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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...

Obscure Canadian Band Mistakes Spam for 100K Illegal Downloads

According to their Twitter page, One Soul Thrust is a "groove-oriented purist rock band from Canada," with "a female singer who whispers and wails like an angel sighing sass in your ear." But One Soul Thrust aren't very well-known. They have fewer than 300 followers on Twitter, and their YouTube channel features a single video that's been viewed barely 300 times. Last week, though, their...

Malicious Android App Will Steal Your Data, Make You Feel Bad About It

Android users should be on the lookout for a malicious little app that's circulating around some file-sharing sites. The app, called 'Walk and Text,' advertises itself as a legitimate app of the same name, which uses a smartphone's camera to help guide texters as they walk. Unlike the real 'Walk and Text,' though, the fake app is available for free, and offers version 1.3.7 (which doesn't...

With LimeWire Gone, Piracy Is Down -- But Will Music Sales Climb?

LimeWire officially shut its doors in October, and many potential pirates have been left in a lurch wondering where they can get the latest Lady Gaga album for free. Alternatives like FrostWire and BitTorrent have seen an uptick in use since the insanely popular sharing network went down, but not quite the jump one would have expected. In fact, since the courts brought down the P2P file-sharing...

Neil Gaiman: Piracy Leads to More Book Sales

Neil Gaiman, author of the 'Sandman' graphic novels and best-seller 'American Gods,' talked about the pirating of his titles to OpenRight Group. Apparently, sales went up in Russia as his books were being pirated. As an experiment, he convinced his publisher to give away 'American Gods' for free, and Gaiman saw his sales increase. The reason? "It's people lending books. You can't look at that...

White House to Propose New Digital Copyright Laws to Congress

The Obama administration has put together a new set of digital copyright laws aimed at cracking down on illegal downloads and other forms of online piracy. Yesterday, intellectual property enforcement coordinator Victoria Espinel released a 92-page report (PDF), outlining the White House's copyright proposals, which will be submitted to Congress "in the very near future." Although the report...

Google Blocks 'Piracy Related' Terms From Autocomplete, Instant Search

Add 'BitTorrent' and 'RapidShare' to the long list of terms for which Google won't help you search. In an apparent attempt to curry favor with the MPAA and RIAA, the company has begun blocking all "piracy related" terms from its Autocomplete feature. (TorrentFreak reports that Instant search results have also been blocked, but searches still instantly appear for us, once we complete the term. It...

Apple's Mac App Store Hacked, Rampant Piracy to Follow?

It's only been a day, and hackers have already figured out a way around the Apple App Store's DRM, opening the door for pirated apps. The trick is simple enough, and doesn't actually break Apple's DRM; it simply bypasses it. Some apps check for a receipt file that then authorizes the program to run. The problem is that many simply check if the receipt exists, and not if the receipt is...

Pandora Piracy All The Rage: 'Avatar' Most Torrented Film of 2010

'Avatar' was one of the most (over-)hyped and talked-about films of the year, so it's only appropriate that, to round out 2010, the James Cameron blockbuster finds itself atop a list of the most pirated films of the year. 'Avatar' has been torrent-downloaded 16,580,000 times, quite a lot more than last year's most pirated film, 'Star Trek,' which was shared about 11 million times. Perhaps most...

MPAA Reminds Colleges That Piracy Can Cause Funding Cuts

Back in the summer, the deadline passed for colleges and universities to comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), which required schools to develop a plan for dealing with illegal movie and music downloads on campus. Now, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has sent letters to presidents at schools across the country, reminding them that Title IV federal aid...

Security Software License Illegally Shared 774,651 Times, Company Doesn't Mind

A single license for security software has been illegally shared more than 750,000 times. And Avast, the company that developed the software, isn't worried about it at all. The license, which was originally sold to a 14-person company in Arizona, popped up on file-sharing websites a year and a half ago. Since then, it has been shared 774,651 times, and is currently being used on PCs in over 200...

Berating Judge Forces Recess in Xbox-Modder Trial, Prosecution Forges Ahead

The trial of alleged Xbox-modder Matthew Crippen began this week, and a stern lecture from the bench has already forced a courtroom apology -- from the prosecution. The unprecedented trial hinges on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), but discrepancies in the Act -- combined with problematic behavior from the prosecution -- reportedly left U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez with...

First Trial Over Video Game Console Mods Begins

On Tuesday, Matthew Crippen earned the dubious distinction of being the first person in the U.S. to go on trial for modding video game consoles. Crippen is being charged with two counts of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for modifying his Xbox 360 to play homebrew and pirated games. The 28-year-old Californian was allegedly running a business modifying Xboxes. The trial...

Help Your Dumb (or Usually Ethical) Friends to Pirate, The Easy Way!

Q: "Hey bro, you remember that song we used to jam to when we were chugging beers behind the Exxon? The one with the bass solo?" A: "Oh, you mean 'Orion'?" Q: "Yeah, dude! I wanted to hear it the other day when I was thinking about how Metallica got lame, and cut their hair, and started hating on Napster!" A: "Let me pirate that for you, hoss."...

FBI Investigating 4chan and Anonymous Over DDoS Attacks

According to sources in contact with CNET, the FBI is pushing forward with an investigation of 4chan and the Internet vigilante collective known as Anonymous, which has loose ties to the controversial message board. Anonymous and its members, who frequent the 4chan boards, have unleashed a flurry of DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks over the past few months on individuals and...