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Adobe uses shame to tackle software piracy

Adobe uses shame to tackle software piracy

Piracy is bad, and you shouldn't do it. But that doesn't stop many people from doing it. While it's hard to say which company has their software pirated the most, Adobe is a company that is no stranger to the issue. They've tried different methods to prevent piracy, but today they're taking a different approach, shame.

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New Game of Thrones episode leaked online (by HBO)

New Game of Thrones episode leaked online (by HBO)

An episode of Game of Thrones — already recognized as the world's most pirated show — getting leaked online early isn't exactly news anymore, especially after network HBO has taken great lengths to end such practices and only found partial success. However, in this case, where the latest episode of season six turned up online over 24 hours before its scheduled air date, it's the fact that it was HBO that leaked it in the first place that's interesting.

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Piracy could land you in jail for 10 years in the UK, in the future

Piracy could land you in jail for 10 years in the UK, in the future

Piracy has been an issue for as long as digital content has been available. VCR's were once thought to kill the TV and movie industry, and we were told to not copy that floppy in the 90's. However, ever since Napster made online piracy almost mainstream, courts have cracked down on the offenders, and hard.

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Quantum Break DRM bug turns your character into a pirate

Quantum Break DRM bug turns your character into a pirate

Different companies have different ways of dealing with piracy. Some will try to lock a game down with harsh DRM, which can sometimes backfire and prevent the game from being played by paying users. Others will simply use an Easter egg to shame pirates into (hopefully) purchasing a copy of the game. Quantum Break developer Remedy Entertainment went with the second option, but it looks like it still managed to affect legitimate game owners.

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Top movie pirates taken down by clumsy social media use

Top movie pirates taken down by clumsy social media use

Following the recent sentencing of movie pirates in the United Kingdom, some curious folk hunted down the details on how police came to discover the pirates’ identities. Not surprisingly, and despite the prosecutor’s claim that the pirates had taken big steps to avoid detection, uncovering the pirates’ identities was pretty simple and largely revolved around the clumsy use of social media. In some cases, a single sentence was all it took.

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Game of Thrones was 2015’s most pirated TV show

Game of Thrones was 2015’s most pirated TV show

In what shouldn't really come as a surprise, HBO's hit drama Game of Thrones has been recognized as the most pirated TV show of 2015, beating out hits like The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory. This marks the fourth year in a row that the show has been recognized for the feat by TorrentFreak, not to mention setting new worldwide piracy records earlier this year. According to TorrentFreak's data, Game of Thrones' season 5 finale was torrented roughly 14.4 million times.

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Leak has ‘Hateful Eight,’ ‘Revenant’ online before premieres

Leak has ‘Hateful Eight,’ ‘Revenant’ online before premieres

A massive leak has resulted in two highly anticipated movies, The Hateful Eight and The Revenant, being published online before their Christmas day theatrical premieres. So far The Revenant has proven most popular, with nearly a million people downloading it in a single day. Tarantino’s Hateful Eight has also proven popular, though, with more than half a million downloads during the same time period.

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UK theaters will ramp up anti-piracy patrols for Spectre

UK theaters will ramp up anti-piracy patrols for Spectre

Theaters in the United Kingdom are reportedly gearing up in anticipation of the new 007 movie, but not in the way you may think. Rather than beefing up concessions and janitorial personnel, theaters will be rolling out anti-piracy patrols armed with night vision goggles to search for potential pirates. It is anticipated the new James Bond movie will be one of 2015's biggest hits.

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Popcorn Time users in U.S. hit with lawsuits

Popcorn Time users in U.S. hit with lawsuits

Following news that Denmark arrested two men who operated websites with guides on using Popcorn Time, other bad news related to the piracy software has surfaced, this time relating to some users in the U.S. The makers behind The Cobbler have filed a lawsuit against 11 Popcorn Time users, alleging they used the software to watch the 2014 comedy. The complaint was recently filed in the Oregon District Court, and it seeks to have Comcast reveal the identities of the eleven users behind the nabbed IP addresses.

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Popcorn Time alleged guide operators arrested in Denmark

Popcorn Time alleged guide operators arrested in Denmark

Denmark has taken one of the harshest stances against Popcorn Time thus far, arresting two individuals alleged to have operated two websites offering guides on the piracy software. Both domains have also been seized by the local authorities. Both men, who haven’t been named, are said to be in their thirties, and to have operated the Popcorn-time.dk and Popcorntime.dk websites. Neither websites offered links to download the software, causing controversy among Internet goers.

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Ruling ushers in age of reason: downloaders fined cost of movie

Ruling ushers in age of reason: downloaders fined cost of movie

Get caught downloading a movie illegally and you might be sent a nastygram demanding a very large sum of money from the studio behind the film. Movie studios allege damages and all sorts of other nonsense to extort large sums of money from someone who has pirated a movie -- figures that greatly eclipse the actual cost of the film. A new legal case in Australia may set the precedent that changes that, however. It seems the pirates will simply pay the amount they'd have spent to buy the movie: $12.98.

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Australia’s new controversial anti-piracy bill approved

Australia’s new controversial anti-piracy bill approved

Australia has passed its new anti-piracy legislation despite opposition from consumers and (some) politicians, and with it Internet service providers can block websites used for piracy, such as The Pirate Bay. The law was passed with a 37 to 13 majority vote, and is the latest of many efforts in various countries to curb piracy. The legislation is called the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, and it was first introduced this past March after a call for such a bill late last year.

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