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Angry Birds Chief Says Piracy Can Be Good For Business
2012-01-31 13:37:12

Not everyone in the music industry is as vehemently anti-piracy as the giants of the Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA) – one of the last beleaguered bastions of an anachronistic music imperium which, like the giant cartelized companies in the age of mercantilism, is only sustainable as long as its members continue to wield influence over legislators. At the annual Medim conference in Cannes, France – the world´s largest music industry trade fair since 1967...

2012-01-25 13:34:00

Orange County Business Council Study Finds California Lost $1.6 Billion in Economic Activity; Nearly 20,000 Jobs and $700 Million in Tax Revenue in 2011 "I will not stand by when our competitors don't play by the rules... It's not right when another country lets our movies, music and software be pirated. Its not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they are heavily subsidized."- President Barack Obama, State of the Union, January 24, 2012...

2012-01-18 15:28:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of technology CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today released the following statement by TechNet President and CEO Rey Ramsey on the measures aimed to protect piracy that are currently before the U.S. Congress: "Everyone agrees that combating online piracy is important. Unfortunately, these bills aren't going to stop piracy. Both SOPA and PIPA are so...

2012-01-18 11:13:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Software & Information Industry Association announced today that the D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that an individual who reported alleged software piracy to SIIA is entitled to remain anonymous. The case centered on the efforts of Solers Inc., a Virginia-based technology company, to unmask an anonymous informant who had accused it of software piracy and filed a report with SIIA. Solers complained of defamation, and...

As Wikipedia Schedules Blackout, White House Comes Out Against SOPA-PIPA
2012-01-17 12:08:55

On Saturday, the Obama administration issued a formal statement in response to the highly controversial anti-piracy bills Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) that are scheduled for debate in the U.S. Congress next week. Although not quite tantamount to a veto threat, insiders say that this all but permanently derails both bills in their current form and many are interpreting the statement as a victory for advocates of a free Internet. The statement...

2012-01-10 11:02:00

During Last Quarter of 2011, SIIA Issued $35,500 to Individuals Reporting Software & Content Piracy in the Workplace WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced today that it paid $35,500 in rewards during the final quarter of 2011. The rewards went to five individuals who reported cases of significant corporate end-user...

File Sharing Established As A Religion In Sweden
2012-01-06 05:44:37

The Swedish government has just granted a group of file-sharers religious status. The Church of Kopimism, with a membership of about 3,000, is headed by its 20 year old spiritual leader Isak Gerson. Gerson told Malin Rising of the Associated Press (AP) that the church opposes copyrights in all forms and encourages piracy of all types of media, including music, movies, TV shows, and software. Gerson says, “For the Church of Kopimism, information is holy and copying is a sacrament....

Tech Titans Say Internet Piracy Law Amounts To China-style Censorship
2011-12-16 05:24:12

Technology entrepreneurs and executives from leading Silicon Valley firms such as Google, Twitter, eBay and LinkedIn issued an open, strongly-worded letter opposing a controversial, anti-piracy bill being debated in Congress this week. The letter´s signatories say the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which aims to reduce the amount of pirated content on the Internet, goes too far, and could cost the U.S. many times more than it hopes to gain. SOPA is the version of the bill being...

2011-12-12 08:30:00

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Stereo Vision Entertainment Inc. (PINKSHEETS:SVSN) announced today that after it having been on hiatus with the 'Booty' feature film project while Sony Pictures Television Inc completed the details of its agreement with the 'Booty' screenwriters. With that now done, Stereo Vision's been given the go ahead by Sony Business Affairs to proceed with the feature film production of 'Booty' in 3D. "We're very excited to be able to get...

2011-12-07 08:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Creative America, the grass-roots coalition uniting the more than 2 million Americans and all those who value American creativity and innovation in the fight against content theft, today launched an extensive advertising campaign in support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA- H.R. 3261) and the PROTECT IP Act (S. 968). The ads, scheduled to air on broadcast and national cable channels and to appear in a variety of print and online publications,...