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Relative Pirate Populations

A friend told me that there are more pirates now then there were during the Golden Age of Piracy. But the population back then was like 600 million people, so that doesn't surprise me. But are there more pirates now than there were then as a percent of the population?
posted by Garm on Mar 28, 2014 - 8 answers

 

Hunting a Specific YouTube Fair-Use Case

I'm looking for a specific YouTube video, involved in a Fair-Use copyright case, that had been taken down and some months later allowed to reposted after having been approved by courts as transformative. It involved using two different movie-industry film footage segments that, when interspersed with each other, created a new conversation between two characters of different fictional universes. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Dec 3, 2013 - 2 answers

Not a pirate, just curious.

I was reading an article about software companies modifying games in clever ways in order to annoy pirates - essentially rendering the game unplayable. How does this work - how does the game identify whether the copy is pirated or legit in terms of triggering the mod? And are non-game programs doing something similar ie. erasing files or making software non-functional?
posted by mippy on Jul 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Where in the internet heading these days?

Where is the internet heading? What are the issues we are facing with the internet and issues that will arise in the future? What do internet based companies need to worry about and prepare for? Looking for answers as well as places to read and learn about these sort of issues. [more inside]
posted by carmel on Dec 28, 2012 - 16 answers

ARRRRRRticle One defines the powers of Congress as...

How can I find out if and when a particular clause in the US Constitution has been invoked? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Oct 12, 2012 - 13 answers

I'm asking for a friend, I swear...

Ok, aside from any morality issues, what are the actual dangers of using pirated software? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2012 - 19 answers

Where can I find pro-SOPA arguments/videos?

I teach computer science and would like to educate my students on the SOPA controversy. I can find lots of resources online (including entertaining videos) against SOPA but haven't had any luck finding arguments in favor of SOPA (except for sarcastic/satirical ones). Any pointers?
posted by espertus on Jan 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Why do teh ebooks bad so look?

Why are pirated/cracked ebooks commonly of such low quality? This is for an academic paper. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven on Oct 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Where can I find statistical information on the effects of piracy on American shipping in the nineteenth century?

Where can I find statistical information on the effects of piracy on American shipping in the nineteenth century? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 31, 2011 - 5 answers

How to monitor and protect against unauthorised image use?

Can anyone recommend any services that protect and/or monitor original images online from unauthorised or unlicensed use? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Aug 12, 2011 - 7 answers

I'm no buccaneer, and I'm not trying to hornswaggle anyone, but I would like to hang the RIAA from the yardarm.

Are there any significant US organizations similar to Piratbyrån? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Aug 6, 2011 - 1 answer

How can I cover my filesharing tracks?

How can I cover my filesharing tracks? [more inside]
posted by Kale Slayer on Jul 7, 2011 - 9 answers

What is the legal process for a non-US citizen protecting their copyright in the US?

What is the legal process for a non-US citizen protecting their copyright in the US? [more inside]
posted by jihaan on May 26, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I learn more about IP/copyright history/issues in the US?

I want to learn more about the history and legal issues surrounding copyright infringement/intellectual property and how it relates to businesses and artists in the United States. What would be a good place to start? (Prompted by this thread.)
posted by autoclavicle on Mar 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Penalties for exhibition of pirated movies?

What would the penalty be for publicly exhibiting a downloaded, pirated copy of a new movie? Not simply in your basement or something, but at an actual movie theater? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 - 22 answers

A cost effective music solution

What is the most cost effective way to have tons of music (piracy is not an option)? At the least I want something that lets me listen to music on my iPad offline because it is a WiFi only model. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Nov 24, 2010 - 40 answers

Does the recording industry profit from piracy in any way?

Are there ways in which record companies (e.g., Sony, Universal Music Group, Warner Bros) actually profit from piracy? [more inside]
posted by toftflin on Sep 18, 2010 - 26 answers

Who wrote/published/owns the "Piracy, It's a Crime" music?

Does anyone know the musician, composer, label, publishing company or licensing agency responsible for the music on the Piracy, It's a Crime advert? This is, ironically, so we can clear a sample for use in a fairly high profile UK music release. We've cleared all the other samples for this record, but we're drawing a blank on who to ask for this piece. Any pointers or clues, however slim or however many steps away from the people who can give us permission to use this music, are extremely welcome.
posted by caek on Aug 30, 2010 - 3 answers

What be a pirate's favourite novel?

I'm looking for suggestions for novels and short stories about piracy, with some specifications. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jul 28, 2010 - 7 answers

How do pirates pirate?

When a software pirate cracks a program, what exactly does s/he do? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson on Apr 23, 2010 - 19 answers

How do I spot a Buffy or the L Word FAKE DVD set?

How do I spot a Buffy or the L Word FAKE DVD set? [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on Apr 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Digital Economy Bill - When will it take effect?

Now that the Digital Economy Bill in the UK is rushed through what is the timeline for enforcement?
posted by srboisvert on Apr 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Is there a technological reason that the RIAA and MPAA only go after tracker sites and not people downloading torrents?

With the recent legal action against Isohunt, I would like to understand the tech and privacy of torrents better. Is there a technological reason that the RIAA and MPAA only go after tracker sites and not people downloading torrents? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii on Apr 10, 2010 - 8 answers

How to discourage piracy amongst a small community?

Seeking ideas for discouraging piracy of a DVD which has a small potential audience of only a few thousand, well-connected people. [more inside]
posted by puffmoike on Mar 22, 2010 - 28 answers

Is my Photoshop CS2 Pirated?

I just received a copy of Photoshop CS2 that I purchased via eBay. How can I tell if it's fake? [more inside]
posted by Babblesort on Nov 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Does this game genre even have a name?

What are some great computer games for people who enjoy non-linear privateering, combat, and risky missions? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Nov 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Quoth the Pirate

[Discography filter] How do I cite a pirated CD? [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 on Mar 2, 2009 - 6 answers

What is the best way to download free movies on the internet without resorting to piracy?

What is the best way to download free movies on the internet without resorting to piracy? [more inside]
posted by peetle on Dec 29, 2008 - 14 answers

Here's a shiny *new* copy instead, Netflix.

A co-worker ripped and burned a DVD and accidentally sent the copy back to Netflix. Ouch. Should she flee the country? Retain a brace of lawyers?
posted by codswallop on Dec 8, 2008 - 19 answers

My blog is in leetspeek! Reading it constitutes a breach of the DMCA!

What is the difference (legal or otherwise) between "decoding" and "decrypting?" [more inside]
posted by explosion on Sep 30, 2008 - 13 answers

If I fully comply to the terms of a cease and desist notice, will I be left alone?

If I fully comply to the terms of a cease and desist notice, will I be left alone? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide on May 16, 2008 - 15 answers

How do you attack a sailing ship with a fast rowing-boat?

How do you attack a sailing ship with a fast rowing-boat? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Feb 27, 2008 - 9 answers

Technically it's piracy, but it doesn't feel that way...

What's a good name for the kind of "piracy" that doesn't feel like piracy to a reasonable person? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Sep 1, 2007 - 47 answers

Why doesn't Nintendo do something about pirated games?

Why doesn't Nintendo do something about the enormous amount of pirated GBA and DS games and other "licenced" Nintendo stuff on eBay and other marketplaces? [more inside]
posted by davar on Jul 4, 2007 - 12 answers

How can I maximize the comfort of my pirate boots?

I have problems with my feet. Help me wear my new pirate boots comfortably. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on May 3, 2007 - 7 answers

Direct Download for Docs?

I work for a small Canadian documentary company. We're interested in selling our films via direct download. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on May 1, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me find a horrible old "hacker" video!

I'm looking for an old video that I think I saw back in the early 90s. It was a two part video about computer ethics. The first part was about piracy, the second was about the "evils of hacking". My Google skills have failed me. Does anyone out there remember this? [more inside]
posted by tehgubner on Feb 18, 2007 - 1 answer

Can I buy legitimate Office 2004 for Mac at 50% of list?

I am purchasing a couple of Mac Minis for a little project, and I need legit copies of MS Office 2004 for Mac. I can find plenty of places online selling the "Full, Standard" version of the software, which is what I want, for $125-$175. This is over 50% off list. Are these discounters selling illegitimate copies? Can you suggest a good place to buy this software? I need to purchase it by midnight tonight (we expense software for tax purposes).
posted by Kwantsar on Sep 30, 2006 - 7 answers

Kazaa fesses up, limewire next?

Well, the makers of Kazaa just paid out a decent chunk of change to recording industry in a settled lawsuit. My question is -- how come limewire/morpheus are still ok? Kazaa news link: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technology/AP-Downloading-Music.html [more inside]
posted by narebuc on Jul 27, 2006 - 6 answers

What do you do when you've been scammed on eBay?

I am concerned that a CD I've committed to buy on eBay is a counterfeit. The item's identification number is 4881752639. My concerns were raised after I read some of the seller's feedback from buyers and consequently the feedback the seller has left for them. Also, some buyers have gone so far as to create warning pages for others. There's even damning comments on Znooq's blog about the exact same item I've bought. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Jun 4, 2006 - 14 answers

How do I copy protect software?

What is the best way to copy protect my software with the minimum of hassle for the users, but maximizing revenue for me? [more inside]
posted by markesh on Sep 19, 2005 - 22 answers

Is this software site legit?

I was searching for student pricing for software and I came up with a site offering radical discounts on something I'm interested in. Is it too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by jmevius on Jul 21, 2005 - 17 answers

How does Apple prevent piracy of OS X?

How does Apple prevent piracy of OS X updates? You always hear so much about Microsoft's Windows Product Activation and CD keys that I'm curious how Apple deals with the same issue.
posted by smackfu on Feb 17, 2005 - 24 answers

WIll Customs seize my robot pals?

PirateFilter: Question about bringing VCDs into the good ol' U.S. of A. Yarrr. {MI} [more inside]
posted by ruddhist on Feb 4, 2005 - 13 answers

Can I afford to print holographic stickers?

Everything from software to sports souvenirs to designer accessories now has “authentic” holographic stickers on it. How much does it cost to buy equipment to print holographic stickers? (MI) [more inside]
posted by arse_hat on Nov 26, 2004 - 7 answers

Finding old, out of print comic books online?

Digital Comics: I'm looking to download .cbr and .cbx archives of comic books. Not so I can steal the latest X-Men book (though I know piracy is rampant in this sphere), but so I can read interesting and long out of print books on my computer. The Metal Men, for example, fascinate me.

The trouble is, I can't seem to find any repositories of old comics via Google, BitTorrent, etc. I know they're out there - any help?
posted by aladfar on Nov 23, 2004 - 12 answers

What's next after bittorrent?

What's next after bittorrent? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Nov 10, 2004 - 16 answers

Duplicate key checking over the Internet as an anti-piracy tactic

Why don't the software companies use the internet to see if two people are on the internet and using the same software license on two separate machines (as defined by IP address, or serial number, or whatever)? This seems like such a basic anti-piracy strategy, and even if it's easily flauted by the technorati, that still means that 95% of users, and maybe 80% of pirates, will be foiled by it. But no one seems to do this. Why? (I've often wondered the same thing about speeding tickets; there have to be more cost-effective ways of catching speeders than paying highway patrolmen to sit there -- is lax enforcement synonymous with tacit endorsement, while still allowing the enforcers to profit by penalizing the occasional transgressor?)
posted by blueshammer on Sep 15, 2004 - 17 answers

What songs would you recommend for a music piracy playlist?

I'm making a music playlist, the theme of which is music piracy. What songs would you recommend for it? Things like Bow Wow Wow "C30, C60, C90, Go" or I guess anything with words like "free" or "copy" in the title...
posted by skylar on Sep 10, 2004 - 22 answers

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