Illegal Downloading

Has There Ever Been a Worse Time to Be a Musician?

Horace Trubridge | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

The coming of the age of austerity means that the big corporates that used to throw extravagant parties/conferences etc either simply can't afford to do so anymore or have decided that ostentatious displays of decadence and largesse are inappropriate in these straightened times.

Why Go to the Cinema When You Have a Laptop?

Archie Damant | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Archie Damant

The way laptops have evolved into basically a mini-cinema is amazing. However, the difference is quite big. At the cinema you have that sick feeling in your stomach, where you've just sneaked some food in, or got in to an R-rated when you're three years too young. Whereas with a laptop, you're shamefully eating away at the snacks you found down the side of your bed, whilst needing the toilet. It maybe so close, but it's also so far.

Cartoon HD Is No More, Twitter Explodes

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Tech

The popular but legally dubious (entirely illegal) Android and iPhone Cartoon HD app has been shut down. There's no official word on why it was shu...

Cats Can Only Entertain Us for So Long

Joivan Wade | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Tech
Joivan Wade

10 years ago, Youtube was just distant thought in its founders heads. It now has over a billion users and almost 15 million videos about cats. Not only is it making cats well famous, but it is changing the way people watch film and is opening up the world of filmmaking to people who couldn't have got there before.

We Are All Starving Artists Now: Why Web 2.0 is About Meaning Not Money

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Tech
Eric Kaufmann

The internet helps creative people circulate their content to millions, gaining influence, meaning and occasionally fame. Yet monetizing this goodwill is like wringing blood from a stone. Why? Because the internet unites three impulses that once lived separate lives.

Pirate Cinema - Cory Doctorow (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

In the not-so-distant future we see teen video mash-up geek Trent McCauley run away from his home in Bradford for the bright lights of the Big Smoke a...

How Digital Is Writing the Next Chapter

Andy Law | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Tech
Andy Law

As a lifelong lover of traditional storytelling, its easy to get sniffy about digital wanting to rewrite the rulebook, but the fact of the matter is that a richer, more immersive way to enjoy stories is, without a doubt, waiting for us somewhere down this long and winding road.

Big Companies Are Still Missing the Boat When It Comes to Piracy

Matt Clough | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Tech
Matt Clough

Piracy represents a truly unenviable quandary for the film and games industries, but their continual failure to grasp even the basic essence of the issue, or their customers, represents a far greater and more worrying trend.

A Pirate's Life for Me?

Lewis Shepherd | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lewis Shepherd

It appears that the film companies, and the cinemas for that matter have no idea just how extortionate these prices are (or maybe they do.) It feels like they don't realise that most people can't afford the prices they are charging in order to go to the cinema, therefore more and more people are turning to a 'life of crime' in order to obtain films to get some release from the hardships of day to day life.

Goodbye HMV, Now It's Time to Make a Promise to Music Retailers

James Peckham | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
James Peckham

The whole experience of buying in an indie shop is entirely different to shopping in Asda for Olly Murs. Browsing can allow you to find hidden gems which you had entirely forgotten about or didn't even know existed.

Golden Eye Targets 3,000 Accused O2 'Porn Pirates'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Tech

Almost 3,000 households will receive letters from porn makers Ben Dover Productions demanding payment over claims of copyright infringement. Parent...

ACTA: Deliberating Out in the Open Over an Agreement Negotiated Behind Closed Doors

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The fate of the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting agreement will finally be decided during the July plenary when the European Parliament puts it to a vote. Without the Parliament's approval, it will not be able to enter into force in the EU.

I Used to Think Pirates Were Cool, Until I Learnt About Illegal Downloaders

Callum Jones | Posted 01.10.2011 | UK
Callum Jones

In early 2009, the annual figures for music download sales during the previous year showed that legal downloads had helped the music industry to grow by about twenty percent. However, alongside these figures came another statistic, and this one was extremely concerning.

Headless Chickens or Headless Americans

John Giacobbi | Posted 29.09.2011 | UK
John Giacobbi

This week, a landmark ruling in the High Court ordered British Telecom to block access to the notorious, 'free' movies web-site Newzbin2.

Illegal Movie Downloads up 30% but it's the Industry That Needs to Change

Jack Pelling | Posted 11.09.2011 | UK Entertainment
Jack Pelling

I don't condone video piracy, far from it; if the movie industry collapsed I would be out of a job. What I find more objectionable however, is the blame being laid solely at the feet of the young "tech" generation when the industries reaction to the rise of internet piracy has been so lacklustre.