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Blockchain
How blockchain could help stop video piracy in its tracks
An Australian video tech firm has successfully tested a blockchain trial that could end up being a welcome relief for video creators and the fight against video piracy.
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Software
Five reasons why we need to rethink software piracy
More than one-third of software in use on personal computers around the world today is unlicensed.
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Film
Kim Dotcom film up for best documentary at Asia-Pacific Screen Awards
A film about entrepreneur and former MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom is up for best documentary at this year’s Asia-Pacific Screen Awards.
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Artificial Intelligence
Remark Holdings wins multi-million dollar AI contract in China
Remark Holdings will deploy artificial-intelligence-based object-recognition software to monitor content streamed via the Internet in China.
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Film
Creative Content Australia lauds court-mandated blocks against pirate sites
"The thieves who run pirate sites contribute nothing to Australia - they employ no-one and pay no taxes here."
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Cryptocurrency
Aussie anti-piracy blockchain startup launches token sale
Team Veredictum want to use their token, Ventana, to reduce film and video piracy by 80% over 10 years.
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Piracy
Pirated Microsoft software sees Aussie reseller paying landmark $450,000 settlement
Centre Com Sunshine has joined the growing ranks of resellers paying up after being caught infringing Microsoft copyright.
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Piracy
Do you care where your illegally downloaded files come from?
“While punishment risk and penalty size reduce unlawful behaviour, they are not the only factors that do so."
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Music
Has the UK entered digital prohibition?
"The UK High Court has overturned private copyright exceptions in a move that could see millions of ordinary people breaking the law."
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Piracy
AVAST! The Piratebay Bounces Back
After a raid by the Swedish Police on their Stockholm data centre, it only took a week or so for the Piratebay to bounce back.
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Piracy
Police raid the pirate bay, is this the answer?
According to Torrent Freak, Swedish police raided the pirate bay’s Stockholm datacenter confiscating equipment.
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Film
Tackling piracy head on: NZ feature film responds with multiplatform release
"watch this film when you want, where you want, on whatever platform you want".
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Internet
Opinion: Broadcasters, it’s over to you…
Do we want to lose our New Zealand content and get fed on a diet of overseas tripe, or do we want to challenge the world with the amazing content we create here?
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Gaming
21 out of 100 Kiwis illegally download... Do you?
Nearly a quarter of New Zealanders have illegally downloaded content from the internet, despite knowing they should have paid for it.
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Microsoft
Dunedin becomes first 'clean' area in Microsoft anti-piracy sweep
Microsoft New Zealand has found no evidence of software piracy by retailers in the Dunedin area, becoming the first investigative sweep across the country to not discover any infringements.
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Microsoft
Exclusive: Microsoft comes down hard on local channel pirate
Online auction trader OnlineSale Computers has been stung with $15,000 in penalties after admitting to hardloading unlicensed Microsoft software on PCs.
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Cloud
Microsoft warns Kiwis... don't ignore software piracy law
Microsoft is again warning consumers of the dangers of pirated software, after an Auckland online auction trader, OnlineSale Computers, was found to have been selling computers with unlicensed – or pirated – copies of Microsoft software.
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Cloud
Software piracy costs businesses billions in time and money
Embedding counterfeit software with dangerous malware allows criminals to prey on computer users who are unaware of the potential danger.
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Kim Dotcom
Downloaded in 60 Seconds - Piracy prevents movie sales
The closing of a major online piracy site can increase digital media sales, with the Megaupload shutdown causing such in digital sales and movie rentals.
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Internet
Blinder for Dotcom as he can’t see US ‘evidence’
Evidently the evidence against Kim Dotcom and Megaupload is so substantial that he isn’t allowed to know what it is to prepare his defence against extradition.
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Piracy
When good times go bad: Karaoke for a song nets jail term
In a tale that has nothing to do with RIANZ, a Rotorua karaoke king and intellectual property pirate has landed himself in jail by on-selling tracks made by someone else.
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Piracy
Skynet suspect takes case to Tribunal
Internet user charged under the Skynet law for music piracy requests formal hearing in front of the Copyright Tribunal.
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Piracy
U.S. scraps piracy bills
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are dead according to former Senator Chris Dodd.
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Apple
Kiwis ignore internet piracy law
New Zealand revealed as worst offenders for illegal downloading online