Archive for 2012/09/13
The virtual film party seems to have come to an end in Mollywood.
The Anti-Piracy Cell has booked cases against those who uploaded the Amal Neerad-directed Malayalam film Bachelor Party on the Internet and downloaded it for viewing. The cell also zeroed in on the illegal uploaders and viewers of other popular films like Ordinary, Mayamohini, Grandmaster and 22 Female Kottayam.
A preliminary list of 16 illegal Bachelor Party viewers , including non-resident Keralites, has been submitted to the chief judicial magistrate court here on Saturday. A second list containing the IP address and other personal details of 1,010 viewers, including non-resident Malayalis and even non-Malayalis, has already been drawn up.
The Anti Piracy Cell has found that over 33,000 people have illegally watched Bachelor Party on the net. Their IP addresses and other details are being prepared. The uploading is done mostly by teenagers, a source in the Anti-Piracy Cell said.
One of the accused, an engineering student in Navi Mumbai, has already been questioned.
How about paying for viewing films online?
In the wake of nearly a thousand people being booked for uploading and downloading Bachelor Party online, experts suggest that a paid service might be the only way out
More than a thousand people were booked by the police for uploading as well as downloading the film Bachelor Party from the internet on Saturday. At the same time, several other films such as Ordinary and Grandmaster continue to be downloaded by lakhs of people and no cases are being registered.
In an effort to pre-empt movie piracy and boost sales, Twentieth Century Fox will begin releasing its films in digital format first.
Irdeto went to the IBC2012 conference and exhibition in Amsterdam to tout its new comprehensive online piracy monitoring and enforcement servicePosted: 2012/09/13 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Stats / reports
To draw attention to the new service and the scope of the how widespread digital content piracy actually is, the company published an infographic titled, “Digital Piracy Report: Where are Seeders Putting Down Roots?”
The Irdeto infographic identifies two main groups of “casual pirates:” those who upload and share pirated content, called “seeders;” and those who download and consume that content, who are called “leechers.” According to Irdeto, the former poses a more serious threat to content owners than the latter.
Svartholm Warg at one point allegedly helped host the WikiLeaks site so that its files could be accessible on the web. Svartholm Warg is also rumored to be personally associated with Julian Assange, founder and promoter of WikiLeaks (Pirate Bay)Posted: 2012/09/13 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy, Stats / reports
We give Julian tacit approval to shut up
The bank is able to see their customers logging onto the banks systems using infected PCs. ABN AMRO is making hundreds of calls per month, warning its customers about the risks of working on PCs contaminated with viruses and malware.
Dutch language news article:
Dutch government officials have been targeted with malware. The officials were all working on the same project. The malware seems to have originated from China and the software is not available from public sources.
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Congress Smacks Down TSA. Orders agency to reduce patdowns, use private security screeners, and address scanner health concernsPosted: 2012/09/13 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Radiation cast an even wider net, however, than for fish alone. Butterflies with disfigured eyes, legs, and antennae and stunted wings have caught the eye of scientists and put fear in the hearts of locals. The Sixth Report of Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey has declared that 36 percent of Fukushima children have malformed thyroid growths and may develop cancer. Infants and young people are most endangered by radiation’s effects, according to the World Health Organization, because cellular division occurs faster.
Afghanistan banned the YouTube website on Wednesday to stop Afghans watching a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad that sparked protests in North Africa and the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
“We have been told to shut down YouTube to the Afghan public until the video is taken down,” Aimal Marjan, general director of Information Technology at the Ministry of Communications, told Reuters.
Is Privacy Dead? 4 Government and Private Entities Conspiring to Track Everything You Do Online and OffPosted: 2012/09/13 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
The U.S. Department of Justice has reined down hard on a Taiwanese LCD screen maker in court, demanding $1 billion in fines and significant jail time for two former executivesPosted: 2012/09/13 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Google confirms restrictions on viewing amateur YouTube video critical of the Prophet Muhammad, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backpedals on endorsement of Internet freedom
A crucial ruling in one of the ongoing BitTorrent lawsuits in the United States has delivered a clear win for open Wi-Fi operators. Among other things, California Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled that Internet subscribers are not required to secure their wireless networks to prevent outsiders from pirating movies. In other words, people can’t be held liable for the alleged infringements of other people on their network.
In addition to this lack of duty of care, Judge Hamilton ruled that even if negligence could be proven then “personal injury” state law would be preempted by federal copyright law.
The ruling in the current case is similar to that of Judge Lewis Kaplan in New York earlier this year although perhaps even stronger – Judge Hamilton specifically rules that Internet subscribers don’t have an obligation towards copyright holders to secure their Wi-Fi.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), who have helped out many alleged BitTorrent pirates over the years, are happy with the outcome.
“This ruling, along with the Tabora ruling in New York, send a strong judicial message that copyright owners can’t use legal tricks to bypass the law’s protections for Internet access points,” EFF’s Mitch Stolz writes.
“There are still many open cases in the federal courts where copyright owners are trying to use this bogus legal theory,” he adds.
The ruling is definitely a setback for the many copyright holders who jumped aboard the lucrative BitTorrent lawsuit bandwagon. Should more judges reach the same conclusion in future cases the end of this type of lawsuit in the U.S. may very well be near.