Warner Bros is Hiring Student Piracy Spies

warner bros 490x372 Warner Bros is Hiring Student Piracy Spies

How far would a movie company go to fend of movie pirates and put a stop to their scheme which is causing the company billions of money in potential income?  Well, Warner Bros. through its Anti-Piracy division is going as far as recruiting students to spy on activities on private Torrent Sites.

If you’re an “IT literate” student who has experience participating in those torrent sites, you might want to apply for this internship at Warner Bros. Who knows it might open up other income-generating opportunities for you, right?

I mean what job could possibly be the best for you if you’re a student, which according to Warner Bros are very experienced with private Torrent Sites?

The job deals with both digital and physical piracy. And if you apply land the job, you’re responsibility include making trap purchase and maintaining accounts on those sites.  You will also be scouring the Internet looking for illegally posted and used Warner Bros. and NBC Universal content.  You will also be responsible for sending out take down and infringement notices to violators.

And guess how much Warner Bros. is willing to pay for this internship? –  £17,500 salary for the 12 month internship that will start on July 2010. Applicants are required to study a degree in a computing related discipline and programming experience with Java or JSP and PHP, Perl or Python is seen as a bonus.

Deadline for submission of application is on March 31. Interested with this cool job? Better send your application now.

UK ISP Says Fighting Piracy Costs More Than Piracy Itself

American rapper 50 Cent has already stated that piracy is part of music marketing. Now a UK ISP reveals that fighting piracy costs far more than piracy itself.

British music labels claim losses of up to £200 million a year due to piracy. Their lobbying has prompted UK Business Secretary Peter Mandelson to propose forcing ISPs to monitor their networks on behalf of the labels. British Telecom consumer division head John Petter objects that such monitoring would actually cost £365 million a year. BT would have no choice but to pass that expense to consumers, raising everyone’s broadband bill by £24 per month.

Of course, the fact that the labels’ £200 million figure is rubbish makes the added expense of fighting piracy even more ridiculous. As Petter puts it, “Their claims are melodramatic and assume people would buy all the music that is illegally downloaded, which is nonsense.”

Now here’s the question you must answer, dear law-abiding Internet user: are you willing to shell out your hard-earned money to protect the music labels’ dying business models?

1,000 Copyright Holders Using YouTube Content ID System

youtube content id 1,000 Copyright Holders Using YouTube Content ID System

Hey, copyright holders: if you’re still having some intern troll YouTube for your content and send DMCA takedown notices (often mistakenly), then you’re stupid. YouTube’s content identification system is now in use by over 1,000 content owners, with 100,000 hours of content spread over one million reference files. [Read more...]

Associated Press Commits Automated Fraud

ap lol Associated Press Commits Automated FraudThe copyright-trolling insanity of the Associated Press continues. After quoting bloggers Dave Zatz and Danny Sullivan, they’re now charging both bloggers for quoting themselves. As if that wasn’t ridiculous enough, blogger James Grimmelmann got the AP’s automated form to charge him for the public-domain words of Thomas Jefferson.

Seriously, AP, this is getting silly. Keep up your ignorant copyright-trolling, and savvy bloggers will just troll you right back. Never mind the argument for fair use: charging people for quoting themselves is just stupid. Charging for content you don’t own, through an automated form or otherwise, is plain and simple fraud.

Boycott the Associated Press!

ban ap Boycott the Associated Press!Associated Press stories have long been banned from my personal blog because of their copyright-trolling ways, but now they’ve hit a new low. Now they’re implementing DRM wrappers around their content and cracking down on anyone who so much as quotes a headline and links to an article without paying a fee.

AP CEO Tom Curley clearly does not grasp the referral economy of the Web. Hey, if he doesn’t want link love, then I sure as Hell won’t give him any. I have better things to do than give him my Google juice and get sued for it.

So do you. Don’t ever link to these copyright trolls. Don’t direct your audience’s hard-earned attention to people who will only charge you for it. If you really must talk about an AP story, Google up some alternative coverage from their many more clued-in competitors. Boycott the Associated Press.

DailyMotion implements INA’s technology on copyright detection

Dailymotion said that it is implementing INA’s “Signature” technology across all localized and local language Dailymotion sites. Dailymotion’s use of video filtering technology follows several other copyrighted material protection initiatives throughout the site, including a hashing system, blocking videos that have already been removed from the site and use of an audio fingerprinting solution. In addition, Dailymotion is an original signatory to the UGC Copyright Principles.

INA´s innovative image-based technology is based on a signature, or digital fingerprint, which constitutes a genetic code representing a sequence of images. Content that has been protected by a producer or a broadcaster using this technology will be automatically detected and will either be rejected or managed according to agreements before it is placed online.

UK to deny Net access to illegal downloaders

piracy UK to deny Net access to illegal downloadersIllegal downloading may soon be over in the UK. Or not. According NME, the UK government plans to ban all users from the Internet if they are proven guilty of keeping pirated audio or video files in their computer.

In this proposed legislation, UK online users will have 3 chances before terminating their online access. The first 2 serve as warnings wherein users will be notified through email about the offense and will their accounts will be suspended immediately. Strike 3 means termination. If that is not enough to scare you, illegal downloaders may also face prosecution.

Of course, this is not a welcome change for many users depending on this method to grab the latest music and videos without paying a fee. Moreover, expect the leading privacy groups to actively protest about this initiative.

Two more convicted for selling pirated software to eBay

ebay1 Two more convicted for selling pirated software to eBay Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher for the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Steven M. Biskupic for the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced today that two more defendants pleaded guilty in Milwaukee to charges of criminal copyright infringement as a result of their selling counterfeit software on eBay.

Robert Koster of Jonesboro and Yutaka Yamamoto pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit Rockwell Automation computer software over the Internet. The software sold by the two defendants had a combined retail value of almost $6 million. Each defendant faces up to five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and three years of supervised release.

These pleas bring the total number of felony convictions involving the eBay auction sales of counterfeit Rockwell Automation software to nine. In addition to six pleas in Wisconsin, there have been two convictions in the Eastern District of Michigan and another in the Southern District of Indiana. The combined retail value of the counterfeit software in all nine prosecutions is approximately $30 million.

Online auction sales of counterfeit and pirated goods have increased exponentially in recent years, causing significant losses to the copyright and trademark industries. The Department of Justice’s initiative to combat online auction piracy is just one of several steps being undertaken to address these losses and hold responsible those defendants engaged in criminal copyright infringement.

Getty Images acquires Pump Audio, enters commercial music licensing business

getty images Getty Images acquires Pump Audio, enters commercial music licensing businessGetty Images, world’s leader when it comes to creating and distributing visual content, is acquiring Pump Audio, the leading provider of quality independent music to content creators.

With this acquisition, Getty Images enters the commercial music licensing business, in its pursuit to meet the growing content needs of media, advertising, and corporate users and clients. Getty Images, over the past 12 years, has largely contributed to the visual content industry. Starting today, they hope to contribute to the music industry as well, to benefit both customers and creators of music.

Getty Images now allows users to license professional quality music to enhance their film, video, and advertising projects with Pump Audio’s platform which makes it easier and more affordable for users to license music for commercial use, while allowing artists to keep ownership of their music.

“Today there is wide agreement in the music industry that the market for commercial music licensing is fragmented, inefficient and confusing, just as the imagery market once was,” said Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images. “We are confident that bringing our digital distribution, e-commerce expertise and our customer relationships, as well as our understanding of intellectual property, to the music industry will have a similarly positive impact.”

Sources say that Getty Images acquired Pump Audio for approximately $42 million.

Microsoft improves MSN Live Book Search, adds copyrighted works

msn live book search1 Microsoft improves MSN Live Book Search, adds copyrighted worksMicrosoft expands its MSN Live Book Search by adding copyrighted works to its database, and enhancing the service’s interface for easier search and browsing.

Microsoft acquired permission from various publishers such as Cambridge University Press, McGraw-Hill Cos Inc. and Simon and Schuster, among others, to use their copyrighted titles to expand their search engine’s database, a move that sets competition with Google’s own book search.

Danielle Tiedt, general manager of the Live Search selection team, said they aim to address copyright issues that Google is currently battling with. The search giant, apparently, is facing two copyright-infrigement lawsuits for indexing books without permission from copyright owners in their search engine.

In the new and improved MSN live book search, Microsoft shows a certain percentage of the copyrighted book, and provides links to external sites where users can purchase it. Interestingly, live search also shows users how frequently their search keywords appear in each book to give them an idea how relevant the material is to their inquiry.

MSN Live Book Search was launched December, initially showing books that are on public domain.