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Cops Warn About New iPhone Feature, Experts Say to Chill
Cops Warn About New iPhone
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Cops Warn About New iPhone Feature, Experts Say to Chill

Red flag on NameDrop says user contact info could be inadvertently shared, but tech geeks say no

(Newser) - A sharing feature built into Apple's latest iOS update has police departments nationwide issuing a warning to iPhone users, but security experts say the hubbub may be a bit hyped up. The new NameDrop feature allows consumers who have phones using iOS 17.1, or watchOS 10.1 on...

Pirate Bay Founder Busted After 2 Years on the Run

File-sharing pioneer now has 8 months to serve

(Newser) - After almost two years, Swedish police have caught up with one of the founders of the Pirate Bay file-sharing site and he has been sent to serve an eight-month sentence for copyright infringement. Peter Sunde, who was sentenced and fined nearly $7 million in 2010, was captured in southern Sweden...

Pirate Bay: North Korea Move a Hoax

IT trick faked shift to Pyongyang

(Newser) - As many tech-savvy commentators suspected, the Pirate Bay was just Pyongyanking everybody's chains with its alleged move to North Korea . The file-sharing website, which has been forced out of Sweden, used technical trickery to make it appear as if its servers had shifted to one of the world's...

Pirate Bay's New Partner: North Korea

File-sharing site now routed through country

(Newser) - North Korea has been getting some odd guests lately. First it was Dennis Rodman ; now, controversial file-sharing site Pirate Bay is making a home in the country, PC Magazine reports. "Today we can reveal that we have been invited by the leader of the republic of Korea, to fight...

To Avoid Raids, Pirate Bay Sails to the Cloud

Notorious BitTorrent boasts it can 'cross borders seamlessly'

(Newser) - The Pirate Bay is determined not to go the way of Megaupload. The notoriously resilient BitTorrent site has moved its operations entirely online, TorrentFreak reports, in a move that it thinks will insulate it against police raids. "Moving to the cloud lets TPB move from country to country, crossing...

Cambodia Nabs Pirate Bay Founder

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg may be extradited to Sweden

(Newser) - Cambodian police have arrested a co-founder of The Pirate Bay, the world-famous file-sharing site whose organizers were convicted in Sweden of helping to break copyright laws. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 27, was supposed to begin a yearlong prison sentence months ago, the Wall Street Journal notes. He and three other organizers...

Supreme Court Takes on Govt. Surveillance Case

Justices reject file-sharing case

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is taking on the heightened government surveillance that's sparked a furor since the 9/11 attacks. Justices will determine the validity of a 2008 law that has allowed the government to keep a closer eye on international communications, the New York Times reports. Activists, lawyers, and journalists...

Dotcom Must Get by on $49K a Month

Megaupload founder also granted use of his $120K car

(Newser) - It will be hard, but as he waits for a decision on his extradition to the US, somehow Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom will have to survive on a monthly allowance … of almost $50,000. That's how much a New Zealand court granted Dotcom, who faces copyright infringement and...

Fed Crackdown Panics File-Sharing Sites

Top cyberlocker sites move to restrict usage, some shut down

(Newser) - The FBI-led shutdown of Megaupload last week has many of the top file-sharing sites around the world panicking, causing them to shut down their controversial services, reports ABC News . Two— and—are completely closing, while seven others have introduced restrictions. Limits include restricting users' ability to...

Sweden Has Official New Religion: File Sharing

Believers join Missionary Church of Kopimism

(Newser) - Sweden may not condone file-sharing—it's still illegal—but the country is officially OK with belief in the practice. Some 3,000 passionate file-sharers have gotten their beliefs recognized as an official religion. The Missionary Church of Kopimism—as in, "copy-me-ism"—has sought official status in Sweden...

Illegal Downloaders' Punishment: Slow Internet

Internet providers strike deal to penalize pirates

(Newser) - Media companies and Internet providers have agreed on a system to put the brakes on the service of users of illegal file-sharing services. The ISPs have agreed to alert customers up to six times if they believe their account is being used to illegally download music and movie, Reuters reports....

NZ Pol Tweets About Breaking Her Own Law

Melissa Lee votes for strict file-sharing law, tweets about listening to mixtape

(Newser) - This week's installment of "lawmakers ignoring their own laws" comes to you from New Zealand, which recently passed one of the world's strictest file-sharing laws. Melissa Lee voted for the "three-strikes" law, which says people can be fined up to $15,000 and lose Internet access...

New Harry Potter Movie Leaked Online
 Harry Potter Film Leaked Online 

Harry Potter Film Leaked Online

First 36 minutes of Deathly Hallows on file-sharing sites, Warner launches probe

(Newser) - The first 36 minutes of the new Harry Potter movie have been leaked online days before its worldwide theatrical debut, and Warner Bros. officials are on a hunt to find the culprit. The footage made available for download on file-sharing sites like the Pirate Bay was watermarked, meaning it came...

Judge Kills Off LimeWire
 Judge Kills Off LimeWire 

Judge Kills Off LimeWire

File-sharing site ordered to permanently disable software

(Newser) - File-sharing site LimeWire has been effectively killed off by a court order. A federal judge has issued an injunction ordering the service to permanently disable its software and to end the sharing of unauthorized music files, the Wall Street Journal reports. The popular site was found liable for copyright infringement...

Europe Swoops In on Web Pirates

Servers shut down in 13 countries in file-sharing crackdown

(Newser) - Police in 13 European countries have raided dozens of locations in an attempt to crush illegal file-sharing rings that distribute pirated movies and TV shows. A total of 48 servers were shut down, according to the BBC . Seven locations were raided in Sweden, including a university and the ISP believed...

5K Hurt Locker Downloaders Sued

Company vows to find out their real names

(Newser) - If you illegally downloaded The Hurt Locker, now might be the time to delete. The Oscar-winning film's production company Monday filed suit against 5,000 John Does who illegally shared the movie, and is now trying to get the sharers' Internet service providers to reveal their names, CNN reports.

France Mulls 'Google Tax '
 France Mulls 'Google Tax ' 

France Mulls 'Google Tax '

Levy on ad revenue would be used to bolster music, film, media

(Newser) - France is considering helping out industries hit hard by the digital revolution by slapping a tax on Google and other search portals. The proposal, outlined in a government-commissioned report, calls for a share of ad revenue to be turned over to the music, film, and publishing industries. The tax would...

To Save the Music Industry, Ban Music—and Whistling

The copyright arguments aren't going to stop until the day music dies

(Newser) - The music industry wants royalties for the 30-second previews on iTunes—which is "bullshit," writes Nicholas DeLeon for TechGear. It's yet another foolish move in the battle to save the music industry, complains DeLeon. Luckily, he has a "foolproof" way to do just that: Ban music, "...

How to Save the Music Biz
 How to Save 
 the Music Biz 

How to Save the Music Biz

(Newser) - The album is dead. Touring is on the fade. File-sharing is killing download profits. Adieu, music biz? Not so fast, reports The Wrap, which offers five fixes:
  • Drop the price. Ninety-nine cents for a song? Try 10. "Lower the price point, and you undercut the very foundation of illegal

New Pirate Bay Goes Legal With Fee-Payback Plan

(Newser) - Under new ownership, the beleaguered file-sharing powerhouse Pirate Bay is going legit through an innovative payment model, the AP reports. The new system will involve user fees, but users can work those off—or even earn a profit—in part by sharing their computers' storage capacity with the Pirate Bay...

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