook, as Warner Bros. test out renting The Dark Knight to millions of Facebook users ... Read more ...
Mar
11
2011



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PS3 3.60 Firmware Adds Cloud Storage

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The latest PS3 firmware adds the ability to store your save files in the cloud ... Read more ...
Mar
10
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 26th February 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 26th February 2011 ... Read more ...
Mar
10
2011



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Kinect Sales Set New World Record, 10 Million Shipped

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Microsoft's Kinect accessory for the Xbox 360 is now officially the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history ... Read more ...
Mar
10
2011



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LimeWire Settles With Publishers, Still Faces Another $1b In Damages

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LimeWire has settled with music publishers, but it is still being sued for $1b by music copyright owners ... Read more ...
Mar
9
2011



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Digital Digest Facebook/Twitter Competition: Winners

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Here's a list of the winners of Digital Digest's Facebook/Twitter competition ... Read more ...
Mar
9
2011



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Amazon Android App Store's DRM: Too Draconian?

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Amazon's new Android app store DRM is causing concern amongst users and developers ... Read more ...
Mar
8
2011



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Apple Negotiating Re-Download Rights For iTunes Music

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Apple is allegedly in negotiations with major music labels to add a long time missing feature to the iTunes music store - the ability to re-download your purchases ... Read more ...
Mar
8
2011



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H.264 vs WebM War: DoJ Launches Investigation of MPEG LA

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The US DoJ is launching an investigation into whether the MPEG LA is trying to stifle Google's VP8/WebM and being anti-competitive ... Read more ...
Mar
5
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 19th February 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 19th February 2011 ... Read more ...
Mar
4
2011



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Panasonic Extends Avatar 3D Blu-ray Promotion

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It looks like 3D TV owners will have to wait until February 2012 before they will be able to buy the 3D Blu-ray version of Avatar ... Read more ...
Mar
4
2011



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Android Malware Attack: Google Market Apps Contains Exploit

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Malware apps have been found and removed from Android Market, but not before thousands of phones may have been compromised in the most serious security breach of the Android platform so far ... Read more ...
Mar
3
2011



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Minecraft Creator: Piracy Is Not Theft

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Minecraft's creator Markus "Notch" Persson says it's wrong to label online pirates as thieves ... Read more ...
Mar
3
2011



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iPad 2: What's New?

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A roundup of what's new in Apple's iPad 2, from the new CPU, to other hardware and software changes ... Read more ...
Mar
3
2011



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Piracy Is Socially Accepted, New Study Finds

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A new Danish study shows that people don't mind illegally downloading copyright materials, as they find it socially acceptable to do so ... Read more ...
Mar
1
2011