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

 

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DVD Player, Recorder On The Way Out - Gone By 2015, New Report

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A new report suggests that DVD recorders (and players) may be on the way out, but this does not spell the end for the DVD disc itself ... Read more ...
Sep
30
2011



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Swedish Survey Shows Legal Streaming Services, Like Spotify, Is A Piracy Killer

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While the music industry is still concentrating on legal and technical ways to stop piracy, legal streaming services like Spotify seems to have had the most success against piracy by competing directly with pirates ... Read more ...
Sep
29
2011



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Amazon's Kindle Fire Tablet - iPad Killer?

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Amazon launches Kindle Fire, an Android based tablet that could threaten the iPad 2's status as king of the tablets. ... Read more ...
Sep
29
2011



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Star Wars: Blu-ray Sales Stats for the Week Ending 17th September 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 17th September 2011 ... Read more ...
Sep
28
2011



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$10 Music Piracy Fine - The Answer To The Piracy Problem?

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New anti-piracy firm only asks $10 to settle copyright disputes, but that may be $10 too much given what the firm can actually do if you don't pay up ... Read more ...
Sep
26
2011



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Diablo III Single Player Beta - No Pausing Crippleware?

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Early beta version of Diablo III shows the worst aspects of the "always-on" DRM Blizzard decided to use for the upcoming game, with no ability to pause the game, and the high probability of losing unsaved progress due to Blizzard's own flaky servers ... Read more ...
Sep
24
2011



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YouTube Adds 2D to 3D Conversion For Videos

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You can now convert all your 2D YouTube videos to 3D, thanks to a new feature added this week by the video sharing website ... Read more ...
Sep
24
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 10th September 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 10th September 2011 ... Read more ...
Sep
24
2011



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Copyright Madness In Europe, Italian 'One Strike' and Swedish Film Institute Piracy

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In Italy, MPs seek to introduce a law that will blacklist users and prevent them from going online based on a single allegation of copyright infringement, while just a single allegation is putting the Swedish Film Institute in big trouble, as their IP address has been caught pirating films ... Read more ...
Sep
23
2011



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Righthaven Facing Seizure Of Assets By US Marshals

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It goes from bad to worse for Righthaven, as their refusal to pay $34,000 in legal costs in a lost copyright case could result in US Marshals coming in and seizing their assets and bank accounts ... Read more ...
Sep
22
2011



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Sony Makes It Harder For Gamers To Join Class Action Lawsuits Via PSN Agreement Update

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Sony forces users to sign new user agreement before being allowed back on the PSN, with new terms added to make it harder for people to join in class action lawsuits against the company ... Read more ...
Sep
21
2011



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Pirate Party German Set To Win 15 Seats In Berlin Regional Parliament

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The German Pirate Party records a historical victory in the Berlin regional elections, ousting German Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior partners in the national coalition victory, and could win as many as 15 seats in the 130 seat parliament ... Read more ...
Sep
20
2011



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Joel Tenenbaum RIAA Damages Increased Back To $675,000

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Joel Tenenbaum has to pay the RIAA $675,000 as the RIAA wins their appeal of an earlier ruling which saw the penalty reduced to $67,500 ... Read more ...
Sep
20
2011



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Copyright Lobbying in Washington, A Roundup

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Lobbying efforts have intensified in the last quarter as the RIAA, MPAA, and even RapidShare, spend millions to get politicians to support their agendas ... Read more ...
Sep
19
2011



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UK Culture Secretary: ISPs and Search Engines Need To Act On Piracy

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The UK's Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, delivers controversial speech at the Royal Television Festival, in which he calls for shortcuts to be made to due process, for ISPs and search engines to block websites suspected of offering pirated content, and for payment providers to cease providing services to these websites ... Read more ...
Sep
18
2011



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Xbox 360 Price Drop - In Australia Only, But Could Other Countries Follow?

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A $50 price drop for the Xbox 360 in response to the PS3 price drop, but it's only in Australia ... for now ... Read more ...
Sep
15
2011



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Hotfile Sues Warner Bros. For DMCA Abuse

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Hotfile strikes back at one of the Hollywood studios that has sued the file hosting company for copyright infringement, by claiming Warner Bros. abused Hotfile's anti-piracy tool and tried to profit from removing files, including legal ones, it did not even own ... Read more ...
Sep
15
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 3rd September 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 3rd September 2011 ... Read more ...
Sep
14
2011



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Music Copyright Extended To 70 Years In Europe, Thanks To Cliff Richard

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Music copyright in the EU is extended by a further 20 years, to 70 years, as musician Cliff Richard, and big music, win their argument for more copyright protection ... Read more ...
Sep
14
2011



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Dutch Anti-Piracy Agency BREIN Wants PayPal To Be 'Copyright Cop'

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BREIN wants PayPal and other payment providers to cease providing services to websites that it alleges are offering pirated movies, while also asking payment providers to help identify the operators of such websites - all without having to go through the normal legal process ... Read more ...
Sep
14
2011



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Australian Copyright Lobby Tries To Fool Aussie Net Users With Misleading Stats

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An Australian copyright lobby group, the IPAF, may be using misleading statistics to paint a rosy picture ISP intervention (three-strikes), but the study the IPAF uses seems to point to the opposite conclusion ... Read more ...
Sep
13
2011



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A "Who's Who" of Tech Comes Out Attacking 'PROTECT IP'

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The founders of Twitter, Zynga, FourSquare and 190 other Internet entrepreneurs writes letter to US Congress asking them to reconsider the controversial, and MPAA/RIAA backed, PROTECT IP act ... Read more ...
Sep
11
2011



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The End May Be Near For Righthaven's "Copyright Trolling"

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Righthaven's legal and financial setbacks sees the firm fail to file a new case in the last two month, and to make matters worse, they've just lost one of its biggest clients ... Read more ...
Sep
9
2011



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Not Again! Xbox 360 Blu-ray Rumours Surface, Via Xbox 360 Italy Magazine

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Yep, yet another rumour suggesting the Xbox 360 is about to get a Blu-ray drive add-on. Where do all these rumours come from? ... Read more ...
Sep
8
2011



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MPAA Piracy Stats Pulled Apart - Every Pirate Would Buy 100 DVDs

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The MPAA says that every pirate that stops downloading would otherwise spend $1,000 per year buying legal stuff, and that 13% of all American adults are movie/TV pirates ... Read more ...
Sep
8
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 27th August 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 27th August 2011 ... Read more ...
Sep
7
2011



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Leaked Diplomatic Cables: ICE Planned Piracy Topsites Infiiltration

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Wikileaks provides details of law enforcement tactics in taking down piracy topsites, including getting content holders to provide re-release content to gain trust of topsite operators ... Read more ...
Sep
6
2011



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'Just Cause' Dev: DRM 'Just' Sucks

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The founder of Avalanche Studios, Christofer Sundberg, has come out attacking "always-on" DRM, saying that there are better solutions to the PC piracy problem ... Read more ...
Sep
5
2011



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Sony Rebrands PS3, Attacks Xbox For Being "Inferior Technology"

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Sony executive attacks Microsoft for "protecting an inferior technology", while the company tries to present a less arrogant image, and moves away from the PSN fiasco in a major rebranding effort ... Read more ...
Sep
4
2011



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Google: We've Been Busy And Successful With Our Anti-Piracy Work

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Google says they've done a lot of hard work in tackling the Net piracy issue, and their new tools, filters and review process is now better than ever ... Read more ...
Sep
3
2011



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Leaked Cables Show MPAA Pulling the Strings in AFACT vs iiNet Case

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Wikileaks delivers again with leaked diplomatic cables showing the MPAA influencing every step of the infamous AFACT vs iiNet ISP copyright trial in Australia ... Read more ...
Sep
3
2011



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The Pirate Bay Launches File Hosting Service, But Will Be Fully Legit

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Two Pirate Bay co-founders launch a new file hosting service to take on the likes of RapidShare and Dropbox, but the MPAA/RIAA need not to worry (or at least not worry more than they do about similar services) - BayFiles will be fully legit ... Read more ...
Sep
3
2011



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Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 20th August 2011

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Check out the US Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending 20th August 2011 ... Read more ...
Sep
1
2011



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Hotfile Has To Hand Over All Uploader and Downloader Details to the MPAA

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Major setback for Hotfile, as the court grants the MPAA permission to, in the words of Hotfile's defence, "murder" the file hosting company ... Read more ...
Sep
1
2011



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False Copyright Claims Takes Down Authorised Bieber, Gaga YouTube Videos

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YouTube falls prey to false copyright claims, as authorised Bieber and Gaga videos taken down by an apparent 13 year-old Pakistani kid ... Read more ...
Sep
1
2011