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Articles tagged with: RIAA

BitTorrent Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

A programmer by the name of Bram Cohen invented something very special 10 years ago, the first peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol, in April of 2011.

Just three months later he posted “My new app, BitTorrent, is now in working order” on Yahoo Groups, along with a URL.

Cohen wrote the first BitTorrent client in Python, and while it received a very slow welcoming, it was just years later when the platform really took off.

U.S. Senate Makes Video Piracy A Felony

The United States Senate Judiciary committee has just made illegal video and TV streaming over the Internet, a felony. In most cases, these will be handed to the full Senate for consideration, as Hollywood Reporter reports. The Commercial Felony Streaming Act was introduced by Amy Klobuchar and John Cornyn and applies only to videos, although severe sentences can be given for music piracy and software piracy as well.

This is a huge step taken against digital theft. Previously, the number one targets in the industry were uploaders. The number two targets were downloaders, and video streamers went largely unnoticed.

Apple iCloud: $25 Per Year After Free Trial

According to 9to5Mac, The LA Times has reported that the iCloud will be a low-priced add on to iTunes and will cost users only $25 a year.

Before charging the fixed fee, however, the service will be offered for free to people who buy songs through Apple’s iTunes digital download store. Users will be able to upload their music to Apple’s computers and later play the tunes from a web browser or any Apple device. Apple would also sell advertising around its iCloud service.

New Piracy Video-Sharing Site, TubePlus Set In Motion

The controversial file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay, are openly supporting the new hybrid video-sharing site, TubePlus. TubePlus integrates content from BitTorrent websites, Megaupload, Hotfile, and eMule to deliver streaming video service for piracy doers. Instead of searching and downloading files, TubePlus users will search for their favorite TV shows and movies within the database and stream the content directly into their browser’s interface.

The website also contains links to IMDB reviews of the digital content. While geeks are probably jumping up and down at the news of an “all-content Youtube”, I am sure the RIAA are sweating under their eyebrows.

Sony Caves In To Geohot & Co.

After the long man hunt of PS3 Hacker George Hotz, followed by the requests of Anonymous to stop the man hunt, both parties have announced today that they will settle the lawsuit out of court. George Hotz, the hacker who published a key and a tool to jailbreak the PlayStation3 will be forbidden to publish the code but will not have to acknowledge any “wrongdoing of any kind.” Sony will drop all charges, and will no longer target him nor his website.

RIAA Vs. Limewire, It’s Payback Time

The popular peer-2-peer file sharing service, Limewire, was shut down last year. Now, a court battle continues arguing how much money the service owes to record labels that first sued in 2006. The judge overlooking the case has already made two rulings this week that “strongly favors” the record labels.

The most recent order will allow the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) to get paid twice for more than one hundred songs. The labels have already received small settlements from individual downloaders but with the new ruling, they can get more damages from Limewire for the same music. In 2003, the RIAA sued tens of thousands of individuals who used Limewire to download music. Of course these weren’t your moderate downloaders, these were people who were…