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

 

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Home Video Spending On The Rise, As Subscription Streaming Booms

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Subscription streaming revenue rises an amazing 545%, as the decline of disc based sales slows thanks to Blu-ray, according to newly released figures by DEG ... Read more ...
Apr
30
2012



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Hollywood Cast Weary Eye Over Google Fiber Rollout

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Google is rolling out super fast fiber Internet, and Hollywood is worried that the web piracy problem will be even worse when people are able to download a Blu-ray movie in only a few minutes ... Read more ...
Apr
30
2012



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Weekly News Roundup (29 April 2012)

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Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 29 April 2012 ... Read more ...
Apr
29
2012



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92-Year-Old Veteran's Disc Piracy Operation To Help Troops - Will the MPAA Sue?

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92-year-old war veteran helps today's overseas serving troops by sending them pirated DVDs - all 200,000 of them, since 2004! ... Read more ...
Apr
28
2012



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House Passes Controversial CISPA Cybersecurity Bill, Despite Privacy Concerns

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The US House of Representatives pass the controversial CISPA cybersecurity data sharing bill by an overwhelming majority, as critics of the bill vows to continue fighting ... Read more ...
Apr
27
2012



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Publisher Ditches DRM - Beginning of the End for E-Book DRM?

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Sci-fi publisher Tor, and mainstream fiction publisher Forge, ditches e-book DRM in a bid to shake up the industry and to satisfy consumer, and author, demands ... Read more ...
Apr
27
2012



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

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 14th April 2012 ... Read more ...
Apr
25
2012



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Picture of the Week - A Brief History of Digital Video Infographic

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We take digital video for granted today, but in the days of floppy disks and 2400 baud modems, videos were bigger in size, and much much worse in quality, as this infographic explains ... Read more ...
Apr
24
2012



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German Court Orders YouTube To Filter Uploads

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GEMA's legal dispute with YouTube ends in victory for the music royalty collection agency, with a German court ruling Google must do more to prevent piracy, including implementing word filters on all uploads ... Read more ...
Apr
24
2012



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Weekly News Roundup (22 April 2012)

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Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 22 April 2012 ... Read more ...
Apr
22
2012



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RapidShare's New Copyright Manifesto: Proof Not Needed For Account Deletions

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RapidShare publishes document that outlines the harsh measures cloud storage providers need to take to please copyright holders, including inspecting private files, not asking questions about DMCA notices, and always assuming the user is guilty ... Read more ...
Apr
22
2012



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Australian ISP Defeats Hollywood As Copyright Trial Appeal Rejected

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Australia's second largest ISP scores a major victory in the copyright wars against the Hollywood backed AFACT, as High Court upholds earlier rulings that protected ISPs from the infringing actions of its users ... Read more ...
Apr
20
2012



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Sony's New Optical Archive Format - 12 Blu-rays Stuck Together?

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Sony's newly announced optical disc based archive storage system may in fact be 12 Blu-ray discs stuck together in a cartridge ... Read more ...
Apr
20
2012



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DRM For Publishers: Bad For Indie Sellers, Destroys Competition

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eBook DRM isn't just bad for consumers, it's bad for publishers, authors and especially the small independent booksellers that want to bring a personal touch into the online book selling business ... Read more ...
Apr
18
2012



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Google Co-Founder: Web Freedom Under Threat

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin warns the Internet as we know it is under increasing threat from governments, the entertainment industry, and even the likes of Apple and Facebook ... Read more ...
Apr
18
2012



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

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 7th April 2012 ... Read more ...
Apr
17
2012



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March 2012 US Video Game Sales Analysis

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Find out how the Xbox 360, Wii and PS3 did during March 2012, which included the release of Mass Effect 3 ... Read more ...
Apr
16
2012



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Legal Expert: The Most Downloaded Files On Hotfile Are Open Source

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A report commissioned by Hotfile and written by a Duke University law professor shows that the most popular files on the website are in fact legal, open source files, and that Hotfile's affiliate program can help content creators ... Read more ...
Apr
14
2012



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Are Sony's Woes Caused By Blu-ray?

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Forbes contributor says Sony's woes are in part caused by the "success" of Blu-ray ... Read more ...
Apr
13
2012



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MPAA Wades Into New Legal Battle, Says Embedding Is Piracy

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Is linking or embedding a video the same as uploading and hosting a video? The MPAA thinks so, to the chagrin of Google and Facebook, who might see parts of their business model made illegal under this interpretation ... Read more ...
Apr
12
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 31st March 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 31st March 2012 ... Read more ...
Apr
11
2012



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MPAA Tech Policy Chief Quits, Comes Out Attacking SOPA/PIPA

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A former senior vice president at the MPAA has come out attacking the lobbying group's support for SOPA/PIPA, saying the controversial bills aren't "mutually compatible" with the Internet ... Read more ...
Apr
10
2012



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MPAA's Dodd: SOPA and PIPA Could Make Comeback

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MPAA chief Chris Dodd is not giving up on SOPA, and wants President Obama to use his good relationship with the tech sector to reach a compromise ... Read more ...
Apr
8
2012



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MPAA Fears Megaupload May Rise Again If Server Data Transferred

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The MPAA warns that Megaupload could rise again if the 25 PB of server data, currently being hosted by Megaupload's former ISP Carpathia at their own cost of $9,000 per day, is transferred back to Megaupload or another third party ... Read more ...
Apr
8
2012



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Viacom Wins Copyright Appeal, But YouTube Sees Victory Too

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Viacom and YouTube going back to court over copyright infringement claims, as appeals court backs parts of Viacom's argument that YouTube may have exercised "willful blindness" to infringing content on the site ... Read more ...
Apr
6
2012



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Next-Gen Console Rumours: PS4 'Orbis' and Xbox 720 'Durango'

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A roundup of some of the best, well at least the most interesting, rumours for the PS4 and Xbox 720, (possibly) code-named Orbis and Durango, respectively ... Read more ...
Apr
4
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 24th March 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 24th March 2012 ... Read more ...
Apr
3
2012



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French Web Piracy Cut In Half, Music, Video Revenue Still Declines

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French "three-strikes" appears to have dealt a major blow to web piracy in the country, but music and movie industry revenue continues to decline ... Read more ...
Apr
2
2012



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Congress Passes SOPA In Emergency Session

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In a move that has surprised everyone, the US House of Representative passes the controversial SOPA legislation with an overwhelming 310 'Yays' to 80 'Nays' ... Read more ...
Apr
1
2012