Entries Tagged as 'piracy'

Pirate Bay does accounting on Twitter

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It’s pretty amusing when I’m sitting here working that I happened to check one of my screens and lo and behold, I see the infamous Pirate Bay.
Wait. They’re on Twitter? Apparently. And not only that, but they’re touting the piracy of an application that everyone seems to be trying to get in the last few weeks in this field. Wow. Who knew that pirates also did accounting. Eh? Totally unethical, but it still does prove a point on why many things are going towards SaaS and free MMORPGs. It’s just behavior that you don’t have to deal with anymore.

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Buckcherry caught trying to blame pirates

Right now, it seems kind of silly that the band Buckcherry, was caught trying to play the whole piracy angle. The single, Black Butterfly, had leaked onto BT sites but they also threw out a press release saying how they hate how pirates got to it.
Amusingly, BT site Torrentfreak, traced it back to a band manager for Buckcherry. Obviously drumming up publicity. What Torrentfreak said is correct. Pirated anything, be it merchandise or software or even media, has to come from somewhere. There is always an insider involved most likely since it doesn’t magically appear just as the money in the bank vaults don’t magically appear in your wallet.
Another perspective however, is why they thought to blame pirates. I have some sort of feeling that they had felt (or perhaps the band manager) that pirated music is equated to wanted music. What they don’t seem to understand is that while that’s true somewhat, pretty much anything that isn’t locked down is probably traded in the warez scene just on different tiers. BT sites aren’t any different.
Feels so juvenile to go… “ooooohh…BUSTED…” but just can’t help it.

G8 governments setting up scare tactics for piracy

The latest thing that the G8 conference talked about was anti-piracy measures. And apparently they want to enact the international agreement that would give the right to inspect all portable devices such as music players, phones, or laptops for illegal downloads.
While this is more likely to be about customs officials actually being able to intercept shipments of counterfeit goods (of which they already can as far as I know), there is an eerie feeling that there will be some overzealous screener that will take into their own hands a misinterpretation of this agreement.
Here’s the deal. The chance of actually having a scan of your device is probably fairly unlikely due to the fact that there is no way to actually prove ownership. On top of that, it would increase the times at customs checkpoints by ten-fold. I don’t think there are many people that don’t bring music players for transpacific or transatlantic trips anymore.
In regards to the burden of proof, I give you this example; many people rip their entire music library on CD and legal downloads to their portable music device. I personally have over 4000+ songs (all legit) and I know people that have more. How customs will be able to prove that is beyond me if I’m going in and out of the country. If there is a misinterpretation of this however, the more likely thing would be confiscation. And you know that will face the wrath of at the very least business people that go on flights if not the citizens of G8 countries. Without very strict rules on how the procedures are and what is and isn’t allowed, the only thing we can hope for is that this doesn’t happen.
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Fritz chip will prevent piracy?

Atari’s founder, Nolan Bushnell, has made an absolute clause. And in the world of security, you never make absolute clauses.
“Games are a different thing, because games are so integrated with the code. The TPM will, in fact, absolutely stop piracy of gameplay.”
I can tell you that this statement is just asking for trouble. Most things don’t need prodding to get enthusiastic people get jump on and start trying to break it. In fact, there will be those people already. But stating any fact like this, is absolutely preposterous.
Why? Even the SHA algorithm has been broken. Truecrypt? Broken. There are pretty much ways around every single type of algorithm unless you use some obscure and totally huge seed that can only be brute forced. And even so, there are many researchers that will attempt to find weaknesses in algorithms. But, let’s dig a bit deeper. The way Truecrypt was broken was because the password had to be stored in RAM for just a fraction of time. Yet, if you froze the RAM, that data could be extracted. Similarly, any sort of password at a low level has to be stored and decrypted somewhere at some point. This also has to be stored. Thus, there’s always a weakness to the strategies of password protection.
Knowing what TPM does, I can’t say that it’s not a strong encryption mechanism (although it is vulnerable to cold boot attacks). But I do know however that I was taught at a very young age, “Never say never.” In this case? “Never say absolutely.”
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2008 Olympics website caught plagiarizing Flash game

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This is really bad news for Beijing. I mean, with the 2008 Olympics coming up, they have been tightening the hatches and building and maintaining multiple billion dollar projects just to show the world that they’re on the up and coming. With the amount of money they’ve spent on the buildings and such, it’s an amazing thing that they had basically plagiarized a Flash game from The Pencil Farm.
Apparently, some impatient web developer for the Olympics had downloaded the swf file, decompiled it and inserted the Olympic characters and such in place of the others, and replaced the words. What’s even more interesting is that the original author, did the same with the one from the Olympics, and found some files of his still intact within the swf.
Obviously, the Internet community has turned up the heat on this issue. Should be interesting as to how Beijing responds to this since they don’t want any trouble to befall the Olympics and this could become pretty ugly with how fast the Internet mobilizes.
Definitely something to pay attention to since The Pencil Farm should in fact get compensation for use of their game in the Beijing Olympics. And I’d imagine in an event as large as this, it should be pretty great compensation since it’s no different than if a company plagiarized an indie designers product and then displayed it as an television advertisement during the Super Bowl.