Tag Archives: riaa

Textbook Torrent searches on the rise

According to a recent study (involving the WordPress Stats plugin for bavatuesdays), students searching for textbook torrents has seen a dramatic rise as of late. In little over 24 hours Google searches for the term “Textbook Torrents” on the bava … Continue reading

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The Pirates of Oz

I just put on a DVD for my kids, a Warner Brothers film we paid cold, hard cash for, yet are still forced to sit through a barrage of commercials and previews that range from insipid to insulting. On the … Continue reading

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RIAA: Three strikes and you’re without

I’ve been following the RIAA’s recent announcements that it will no longer be suing individuals, but rather working with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to enforce a “three strikes your without” campaign. As David Kravets notes on here: The RIAA has … Continue reading

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Dawn of the DMCA

Well, this is a favorite failure of mine. I was working on ideas with Tom Woodard on a Zombie-themed video for copyright, and I insisted on doing my favorite scene from George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (you can see … Continue reading

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The RIAA Hates Education! (Which means they hate you and your whole family)

If you haven’t heard, the RIAA recently accused Joel Tenenbaum, a graduate student at Boston University, of downloading seven copyrighted songs when he was a teenager. Such extortion notices aren’t necessarily novel, but what is unique is that Tenenbaum decided to … Continue reading

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Finally, US has a copyright czar

This newly minted law which calls for the creation of a ‘Copyright Czar,’ (“an unconstitutional violation of Separation of Powers”) is exactly what we have been waiting for, is it not? Just more charity on the part of the US … Continue reading

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The fighting Banana Slugs take on the RIAA

TorrentFreak’s Ben Jones reports that UC Santa Cruz has decided to fight the RIAA’s  lawsuits aimed at their students by throwing a wrench in their methods: Santa Cruz (UCSC) has put a spanner in the procedural works of the RIAA … Continue reading

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FUD Campus Piracy

photo credit: Invisible Hour With questions looming about our post-modern malaise despite increased connectivity, the hyped hive mind, ever greater access to resources online, we still often find ourselves paralyzed agents in the undertow of information. With such realizations at … Continue reading

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P4P: Universities as techno-corporate thinktanks?

I’m a fan of TorrentFreak, it’s one of those rare blogs that streams interesting news on a very specific subject and openly acknowledges its biases while providing the reader with a ton of information to fend for themselves. In fact, … Continue reading

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BitTorrent: An Educational Autopsy of the Hydra

The Disclaimer comes first 😉 The following post is a ton of stuff I have collected over the last year or two on BitTorrent and its implications for educational institutions. This will all be fodder for an article in the … Continue reading

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