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

 

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Is Streaming Killing Blu-ray?

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Latest figures show online streaming has overtaken discs as the most popular way for US consumers to watch movies and TV show - is Blu-ray on the way out? ... Read more ...
Mar
31
2012



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DMCA Madness: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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Digital Digest's home page is removed from Google's search results due to a DMCA complaint which also took down pages on cnet.com and the rights holder's own website, demonstrating how easy it is to abuse the DMCA and have legitimate web pages removed ... Read more ...
Mar
30
2012



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Murdoch's News Corp May Have Promoted Piracy

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Allegations surface that a News Corp subsidiary may have been involved in a "dirty-tricks" campaign against pay-TV rivals, including promoting and enabling the piracy of competitor's services ... Read more ...
Mar
28
2012



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RapidShare Claim Victory In German Court Case, Despite Rights Holders Doing the Same

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Despite rights holders already celebrating a legal victory against RapidShare, the full details of the court ruling has revealed some important victories for RapidShare too ... Read more ...
Mar
28
2012



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Hotfile Adds Anti-Piracy Scanning For Uploads

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Hotfile to add Vobile vCloud9 scanning technology to file uploads, in a bid to stop infringing content from being uploaded ... Read more ...
Mar
28
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 17th March 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 17th March 2012 ... Read more ...
Mar
28
2012



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Ubisoft: Less Intrusive DRM Needed, Added Value To Make DRM Go Away

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Ubisoft, surprisingly, says that intrusive DRM (like the kind it has been using and promoting) isn't the way forward, and that adding value to the legitimate gaming experience will make the need for DRM "go away" ... Read more ...
Mar
25
2012



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Confused Users Say Sony Selling 'Pirated' Girl with the Dragon Tattoo DVDs

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Sony's DVD disc art design has users believing they've been sold a pirated copy of the movie "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" ... Read more ...
Mar
23
2012



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Megaupload: Fake 'Settlement' Scam, and MPAA Wants Data Retention For Future Lawsuits

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Evidence of fake settlement letters threatening Megaupload users with thousand dollar lawsuits have emerged, while the MPAA wants Megaupload users data, but not to sue individuals ... Read more ...
Mar
23
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 10th March 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 10th March 2012 ... Read more ...
Mar
21
2012



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Copyright Court: Google Steps Up To Help Hotfile, While RapidShare Suffers Setback

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Google files "friend of the court" brief to support Hotfile's, and potentially Megaupload's, argument that their business model should be protected under the DMCA, while RapidShare may face a court ruling that forces it to spy on all user uploads ... Read more ...
Mar
20
2012



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Mozilla Signals Firefox Defeat Over H.264 Support

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Mozilla says it's ready to offer support for H.264 video playback, as it can no longer afford to ignore the codec that's become an industry standard ... Read more ...
Mar
20
2012



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Copyright Policing Starts In July For US Web Users

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Graduated response is coming to a broadband connection near you, as Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon signal they're ready to start spying on your activities starting July ... Read more ...
Mar
18
2012



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The $8 Billion iPod - New TED Talk Highlights Absurdity of 'Copyright Maths'

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The music industry's copyright losses calculations now mean that your typical iPod Classic can now store $8 billion worth of pirated music, says the founder of Rhapsody in a TED speech that questions the notion of "Copyright Maths" ... Read more ...
Mar
17
2012



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iTunes's new 1080p Compares Well to Blu-ray Quality, At a Fraction of File Size

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iTunes' new 1080p video compares well to Blu-ray, despite only being a fraction of the size, tests show ... Read more ...
Mar
15
2012



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DVD CCA Wins Court Case Against Innovative Kaleidescape, Appeal Filed

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Kaleidescape loses court case and sees permanent injunction granted against the sale of the media servers, which "rip" DVDs and Blu-rays into digital format for streaming at home ... Read more ...
Mar
14
2012



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New iPad Screen Resolution Higher Than 1080p - New Video Format Needed?

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The new iPad's "higher than Blu-ray" resolution perhaps deserves a slightly higher resolution video format from Apple to take full advantage of the high-def screen ... Read more ...
Mar
14
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 3rd March 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 3rd March 2012 ... Read more ...
Mar
14
2012



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Leaked Plans: Police Raid On The Pirate Bay Imminent

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The Pirate Bay has received confidential information that suggests a new police raid is imminent, but the operators say that there's nothing to fear and that the website is here to say ... Read more ...
Mar
10
2012



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Warner's 'Disc to Digital' Derided By Public Knowledge As Consumer Unfriendly

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Warner Bros. wants to make DVD owners go to a physical store and pay to get a digital version of the movie they already paid for, and Public Knowledge says this is exactly why DVD ripping should be granted a legal exemption under current copyright laws ... Read more ...
Mar
10
2012



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Will Hotfile be the next Megaupload?

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The MPAA requests a summary judgement in its lawsuit against Hotfile due to what they say are the similarities between Hotfile and Megaupload, while the EFF lambasts Warner Bros. for abusing Hotfile's anti-piracy tools ... Read more ...
Mar
9
2012



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Three Strikes Closer To Reality In UK, as ISPs Lose Court Case

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The Court of Appeal upholds the legality of the controversial Digital Economy Act, as "three-strikes" appears more likely than ever to become a reality in the UK ... Read more ...
Mar
8
2012



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Judge Orders Righthaven's Own Copyrights To Be Sold Off

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Righthaven's last few pieces of assets being sold off, including copyrights assigned to the firm so it can sue unsuspecting bloggers and non-profits ... Read more ...
Mar
6
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 25th February 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 25th February 2012 ... Read more ...
Mar
6
2012



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Piracy Is An Access Problem: Germany, Sting and Game of Thrones

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From Germans having to rely on the Chinese to get more Internet freedom, to Game of Thrones episode hunting on the Internet, access, or the lack of it to legal content, remains a key web piracy driver on the Internet ... Read more ...
Mar
3
2012



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Dangers of DNS Blocking: Danish Police 'Accidentally' Blocks Google, Facebook

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Human errors causes 8,000 legitimate websites such as Google and Facebook to be blocked in Denmark ... Read more ...
Mar
3
2012