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CNET accused of hosting ‘pirate software’ by RIAA

Despite music revenue growing year on year as streaming and downloads make it easier than ever before for people to access (and pay) for the music they love, the RIAA and its fellow advocacy groups continue to see piracy as their biggest opponent. To that end, this week’s attempt to …

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Revenge Porn officially made illegal in England and Wales

Posting nude or compromising photos or videos of individuals without their permission is set to become a criminal offence in England and Wales, making the practice of posting “revenge porn,” online, illegal. This falls in line with other parts of the world, like Victoria in Australia, which banned the practice …

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Anti-spy groups want software firms held accountable for snooping

Companies that sell invasive spying software to oppressive regimes around the world, should be held accountable. That’s according to the Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports (CAUSE) which has just been launched in Brussels, Belgium. Made up of representatives from a variety of other rights organisations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights …

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Google and Microsoft to crack down on child abuse images

While search engines might be the first place most of us go when we’re looking for pictures of anything, child abuse isn’t something you’d expect either search engine to offer up. However apparently they can lead to it, which is why both Google and Microsoft have pledged to block results …

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PS4 pre-orders are illegal, claims trading standards

UK games retailer, Simply Games, has been making the news this week, because it’s been holding its customers PS4 pre orders for ransom, telling them if they want to keep their day one PS4, then they’ll have to pay extra money to keep their spot in line. The extra money …

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Authorities don’t owe Dotcom anything, claims crown layers

Federal lawyers have defended the police’s and GCSB’s illegal raid on Dotcom’s home, suggesting that despite the fact that warrants were invalid, Dotcom is owed nothing by the police and that unauthorised copies of Dotcom’s electronics were covered under the Search and Surveillance Act. Off the bat this is obviously erroneous, …

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Dre Beats rip-offs brazenly bask in the London sun

When it comes to PCs, we’ve almost completely forgotten that we’re actually talking about ‘compatibles’ – that we don’t buy the original ‘IBM PC’, we actually buy something that agrees to ‘work in a similar way’ and that’s fine. But a Sunday morning stroll along one of the busiest markets …

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Controversial Three Strikes law halves piracy in New Zealand

A controversial ‘SkyNet’ three strikes law against internet piracy in New Zealand came into force on the 1st September 2011 which has halved online piracy according to the Record Industry Association of New Zealand. From August to September 2011 when the new law took effect, the number of times the …

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