March 10, 2010 |
Although pirates last year made many more attempts to board ships in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia, the number of successful seizures was about the same as in 2008, according to the U.S.-organized multinational maritime force here. The figures suggest that new "defensive driving" tactics adopted by many commercial shipping companies are helping ward off attackers, naval officials said. There were 198 attempts at piracy in the vast region last year, a 62% increase from 2008, but only 44 attempts were successful.
April 9, 2009 |
Capt. Richard Phillips knew the waters off the rugged Horn of Africa were dangerous. The veteran mariner said as much in an e-mail to his wife, Andrea, from the cargo ship Maersk Alabama. "He knew the pirates were active again," said his sister-in-law, Lea Coggio. Shane Murphy, the second in command on the huge U.S-flagged ship, also knew the perils of sailing off Somalia. He brushed off his mother's questions about pirates when home in Massachusetts, but he posted his fears online.
January 5, 2009 |
A French warship captured 19 Somali pirates when it came to the rescue of two cargo ships threatened in the Gulf of Aden, the office of President Nicolas Sarkozy said. The Jean de Vienne was patrolling as part of a European Union anti-piracy force when it came to aid a Croatian cargo vessel and a Panamanian ship. The 19 pirates were handed over to Somali authorities. The incident came three days after another French vessel captured eight Somali pirates who had attacked a Panamanian- registered vessel.
December 9, 2008 |
The European Union agreed to launch an anti-piracy naval operation off the coast of Somalia involving warships and aircraft from several nations. The first such naval operation ever mounted by the 27-member EU, it will initially involve three warships, from Greece, Britain and France, and two surveillance aircraft from France and Spain. The naval force will be joined by a fourth ship from Germany upon approval by the German Parliament, EU officials said. Several international naval operations are already in the area, but they have not succeeded in deterring the pirates.
October 29, 2008 |
Microsoft Corp. is trying to annoy Chinese software users into buying genuine copies of Windows software. The software giant drew criticism from a top copyright official and howls from consumers here over its new anti-piracy strategy: When it detects that an improper copy of Windows is running, it turns the computer screen black. Users can switch it back manually, only to have the process repeat itself every 60 minutes amid a stream of warnings: "You may be the victim of pirated software."
May 30, 2008 |
One of the most popular Internet-based television networks was shut down all weekend, a casualty in the entertainment industry's fight against pirated material. The outage at Revision3, which features shows such as "Diggnation" and others targeted at techies, highlighted the risks of serious collateral damage in the usually invisible but bare-knuckled technological war between copyright holders and pirates. The victimized company said Thursday that the culprit was MediaDefender Inc.
December 28, 2007 |
One of the strongest rivals to Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store got stronger Thursday when Warner Music Group said it would sell digital songs without anti-piracy protection through Amazon.com Inc. The move is an about-face for Warner Music, which became the third of the big four record labels to start selling digital downloads in the unencrypted MP3 format that lets songs be played on any portable device and copied onto multiple computers.
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.
October 17, 2007 |
Apple Inc. said Tuesday that it was lowering the price of songs it sells without anti-piracy software from $1.29 to 99 cents, the standard price for a copyright-protected song purchased on its online music store iTunes. The move comes a month after Amazon.com Inc. launched its online music store, Amazon MP3, which sells songs without copyright restrictions for 89 cents to 99 cents. In August, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it would sell some of its songs without restrictions for 94 cents each.
October 16, 2007 |
To help keep their videos off YouTube, media companies may need to give their videos to YouTube. YouTube parent Google Inc.'s long-promised method for reducing piracy, unveiled Monday, relies on TV networks, movie studios and other content owners to provide the video-sharing service with master copies of their videos. YouTube won't post those videos. Rather, it plans to use software to find unique characteristics in the clips so it can detect copies posted by YouTube users without permission.