Tag Archive 'p2p'

Accidental downloads can land you in the slammer

Child porn is the third rail of the Internet: Come anywhere near that topic and you’re very likely to get jolted. As with terrorism, many otherwise rational people lose all reason when it comes to this topic. Question the tactics of those who oppose it, and you may be misconstrued as supporting it. So, for [...]

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.

National Napping Day: To sleep, perchance to dream

Cringe is feeling a little drowsy — and why not, it’s national napping day. But he’s not about to take the RIAA’s latest tactics lying down.

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.

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.”

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.

Thomas to RIAA: Do It to Me One More Time

Regular readers will remember Jammie Thomas, the Minneapolis mom who was ordered to pay $222,000 in damages to the RIAA last October – the only case to ever reach a jury in the recording industry’s ongoing war on its own customers. That ruling made everyone look bad: Thomas and her attorney, the judge and jury, [...]

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 [...]

The RIAA vs the mothers of prevention

After years of terrorizing its best customers, the RIAA may soon be brought to its knees — by a handful of angry moms. Would you mess with them? Cringely advises against it.

Dollars, sense and censorship

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) The Bush Administration’s anti-recession tactics have given rise to an unexpected beneficiary: the Internet pørn industry. According to the Adult Internet Market Research Company, adult sites have been engorged with sales during the normally limp summer months. One popular clothing optional site surveyed its [...]

Who is that handsome devil, and what’s he doing on P2Pnet?

Jon Newton at P2Pnet took a shine to my screed on Zuckerberg and asked me for the right to republish, which I happily granted. Plus, he agreed to run a nice photo of me along with it. Now I hope none of us get sued. (He said, half joking). You can find it here, reprinted [...]