Australia passes new anti-copyright infringement law

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Australia has passed a controversial new anti-piracy law, according to this Ars Technica report. Why is it controversial?  Because it makes it easier for rights holders to censor websites. The bill, which passed both houses, allows a rights holder to go to a federal judge to get a site - even an international site - blocked if they believe its primary purpose is in enabling copyright infringement.

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Emails between USTR and ESA, MPAA, and RIAA show influence on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One of the things that is fascinating about recently released emails between U.S. trade representatives negotiating trade treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and trade groups like the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is how amicable they all are with each other.

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Netflix: piracy helped prepare Spain for watching content online

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Entertainment streaming company Netflix is preparing to launch its service in Spain in October, where Internet torrents are popular and piracy is rampant. Some familiar with Spain would argue that much of this piracy is due to not having legal options in the region for consumers to get content in the first place; while others might blame high unemployment and a lack of disposable income due to the delicate state of the Spanish economy.

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'Rock Band 4' not planned for PC, because piracy

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It should come as no shock that Rock Band 4 isn't initially planned for a release on the PC platform - the series has never appeared on the platform before - but Harmonix takes some time to explain the particulars to Eurogamer in this report.

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The Pirate Bay loses its Swedish domains

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak story, notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay will lose its Swedish domain names after a court ruled that they must give them up. Back in 2013 Swedish Prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad filed a motion to have both ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se seized after he successfully got the main site taken offline for copyright infringement.

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Report: MPAA funding pro-copyright protection research to influence political policy

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While it should come as no great shock to anyone, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is funding pro-copyright protection research through its global research grant program. The program is part of the trade group's "Academic Outreach program." The program gives out $20,000 grants to academics doing research on various topics related to copyright infringement and piracy.  

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Kim Dotcom gets three more months to prepare for U.S. extradition hearing

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom have managed to delay his extradition hearing by an additional three months this week, TorrentFreak reports.  Dotcom's extradition hearing to decide whether he will be sent to the United States to face a litany of copyright infringement offenses (and other alleged crimes) related to file-sharing and storage site Megaupload was scheduled to take place in about a month.

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Prison won't let Pirate Bay co-founder play Nintendo games

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Pirate Bay operator Fredrik Neij can't play Nintendo Entertainment System games in prison. According to a TorrentFreak report, Fredrik Neij, - one of the principal operators and co-founders of The Pirate Bay - put in a request to play games on an old Nintendo 8-bit console.

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Kim Dotcom faces deportation from New Zealand over speeding ticket

April 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, can't seem to catch a break lately. According to this TorrentFreak report, Dotcom faces deportation from New Zealand because he didn't disclose a speeding ticket. That's right. While the U.S. Justice Department has had a hard time extraditing Dotcom to the states to face a number of charges related to alleged piracy and copyright infringement activities, it looks like a clerical error on Dotcom's part might undo his citizenship in the country.

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'Halo Online' modders undeterred by Microsoft's DMCA takedown

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier in the month Microsoft announced a free-to-play Halo game called Halo Online, but revealed - much to the chagrin of Halo players around the world - that it would only be made available in Russia.

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RIAA and MPAA lawsuits against Kim Dotcom pushed to October

April 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The MPAA and the RIAA will have to wait a bit longer to have their day in court with Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, according to TorrentFreak. A Federal judge has granted the embattled Dotcom an extended delay on the start of the civil case(s) until October of this year.

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Microsoft will allow pirated copies of Windows 7 in China to upgrade to Windows 10

March 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft really wants Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 when it is released to the masses this summer. The company's desire for wide proliferation of Windows 10 runs so deep that it has said publicly that it does not care how anyone in China obtained the operating system.

Speaking to Reuters, Microsoft's operating system chief Terry Myerson said that the company will be "upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10."

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Major Loophole To Combat Copyright Infringement Left In Open Internet Order

March 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The FCC's Open Internet Order (commonly referred to as "net neutrality") has a major loophole in it when it comes to dealing with copyright and piracy, according to TorrentFreak.

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Nintendo 3DS Firmware Update Kills Web Browser Exploit

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The party is officially over for those who were using an exploit in the 3DS web browser to load unsigned code. Nintendo released a new firmware update today that eliminates a web browser exploit that allowed users to inject code within downloaded games. The exploit was being used by some to load and run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs, made it so that games could be played regardless of region-locking, and even allowed some to bypass actually paying for micro-transactions in Nintendo's first free-to-play puzzle game for 3DS, Pokémon Shuffle.

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Australia Considering 'Three-Strikes' Copyright Enforcement System

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak report, Australian Internet service providers have caved in to pressure from the Australian government to create a system to deal with copyright infringers and file-sharers. A group of Australian ISPs this week published proposals (a 34-page document called the "Copyright Notice Scheme Industry Code") to deal with the issue of online piracy - drafted with the help of entertainment companies, apparently.

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The Pirate Bay Returns

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

TorrentFreak reports that file-sharing site The Pirate Bay came back online over the weekend. Back in December Swedish authorities raided the site's Nacka station, a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm. The domain returned two weeks after the site's physical location was raided, promising a triumphant return and adding a countdown clock for Feb1.

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3DS Exploit Allows 'Side-Loading' Game Boy Color Roms

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to several reports (one from Ars Technica and another from Tom's Guide), a new exploit has been uncovered that allows 3DS owners to "side-load" Game Boy Color roms.

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'Hotline Miami 2' Designer To Australian Gamer: 'Just Pirate It'

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you are worried that you won't be able to play Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number in Australia due to it being refused classification in the country by the Australian Classification Board, then perhaps Hotline Miami 2 designer Jonatan Söderström (from Dennaton Games) has an answer you might like: just pirate it. At least that is what he told one fan who emailed him and offered to send him money directly to get his hands on the game when it is released later this year.

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'Monument Valley' Suffers From High Rates of Piracy

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The award-winning Android game Monument Valley is pretty popular, but it's developer (Ustwo) who says that for all of its critical reception and GOTY awards, only five percent of its installed base on Android actually paid for it.

Of course this number excludes legitimate free copies obtained by users during a one-day Amazon Appstore promotion that saw the game given away for free - as well as other free downloads from other promotions. Ustwo says that the number is a lot higher on iOS - at 40 percent.

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How Croteam Punishes 'The Talos Principle' Pirates

December 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This NeoGAF thread highlights the unique way that developer Croteam has come up with to teach those who pirated its latest game The Talos Principle a lesson. Players who obtained Croteam's first-person puzzle game by pirating it end up being stuck in an elevator.. forever, according to what people are saying in this steam thread.

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Report: Hotfile Settlement With MPAA Was Just $4 Million

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak story, the settlement that the Motion Picture Association of America made with file-sharing site Hotfile was a lot less than the $80 million figure thrown around in public. According to the report, Hotfile ultimately paid $4 million dollars and the site was eventually shut down.

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New Zealand's Highest Court Rules Against Kim Dotcom

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The New Zealand Supreme Court ruled this week that the 2011 raid on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's Auckland, New Zealand mansion was legal, according to this TorrentFreak report. While the highest court in New Zealand acknowledged that the search warrants used against Dotcom were 'deficient' in detail, it concluded that that fact did not result in a miscarriage of justice.

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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Apathetic About Site's Latest Troubles

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde seems apathetic about the Pirate Bay being taken down by Swedish police yesterday. In fact, he seems to be pretty happy about it. Sunde distanced himself from the site a long time ago, but when pressed for comment he happily shared his feelings on the current plight of the file-sharing site.

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Google Removes 'Pirate Bay' Apps From Google Play Store

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Google has removed several apps that make it easier to peruse the Pirate Bay and do other things through a proxy.

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Kim Dotcom Wins Against U.S Government in Bail Violation Hearing

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has managed to fend off an attempt by the U.S. government to put him back in jail in his home country of New Zealand for allegedly violating the terms of his bail.

Last week, New Zealand authorities, working on behalf of American prosecutors, claimed that the Megaupload founder had "breached bail conditions by having indirect contact with one of his accused; that he is a flight risk because he has the money to skip the country; and that he has been dishonest about his finances by trying to sell a NZ$500,000 Rolls Royce in London."

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Nintendo Pulls 'Cubic Ninja' From eShop Over Exploit

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has pulled an obscure 3DS game from its eShop after learning that it contained an exploit that potentially could be used to run unsigned code. Last week a hacker who focuses on Nintendo systems (who goes by the name Smealum) revealed an exploit he calls "NINJHAX," which lets players hack into the 3DS. This is done using a game developed AQ Interactive and published in the west by Ubisoft called Cubic Ninja - which was until recently available on the 3DS eShop.

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Fugitive Pirate Bay Co-Founder Captured in Thailand

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Another co-founder of Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has been arrested. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, known by his hacker name TiAMO, was detained in the north-eastern town of Nong Khai while trying to cross into Thailand from Laos, according to what local police tell BBC.

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Megaupload Founder Ordered to Turn Over Personal Financial Information to Hollywood Studios

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has to share his personal financial information with Hollywood, according to a ruling by the New Zealand High Court. While Hollywood (or rather, those in Hollywood suing him) will be given access to his financial information, the public will not be provided with this information.

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Megaupload Founder Accuses Government of Charging Him With 'Nonexistent Crimes'

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom have filed a response to the U.S. government's attempt to size his assets, saying that it is trying to claim his property and charge him with a crime that is non-existent under current U.S. laws about copyright infringement.

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In Plain Sight: Rocket Internet Subsidiary Sells Pirated Games to Pakistan

September 29, 2014 - James Fudge

How can you buy a console game that is brand new for a little over $1? Well it could be some crazy sale to offload some inventory, or it could be the company selling these allegedly new games is engaging in piracy - or at the bare minimum allowing a third-party reseller to do so while it looks the other way. That's the case over at Kaymu.PK, an online store owned by Rocket Internet, an international Internet service provider in over 31 countries.

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Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameYou know andrew, those are actualy rock solid ideas, I woudl like those features a bunch ,especially with games that a cut scene heavly. looking at you kojima!07/03/2015 - 1:18am
Andrew EisenActually, "things I'd like to see become standard in video games" ain't a bad idea for one of my future YouTube videos.07/03/2015 - 1:05am
Andrew EisenYou know what I'd really like to see become standard? The ability to pause cutscenes. Rewind and skip (with "Are you sure?") would be nice too. Oh, and maybe display the duration of the cutscene when it's paused.07/03/2015 - 1:03am
Mattsworknameonly reason to do region locking now is to be dicks your consumer base. Granted, we see that ALOT these days07/03/2015 - 12:48am
MattsworknameI understand the concerns about the region locking thing, I just thing that if you buy a game legitimately, no matter where it's from or what langauge it's in, you should be allowed to play it. the argument about piracy was proven false years ago, the07/03/2015 - 12:47am
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.theverge.com/culture/2015/7/2/8888243/reddit-subreddits-private-after-ama-victoria-taylor-fired bad optics by Reddit.07/03/2015 - 12:33am
Goth_SkunkI'm in full agreement on the subtitles issue. I also believe that every game should come with a single-player component, and be playable without an internet connection. Except MMOs.07/02/2015 - 10:51pm
TechnogeekRegion locking bans seem like something that'll be very difficult to pass into law. I'm fully on board with the subtitle requirement, though.07/02/2015 - 10:00pm
MattsworknameFor example, all games with any for form of spoken dialoge should be i subtitled, and region locking in any form should be illegal07/02/2015 - 9:03pm
MattsworknameDoes anyone feel that there should be a set standard for all games in terms of certain basic features. Ie subtitles, region lock, etc07/02/2015 - 9:01pm
MattsworknameSo, now that the Article stuff is over, I want to bring up another subject07/02/2015 - 9:01pm
PHX Corphttps://trustygem.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/windows-10-insider-preview-phase-3/ My Thoughts on Windows 10 Insider Preview07/02/2015 - 6:17pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?t=18&v=CbGmrySQLIg looks like Inafune is giving capcom the middle finger.07/02/2015 - 5:05pm
TechnogeekUnfortunately, the shoutbox moves fast enough that I can't find why I got that impression, so if was indeed erroneous I do apologize.07/02/2015 - 4:34pm
TechnogeekBut yeah, as far as my earlier comment re: you and the article, I did get the impression at some point that you felt there should have been some sort of reprecussions for the article's existence.07/02/2015 - 4:34pm
TechnogeekI got expletive-censored for posting something a few weeks back wherein I expressed my shock that I agreed with you about something, Skunk; so you're not the only one being hit with that stick.07/02/2015 - 4:31pm
Andrew EisenI know you don't. And you haven't recently so all's well.07/02/2015 - 4:25pm
Goth_SkunkI don't think I misrepresented anything.07/02/2015 - 4:24pm
 

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