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We're All Waiting, BitTorrent

Ruth Vitale | Posted 08.06.2014 | Technology
Ruth Vitale

Why is BitTorrent so hesitant to clearly and definitively condemn the misuse of its protocol for piracy? Why is that so difficult?

The Future of Digital Is Tangible

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tinatin Japaridze

As a millennial, I lament the fact that I honestly cannot remember the last time I actually purchased a physical, tangible medium that once meant so much more to me than a pair of fashionable pumps or a trendy dress ever could.

Smartphones in the Concert Hall

James Ehnes | Posted 10.23.2013 | Arts
James Ehnes

At a recent concert where I played, a young man in the second row filmed my entire performance on his smartphone. I stared at him with my best, "seriously?" look. This is how I make my living, and recording a performance changes the economics.

Pirate Bay Sails To New Port

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 04.25.2013 | Technology

The Pirate Bay has been sailing in icy waters lately. The controversial file-sharing site took shelter under an Icelandic domain (.is) this week a...

Decision Upheld Forcing Woman To Pay $222,000 For Illegal Downloads

AP | STEVE KARNOWSKI | Posted 05.18.2013 | Technology

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota woman at the center of a long-running court fight over the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music said there's still...

Surviving Thanksgiving With Lester Burnham

William Buckley Jr. | Posted 01.21.2013 | Entertainment
William Buckley Jr.

I remember when my seventeen year marriage ended. My life was a total wreck. And to be honest, if it wasn't for a movie, I don't know if I would have made it. The movie that saved my life was American Beauty.

How Are Songs Changing in the Move From Physical to Digital?

David Hunt | Posted 01.20.2013 | Media
David Hunt

The "hit song" is used to quickly leapfrog into another branch of entertainment or advertising -- the edges are scrubbed off of all the different genres and rap and rock and pop and electronic are melded into a vast, marketable mid region.

Here's What Verizon And Comcast Will Do If They Catch You Downloading Illegally

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 10.25.2012 | Technology

Pirates, beware: Illegally downloading content just got more complicated. The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) will roll out its new Copyri...

Startlingly Harsh Law To Prevent Illegal Downloads Goes Into Effect

Mashable | Posted 12.01.2012 | Technology

Pirate KeyUnder a new law that goes into effect Oct. 1, Japanese internet users who illegally download files face a 2-year prison sentence or a fine o...

The Most-Downloaded Legal Music on BitTorrent

Eliot Van Buskirk | Posted 11.28.2012 | Technology
Eliot Van Buskirk

Our question: who are these artists giving people permission to download singles and entire albums (comprising 78 percent of downloads according to MusicMetric) for free? We were curious, so we asked. Here's the word from BitTorrent.

Benign Illegality

Christopher Haugh | Posted 08.04.2012 | Technology
Christopher Haugh

Despite this generation's predilection for Internet contraband, we can easily be ushered back into the fold of legality. We have benefited from a reign of anarchy on the Internet because we are opportunistic, not delinquent.

Google vs. Hollywood: The Worst of Enemies, The Best of Friends (Potentially)

Robert Simpson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Media
Robert Simpson

The battle raging between the big Hollywood film studios and the giant of Silicon Valley is probably the most pointless and futile conflict being rage...

WWII Vet Sending Thousands Of Pirated Movies To U.S. Troops

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business

Meet Hyman Strachman, probably the nation's most patriotic movie pirate. For the past eight years the 92-year-old widowed World War II veteran has ...

Reevaluating Ownership

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 06.06.2012 | Small Business
Jennifer Hamady

Trademarks are becoming as common as commas, yet with a far greater impact than overused punctuation. While the legal lockdown of conversational language is progressing, the copyright law and rights are being thoroughly challenged.

Court Makes Ruling On Illegal Downloading

AP | Posted 11.24.2011 | Technology

LUXEMBOURG -- An EU court says Internet service providers cannot be required to install filters that would prevent the illegal downloading of files. ...

Technology Entitlement: Paying for Media

April Salchert | Posted 11.29.2011 | Media
April Salchert

Why should we expect newspapers to live off of advertising revenue alone? Not every local newspaper can compete with FOX, CNN and BBC on the advertising market.

E-Piracy: The High Cost Of Stolen Books

Karen Dionne | Posted 01.23.2012 | Books
Karen Dionne

Traditionally, authors and readers play on the same team. Authors create content and readers read it in a mutually beneficial relationship. But e-piracy has put readers and writers at odds by offering content for free.

Artist Displays Hard Drive Filled With $5 Million In Pirated Files

Posted 11.06.2011 | Arts

Artist Manuel Palou's new piece, '5 Million Dollars 1 Terabyte straddles the line betweenart and piracy. The work is described on the gallery's w...

Law Firm Giants Drops Case Against Porn Granny

Robin Wilkey | Posted 10.30.2011 | San Francisco

The Chicago law firm Steele Hansmeier PLLC has dropped its case against the San Francisco Bay Area-based grandmother who was sued for allegedly downlo...

70-Year-Old Grandmother Sued For Downloading Porn

Robin Wilkey | Posted 09.14.2011 | San Francisco

There's something fishy about the lawsuit against tens of thousands of Internet users who allegedly downloaded copyrighted files. As the 70-year-old g...

23,000 Sued For Illegally Downloading The Same Film

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 07.10.2011 | Technology

In what could be the largest illegal downloading case in U.S. history, approximately 23,000 BitTorrent users are expected to receive notice this week ...

'Illegally Downloading Books Puts New Yorkers Out Of Work': NYC's Anti-Piracy Campaign

commarts.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

With piracy drastically impacting jobs, New York is fighting back with a new ad campaign by local ad agency Fathom Communications. With the tagline "P...

Free Speech Is About More Than Copyright Issues

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rick Carnes

WikiLeak's activities give us a fresh opportunity to ask some important questions that lately haven't gotten much airing. Don't speech freedoms come with at least a modicum of responsibility in their exercise?

When Copying Is Theft

Bevin Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Bevin Carnes

2010-09-29-bike.jpgIf you have a bicycle, and I copy it, we both have a bicycle. Cool, right? There's a catch.

Copyright Is Complicated

Bevin Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bevin Carnes

There's a lot of complexity involved in why the current copyright laws were formed and why it's so important that they be enforced.