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Archive for 2012/07/09
The link between various psychopathic behaviour and tweeting in addition to the link between an individual’s personality type and their Facebook activityPosted: 2012/07/09 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
Blizzard’s Diablo 3 hasn’t been released in China yet but Chinese gamers are using illegal methods to get into the gamePosted: 2012/07/09 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing, Stats / reports
In order to prevent piracy, Blizzard implemented an ‘Always On’ digital rights management lock on the game, much to the dismay of fans, which prevents the game from being played if there is no internet connection available.
Popular video game piracy group ‘Skidrow’ claims that it has a ‘Server Emulation’ crack in progress but a working beta version is available on torrents. The cracked executable leads the game to believe that it is connected to Blizzards official servers but there is still no multiplayer or Real Money Auction House (RMAH) available.
Game releases are usually delayed in China because they have to be reviewed, censored and published by a Chinese internet operator such as Tencent, NetEase or Shada. However, due to the immense popularity of Blizzard games, Chinese gamers cannot wait for the official release and have turned to piracy to get their hands on the game early.
Some Chinese gamers have even imported the game from Korea or Taiwan just to get in on the action as soon as possible. The writers on the news sites went as far as to say, “we hope that SK group can have this crack working 100 percent, so that we can play Diablo III before there is an official operator.”
The controversy here is that many Chinese news sites including Tencent, which is the largest gaming site in China, are recommending the use of the Skidrow Diablo 3 crack so that fans can try the game until it is released in the country.
The crack is in beta right now so gamers who have tried it are facing some bugs but they can at least play the game. The writers on the site have stated that, “We, as the guinea pigs, will have to be prepared for bugs but at least we can play offline.”
There is also no news about which operator will handle Diablo 3’s launch when it’s finally allowed to be sold into the country. It will be interesting to see what Blizzard does to counter this form of piracy.
A startling 58 per cent of consumers reportedly use counterfeit software across the Middle East, including OmanPosted: 2012/07/09 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Savas Yucedag, Gulf AP Manager of Microsoft said, “Software piracy is escalating in value even when large majorities of PC users around the world believe in intellectual property rights and prefer legal software to pirated software.”
With an aggressive campaign, Microsoft hopes to discourage users from buying pirated copies of its software and reward users with the original software. The Microsoft campaign running across the Middle East has asked users to voluntarily report pirated software in the use or in the offing.
“Here in the Gulf region, counterfeit software remains a tremendous challenge. Oman, like other parts of the Gulf region, has seen counterfeited software being made available to customers in increasingly sophisticated packaging,” he said.”The industry, however, has made a significant headway in tackling the issue,” added Yucedag.
Colombo Crimes Division raided an established corporate entity in the banking and financial sector, suspected of using pirated and unlicensed softwarePosted: 2012/07/09 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy, Stats / reports
The raid took place in Colombo last week where the inspection and identification of suspected pirated software took over five hours. Thereafter, the police seized all the computers installed with the pirated software into police custody, and will be produced in Court as evidence.
Corynne McSherry, Director for the Electronics Frontier Foundation: “it may be that we all have to accept that just as there is shoplifting in the world, there will be a certain amount of piracy. It’s the price of doing business”Posted: 2012/07/09 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Stats / reports
McSherry then goes on to argue that musicians and artists should focus on the positive affects of piracy, such as the larger fan base thanks to a larger access to music.
Writer Daniel Alarcon’s excellent report about book piracy in Peru contains two fascinating anecdotesPosted: 2012/07/09 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports
The essay by the Peruvian-American novelist features Sergio, a writer and editor, who proclaimed rather self-righteously that he had never bribed a cop. “I just don’t believe in it,” he said.
But a few weeks before this pious exchange, Sergio had been pulled over by a “vulgar and insistent” cop who wouldn’t be shaken off by the declaration “I don’t pay bribes”. The cop wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. “How can we work this out?” he insisted.
At some point during the exchange with Alarcon, Sergio backtracked on his previous statement. “I should amend my previous statement… I’ve never bribed a police officer…with money.” It turns out that on the day the cop was trying to extract a bribe, Sergio was carrying copies of his book in the boot of his car. “I gave him a copy of my book. I had one in my trunk (boot). He didn’t believe it was me until I showed him the author photo. He was impressed. I even signed it for him.”
Anecdote two involves the author himself, a bilingual writer whose short story collections appear both in English and Spanish. Alarcon’s publishers had released the authorised edition of his short story collection in March of 2009, but by August the Peruvian pirates hadn’t yet ”published” their own edition.
“Then, on the morning of August 14, my last day in Peru, my editor called with the good news. He’d seen the book for sale in San Isidro…” As Alarcon was in downtown Lima when his editor called, on the same streets patrolled by the pirate vendors, he accosted a few of them ask if they had his book. “No one had it. But all of them could get it. By tomorrow, they promised.” And then, as he walked on the shoulders of a busy highway, he saw a vendor displaying a number of books, including his.
“How much,” he asked. “Twelve soles” the vendor replied. “Ten,” Alarcon bargained. “Don’t be greedy. It’s new. I just got it today,” the vendor responded. “I know it’s new. I wrote it,” Alarcon retorted. Of course, the vendor didn’t believe it. Alarcon took out his wallet and showed him his ID. “He held it in his hand, inspecting my name and the photo, glancing back and forth, at the ID, at the book, at me.” At some point, after he had negotiated the price down to 10 Soles, he told the vendor: “You are stealing from me.” The vendor countered with an apologetic “I know. But I’m small.”
Alarcon’s piece begins with the news that best-selling Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho’s book, translated into English as The Winner Stands Alone, and due to be published in Peru in July 2008, was already on the pirate stands by March of that year. He also writes that Peru’s legitimate publishers lose more to pirates than any South American country besides Brazil, whose economy is eight times larger than Peru’s. In fact, Peru’s pirate publishers employ more people than their mainstream counterparts. The word “mainstream” makes me want to clear my throat. For Peruvian pirate publishers are, in way, the real mainstream. “Pirates reach sectors of the market that formal book publishers cannot or don’t care to access. Outside Lima, the pirate book industry is the only one that matters.”
So by using a certain outlaw logic, the pirates have more claim to the word “mainstream” than the legitimate publishers in Lima. Some would say the purveyors of fake books are the legitimate publishers, distributing millions of books, at reasonable prices, to the most remote parts of Peru.
Some Peruvian novelists are even known to work with pirates. One writer, disappointed that his novel wasn’t available in the bookstores of his provincial town, contacted a Lima pirate about a possible book deal. “Soon his book was on sale all over the country”. When Alarcon asked him about it, the novelist “made no apology” about it, pointing out that “if someone can produce for three dollars what the editor is selling for twenty, then I think perhaps the editor is a terrible businessman”.
Indeed being pirated is a source of pride for Peruvian authors. Alarcon writes that his “first story collection has, to my knowledge, never been pirated, which is something of a disappointment”. His boss at the magazine he worked for was quick to emphasise this fact. “You are both failures,” he said to Alarcon and his friend, who had also put out a book the pirates had deemed unworthy of pirating. Alarcon’s book was selling for around $17 (about R190), a price which he was “frankly embarrassed” by. He asks: “How could I, in good conscience, expect my friends and family to pay that much for a book? Except for the small middle- and upper-classes, who has that kind of disposable income?”
This is why the Youngster series, an initiative by Pan Macmillan to tap into new markets, is an exciting development. The publishing firm invited musician Danny K, comedian Nik Rabinowitz, local twitter guru Khaya Dlanga, Cheesekids founder Shaka Sisulu, and media personality Anele Mdoda to write books that have been priced at R85.
“We’re looking for new markets,” a Pan Macmillan publicist explains. “Usually publishers have targeted the white middle-class woman, who is the traditional book buyer. But we found – through the success of books like Frank Chikane’s Eight Days in September and Mandy Wiener’s Killing Kebble – that there are so many book buyers out there that we are just not reaching. So we decided to aim at a younger, more diverse market.”
The Little Saigon website owner accused of running an international satellite piracy operation now faces accusations that he destroyed thousands of records after a federal judge in Orange County ordered him to comply with Dish Network subpoenas.
For a recent Moxley Confidential, Vietnamese immigrant Tan Minh Nguyen assured me that he is not a pirate, doesn’t know how to break complicated satellite access codes and didn’t knowingly allow any of the 177,000 members of his website to post illegally obtained information.
Yet, Nguyen–a 44-year-old, single-father of two young boys in Westminster–is in serious trouble. According to court records, he twice failed to show up to scheduled hearings in U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna’s Santa Ana courtroom and has not fully complied with court orders issued more than three months ago.
Nguyen claims he’s been overwhelmed by a corporate giant tossing complicated legal documents at him, but Selna is so far siding with Dish Network.
Police have vowed to continue a piracy clampdown after more than 30,000 DVDs featuring popular movies and television shows were seized from a market in MelbournePosted: 2012/07/09 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Public Policy, Stats / reports
A DVD containing user IDs of Australia’s Stay Smart Online Alert service has gone astray in the mail during a handover between contractorsPosted: 2012/07/09 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
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