» piracy
  • Posted:
  • April 30, 2013
  • Comments:

    0

Late last week Tor UK posted an update on their efforts to go DRM-free. It’s been just over one year since Tor-Forge Books announced plans to distribute their ebooks without DRM (and 9 months since the DRM was officially removed), and the move has seen a lot of support by both authors and readers. But…

  • Posted:
  • March 22, 2013
  • Comments:

    0

Simon & Schuster announced today that authors will soon have access to new reports on S&S anti-piracy efforts. This publisher has been a customer of the Attributor anti-piracy service since 2011, so naturally they have been receiving detailed reports on exactly what Attributor has been doing to earn its keep. Carolyn Reidy, the CEO of…

  • Posted:
  • February 4, 2013
  • Comments:

    0

I’ve mentioned the Android reading app Moon+ Reader  once or twice (it’s bundled into the hacked firmware for the Sony Reader T1 and T2). It’s a very popular app with excellent file management features, ebook formatting options, and support for downloading ebooks from website. It’s one of  the more popular reading apps available for Android,…

  • Posted:
  • December 28, 2012
  • Comments:

    0

Piracy is as much of a problem in China as in the rest of the world, like we’ve seen in Europe some litigants in China have decided, rather than pursue the actual pirates, to instead sue the easier target (who also coincidentally happens to have deep pockets). Today that is Apple. The Chinese state news…

  • Posted:
  • December 5, 2012
  • Comments:

    0

Ask anyone in digital publishing and they’ll tell you that fighting piracy is a growth business. Whether you’re conning the US government into illegally closing down legit blogs, finding new ways to attach DRM to a file, or looking for a way to punish customers, there’s always money to be made for one tech company…

  • Posted:
  • November 1, 2012
  • Comments:

    0

Online references to his book lead Peter Mountford to baffled Russian reader – at work on illegal ebook version It was when debut novelist Peter Mountford spotted a rogue Russian translator deciding that the characters in said novel were drinking melted shoe polish, rather than getting high from sniffing it, that he first thought about…

  • Posted:
  • October 17, 2012
  • Comments:

    0

Infamous file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has moved its digital activities into a cloud-based model. They announced the news with a surreal blog post. You can read the site’s complete post below, but here’s an excerpt: “Our data flows around in thousands of clouds, in deeply encrypted forms, ready to be used when necessary. Earth…

  • Posted:
  • September 20, 2012
  • Comments:

    0

As any good Pastafarian knows, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. September 19th is the day that worshipers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster dress up like pirates, say “Arrrgh” a lot, and general engage in pirate activities. While I cannot help you be a better pirate, I do have a couple apps for…

  • Posted:
  • August 29, 2012
  • Comments:

    0

I’ve long believed that the best way to fight piracy is to turn the pirate into a customer (or product, as the case may be) by offering them what they want. While I wouldn’t claim to be the first to say that (I picked it up from Techdirt), but there has been a marked lack…

  • Posted:
  • August 28, 2012
  • Comments:

    0

Here’s a story I didn’t expect to have to write. Lendink, on of the many sites set up to arrange for Nook and Kindle owners to lend ebooks to each other, got another DMCA notice yesterday. It’s the first such notice since the site restarted last week, and it’s a doozy. I’m sure you know…