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“Six Strikes,” Piracy, and Your Internet

During summer 2012, we all heard tell of internet service providers agreeing to a new Copyright Alert System (CAS), intending to curb online piracy.  All we really knew of it back then is that it involved your ISP sending you…

Diablo III and “Always On” DRM

[Article first published as Diablo III and “Always On” DRM on Blogcritics.] Over time, publishers have resorted to multiple methods of enforcing digital rights management (DRM) on many forms of media, but it started with games.  Of course this had its humble beginnings…

99. The House Judiciary Hearing on SOPA was a Messy Show

[Article first published as House Judiciary Online Piracy Hearings Frightening on Blogcritics.] Thursday was a, well let’s say, interesting day, for those who have any sort of stake in, or connection to technology, politics or the horrific relationship between the two.  Over…

64. goodbye 28-day wait to rent a new movie, hello zediva. and thank you, copyright loophole.

the idea of being able to stream movies and television over high speed broadband connections is wonderful, especially when there’s so many sources to access it from.  now you buy streams for single episodes, complete television seasons and moves from…

37. xbox hacks and the feds

has anyone ever approached you in disgust after you had an xbox 360 modded?  did they look down on you from their moral high ground?  was your response “well make a federal case out of it why don’t ya?”  for…

20. the difference between “pirate” and “jerk”

yes, i know i’ve been slacking for about a week – but if i’m going to be writing about anything related to consumer technology and/or tech news, the last couple of weeks of available material has been all apple all…

14. warner brothers’ spy game

here’s a question for you: how much would it take for you to snitch on your free-content-lovin peers? what’s your price? there’s always been rumors of plants from the movie industry spying on peer to peer networks – we know…

11. people pirate media because piracy is cool?

i mean i guess they’re right. how long have you been using the phrase “piracy” or the verb “pirate” to denote steali… i mean… the creative acquisition of digital booty and other similar copyrighted ducats?  since ye were naught but…