November 11, 2013 |
First there was the Boy Scouts' "Respect Copyrights" activity patch, backed by the Motion Picture Assn. of America. Then there was "Crime-Fighting Canines," a weekly anti-piracy comic strip series for children in which two black Labrador retrievers named Lucky and Flo sniffed out bootleg DVDs. The series was part of a school education campaign led by the MPAA. Now that group, along with the Recording Industry Assn. of America and the nation's main Internet service providers, is quietly backing another controversial push to educate schoolchildren about the evils of piracy.
January 17, 2012 |
Most people probably haven't paid much attention to the huge corporations waging war in Washington over legislation designed to crack down on online theft of movies, music and other content. But the conflict will hit consumers in the face Wednesday, when Wikipedia and a number of other websites intend to go dark to protest the proposed changes. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced Monday that the hugely popular online encyclopedia would be unavailable for 24 hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and related legislation, which opponents say could lead to censorship or the complete shutdown of some websites.
January 9, 2003 |
A new anti-piracy feature on Intuit Inc.'s popular TurboTax software has triggered a consumer backlash. Intuit says the criticism stems from misconceptions about the product activation code, which customers must obtain to use the tax preparation software. The activation code essentially ties the software to a single computer to prevent buyers from sharing. Customers can use TurboTax on other computers, but printing and electronic filing of tax returns must be done from the original computer.
November 12, 2005 |
Stung by continuing criticism, Sony BMG Music Entertainment promised Friday to temporarily suspend making music CDs with anti-piracy technology that could leave computers vulnerable to hackers. The world's second-largest music label defended its right to prevent customers from illegally copying music but said it would halt manufacturing CDs with the "XCP" technology as a precautionary measure.
January 10, 2003 |
RealNetworks Inc. said film and record companies, including Sony Corp. and EMI Group, will use its new software for preventing music and video piracy. The Helix DRM product will ensure that consumers who copy music or video from the Internet can do so only for certain formats such as digital music players, a spokesman said. Consumers won't be able to transfer the music and videos to unauthorized users. Shares of the Seattle-based company rose 5 cents to $3.92 on Nasdaq.
November 3, 2005 |
After a chorus of criticism, Sony Corp.'s music division said it was distributing a free software patch to reveal hidden files that automatically installed onto hard drives when some of its music CDs were played on personal computers. The offending technology was designed to thwart music piracy.
October 13, 2004 |
The Supreme Court declined to examine a lower-court ruling that forces music industry investigators to sue to uncover the identities of people who may be copying their songs online. Verizon Communications Inc. had argued that it shouldn't be required to turn over customer names whenever it received a notice from the Recording Industry Assn. of America. The Internet provider said the RIAA would have to file a formal lawsuit to get the names of suspected song swappers. A U.S.
October 24, 2007 |
The Bush administration announced Tuesday that it planned to negotiate a trade agreement with other major countries to bolster the fight against counterfeit products. U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said the administration planned to join other countries to negotiate an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that would toughen efforts to confront copyright piracy.
July 24, 2000 |
Moving to crack down on piracy, Sega of America said it shut down 185 Web sites that allegedly were selling or freely distributing bootlegged copies of games for its popular Dreamcast console machine. The sweeping closures, which Sega launched late last week, included auctions on Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc. Officials with Sega, the San Francisco-based arm of Sega Enterprises Ltd. in Japan, said the game maker sent out hundreds of letters to sites in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
February 12, 2003 |
Offering a whole new take on Customer Appreciation Day, a Missouri company announced a $10,000 reward Tuesday for tips leading to the conviction of anyone using its DVD-copying software for piracy. The move is the latest attempt by St. Louis-based 321 Studios to demonstrate its anti-piracy fervor. That's important because the major Hollywood studios want to ban 321's products on the grounds that they promote piracy. "We hereby claim their reward," said Marta Grutka of the Motion Picture Assn.