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September 24, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Julie Cart
MOSCOW - Russia opened a criminal case Tuesday against Greenpeace activists, accusing them of piracy for attempting to stage a protest on an Arctic oil rig. A Greenpeace spokeswoman called the accusation "absurd. " Russian border troops seized the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, along with its multinational crew of 30 activists and sailors, in a commando operation Thursday in the Barents Sea. The day before, the group had been foiled while attempting to raise a protest banner on a Russian oil drilling platform.
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 | Reuters
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.
January 17, 2012 | By Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
What would the world be like without the Internet? Fire up your browser and see what you can't do. In the first strike of its kind, hundreds of popular sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing were scheduled to temporarily shut down Wednesday to protest a pair of anti-piracy bills that they say essentially amount to censorship of the Internet. The prospect of a day without the websites set off a frenzy in the hours leading up to the strike, which was slated to begin Tuesday night, with parents urging their children to do their homework early and tech-savvy users posting instructions for how to access cached Wikipedia pages during the blackout.
July 1, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
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,, and Ninjavideo.
December 5, 2011 | By Richard Verrier and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
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.
July 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The major Hollywood studios and record companies are drawing up a new lesson plan in their efforts to discourage students from violating copyright laws. Industry groups, which several years ago sued college students for downloading illegal copies of movies and music, are taking a gentler approach to fighting piracy by urging Los Angeles schools to steer students to legitimate websites. In a letter sent Monday to Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy, the Motion Picture Assn.
July 1, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
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.
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