RIAA Lawsuits: Boy Bites Dog

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New York teen sues record industry

A New York teen, dubbed a pirate by the Record Industry, is counter suing them for defamation, violating anti-trust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats.

Robert Santangelo, who was 11 when he is supposed to have downloaded music, has come out fighting. He denies sharing music using P2P technology and says it’s impossible for the record companies to prove that that he did.

Robert Santangelo and his lawyer, Jordan Glass, have raised 32 defences against the music industry’s charges. Amongst Robert’s defence is the information that all the music that it was claimed he downloaded he already owned on shop bought CDs.

They have demanded a jury trial and filing a counterclaim against the companies for allegedly damaging the boy’s reputation, distracting him from school and costing him legal fees. The record companies have engaged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud the courts of the United States, the court documents say. Competitors in the recording industry are a cartel acting together in violation of the antitrust laws by bringing the piracy cases jointly and using the same agency “to make extortionate threats … to force defendants to pay”, our precocious teen wrote.

Read the Inquirer article…

More here: IHT: US teen in music piracy lawsuit accuses record companies of collusion

Image Credit: P2P Weblog

Vista DRM Already Cracked?

vista_broken.jpgAlex Ionescu claims to have successfully bypassed the much discussed DRM protection in Windows Vista, called ‘Protected Media Path’ (PMP), which is designed to seriously degrade the playback quality of any video and audio running on systems with hardware components not explicitly approved by Microsoft. The bypass of the DRM protection was in turn performed by breaking the Driver Signing / PatchGuard protection in the new operating system.

Hattip: SlashDot

Microsoft Cripples Vista Upgrade

The Inquirer calls this policy “Preinstall to Reinstall”. Microsoft calls it “Closing a Loophole”. Ars Technica says that it’s indicative of Microsoft’s ‘per device’ obsession.

PoliTech calls it one more reason to consider moving to Open Source alltogether.

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Vista “upgrade” drops compliance checking, requires old OS to install

Microsoft’s quest to closely control the way Windows Vista can be used on PCs has taken a turn for the worse as new information indicates that the company is breaking tradition when it comes to Windows Vista upgrades. With Windows Vista, users will not be able to use upgrade keys to initiate completely new installations. It is a change that will affect few users, but enthusiasts will certainly be amongst those pinched.

Upgrade versions of Windows Vista Home Basic, Premium, and Starter Edition will not install on any PC unless Windows XP or Windows 2000 is already on the machine in question. In years previous, upgrade versions of Windows could be installed on any PC. If a PC did not have an older version of Windows installed, users could provide an older installation CD of Windows for verification. After dropping a qualifying CD in the CD-ROM drive, the installation routine would verify the disc and you’d be on your way. With this approach, one could use an “upgrade” copy of Windows to lay a new Windows install on a computer.

One again, Microsoft appears to have made licensing decisions without considering how people actually use their products. Last fall the company trotted out changes to its retail licensing that would have punished users who frequently upgrade their PC hardware had the company not relented. Now Microsoft seeks to complicate our ability to start a crisp, new install with an upgrade version. Why?

Read more here

Image Credit: GuerrillaPop (Awsome Image!)

Dark energy may be vacuum

Dark energy may be vacuum

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen’s Dark Cosmology Centre at the Niels Bohr Institute have brought us one step closer to understanding what the universe is made of. As part of the international collaboration ESSENCE they have observed distant supernovae (exploding stars), some of which emitted the light we now see more than half the age of the universe ago. Using these supernovae they have traced the expansion history of the universe with unprecedented accuracy and sharpened our knowledge of what it might be that is causing the mysterious acceleration of the expansion of the universe.

further into the article…

In modern terms the cosmological constant is viewed as a quantum mechanical phenomenon called the ‘energy of the vacuum’. In other words, the energy of empty space. It is this energy that is causing the universe to accelerate. The new data shows that none of the fancy new theories that have been proposed in the last decade are necessary to explain the acceleration. Rather, vacuum energy is the most likely cause and the expansion history of the universe can be explained by simply adding this constant background of acceleration into the normal theory of gravity.

So how do we exploit all this energy? Nicola Tesla labeled this phenomenon “Aether” and supposedly claimed that he could tap into this mysterious energy.

Until we see an example of this “energy” harnessed, we should consider this and other “Aether” like theories with a jaundiced eye.

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Canada Responsible for 50% of Movie Piracy

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50% movie piracy from Canada: Hollywood

As much as 50 per cent of the world’s pirated movies come from Canada, prompting the film industry to threaten to delay the release of new titles in this country.

According to an investigation by Twentieth Century Fox, most of the illegal recording, or “camcording,” is taking place in Montreal movie houses, taking advantage of bilingual releases and lax copyright laws.

More crying and gnashing of teeth here:

Pirates of the Canadians

“We want people to come to the theatre and enjoy the experience. We don’t want to turn theatres into airport check-ins, but it might have to get to that point.”

Ha! Let us know how that works for your business hey der.

UPDATE: Big suprise here … Movie Piracy Claims More Fiction Than Fact … What, the U.S. Motion Picture industry would lie? Say it ain’t so!

Image Credit: cafepress.com

Wii hacked to play backups

Already! Here is a link to the Inquirer article…

If this isn’t a fake I will keep posting updates here, instead of a bunch of separate posts. (Not a fake Wiinja ModChip is now available).

UPDATE:
WiinJa ModChip website

USA Preorder here

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Wiinja Drivechip Mod
$55.00
Features:
Non Swap / Direct Boot
Boots Own Region WII Backups Directly
Boots Own Region WII Backups Directly
Boots Own Region Gamecube Backups Directly
Boots Imports Gamecube Backups by SWAP
Yes,We’ve got AudioFix 😉
Easy Soldering & Remove / 5 Wires
Support DVD-R and DVD+R (Good Media Quality +R)
Universal EUROPE/USA/JAPAN Wii Console Supported
Stealth Mode
NOT Upgradeable

TESTED MEDIAS :
TDK DVD-R –> 16x — PERFECT
XTRA DVD-R -> 8x — PERFECT
IMATION DVD-R –> 16x — PERFECT
VERBATIM DVD-R –> 16x — PERFECT
VERBATIM DVD+R –> 4x — PERFECT
EMTEC DVD-R –>> 4x — Produces DRE on WII and Gamecube Modes
PLEOMAX DVD-R –> 16x — PERFECT

UPDATE 1: WiiKey ModChip announced for Feb 7

Note that the jury is still out as to whether or not this is a legit offering or if the chip is actually still in the “Vaporware” stage.
UPDATE: The website is dead, but the product is available here

UPDATE 2:
CycloWiz Dismembers The Ninja Team

CycloWiz Wii Mod Chip Reviewed!

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First Ever REAL Wii Modchip Arrives – CycloWiz!

Here is what we know so far about this chip:

– Quicksolder (no wires required)
– Plays Wii Backups
– Plays GC Backups
– Play GC Homebrew
– Play GC Imports (swap needed)
– Built-in Audiofix (GC games using streaming are working flawlessly, no patch needed)
– DVD-R / DVD+R support
– Optional chip disable wire
– Stealth even when chip is enabled
– Multi-purpose LED

The CycloWiz Wii Mod Chip IS now available. The Wiinja ModChip is also now available.

The WiiKey Amazing New ModChip is still in “Coming Soon” status. (It’s available!) Though the original website is now dead

Still no SoftMod on the horizon…