Latest Piracy Stories

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...

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...

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...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'