Tag: Copyright

The Web Goes Dark Over SOPA

Wikipedia Goes Black

This has been in the mainstream news a bit but I thought I’d cover this off briefly here for the sake of awareness. Wikipedia, one of the most popular websites on the web has gone dark in opposition to SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) which is a bill that will be tabled in the United …

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Some Anti-Piracy Measures Might Actually Encourage Piracy

You may or may not have seen mention of the “giant pink scorpion” in Serious Sam 3 but I thought the concept proposed an interesting point of discussion. In a nutshell, if you have pirated the game you’ll soon encounter the “giant pink scorpion” from the outset of the game which is seemingly invulnerable to …

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Boydo’s Tech Talk – The First Year

Perhaps hard to believe but the blog has been up and running for a full year and many things have happened over the course of the last twelve months. At times, it has been a bit of a challenge to do a daily entry particularly with the demands of full time work as well as …

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Mod Chips – Are They Really That Bad?

Scattered across the various news publications I scan everyday, I came across reports that Sony won a court battle to prevent the sale of mod chips for the PS3 console. For those of you who don’t know about  “mod chips”, they are usually a small circuit board, chip or even USB stick that alters and/or …

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Freeware and Shareware – Know the Difference

Over the years, I’ve seen people incorrectly use all sorts of terminology when it comes to computing. Sometimes you feel like you are obligated to point out the mistake but in other cases you might wonder whether or not you are up to the challenge. One such example is a misunderstanding of the concepts of …

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Keep YouTube Videos for Posterity with KeepVid

KeepVid Video Link Submission

I’m sure we have all come across a YouTube video or two that, for one reason or another, became an instant favourite or stirred up some sort of nostalgia for the old days. Whilst broadband speeds have been increasing and video sharing has become more popular, sometimes it isn’t so possible to get to YouTube …

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Piracy Code of Practice – Practical or Pathetic?

Earlier this week, I touched on the court case between AFACT and iiNet and the precedent it sets for copyright law in Australia (subject to the appeals process which is yet to be formally invoked). Several days after the verdict, Senator Stephen Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) has made a public …

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Aye Aye – A Win for Common Sense for Copyright Law

Another saga that has been closely watched by the technology community for the last fourteen months has been the case between AFACT (Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft) and iiNet (a national ISP based in Perth). In a nutshell, AFACT (comprising of the big six members of the MPAA in the US plus Village Roadshow, Seven …

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