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Swedish File Sharers Get Religious About Stealing

Swedish philosophy student Isaac Gerson thinks that file sharing is sacred. The 19-year-old leader of the Missionary Church of Kopimism believes that stealing and sharing are signs of appreciation, and has compared closed-source software to slavery. Last year, Sweden rejected the church's application to be recognized as a religion, but Gerson isn't giving up so easily. He'll be reapplying after...

P2P and Online Gaming Pose Risky Problems for Uninformed Parents

File-sharing and online gaming expose kids to a variety of harmful elements. The fact that most parents are unfamiliar with these services (relative to other online endeavors like social networking) only compounds the inherent dangers and issues. File-sharing services, also known as peer-to-peer networks (P2P), close as frequently as new ones spring up, which makes it difficult for parents or cas...

'Hurt Locker' Producers Fire First Lawsuits Against File Sharers

In March, 'The Hurt Locker' became the lowest-grossing film to take home Best Picture honors at the Oscars. A few months later, in an apparent attempt to shore up their balance sheet, the producers behind the film promised to file as many as tens of thousands of lawsuits against people accused of illegally downloading the movie. Now, Voltage Pictures has finally provided a little bite to back up ...

RIAA Can Unmask Anonymous File Sharers, U.S. Court Rules

If you've ever been unlucky enough to get caught in the crosshairs of a copyright infringement case, chances are that whoever was pressing charges knew your full name. If you think about it, it's pretty creepy. But, according to a U.S. appeals court, it's completely legal. A recent decision handed down from the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals states that the identities of individuals ch...

A Little Bit Torrent of Knowledge Can Go a Long Way

Share Part of being a good user and consumer is understanding how technology works, why we use it the way we do, and what the barrage of acronyms and PR jargon means. We're here to help you make sense of it all and give you a better appreciation for how that pile of transistors, pixels, and antennas works together to deliver the conveniences of the modern world to your living room or office. ...

Judge Rejects Record Industry's Attempt To Silence Student

Back in July, a grad student from Providence named Joel Tenenbaum was ordered by a federal jury to pay four record companies $675,000 worth of damages for illegally downloading and sharing music, and to destroy all of his illegally obtained songs. In a memorandum (PDF) released on Monday, though, U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner explained her reasoning for not ordering Tenenbaum to refrain from ...

Accidental Child Porn Download Leads to Jail Time

Matthew White, of Sacramento, California, has found himself in a rather unfortunate situation; he's been accused of downloading child pornography. On the advice of his public defender, White is pleading guilty in hopes of cutting his potential 20-year sentence down to three and a half years. After serving his time, White will have to serve 10 years of probation and register as a sex offender. W...

U.K. Considers Kicking File Sharers Offline

A new government proposal, together with recent actions taken by Apple, could greatly restrict and hamper the Web activities of many British residents. The U.K. government is reportedly targeting illegal file sharing on peer-to-peer sites like LimeWire. The government crackdown involves a plan to implement several restrictions against repeat offenders who illegally download protected material lik...

Indie Folksters Fleet Foxes Thank Filesharing for Success

No amount of marketing genius or label support has helped Fleet Foxes, says Robin Pecknold, lead singer of the indie-pop band. Instead, he thanks the Internet, which allowed thousands of fans to share 'Fleet Foxes,' the band's wildly critically acclaimed self-titled 2008 album. According to TorrentFreak, Pecknold admitted to the BBC, "I've downloaded hundreds and hundreds of records - why would I ...

Music Pirates More Likely to Buy Music, Study Says

In a twist on conventional logic, a new study reported in the Guardian has found that piracy, so often blamed for the continual downturn in music sales, may actually be sustaining the industry. The surprising report, from the BI Norwegian School of Management, was based on a study of approximately 2,000 online music listeners over the age of 15. Researchers discovered that the people who admitte...

Virus Tip: How to Disable Print and File Sharing in Windows XP

One of the first things you should do if you think you have a virus is to quarantine your PC and disconnect from your home network to prevent the infection from spreading to other computers in your home. You don't want to disconnect from the Internet entirely however or you won't be able to download updates for your anti-virus software. Doing this on a Mac (in Preferences: Sharing) or in Vista (...

Bono to Blame for Illegal Leak of Four Tracks From New U2 Album

The recording industry absolutely loves to take people who share a few songs illegally with others and nail them to the wall. People like Jammie Thomas, who was fined $220,000 for sharing a whole 24 songs online. By that account, we reckon U2's famous front-man Bono may be getting a bill in the mail as it's just been revealed that he is the source for some sharing of a very different sort. Four tr...

Comcast Illegally Interfered With Web Traffic, Per FCC Ruling

Three out of five FCC commissioners agree! Comcast acted illegally when it disrupted the transfer of specific digital video files. Basically, Comcast slowed the transmission of files being shared by BitTorrent users. They say it was necessary to provide sufficient bandwidth for other customers. Unfortunately for Comcast, public interest groups and BitTorrent weren't buying it. Neither did the...

Supreme Court Justice Breyer's Personal Data Compromised

You may think that that only average citizens are susceptible to security breaches that result in identity theft, but you'd be wrong. The rich, famous and powerful can also fall victim to the technological plagues of the 21st century. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer's name, birth date, and Social Security number were compromised when an employee of Wagner Resource Group decided to inst...

New Fall TV Shows Already Leaked Online

Usually it's the RIAA that has to worry about advanced copies of albums leaking out. This year, TV stations have been hit hard by file sharers, who have managed to get their hands on a number of TV shows that aren't set to premier until this fall. Of course, the studios aren't happy about it, and some of the shows were never meant to see the light of day. Take, for instance, the ABC remake of 'L...