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Gotcha! New MPAA Site Tries to Trick Users Into Illegally Downloading Movies

July 4, 2007

“MediaDefender Inc, the “leading provider of anti-piracy solutions in the emerging Internet-Piracy-Prevention (IPP) industry” has launched a website called “MiiVi” dedicated to busting those who both like to download copyrighted content as well as those who already have.

The site is apparently the latest ploy in the ongoing battle against illegal file-sharing and literally takes the game to new heights. It offers WHOLE DOWNLOADS of movies as well as the ability to download and install a “miraculous” new program that offers “fast and easy downloading all in one great site.” There’s just one problem: the site’s registered to MediaDefender Inc. and it’s army of prying eyes are just nipping at the bud to take down those who are unaware.”


MPAA Targets YouTVpc And Peekvid

July 3, 2007

“It seems as though the MPAA’s legal team has been eating it’s “Wheaties” this week because it has just announced that it filed lawsuits in the federal court of Los Angeles yesterday against YouTVpc and Peekvid, accusing them of contributing to and profiting from “…massive copyright infringement by identifying, posting, organizing, and indexing links to infringing content found on the Internet that consumers can then view on-demand.”

“The sole purpose of these sites is to disseminate content that has been illegally reproduced and distributed. They are a one-stop shop for copyright infringement. These lawsuits should serve as warning to other aspiring movie theft ‘entrepreneurs’ that they are not above the law and will face serious consequences for their activities. Profiting from the theft of other people’s creative works is illegal and must be stopped,” John Malcolm, Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA.”


TorrentSpy Crumbles Under The Pressure, Removes Copyrighted Content

June 26, 2007

“TorrentySpy has implemented an automated filtering system, FileRights, that removes links to copyrighted material amidst a court order that was filed last year by a handful of Hollywood Studios, which now requires TorrentSpy to track user activity.”


Yo! MPAA…What Gives? Your Profits Are Up!

June 16, 2007

Since you’re making more money now, how about nixing the lawsuits?

“The motion picture industry is back on course.

After a disappointing 2005, the six major companies have received official confirmation from the MPA that their all-media revenue from filmed entertainment — comprising money from home video, television, theatrical and pay TV — expanded by 8% in 2006 to reach $42.6 billion.”


AT&T To Start Scanning Their Network For Pirated Material

June 13, 2007

“In a move that could send ISPs tumbling down a slippery slope toward serving big media companies before consumers, AT&T has decided to start targeting pirated content being moved across its network. How exactly they’ll do that isn’t clear, but there doesn’t seem to be any real way of them detecting what materials being sent are copyrighted without them prying into every file people send online. But hey, what’s wrong with that? We should trust AT&T! It’s not like they spy on us for the government already or anything.”


MPAA Accuses TorrentSpy Of Concealing Evidence

June 11, 2007

“The courts have for the first time found that the electronic trail briefly left in a computer server’s RAM, or random access memory, by each visitor to a site is “stored information” and must be turned over as evidence during litigation, according to documents seen by CNET Jacqueline Chooljian, a federal judge in the Central District of California in Los Angeles, issued the decision while presiding over a court fight between the studios and TorrentSpy, the BitTorrent search engine accused of copyright infringement in a lawsuit filed last year by the film industry. On May 29, Chooljian ordered TorrentSpy to begin logging user activity, including IP addresses, and turn the data over to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).”


RIAA And MPAA Fund Anti-Piracy Politicians

June 11, 2007

“With the new election season hotting up in the United States, and scuffles between states for presidential primaries, you do end up wondering about the election process. With Representatives having to be re-elected every two years, it is vital for them to be seen to be doing something, no matter how effective, or necessary the action is.With seventeen months still to go until election time, (and the previous election only 7 months ago) some congressional candidates are already accepting contributions for their November 2008 campaign run from so called “political action committees” (PAC). In this article we’ll be looking at two of them; RIAA’s “Recording Industry Of America Inc. Political Action Committee” and MPAA’s “Motion Picture Association of America Political Action Committee”.”


New HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc Copy Protection Defeated Before Release

May 18, 2007

“Beginning May 22, which is most notably the release date of the Matrix trilogy on HD DVD, all high-definition titles will shipping with Media Key Block (MKB) v3 – a new encryption key version that would render the previously discovered Processing Key obsolete.

“If a set of device keys is compromised in a way that threatens the integrity of the system, an updated MKB can be provided by the AACS LA that will cause a product with the compromised set of device keys to calculate a different key than is computed by the remaining compliant products,” as found written in AACS documentation. “In this way, the compromised device keys are ‘revoked’ by the new MKB.”

However, it appears that the AACS’ updated copy protection measures have already been circumvented even before the new software’s official release. SlySoft, developers of a software used to defeat the copy protections of DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, have revealed that its latest version of AnyDVD HD is able to sidestep the new MKB from the AACS.”


Is Tivo Tightening The Noose On Your Data?

May 11, 2007

According to CrunchGear;  “TiVo has developed technology to create a link between a host and a local hard drive using an encryption key to lock down any access by you, the user, unless the code can be correctly identified. This concept builds upon the commonly used technique of a Universally Unique Identifiers (UUIDs) that are created with so many possible combinations “that 1 trillion UUIDs have to be created every nanosecond for 10 billion years to exhaust the number of UUIDs.”

While UUIDs are a general technique, TiVo describes using the SHA-1 algorithm described in the Secure Hash Standard, Federal Information Processing Standard 180-1, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Apr. 17, 1995), that is, if you’re interested in light reading. In short, guessing the key is no easy task.”

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Chips on DVDs Could Prevent Theft

May 9, 2007

Well, prevent theft, but not piracy.

“New technology designed to thwart DVD theft makes discs unplayable until they’re activated at the cash register.

A chip smaller than the head of a pin is placed onto a DVD along with a thin coating that blocks a DVD player from reading critical information on the disc. At the register, the chip is activated and sends an electrical pulse through the coating, turning it clear and making the disc playable.”