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2006-04-19 07:20:00

BEIJING -- "DVDs? CDs? Games? Porn? What you want?" hawkers in Beijing's Zhongguancun neighborhood whisper to potential customers. Asked for computer software, one scurries off to check his cache, kept behind a nearby shed, and five minutes later holds out a Chinese version of Windows XP Professional for 30 yuan ($3.74) - 25 after some friendly haggling. A legitimate copy sells for about 2,000 yuan ($249.6). "Come with me. There's more," says Li Fuzhen, who has sold bootleg films,...

2005-08-04 20:57:52

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Missouri man is the first to be indicted under a new federal law that prohibits people from secretly videotaping movies when they are shown in theaters, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Curtis Salisbury, 19, used a camcorder to make copies of recent releases "The Perfect Man" and "Bewitched" and then distributed them through illicit computer networks that specialize in piracy, the Justice Department said. A law that took effect in April prohibits such...

2005-07-22 11:36:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush has created a new senior-level position to fight global intellectual-property piracy and counterfeiting that cost American companies billions of dollars each year, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said on Friday. "Intellectual-property theft is a major problem around the world. We believe that it is costing U.S. businesses about $250 billion in lost sales," Gutierrez told Reuters in an interview with reporters and editors. Bush has tapped Chris...

2005-07-22 10:51:35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush has created a new senior level position to fight global piracy and counterfeiting that cost American companies billions of dollars in lost sales each year, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said on Friday. "Intellectual property theft is a major problem around the world. We believe that it is costing U.S. businesses about $250 billion in lost sales," Gutierrez told Reuters in an interview with reporters and editors. Bush has tapped Chris Israel,...

2005-06-30 20:43:36

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police in a dozen countries haveseized computers and made arrests in a raid of groups thatillegally copied more than $50 million worth of software,movies, music and video games, U.S. and Dutch authorities saidon Thursday. Investigators across the globe conducted 90 searches in aneffort to disrupt the sophisticated "warez" groups that areresponsible for the vast majority of copyrighted material thatis available illegally online. The 22 groups...


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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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