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

 

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Visual Test: HEVC Much Better Than H.264

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HEVC not just better on paper than H.264, visual tests involving 30 people proves that HEVC is superior, sometimes vastly superior, for ultra high definition content ... Read more ...
Aug
30
2012



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Sony Ceasing CD, DVD, Blu-ray PC Drive Production

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Sony to cease making PC optical drives under the Sony Optiarc brand, and instead will focus more on drive-less devices such as smartphones and tablets ... Read more ...
Aug
30
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 11th August 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 11th August 2012 ... Read more ...
Aug
29
2012



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Judge: Tenenbaum's $675,000 For 30 Song Downloads Not Excessive

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New judge says the fine of $22,500 per song download is not excessive in the copyright case involving university student Joel Tenenbaum's download of 30 songs ... Read more ...
Aug
27
2012



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Weekly News Roundup (26 August 2012)

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Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 26 August 2012 ... Read more ...
Aug
26
2012



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Law Firm To Publish Porn Download 'Name and Shame' List, Church, Arab Embassies Targeted

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A German law firm plans the unthinkable - to publish the names of up to 150,000 individuals alleged to have downloaded pirated content, including hardcore porn videos. Not only that, they plan to target churches, the police and embassies of Arab countries ... Read more ...
Aug
24
2012



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Is Hollywood Encouraging Piracy?

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Tech journalist David Pogue says Hollywood is still reeling from the death of traditional DVD rentals, and their fear of the Internet is driving them to encourage movie piracy by putting up too many hurdles for online rentals ... Read more ...
Aug
23
2012



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Australia's News Limited Chief: Piracy is 'Scumbag Theft' by 'Copyright Bandits'

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Australia's News Limited CEO blasts web pirates as "bandits" and the act as "scumbag theft", and says the English riots of 2011, in which five people died, is nothing compared to the scale and damage of web piracy ... Read more ...
Aug
22
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 4th August 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 4th August 2012 ... Read more ...
Aug
21
2012



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The Pirate Bay, isoHunt Responds To Google DMCA Demotions

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The Pirate Bay and isoHunt not worried about Google's decision to demote websites that receive "too many" DMCA notices, but point to corporate censorship and antitrust issues ... Read more ...
Aug
20
2012



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Weekly News Roundup (19 August 2012)

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Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 19 August 2012 ... Read more ...
Aug
19
2012



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MPEG Announces New Video Format, HEVC, Twice As Efficient As H.264/AVC

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New video format promises to be twice as efficient has H.264/AVC, with support for 8K video, but requiring up to 3 times as much computational power ... Read more ...
Aug
17
2012



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Avatar Blu-ray 3D *Finally* Makes Its Way Hitting Shelves This October

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Avatar and 3D fans will finally be able to buy the retail version of the hit film on Blu-ray 3D, but is it too little, too late to keep the 3D hype alive? ... Read more ...
Aug
16
2012



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MPAA, RIAA Urges U.S. Government To Stomp On The Pirate Bay, Just Like Megaupload

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Prison for those streaming videos illegally, domain registrars to become copyright cops, and the US government to raid more websites like they did with Megaupload - these are just some of the suggestions made by the MPAA/RIAA to the US Copyright Czar ... Read more ...
Aug
15
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 28th July 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 28th July 2012 ... Read more ...
Aug
14
2012



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Google's New Appeasement Policy: Will Implement 'Piracy Filter'

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Google will start demoting website that receive "too many" DMCA notices ... Read more ...
Aug
13
2012



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Battle.net Hacked, Diablo III, Starcraft II, WoW Account Info Stolen

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Blizzard's Battle.net hacked, (encrypted) passwords, email addresses, security questions and mobile authenticator data stolen in major breach ... Read more ...
Aug
13
2012



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Weekly News Roundup (12 August 2012)

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Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 12 August 2012 ... Read more ...
Aug
12
2012



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Demonoid DDoS'd, Hacked and Raided - Are Users At Risk of Investigation, Lawsuits?

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Popular private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid target of DDoS attack, hacker break-in, and then a raid by Ukrainian authorities - all in the space of a week! ... Read more ...
Aug
9
2012



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Internet Archive Starts Using BitTorrent - 1.4 Million Torrents and Counting

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The Internet Archive now uses BitTorrent to distribute its huge library of public domain works, including the Blu-ray rip version of 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead ... Read more ...
Aug
9
2012



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Leaked Documents: MPAA Putting Positive Spin on Extradition of UK Student

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The MPAA is ready for the media battle against the 24 year-old university student and former admin of video link sharing website TV-Shack, whom the US government is trying to extradite to the US to face a possible 10 year prison sentence ... Read more ...
Aug
7
2012



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 21st July 2012

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 21st July 2012 ... Read more ...
Aug
7
2012



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Are Your Politicians Copyright Lobby Prostitutes?

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New website and video campaign launched that suggests elected officials are prostituting themselves to the powerful copyright lobby ... Read more ...
Aug
6
2012



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Embedding Is Not Piracy, Appeals Court Rules

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Appeals court rules in favour of video bookmarking site myVidster, saying that embedding a video is not the same as reproducing the video ... Read more ...
Aug
6
2012



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Weekly News Roundup (5 August 2012)

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Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 5 August 2012 ... Read more ...
Aug
6
2012



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French Government Cuts Funding To 'Three-Strikes' Regime, Hints At Ending Program

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The newly elected French socialist government plans to cut funding to Hadopi, which may signal the beginning of the end for the controversial French "three-strikes" web anti-piracy regime ... Read more ...
Aug
4
2012



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Ubisoft DRM Contains Rootkit, Update Available To Fix Vulnerability

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Another week, another Ubisoft DRM controversy, as browser plug-in included with DRM acts as rootkit to allow hackers to run any program on your PC ... Read more ...
Aug
1
2012



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Subscription VOD Spending Up 430% From A Year Ago, DEG

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New data shows huge growth in subscription video-on-demand services like Netflix, offsetting big losses in DVD and rental income ... Read more ...
Aug
1
2012