TAG: Piracy

Watermarking and Captioning Photos

Watermark Example (there was surely a good photo here somewhere)

By now you’ve probably noticed the photos I share have two distinct attributes. First, none of them are watermarked with a name, company or otherwise. Second, the photos come with titles and (relatively) long captions. Furthermore, I work to give you access to the highest possible resolution of each photograph. Why? I’ll fill you in on my process, and offer some tips about what you should do both of these very contentious ideas in photography.

Piracy of the Future: Hiding in Plain Sight

The focus on piracy has always been intense for tools that have offered intellectual property (IP) for free. Over the years, services and software such as Napster (music), Megaupload (cyberlockers), and uTorrent (Bittorrent) have become focal points for the intense battle to remove pirated content from the greater Internet. But, perhaps unexpectedly, new and novel legitimate services are being created that can also be used to display pirated content. The future of piracy may be a trojan horse in every legitimately used service.

If You Take Sides On Copyright, Don’t Take Kurt Sutter’s

Kurt Sutter
With all the attention swirling around the recent leak of The Expendables 3, I’m reminded of a rather prescient article from Kurt Sutter – creator and showrunner for Sons of Anarchy. I consider him eloquent, interesting, entertaining, and somewhat crazy. But he’s also as wrong as, well, everything Gene Simmons says. The early August article for Variety went after Google and its apparent love of piracy. In this piece, he’s attacking Google for “systematically destroying [our] artistic future”. Yes, Sutter is attacking a search index for destroying the future of his children, and their children too. And possibly, Armageddon. Seriously?

“The Expendables 3” Leak Is A Piracy Lightning Rod

You may well have heard of the third instalment of The Expendables movie series starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and almost every other known action actor. The movie opens in wide release on August 15, but a high-quality version was leaked to the Internet almost three weeks before the release. This kind of thing has happened in the past, but never so long before release, and never in such a completed state [1]. Again, the debate over piracy (and associated penalties) is in the public’s consciousness.

“Popcorn Time” May Be The Evolution Of Piracy

Popcorn Time, described as Netflix for pirated filmsRecently, a small open-source application has been getting lots of attention. Mainly for it’s ability to “stream” movies from Bittorrent sources, while making the process extremely easy to use. Indeed, so easy that many are calling Popcorn Time “Netflix for pirated films”. While the tool has gain widespread attention, little is really know about this small tool. I wanted to take a closer look at this growing phenomenon. Read on for more details.

10 Most Important Technology Stories Of 2012

The year is drawing to a close and it’s a good time to reflect on the more important technology, hardware, software and news stories of 2012. It’s been something of a mixed bag, from financial news, to hardware releases, to a failing smartphone giant. We saw lots of new stuff, litigation and involvement from The Law. More than that though, one thing is sure to be quickly forgotten about 2012: The Mayans prognostication skills. Here, in no particular order, are the 1 most important technology news stories of 2012.

Uhm, Sir, Your Piracy Is Showing

Uh Oh!

In the interesting article about Metro, (or whatever you want to call it) Joel Hruska describes the details of Microsoft’s new interface in Windows 8 in an unfortunately paginated article on extremetech.com. The article is a great explanation of many frustrations that will come from users trying to interact with Metro including how Metro apps communicate with Desktop apps and some of his frustrations around sharing Internet links. It’s worth a read.

But, oh, his frustrations about viewing video also lead him to post this image. Notice anything unusual there? It seems all the names of files listed are named after well known pirate releases of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seems like Joel (or whomever has those files on a Windows 8 PC) has decided to name each file perfectly after pirated releases or…. well, you get it.

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