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Topic: Digital piracy

  Penn State President Graham Spanier
Piracy is particularly prevalent at universities because the institutions are among the most wired in the world.
While testifying before the United States Congress on the issue of digital piracy, I was told, as the leader of higher education’s efforts in this arena, to fix this problem, or Congress would fix it for us with laws we wouldn’t like.
The notion that universities should take stronger action to stop digital piracy on their networks is catching on.
www.psu.edu /ur/GSpanier/speeches/digitalpiracy_030204.html   (1687 words)

 Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Living / Arts / Record industry eyes digital radio piracy safeguards
The association also plans to file formal comments with the commission on a need for digital radio copy protections, when final comments on issues surrounding the technology are due June 16.
The digital radio stream also gives broadcasters the ability to multicast their signals or use them for data delivery and other services.
Bainwol and the association say that digital radios of the future could allow people to copy a song off the air that is as pristine as a CD and redistribute it on the Internet or download it to removable media.
www.boston.com /news/globe/living/articles/2004/06/09/record_industry_eyes_digital_radio_piracy_safeguards   (477 words)

 Digital Piracy
Digital material distributed over the Internet usually must be compressed before it can be shared, because otherwise it would take far too long to download.
Digital pirates who really like a song or a movie will not settle for a degraded version: they will go out and buy the original.
Now while it may be true that, in a general sense, digital piracy injures the entertainment industry to a certain (unspecified) extent, you could never prove beyond a reasonable doubt that digital piracy must always damage legitimate copyright holders.
www.jrnyquist.com /digital_piracy.htm   (1787 words)

 PPI: Confronting Digital Piracy: Intellectual Property Protection in the Internet Era by Shane Ham and Robert D. ...
The vexing part of the problem is that this piracy is not a massive criminal conspiracy, but rather the collective actions of millions of otherwise law-abiding Internet users of all ages who have grown accustomed to the culture of free content that is the hallmark of the Internet.
This will move us toward the ultimate goal: an environment in which digitally transmitted content is widely available and the creators of the content are fairly compensated for their efforts.
Digital distribution will only work if it is simple for the average user, and just as portal sites have benefited consumers in the travel industry, the content industry should be allowed to make purchase as easy as possible.
www.ppionline.org /ppi_ci.cfm?knlgAreaID=140&subsecid=289&contentid=252145   (1460 words)

 Cons in the panopticon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Because they are in the middle of the piracy chain, newsgroups tend to be the ultimate recycling hub of warez, because new material continues to flow through the top of the chain, and older or current materials are continually re–uploaded by newsgroup users.
Piracy, as an anti-globalization movement, is one of the desperate efforts to arrest the relentless processes of privatization and commodification of "public" spaces...
Piracy and other illegal activities on the Internet — along with the superfluous commodification of the cyberspace as well as excessive corporate freedom that systemically negates individual freedom — represent the other side of the coin.
www.firstmonday.org /issues/issue9_9/rajagopal   (13253 words)

 Global digital music sales triple to US$1.1 billion in 2005 as new market takes shape   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Specifically, the music business needs support for Digital Rights Management, which is the key enabler of digital music services allowing new and flexible uses by consumers; it also needs more cooperation from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in protecting music from piracy on their networks.
New potentially exciting digital distribution channels for music are in the pipeline, such as podcasting and digital radio - but key licensing issues need to be resolved for these new channels to realise their market potential.
IFPI's mission is to fight music piracy; promote fair market access and good copyright laws; help develop the legal conditions and the technologies for the recording industry to prosper in the digital era; and to promote the value of music.
www.ifpi.org /site-content/press/20060119.html   (1255 words)

 Sen. Hollings' statement on Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA)
Piracy is growing exponentially on college campuses and among tech savvy consumers.
Digital content delivered over the Internet and over the broadcast airwaves would include instructions as to consumers’ ability to copy available content and would prevent the illegal retransmission of that content over the Internet.
Digital media devices such as television sets, cable boxes, and personal computers, would be manufactured to recognize and respond to those instructions to prevent illegal copying or redistribution.
www.politechbot.com /docs/cbdtpa/hollings.cbdtpa.release.032102.html   (2433 words)

 RFID Journal - Group Studies RFID to Stop Digital Piracy - RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Technology News & ...
May 12, 2005—A group of researchers at UCLA is working on a new RFID application that would provide consumers a means of watching DVDs of movies as soon as they hit the theaters.
Digital rights management is also used to process payment to compensate copyright holders for the use of their intellectual property.
The digital rights management project is one of six research projects that were presented at the event.
www.rfidjournal.com /article/articleview/1589/1/1   (1432 words)

 Digital Piracy
Digital piracy is distinct from oil piracy where one country invades another for its oil, as in Oil Wars or Bush Wars.
There is in fact a virtual rush of planted news stories telling of people being taken down for digital piracy.
What is not mentioned, however, is that digital piracy is also a real drain on profits for the producers.
www.halexandria.org /dward667.htm   (1363 words)

 Digital Music News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The digital spoken word service is offering downloads of each presidential and vice presidential debate for free, allowing newbies to get a taste of the service.
Turner and Rhino have digitized a total of 80 film soundtracks, with plans to release 31 of those exclusively with Apple by the end of the year.
Les Ottolenghi of digital media distribution company Intent MediaWorks has focused on “helping emerging artists distribute their content through P2P,” producing “multiple revenue streams, with the greatest success at this time coming from ad support.” Ottolenghi cited the example of a new artist who recently generated 20 million impressions with a single track.
www.digitalmusicnews.com /yesterday/october2004   (11418 words)

 Disney Fights 'Digital Piracy' Before Senate
Eisner suggested that the consequences of digital piracy could have a disastrous effect not only on the industry itself and the livelihoods of all those who work behind the scenes, but on the economic contribution the entertainment industry makes to job growth, Gross Domestic Product, and foreign sales and exports.
Eisner added in his testimony before the committee that the entertainment industry in general has risen to meet the challenges of the digital revolution and in no way are rebuking the advancement of digital technology.
From Eisner's perspective, the immediate solution lies in the establishment of common technological standards to help digital media devices identify and reject illegal, pirated copies of digital material and pave the way for a more "technologically predictable" market in which device manufacturers and content providers alike will be insured that their product is protected.
siliconvalley.internet.com /news/article.php/3531_983191   (808 words)

 FCC Hoists Digital Anti-Piracy Flag - NewsFactor Network
The FCC said that the goal of the action, taken Tuesday, is to foster the transition to digital TV and forestall potential harm to the viability of free, over-the-air broadcasting in the digital age.
The ruling it made a year ago, that all digital televisions include a tuning device, also was opposed by consumer groups, but that ruling has been upheld in court.
At issue, according to the agency, is whether digital broadcasting will migrate entirely to the realm of pay services, such as cable and satellite, or whether the public will retain access to such programming.
www.newsfactor.com /perl/story/22631.html   (694 words)

 Managing Digital Piracy: Pricing and Protection (Arun Sundararajan) -- summary and downloads   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
In the absence of price-discrimination, a seller's optimal level of technology-based protection against piracy is shown to be at the technologically maximal level, which maximizes the difference between the quality of the legal and pirated goods.
These results are based on the following digital rights conjecture: that granting digital rights increases the incidence of digital piracy, and that managing digital rights therefore involves restricting the rights of usage that contribute to customer value.
Moreover, if a digital rights management system weakens over time due to the underlying technology being progressively hacked, a seller's optimal strategic response may involve either increasing or decreasing its level of technology-based protection.
oz.stern.nyu.edu /papers/abs12.html   (276 words)

 Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection: Digital Piracy or Fair Use? The iPOD Media Studio
Why Hollywood can't see the profitable business opportunities that the digital landscape provides is beyond my grasp, but despite what you may have been told, it's not the analog hole that is the problem, but rather the A-holes that run Hollywood.
Thomas Hawk is a digital media and technology enthusiast in the San Francisco Bay Area writing under the pen name Thomas Hawk.
Professionally Thomas Hawk is an investment advisor in a non technology related field and uses his pen name to separate his investment career and identity from his thoughts and opinions on new media and technology, both fields which neither he nor his firm advise or offer services for professionally.
thomashawk.com /2005/11/digital-piracy-or-fair-use-ipod-media.html   (753 words)

 Fight Digital Piracy with Piracy | P2P Unite
Digital piracy costs music, movie, and software industries billions of dollars in profits.
With decentralized peer-to-peer online networks offering covert means for people to swap files, digital goods producers are waging a global war against such networks and individual users.
Producers of digital goods, then, may want to consider easing off their legal activities as a strategy in a world where bits and bites can freely traverse public networks.
www.p2punite.org /?q=node/545   (695 words)

 Cabot Communications
To counter the threat of digital piracy and copyright infringement, Cabot Communications is setting itself up as guardians of digital TV systems.
There are a number of different types of piracy emerging in the digital broadcasting industry.
From smart card fraud, piracy of digital TV content, and even the hijacking of digital TV broadcasts, the list of piracy attempts is now becoming quite varied and commonplace." commented Ken Helps, Corporate Director, Cabot Communications.
www.cabot.co.uk /news/20021004.html   (456 words)

 FBI spotlights digital piracy | Tech News on ZDNet
The new initiative is part of an increased FBI focus on digital piracy, bureau officials said.
While no details were available, officials said that more money and manpower would be devoted to tracking down organized online piracy groups.
The announcement helped underline how seriously the federal government is taking industry complaints about rampant digital piracy on file-swapping and other digital networks, although actual criminal prosecutions remain fairly rare and focused on large-scale operations.
news.zdnet.com /2100-3513_22-5161871.html   (558 words)

 Managing Digital Piracy
It models nonlinear pricing in the presence of piracy, when the value for the pirated good varies across customers, and when the seller of the legal good can choose different degrees of copy protection through the level of DRM (digital rights management) technology that they implement.
The seller’s optimal pricing schedule can be characterized as a simple combination of optimal contract in the absence of piracy, and the piracy-indifferent contract (which is an incentive-compatible contract that makes customers indifferent between the legal good and the pirated good).
In addition, as the effectiveness of a DRM implementation reduces over time, which typically occurs due to the protection scheme being progressively hacked, the optimal response of a seller may be to reduce (rather than increase) their level of DRM protection.
oz.stern.nyu.edu /seminar/sp03/0327abstract.htm   (270 words)

 Fiorina calls for defense of digital rights | Tech News on ZDNet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
HP's stance against digital piracy is important to artists who view digital media as a potential threat to their copyrights because of the ease with which content can be copied and distributed.
At the center of the company's digital entertainment plan is the HP Digital Entertainment System, which is made of a series of components including a hub, digital displays, projectors, music players and handhelds, and involves partnerships with content companies.
PC makers are saying that their understanding of digital media, such as digital audio and imaging, gives them an advantage--one that HP plans to exploit with its new products that begin shipping in the fall.
news.zdnet.com /2100-3513_22-5138044.html   (812 words)

 USATODAY.com - Deal reached to combat digital piracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
A group of electronics makers and movie studios moved the rollout of digital TV a step ahead Tuesday with a preliminary agreement on copy protection for high-definition broadcasts and digital TV sets.
But they also caution that it's just one of a laundry list of issues that must be addressed before Hollywood would be willing to feed the pipeline for the new broadcast standard without fear of its products being pirated.
Another issue for home-theater users is that the new standard cannot easily be used for recording, as the video is uncompressed and far too demanding for current and even near-future digital recorders.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/2002/04/17/digitaltv-usat.htm   (434 words)

 Wired News: Smile, You're on Bootleg Camera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
But Kruger added that the kind of one-off piracy described above is just a drop in the bucket compared with piracy in the workplace, over the Net and by professional counterfeiters.
Most piracy is performed by companies that don't buy licenses for all the software installed on employee's machines, Kruger said.
Corporate piracy accounts for perhaps 60 percent of lost revenues, Kruger estimated, followed by Internet file trading and large professional counterfeiting operations, many of which now sell their wares through online auction sites.
www.wired.com /news/gizmos/0,1452,50910-2,00.html   (579 words)

 Digital Piracy: Should the Government Handle It?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Against a backdrop of industry disagreement on how to police digital piracy, it's looking increasingly likely that legislation, not technology, will be imposed as a solution.
Eisner, who attended last week's hearing, has repeatedly said that technology companies are not doing enough to curb digital piracy, because illegal copying of digital content keeps device manufacturers' business models running efficiently.
The FCC has also been keeping a close eye on digital piracy issues, and it has been particularly unimpressed with solutions proposed by technology companies.
www.pcmag.com /article2/0,1895,12840,00.asp   (620 words)

 LawMeme - The LawMeme Guide to Spider-Man and Star Wars Bootlegs
One of the most prominent and recurrent arguments of the copyright interests is that "digital piracy" is far worse than "analog piracy" and thus justifies the imposition of draconian paracopyright laws, such as the DMCA and CBDTPA.
I refer to this argument as the "analog fallacy." The fallacy is that analog piracy is not nearly as threatening as digital piracy because analog copies degrade with every generation while digital copies remain pristine no matter how many copies are made.
Digital copies may be flawless, generation after generation, but that does not really matter if the master copy is flawed to begin with.
research.yale.edu /lawmeme/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=208   (7012 words)

 New Scientist Breaking News - Piracy warning over digitised fine art   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
A scheme to digitise famous paintings that was unveiled last week by the National Gallery in London, UK, may be placing the collection at risk of digital piracy.
Now music and movie makers are warning the world of fine arts to act quickly if it wants to prevent the same kind of high-tech piracy that is crippling their industries.
The images have been captured with a digital camera that steps backwards and forwards over the painting, a technique that improves the resolution of the image to 100 megapixels, 20 times that of the best consumer cameras.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn4030   (538 words)

 Sweden outlaws digital content piracy on TechWhack News
Sweden has finally outlawed digital content piracy and as a result, downloading of copyrighted movies, games, and music from the Internet is now illegal in this European country.
China establishes a court for piracy cases People indulging in practices of software and digital piracy in china have a huge reason to be scared off.
RIAA agrees that CD Recordable is a problem for music industry RIAA and MPAA are the two authorities in the United States, which have pursued ever peer-to-peer technology in their aim to limit the piracy of digital content.
news.techwhack.com /1552/sweden-outlaws-digital-content-piracy   (717 words)

 Senator Sam Brownback   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
This legislation seeks to preserve consumer and educational community customary and legal uses of content, and to create minimum protections for them as digital rights management technologies are increasingly introduced into the marketplace.
This report raises strong questions about whether digital video piracy occurring today is primarily a governmental or intra-industry issue to be dealt with at this point.
“To the degree that digital piracy of video content is a real issue, I have proposed a different way to address the protection of DTV content from piracy in the Act.
brownback.senate.gov /record.cfm?id=211708   (862 words)

 Nero Digital [Piracy]
Piracy, including violation of the license agreement, is copyright infringement and may be punished under both civil and criminal law in the United States and internationally.
It is the duplication and sale of software with the intent to pass off the illegal copy as a legitimate copy produced by the software company.
For more information on piracy and reporting piracy, visit www.siia.net.
www.nero.com /nerodigital/enu/Piracy.html   (482 words)

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