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American VP Joe Biden Says A “Violent Media Tax” Is Legally Possible

Manhunt is among the most notoriously famous “violent” video games of our time. Yet at the core of the word “violent” is a normative judgement that has to be made. What is violent? What would constitute…

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Biggest File-Sharing “Pirates” Spend More On Content Than “Normal” People

Copyright hysteria has taken over most of the big corporate entertainment industry. They are constantly searching for new ways to prevent piracy, enforce stricter content control and DRM management on their products. This includes methods like…

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8% Of Pirate Bay Traffic Now From Proxies

ISPs and copyright organisations have been relentlessly pursuing bans and blocks of the Pirate Bay website across many parts of the world. Most of them have been hailing the blockades as a success noting a reduction…

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Greek Anti-Piracy Group Targeting Major Torrent Website ISP Blocks

Anti-piracy groups in Greece are targeting major torrent websites for ISP level blocks. The requests that were filed are against some of the biggest torrent websites in the business including KickAssTorrents, isoHunt, 1337X and H33T. AEPI, the…

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New Norwegian Laws To Block Pirate Sites

While Iceland has been relatively friendly to the Pirate Bay in recent times, other Scandinavian countries have not. Greenland recently booted the Pirate Bay out, Denmark banished them ages ago under a supreme court ruling and…

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Facebook Wins 105 Domains and $2.8 Million Damages From “Typosquatters”

It isn’t an uncommon thing for something to fall victim to “typosquatters”, you are just going about your daily business, doing a tactical Facebook check when suddenly you type it wrong and you end up at…

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Pirate Party Achieve Three Seats Of National Parliament In Icelandic Elections

The Pirate Party of Iceland achieved something very impressive yesterday after acquiring three seats of parliament in the Icelandic national elections. In total, the Pirate Party grabbed 5.1% of the total vote – pretty impressive for…

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CISPA Unlikely To Pass In Current Form

When CISOA passed through the American House of Representatives it sparked outrage across the internet community and across many civil rights and liberty groups. However, a recent report suggests that CISPA will not reach the American…

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Pirate Bay On The Move To Iceland

We brought you the news two weeks ago that the Pirate Bay had attempted to move to a Greenland domain, .gl, in the hope of future-proofing itself in the likely event that its .se Sweden domain…

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Anonymous Call For An Internet Blackout Day Against CISPA

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, known as CISPA, was snuck through the American congress by a Republican Majority a few days ago in what can only be described as sneaky tactics by the U.S…

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Anonymous Opening Up News Site “Your Anon News”

Anonymous are a hacktivist-come-civil-rights group that pride themselves on achieving social justice and surprisingly enough…on being anonymous. Yet their latest move is a bit of a strange one. An Indiegogo fundraiser, going by the name Jackal…

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Google Faces Antitrust Allegations In EU Over Android

Google is a huge company, and with that comes huge power and influence in the marketplace. Consequently, it is unsurprising that Google has been the victim of antitrust cases over the past few years, including one…

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WikiLeaks Unveils Largest Release Ever – The Kissinger Cables

WikiLeaks continues its tradition of releasing confidential information with the release of what is dubbed the “Kissinger Cables”. This included the release of formerly confidential information that includes 1.7 million diplomatic records from 1973 to 1976 of which…

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ITC Judge Rules Samsung Infringing On Another Apple Patent

An International Trade Commission (ITC) judge has ruled in a preliminary decision that Samsung is infringing on a key part of an Apple patent. The patent covers a text selection feature for its smartphones and tablets.…

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Consumers Cannot Resell iTunes Songs Rules Judge As ReDigi Lose Their Case

An American Federal Court has ruled that in the USA it is not legal to resell digital media. This is because the judge believes there is an explicit distinction between physical and digital media that needs to be…

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Kim Dotcom to Sue Hong Kong’s Government

In 2003 Kim Dotcom made the decision to move his business HQ and operations to Hong Kong with MegaUpload. This was the case until January 2011 when his Hong Kong based property and offices were raided…

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Apple lose iPhone Trademark Dispute in Mexico

Apple is having a tough time retaining (or even acquiring) its iPhone trademark in several countries. The defeat it received in Brazil to Gradiente Electronics was the most recent blow to Apple until it suffered another…

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Google Admits to Stealing Data and Gets Fined Only $7 million

Google was recently fined US$7 million for a lawsuit covering 38 American states including the District of Columbia. Google is reported to have driven through neighbourhoods with a rogue program intercepting all Wi-Fi transmitted data from people’s homes…

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Iceland preparing legislation to ban Internet Pornography

Iceland isn’t exactly a “Big Brother” state when it comes to censorship but things look set to change slightly as Iceland’s Interior Minster Odmundur Jonasson has proposed legislation to ban access to internet pornography. Iceland already has…

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Apple lost iPhone trademark in Brazil

Apple have now officially lost the iPhone trademark in Brazil to Gradiente Eletronica who has the exclusive rights to the name in South America’s biggest market which registered the name in 2000, seven years before Apple launched their…

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China’s video gaming console ban maybe lifted soon

Since 2000, the Chinese cultural ministers have implemented a ban on gaming consoles as (according to the ministry) it causes potential harm to the physical and mental development of the young. But according to China Daily’s…

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Newegg scored a major victory against “online shopping cart” patent troll

Online retailer Newegg successfully defeats a well-known patent troll who was trying to collect licensing fees from one of the well-known online shopping stores. The ruling was passed in a Texas district court last week where…

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Apple ends relationship with Chinese supplier after the use of underage workers

Recently Apple, Inc. discovered 74 under-aged workers being used by one of their suppliers in China during their audits which resulted in ending the relationship with the company. The company behind employing children is Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics.…

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Unlocking of cellphones became illegal in U.S. on January 26th

The 26th January saw that the unlocking of cellphones or tablets is considered as a crime in the United States. This started in October 2012 when the Librarian of Congress laid down the rule in Digital…

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AMD claims former managers copied 100,000+ confidential files before Joining Nvidia

AMD has filed a case against four former employees in the U.S. District of Massachusetts. One of the four was the Vice President of strategic development Robert Feldstein and the other three are Manoo Desai, Nicolas…