Items tagged with Piracy

AT&T recently announced that when it comes to piracy it plans to do what other high-speed internet providers have fought to keep from doing; work hand-in-hand with Hollywood. While the details are still rough, AT&T and Hollywood studios hope to work in unison to stop offshore pirates from distributing pirated files across AT&T's network. According to AT&T's senior executive James W. Cicconi a new technology would be developed "to address the legal issues that flow out of using such technology." Cicconi insists that he does not want AT&T to become a member of the internet police, but that for a company involved in content distribution it's a smart business move to combat piracy... Read more...
We don't condone piracy for one second simply out of respect for the creators of games, music, you name it, but apparently piracy may not actually be as harmful as certain industries claim. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) claims that piracy accounts for a large loss of sales annually but a new study shows that P2P piracy may only account for as little as .07% of lost sales. According to the architects of this experiment, the reason that the RIAA blames so much loss on piracy is because of the way it tracks it's sales in the first place. I know, it sounds farfetched, a huge industry based on sales manipulating data to prevent a source of distribution... Read more...
Yahoo News is reporting that Microsoft will get even more aggressive in their efforts to curtail piracy with Vista. As if product activation and the WGA program weren't bad enough, MS now plans to restrict access to a system if the company "believes" it's running a pirated version of Vista... "The world's largest software maker said Wednesday that people running a version of Windows Vista that it believes is pirated will initially be denied access to some of the most anticipated Vista features. That includes Windows Aero, an improved graphics technology. If a legitimate copy is not bought within 30 days, the system will curtail functionality much further by restricting users... Read more...
Good morning all.  The weekend is just about here and the gang at HH are in full swing with various hardware reviews.  I know I have 5 pieces queued up and some of the other fellas have even more, so there will be no shortage of hardware treats for quite some time.  Top that off with the holiday season and we are sure to be buried until Spring.  For now, though, let's take a look at some of the other offerings floating around the Web. We've got a double shot from the gang @ HEXUS.net: First up is their review of ATI's TV Wonder USB 2.0: "I prefer the PCI version for latency reasons, but if USB2.0 is the interface you need for a TV tuner and multimedia product without... Read more...
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