Archive for the 'Copyrights and wrongs' Category

RIAA + MPAA: STFU ASAP

You know how in horror movies when the beast/zombie/alien monster/ ghostly apparition looks it’s finally been vanquished but you know it’s still going to rise up one more time to scare the bejesus out of you? Meet the real life equivalent: the RIAA and the MPAA. Despite being beaten like a drum last year over [...]

Amazon makes amends for Kindle blunder… to a point

Amazon says it will restore deleted eBooks to Kindles or give owners $30 for their pain. But that’s only part of what it needs to do to regain customers’ trust.

Legal beagles take a bite out of Real Networks & Microsoft

Recent rulings against Real Networks and Microsoft reinforce a painful truth: The law can no longer keep up with technology.

Joel fought back…. with Styrofoam?

File swapper Joel Tenenbaum fought the law, and the law won. Now a jury must decide how much he owes the RIAA.

Don’t stop believing in the RIAA’s capacity for evil

Another file swapping law suit, another outrageous verdict. Something’s deeply wrong with the laws controlling copyrights.

Swedes, creeds, and dirty deeds

Got an opinion on Google profiles, Swedish pirates, our antiquated legal system or Twitter’s swine flu obsession? You’re not alone. Here’s the best of what Cringesters had to say on these and other topics.

The wrong arm of the law

Want to know the biggest problem with the RIAA’s relentless pursuit of file swappers? In the age of the Internet, the courts are decades behind the times.

Pirate Bay crew gets the hook

Despite big fines and prison time, the Pirate Bay four remain defiant. Even if Hollywood manages to sink these Bit Torrent trackers, there’s an entire fleet waiting to take their place.

A Wolverine in Fox’s clothing

Forget pirating movies — just talking about using BitTorrent is enough to get you canned. But when it comes to online leaks the movie studios end up winning more than they lose.

Apple kills DRM dead — and it’s about time

Digital rights management is finally pushing up daisies — at least for music. But did Steve Jobs pay too high a price? Cringe has the skinny.

Is the RIAA admitting defeat?

The recording industry has fired some of its online spies — but that doesn’t mean they’re about to get all warm and cuddly. Cringe has the scoop.

Boston Illegal: Will the RIAA finally get what it deserves?

Harvard Law School is taking on the recording industry in a case that challenges the constitutionality of their legal tactics. So long, RIAA, it’s been lousy to know ya.

Biggest Turkeys of 2008

Last year around this time I introduced the Gobblers, my awards for those individuals in the tech field whose behavior most closely resembles a bird whose sole purpose is to be served on a platter. It was such a big hit I decided to do it again this year. Thus I present the 2008 Gobblers [...]

Death, taxes, and the RIAA

Your tax dollars are not only saving billionaire bankers from their own bad habits, they’re also helping to bail out the recording industry. Does the RIAA really truly need our help? To quote Amy Winhouse, “no no no.”

Drop that DVD copying software and put your hands in the air

Don’t expect to be making legal copies of your DVDs any time soon. A judge has extended the order banning sales of the RealDVD copying software. Hollywood is happy, but are consumers getting a raw deal?

RealDVDs, surreal law suits

Well, that didn’t take long. One day after RealNetworks releases its DVD copying software, lawsuits are filed. Who’s right, who’s wrong, and where do movie fans fit in? Cringely has some thoughts.

The RIAA vs… well, everybody

Most sane humans would greet a law suit from the RIAA the way you’d welcome a surprise audit from the IRS. Not Ray Beckerman. He says, "Bring it on, bubba." Beckerman is a New York-based attorney who’s defended several clients in lawsuits brought by the recording industry. He also relentlessly chronicles the absurd activities of [...]

Memo from Demo: Six startups worth watching

This been quite the frantic week for geeks. There was Demo Fall 2008 in San Diego, now in its 18th year and still going strong. At the same time there was TechCrunch50 in San Francisco; Crunchy Michael Arrington crowed that TC50 was going to bury Demo, but faulty Internet connections on day one left many [...]

Is Scientology Attacking YouTube?

From Jon Newton at P2Pnet comes this report: A group apparently acting as a proxy for the Church (ahem) of Scientology has issued 4000 takedown notices to YouTube for any videos relating to CoS — including things like city commission meetings for the city of Clearwater, Florida (where CoS has its HQ). To wit: The [...]

Demo: Real Networks lets you copy DVDs without being a scurvy pirate.

The biggest story from Demo so far: Real Networks RealDVD recorder, which lets you make legal copies of your DVDs on your computer, just like you can with your music CDs. It’s a simple concept wrapped in a legal minefield. Real does this legally by paying the same licensing fees that manufacturers of DVD players [...]