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

 

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VidCoder Tutorial Added

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I've just added a new tutorial/guide for VidCoder, a tool that allows you to convert video files, DVDs and even Blu-ray movies to MKV or MP4 ... Read more ...
May
29
2011



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Controversial PROTECT IP Bill Approved By Senate Judiciary committee

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PROTECT IP has passed through committee, but one senator has placed a hold on it for fear that the bill will "muzzle free speech" ... Read more ...
May
27
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 14th May 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 14th May 2011 ... Read more ...
May
26
2011



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RIAA, MPAA Wants US 4th Amendment Suspended

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Probable cause and warrants are not needed, says the RIAA and MPAA when it comes to disc piracy ... Read more ...
May
26
2011



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20,000 New Users Added To Hurt Locker Lawsuit

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The US Copyright Group has just added 20,000 new IP addresses to the Hurt Locker lawsuit, making it the largest mass-piracy lawsuit in history ... Read more ...
May
26
2011



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ICE Seizes More Domains, Including Sites Not Hosting Pirated Content

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ICE seizes more domain names, including some websites which merely linked to already available content on video sites such as Megavideo ... Read more ...
May
24
2011



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3D Movies Losing Steam, Analyst Blames Pricing And Eye Fatigue

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Analysts can't agree on whether 3D is hurting the film industry due to high prices and eye fatigue, or if it's helping thanks to the 40+ movies available in 3D in the coming months ... Read more ...
May
24
2011



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UK Study: Politicians Influenced Too Much By Lobbying Over Copyright Issues

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A new report highlights the growing problem of political lobbying when it comes to copyright issues ... Read more ...
May
23
2011



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Google Stands Up To Proposed New Copyright Laws, Will Fight It All The Way

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Google's chairman says that the company will fight proposed copyright laws that will give the government increased powers to seize domain names, tamper with DNS, and force removal of search results ... Read more ...
May
19
2011



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DRM Protest Sees Nintendo Boss "Bricked"

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To protest Nintendo's harsh DRM, which threatens to brick 3DS consoles for those that try to modify it in any way, the Free Software Foundation is sending actual bricks to Nintendo ... Read more ...
May
19
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 7th May 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 7th May 2011 ... Read more ...
May
18
2011



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French "Three Strikes" Monitoring Firm Hacked

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A company that is responsible for collecting user data for France's "three-strikes" system has had one of its servers breached due to lax security ... Read more ...
May
18
2011



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PlayStation Network "Welcome Back" Goodies Revealed

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Sony reveals the free games you'll be able to download, plus other goodies to make up for the PSN hacking and downtime ... Read more ...
May
18
2011



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PSN Being Switched Back On, Already Fully Active in the US

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The PlayStation Network is already back online in the United States, and the re-launch will be slowly rolled out for the rest of the world ... Read more ...
May
15
2011



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Netflix Comes To Android

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Netflix finally comes to Android, but not for all phones due to standardization issues ... Read more ...
May
15
2011



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Game Publishers Get New Info About PSN Outage, and PS3 Sales May Be Hurting

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Sony has sent a letter game publishers, providing them more information about the PSN outage, plus retailers say that gamers are trading in their PS3s for Xbox 360's ... Read more ...
May
14
2011



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Xbox 360 Possibly Getting "Spring Update" Next Week

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The Xbox 360 is getting a major update next week according to leaked documents, but the update won't have many noticeable new features, other than PayPal support ... Read more ...
May
13
2011



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LimeWire Reaches $105m Settlement With Record Labels

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LimeWire has been forced to pay $105 million in damages to the RIAA, as the service and its founder are both found guilty of copyright infringement ... Read more ...
May
13
2011



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New U.S. Copyright Act Toughest Yet, Gives Corporations Governmental Powers

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Newly proposed U.S. copyright laws could see search engine results filtered, websites blocked by ISPs, and corporations given the same powers as the government ... Read more ...
May
12
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 30th April 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 30th April 2011 ... Read more ...
May
11
2011



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Google Does Music in the Cloud, and Movie Rentals on YouTube and Android

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Google announces its music in the clouds services, YouTube rentals and Android movie rentals ... Read more ...
May
11
2011



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PowerDVD 11 Review Up

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The review for PowerDVD 11 has just been posted ... Read more ...
May
10
2011



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Sony To Offer Free PS3/PSP Games As Compensation

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Sony to offer free games, amongst other goodies, as a way of saying sorry to the millions of gamers affected by the PSN hack and outage ... Read more ...
May
10
2011



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PSN Update: Still Down, Sales May Go Down, But OtherOS Back Up

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While Sony are still struggling to get PSN back and prevent a slump in PS3 sales as predicted by analysts, hackers have managed to successfully bring OtherOS back ... Read more ...
May
8
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 23rd April 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 23rd April 2011 ... Read more ...
May
7
2011



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Mozilla Stands Firm Against ICE Bullying, Refuses To Remove MafiaaFire Add-on

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Mozilla refuses to honor ICE request to remove add-on that redirects seized domain names to alternate mirrors ... Read more ...
May
7
2011



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CNET Sued For Hosting LimeWire Software

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Film producers and founder of FilmOn takes on CBS and CNET for hosting the LimeWire software, and helping promote piracy ... Read more ...
May
5
2011



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Star Wars "May The 4th" Blu-ray Event, What's It All About?

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All is revealed today as the counter on maythe4th.starwars.com reaches zero, or not, because fans now have to do the hard work on social media to unlock the good stuff, whatever it is ... Read more ...
May
5
2011



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US Wii Price Drop, Plus Nintendo Boss Not Afraid Of Kinect

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New discounted Wii bundle will remove Wii Sports, but adds Mario Kart and wheel, and Nintendo President says Kinect is not a threat ... Read more ...
May
4
2011



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US To New Zealand: We'll Help Write Your Copyright Laws, Pay For Copyright Crackdown

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Leaked Wikileaks cables show US heavily involved in influencing the copyright regime of New Zealand ... Read more ...
May
4
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 16th April 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 16th April 2011 ... Read more ...
May
3
2011



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Spending on Discs Drop 10% In Q1, Low Box Office of Releases Blamed

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People are buying less discs, but it's probably because the new releases haven't been as good, the DEG reports ... Read more ...
May
3
2011



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Sony: 25 Million More Account Information Stolen

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Sony announces more accounts have been hacked than originally thought, with data from 25 million more Sony Online Entertainment account also accessed by hackers in a separate, and earlier, breach ... Read more ...
May
3
2011



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Facebook's DMCA Screwup Targets Ars Technica

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Facebook's embarrassing DMCA error, after acting on fake DMCA notices, led to legitimate pages, including Ars Technica's page, to be removed ... Read more ...
May
1
2011



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Wikileaks Cables: US Pressuring Canada To Adopt Their Own DMCA

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Wikileaks cables show intense pressure on the Canadian government by the US government to adopt tougher copyright laws, and Canadian officials leaking sensitive information to help the cause ... Read more ...
May
1
2011