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Game of Thrones’ fifth season will air simultaneously worldwide

Published by on Mar 11th, 2015, No Comments

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We live in the age of super-fast internet (in most places around the world), which means that pirating of television shows and movies is rampant. Game of Thrones has been the most pirated show in the world for a couple of years running, and HBO is looking to curb that trend by simultaneously broadcasting the show in all its markets worldwide. Top Gear is doing the same with its current season, and it seems to be working. (more…)

Taylor Swift removes music from Spotify, criticises streaming

Published by on Nov 4th, 2014, No Comments

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There are quite a bit of upset Swifties across the globe today, after mega popstar Taylor Swift removed all of her music from music streaming service Spotify.

The entire debacle started when Swift declined to have her latest album, “1989”, be added to Spotify. The company the lashed out and publicly criticised Swift for not adding her latest (much anticipated) album to the streaming service.

Swift then obviously felt pretty scorned (as she so often is) by Spotify’s critique, that she decided to up the ante and subsequently removed all of her music from the service. This included 4 previous albums.

After Swift’s decision to pull her music form the service, Spotify quickly backtracked on their public scrutiny of her. Naturally, they found themselves between a rock and a hard place, as Swift is one of the most popular artists on the platform.

In a blog post entitled “On Taylor Swift’s Decision To Remove Her Music From Spotify”, which was published yesterday, the company basically begs Swift to put her music back on the platform – and of course add the latest album.

They argued that Spotify was, alongside other streaming services, trying to build a new music economy that essentially curbs illegal downloading and ‘works for everyone.’ Their groveling even extended to the point of almost being cringeworthy when they ended their post with quotes form Swift’s own songs:

“PS – Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there’s more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It’s a love story, baby, just say, Yes.”

However, Swift didn’t just remove her music from the platform because she’s pissed with what Spotify said. For a few years now, the Grammy winning singer has been vocal about her anti-streaming opinions.  (more…)

U2 working with Apple on ‘secret project’ to curb piracy

Published by on Sep 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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Legendary rockers, U2, made quite the splash recently thanks to their partnership with Apple. The rollout of their latest album, ‘Songs of Innocence’ that was given away for free to iTunes users, placed them in the spotlight again – even though the reception was less than favourable.

After Tim Cook announced that every iTunes user or iPhone owner will be able to download ‘Songs of Innocence’ for free, the internet and social media exploded with a lot of WTF’s. We get it, not everyone is a U2 fan (except perhaps my dad).

The outcry (dare we say disgust) was so bad, that Apple had to release a support guide to help users get rid of the unwanted U2 album.

However, Apple’s partnership with U2 goes way beyond free albums and awkward finger-fives. It’s also common knowledge that Apple has partnered with U2 frontman, Bono, in the past to collaborate on his (RED) initiative that helps fight HIV/AIDS.

Who can forget the stunning, shiny red Mac Pro Jony Ive designed for the (RED) auction last year.  (more…)

Top Hollywood studios file lawsuit against Kim Dotcom

Published by on Apr 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Mastermind of file sharing (and illicit activities) Kim Dotcom, has landed himself in hot water, yet again. 

The creator behind one of the world’s largest file sharing websites, MegaUpload, will now have to deal with yet another lawsuit claiming that Dotcom, in conjunction with his website, profited from massive copyright infringement of countless movies and television shows.

And it’s not just small-fry plaintiffs, either; six of Holywoods biggest film and television studios are filing a copyright infringement lawsuit against MegaUpload and Kim Dotcom.

These studios include 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal, Columbia, Warner Brothers and Disney.  (more…)

‘Breaking Bad’ finale break ratings and online records

Published by on Oct 1st, 2013, No Comments

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This weekend, the phenomenon ‘Breaking Bad’ made its final appearance on American television as well as Netflix in the US and Europe. According to network AMC, 10.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the end of Walter White’s story, a record high for the program, and an increase of more than 300 percent over the season finale last year.

The cultural conversation was in full swing on Twitter as well. According to AMC, 1.24 million tweets from over 601,000 different users referenced the show while the finale was broadcast on the east and west coasts of the US. The activity hit a peak of 22,373 tweets per minute just as the first showing began, with series star Bryan Cranston’s thank you to fans retweeted over 52,000 times. (more…)

Pirating in South Africa

Published by on Aug 13th, 2013, No Comments

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If you have ever wondered what South Africans like to pirate from the internet, or what you are missing out on (which you shouldn’t be doing!) here is some interesting info.

TorrentFreak, a blog which is dedicated to reporting the latest news and trends from the BitTorrent and file sharing world, has compiled a list of ‘The Top 10 Most Downloaded Movies’.

The list, which is made up of a vast scope of different films, gives insight into the most pirated movies – and whether they are the commercial box office hits or more alternative films. (more…)

SA Software Pirate found Guilty

Published by on Jun 29th, 2011, 2 Comments

A rogue computer reseller who sold pirated software to unwitting consumers in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg has been handed a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay compensation to his victims.

Computer shop manager Vikesh Singh, who traded as PE Technologies in Port Elizabeth and later as Vision Technologies in Johannesburg, was found guilty in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Port Elizabeth on June 15 of fraud and multiple contraventions of the Counterfeit Goods and Copyright Acts for selling counterfeit and unlicensed copies of Microsoft software.

Singh also pleaded guilty for contravening the Companies and the Close Corporations Acts by acting as a manager while disqualified, as he had previously been convicted of theft.

He was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, suspended for five years, provided he doesn’t contravene the Counterfeit Goods Act or the Copyright Act. He was also sentenced to a fine of R80 000, or four years’ imprisonment conditionally suspended for five years, for contravening the Companies Act and the Close Corporations Act.  Singh was also ordered to compensate four customers, who had been sold counterfeit Microsoft software and acted as witnesses in the criminal case, three times the value of their purchases, and ordered by the court to pay compensation to Microsoft of R150 000. (more…)

Microsoft joins hands with WIPO and DTI for Stronger IP Protection, Anti Piracy Measures

Published by on May 19th, 2011, No Comments

Microsoft has again joined forces with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to highlight the benefits of using genuine software and stronger protection on IP innovation. Their most recent event, held on 26 April, spoke out about the importance of IP rights.

Strong IP protections are central to instilling a culture of innovation, which can spur economic growth, create jobs and increase revenue for the broader industry and government organisations.  Microsoft believes that the global arena needs stronger IP protections in place to safeguard the industry’s ability to innovate, level the playing field for small businesses, and help local governments generate tax revenue through the legitimate sale and trade of genuine software.

“In addition to strengthening the economy, sound IP policies can help reduce software piracy and counterfeiting, which we know sap government resources, threaten legitimate businesses and expose consumers to the risks that come from using non-genuine software,” said Charl Everton, anti-piracy lead, Microsoft South Africa. “Software piracy and counterfeiting tend to thrive in places with weak IP protection, and this has an enormous and negative impact on the global economy.”

At the recent Convention on Reducing Software Piracy organised by the Free Market Foundation (FMF) and the Information Technology Association (ITA), and hosted by Microsoft South Africa, Everton revealed her “5 step roadmap to reducing software piracy” and placed collaboration at the heart of what is needed to decrease piracy locally. (more…)

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