Megaupload file seizure shows why many cautious about the cloud

Megaupload users are crying foul after their personal files, not necessarily copyright-infringing material, stored with the file-sharing service was seized on Thursday along with a trove of illegally distributed copyrighted works. Some of

Published on: January 21st, 2012 Ian Paul

How to spot counterfeit software

Did you know that genuine Microsoft software for North American sales is actually marked Made in Puerto Rico. It's the bogus products that are labelled Made in USA.As online shopping shifts into full

Published on: December 8th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

‘Pirate’ sites dispute digital copyright infringement report

Owners of three Web sites said to be involved in digital piracy in a new paper have objected to the label, saying they provide legitimate and legal services. The paper, from brand protection

Published on: January 13th, 2011 Grant Gross

Piracy sites receive 53 billion visits a year

Forty-three websites identified by brand-protection firm MarkMonitor as digital piracy sites generate 53 billion visits per year, according to a new paper sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The paper shows the

Published on: January 12th, 2011 Grant Gross

Tech pirates can drive innovation

Lately it seems, tech pirates and mavericks are being rounded up, given the squeeze or worse made to walk the plank.Very few would probably sympathize with the recently busted cyber crime ring responsible

Published on: December 9th, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

E-book piracy different from music, movies

By Keir Thomas While browsing a social news site the other day, I came across a link to an e-book search engine. Sadly, alongside the many free e-books available, such as those from

Published on: December 1st, 2010 IDG News Service

ISPs would be ineffective, privacy-invasive copyright enforcers

Do you want the company maintaining your connection to the Internet to keep tabs on the content you’re browsing? A group of software vendors thinks that’s a good idea. The Autumnal Equinox is upon us

Published on: September 20th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Anti-piracy group’s study ‘shockingly misleading’, says expert

A report by an anti-piracy group that claims potential improved economic conditions if software piracy were stamped out may actually show the effects of increased spending in the IT industry, according to critics.The

Published on: September 17th, 2010 Brian Jackson

On brink of closure, Limewire seeks settlement with recording industry

Beleaguered file-sharing software maker LimeWire LLC said it still hopes to settle a dispute with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) even as a federal court in New York appears set to

Published on: June 11th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Tech piracy can fuel innovation, says former pirate radio DJ

Frowned upon by the establishment, reviled by large music companies and hunted down by the police, today's tech pirates, in a way, have much in common with their seafaring counterparts of old. However,

Published on: May 26th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Canadian firms pay $170,000 to anti-piracy group

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has exacted fines from seven more Canadian businesses, while continuing to refer to questionable statistics measuring piracy.Companies in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia were fined a total of

Published on: April 29th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Conference Board of Canada issues new, balanced copyright report

The Conference Board of Canada has issued a report on intellectual property that offers a balanced, non-partisan look at technology issues including digital locks and private copying. Most importantly, it isn't plagiarized. Last

Published on: February 17th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Microsoft funds anti-piracy exhibit at Royal Ontario Museum

A Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) exhibit, partly funded by Microsoft Canada Corp., will include a display featuring several Microsoft products and warns against the dangers of software piracy.Dubbed “Fakes & Forgeries: Yesterday and

Published on: January 8th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Hackers figure out ways to sidestep Windows 7 activation

Hackers have figured out how to outwit Windows 7's activation process, continuing a long-running battle with Microsoft, which has blocked such tactics in the past. According to an article published more than a

Published on: November 19th, 2009 Gregg Keizer