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California Schools Might Subject Students to Exciting Lessons in Why Piracy Is Bad

Preview of the program. (Photo: I Keep Safe/Wired)

Gather ’round, kiddos! It’s time for your weekly lesson on how your propensity for downloading music illegal is killing the content creation industry.

If that doesn’t excite the inner child in you, imagine how kids in California are going to feel because some schools are rolling out a curriculum dedicated to copyright theft. Students from kindergarten to sixth grade are soon going to be treated to a delightful presentation from the Motion Picture Association of America, Center For Copyright Infringement and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, which includes executives from Comcast, AT&T and the RIAA. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: ‘Anternet’ Edition

Lotsa ants. (Photo: flickr.com/pinkmoose)

The MPAA and the RIAA aren’t raking in as much cash as they used to. [TechDirt]

This breed of ants works a little like the Internet. [PC World]

Time Warner is expanding its fiber network in New York City, hopefully preventing any more techies from tearing their hair out over problems getting high-speed Internet. [Wall Street Journal]

IAC has purchased About.com for $300 million, because of synergy. [The Hollywood Reporter]

America’s V.P. gets no Facebook love. [Buzzfeed]

Getting your Gmail hacked is going to look like a walk in the park once hackers can rifle through your innermost thoughts. [ZDNet]

SOPA Opera

Video Demonstrates How Bonkers the Raid on Kim Dotcom’s Mansion Really Was

Someone called the cops. (Screencap)

No wonder Kim Dotcom spends so much time taunting the authorities from his Twitter account. A New Zealand news outfit has released the first footage of the January raid on the Megaupload mogul’s mansion, and sounds like Mr. Dotcom’s dealings with the authorities have been aggravating, to say the least.

The video opens with a helicopter landing and the deployment of the officers participating in the raid. The disgorging of black-clad SWAT-type officers and unfriendly-looking police dogs is pretty much the extent of the spectacle, and there’s no footage from the goings-on inside the house. However, the video also includes radio communications exchanged during the raid, and Channel 3 has spliced that with testimony from Mr. Dotcom himself to create a pretty good play-by-play: Read More

SOPA Opera

Hip-Hop Site Dajaz1 Cyber-Waterboarded in Government’s ‘Digital Guantanamo’

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Since Wired first covered the saga of  Dajaz1’s November, 2010 seizure for alleged copyright infringement last week the site has responded to the government’s actions in a blog post heavy with quotes from their “super awesome attorney,” Andrew Bridges.  Mr. Bridges states that the owner of the site is grateful the U.S. government finally found there wasn’t probable cause to seek forfeiture of the domain, but exoneration of Dajaz1.com isn’t enough. Some super awesome rhetoric aimed at R.I.A.A. and government collusion ensues: Read More

SOPA Opera

The FBI’s Case Against Megaupload? Brought to You By the MPAA

Ask this guy what happens when you cross the MPAA.

Now that Kim Dotcom is in custody, details about the FBI’s two year investigation into Megaupload are surfacing. According to CNET, the grunt work can be traced back to the Motion Picture Association of America.

Record labels and software and videogame companies all accused Megaupload of copyright violations, but it was Hollywood that presented the FBI with  “significant evidence.” Read More

IN YOUR FACE!

The RIAA Performs Victory Dance on Megaupload’s Dead Corpse

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Megaupload/Megavideo was shut down by the Federal Government last week! It was sad. Also—coincidentally, or not—right around the time SOPA and PIPA, the anti-piracy legislation meant to prevent sites like Megaupload from ever doing business, died their own lame legislative deaths.

A week later, the Recording Industry Association of America has issued a press release basically dancing over the grave of the cloud-upload site. Read More

SOPA Opera

Feds Bust Megaupload, So Anonymous Hacks the DOJ, RIAA, MPAA, and Universal Music Group

You mess with the Internet, you get Anonymous.

Well now we know why we haven’t been able to access at the Department of Justice’s press release about its raid on Megaupload for the past few hours!

The websites for the U.S. Justice Department, the Recording Industry Association of America, Motion Picture Association of America, and Universal Music Group have all been down this afternoon. As TPMIdeaLab reports, hackers who associate themselves with Anonymous are taking credit. Twitter accounts like @YourAnonNews and @AnonOps claim the attacks are in retaliation for today’s shutdown and arrests related to the file sharing site Megaupload. Read More

Music

Evil Triumphs: RIAA Close to Squeezing Money Out of Limewire

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Dearly departed New York peer-to-peer filesharing start-up Limewire is close to a settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America, CNET reports, on track to “reimburse” that body for “damages” based on the premise that songs downloaded through the service represented potential sales. “Founder Mark Gorton said he saw most of his biggest competitors cease operating or try to legitimize their services after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against file-sharing operations like Limewire’s. He conceded that he chose to continue operating despite the court’s decision and the RIAA has shown that he pocketed profits as a result,” Greg Sandoval writes. Read More