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China Trumps Up Anti-Monopoly Charges Against Microsoft

China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce on Tuesday announced it has launched an investigation into Microsoft under the country's antimonopoly laws, according to press reports. The announcement comes days after SAIC officials reportedly raided Microsoft offices in four cities, seizin...

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Looking on the Bright Side of Software Piracy

There's a rumor that honor exists among thieves, but outside of Robin Hood, no one considers them a bunch of do-gooders. Yet there may be a bright side to their shadowy work, at least in terms of enterprise software. Why has Microsoft, a company known to be almost brutal in its license-protection pr...

Piracy, Open Source and the Shrinking Space Between

There's a rumor that honor exists among thieves, but outside of Robin Hood, no one considers them a bunch of do-gooders. Yet there may be a bright side to their shadowy work, at least in terms of enterprise software. Why has Microsoft, a company known to be almost brutal in its license-protection pr...

Japanese ISPs Agree to Shut Down Illegal File-Sharers

Japan's four major Internet service provider organizations have agreed to cut off Internet access for users who repeatedly copy gaming software and music illegally online. The organizations, which include the nation's Telecom Service Association and the Telecommunications Carriers Association, repre...

Managed Copy Spec for High-Def Discs May Be on the Horizon

Recent press reports have indicated that a managed copy specification -- supported by the Advanced Access Content System that provides the copy-prevention system on HD DVD and Blu-ray discs -- may be nearing reality. Details, however, are few and far between. The AACS has acknowledged that it is tal...

Digg Encryption Uproar: All About the Right to Tinker

On the surface, the recent brouhaha with Digg and the HD DVD encryption key posted on the site seems to be about cracking the code to let people copy movies. While most people may think digital rights management is a pain in the butt and a waste of time in the effort to fight illegal copying for com...

Blu-ray, HD DVD Hackers Stymied – for Now

The organization responsible for developing security measures for next-generation DVDs said it has plugged a hole that allowed hackers to locate and unlock encryption keys for movies released on HD DVD and Blu-ray discs. The Advanced Access Content System License Administrator has responded to recen...

Beijing Bans Naked Computers

In a move to reduce software piracy in China, Beijing has banned the sale of so-called "naked" computers, that is, personal computers sold without software, according to an announcement on Friday. The timing could be a political move to coincide with Chinese President Hu Jintao's upcoming visit to t...

Texas Files Second Lawsuit Against Sony

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott yesterday bolstered his pending November lawsuit against Sony BMG Music Entertainment, adding a number of new allegations that reflect harm to consumers who purchased certain CDs. The original suit alleged the company surreptitiously installed spyware using so-call...

Sony Stirs Controversy With Hidden DRM Software

Digital rights management software embedded in some Sony BMG CDs has become a lightning rod for complaints against the measures the music industry is taking to prevent illegal copying. Eight months after Sony incorporated the software into 20 of its CD releases, developer and author Mark Russinovich...

Microsoft, Intel Back Toshiba’s HD-DVD

Microsoft and Intel yesterday lined up behind Toshiba and its next-generation DVD technology, called HD DVD, in a move that seems significant because of the combined influence of the two industry giants, but which in fact, one analyst said, will likely have a negligible effect. "The announcement wil...

FCC Anti-Piracy Play Rejected

A recent U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against the Federal Communication Commission's requirement of broadcast flag anti-piracy technology may give consumers more control over how they watch and record broadcast content, including digital television. That programming may be limited, however, ...

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Crackdown on Illegal Downloading Brings Global Legal Action

Illegal file-sharing through peer-to-peer networks continues to be a problem for copyright owners despite efforts by various industry groups and court rulings. However, recent developments might provide hope for copyright owners as zealous prosecution of users by the entertainment industry across th...

‘Betamax Principle’ Central to Supreme Court P2P Case

As the controversy over peer-to-peer (P2P) networks goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, the recording and film industries are enlisting celebrities to help make the case that network operators should be held liable for the illegal file sharing that occurs over their networks. The tech industry, me...

MPAA Settles with 321 Studios over DVD Piracy

A company driven out of business by Hollywood and the video game industry over its DVD-copying software has reached a settlement with the motion picture industry. In the settlement, suburban St. Louis-based 321 Studios and its owners agreed to stop selling DVD copying software worldwide, said Matthe...

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