April 21, 2001 |
In an effort to combat piracy, online music service Napster Inc. said it will use new technology that identifies songs by mapping their sound patterns. Napster announced the deal with Alexandria, Va.-based Relatable, which developed the technology. The Recording Industry Assn. of America, Napster's main foe in a legal battle that threatens to end the swapping service, gave cautious praise to the new detection effort.
April 20, 2005 |
People who secretly videotape movies when they are shown in theaters could go to prison for up to three years under a bill that cleared Congress. The bill also toughens penalties for hackers and industry insiders who distribute music, movies or other copyrighted works before their release date. The House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously by voice vote. The bill has already passed the Senate, and President Bush is expected to sign it into law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1999
Components to build hundreds of illegal "black boxes"--descrambling devices that enable users to illegally access cable TV channels--were confiscated in raids Wednesday, authorities announced. The raids uncovered evidence of a national cable piracy operation that was conducted over the Internet, under the names Cable Converter Concepts and Hi-Tek Converter Cable, said Sgt. Perri Feinstein-Portales, spokeswoman for the Moreno Valley Police Department.
April 13, 2004 |
Piracy of "screeners" issued during Hollywood's awards season has decreased, although 30% of the 2003 movie titles sent out were still illegally copied, according to figures presented at a meeting Monday of representatives of Hollywood studios, independent filmmakers, guilds and various awards groups. The meeting was convened by Jack Valenti, president and chief executive of the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
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.
April 28, 2004 |
A Sherman Oaks man has pleaded guilty to one felony count of criminal copyright infringement for selling pirated copies of the HBO series "Sex and the City" on the Internet. William Jefferson Philputt, 33, could face up to three years in prison when he is sentenced in federal court in Los Angeles on July 2, prosecutors said.
July 25, 2007 |
Chinese police have busted up two criminal organizations and seized pirated software worth half a billion dollars, the culmination of two years of work with the FBI, officials from China and the U.S. said Tuesday. The gangs pirated Microsoft Corp. and Symantec Corp. software and sold it around the world, including in the U.S., said Gao Feng, an official with China's Ministry of Public Security.
September 9, 2006 |
A California man was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for selling more than $5.4 million in illegal copies of software made by Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc. and other companies. Nathan Peterson, 27, of Antelope Acres also was ordered to pay restitution of $5.4 million and to forfeit homes, cars, a boat and other assets he bought with profit from a website through which he sold the pirated software.
February 10, 2005 |
One year after the Motion Picture Assn. of America began its highly publicized campaign against pre-Oscar piracy, the problem is even worse. There are significantly more Academy Award screeners of movies available on the Internet for downloading than there were last year, according to websites that track online piracy, including all five films nominated for best picture. And because the screeners are DVDs -- not VHS videos, as they were last season -- the quality of the copies is much better.
May 4, 1999 |
Seagram's Universal Music Group has signed an agreement with Sunnyvale, Calif.-based InterTrust Technologies to begin testing a piracy-fighting digital distribution security system, sources said. InterTrust's DigiBox software acts like a "virtual" envelope that can wrap around any digital content (from compact discs to MP3 files) and deliver it securely via the Internet or through other methods, including retail store kiosks or cable set-top boxes, sources said.