March 28, 2006 |
China promised Monday to tighten a crackdown on product piracy -- a key source of tension with Washington -- and improve cooperation with foreign governments ahead of President Hu Jintao's trip to the U.S. The government shut down 17 production lines making pirated DVDs and CDs last year and six this year, said Yan Xiaohong, deputy commissioner of the National Copyright Administration of China. "We are very tough in our measures," Yan said.
February 14, 1999 |
A Beijing court has ordered two Chinese firms to pay $100,000 in compensation to Microsoft Corp. for using its software without authorization, the state-run New China News Agency reported. Despite the relatively small damages ordered by the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court, the ruling may set a precedent for other software piracy cases in China, where most computers operate on pirated software. Beijing Haisida Science and Technology Development Co. and Min'an Investment Consulting Co.
August 22, 2008 |
Armed pirates hijacked three ships off the coast of Somalia in one day, said Noel Choong, head of the piracy center of the International Maritime Bureau. The attacks on two cargo ships and a tanker came two days after the seizure of a Malaysian palm oil tanker with 39 crew members in the same area and raised to seven the number of ships hijacked in the Gulf of Aden since July 20. Choong urged the United Nations to act.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1995
A couple accused of selling illegally copied Disney movies out of their home were charged with tape piracy Tuesday, authorities said. Richard and Ina Depari, both 53, could face one year in jail and a $25,000 fine if convicted, said Deputy City Atty. Nicholas Fratianne. The Deparis were arrested Saturday after officers searched their Van Nuys home and found 59 illegally duplicated videos of Disney movies, such as "Little Mermaid," "Jungle Book" and "Sleeping Beauty," Fratianne said.
October 11, 2000 |
Computer software giant Microsoft Corp. sued three Atlanta-area firms that allegedly sold counterfeit versions of the company's Windows operating system and other products. The suits, filed in a federal court in Atlanta, accuse Quastar Computer International Inc. of Norcross, Ga., Streamline Data Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., and Tierra Computer of Doraville, Ga., of trademark and copyright violations. Redmond, Wash.
July 1, 2010 |
Adding some swashbuckling to its tough talk on fighting piracy, the federal government on Wednesday seized several websites that had offered downloads of pirated movies such as "Toy Story 3" and "Iron Man 2" within hours of their release in theaters. Federal authorities announced that they had seized domain names from nine websites engaged in the "criminal theft of American movies and television." The websites include TVShack.net, PlanetMoviez.com, ThePirateCity.org and Ninjavideo.
July 1, 2013 |
While the tech-savvy residents of the Bay Area have brought us innovations in search, social media and ecommerce, they are also adept at something less savory: Internet piracy. That's especially true among cord-cutters and cord-nevers , or people who have decided to forgo paying for traditional TV packages in favor of online content, acquired legally or otherwise. Unfortunately for the industry, San Francisco cord-cutters seem more inclined to steal their entertainment, according to Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger, who hosted a focus group of cord-cutters in San Francisco last month.
December 5, 2011 |
Film director Penelope Spheeris' new comedy, "Balls to the Wall," had barely premiered in Europe when bootleg copies started popping up on the Internet, throwing its U.S. release into jeopardy. A Spheeris assistant sent out as many as 30 cease-and-desist notices a day in a desperate, but failed, attempt to halt the piracy. "It's like putting out a forest fire with your bare feet," she said. That helps explain why Spheeris and other filmmakers are backing tough new legislation making its way through Congress that would give the Justice Department broad powers to shut down websites that host pirated material and would open the door for movie studios, music companies and other copyright holders to seek court injunctions against Internet companies they believe are aiding in copyright theft, which amounts to $58 billion a year.