UK Piracy

Why Is Gaming More Popular Than Music and Film?

George Taylor | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Tech
George Taylor

Gaming has always been popular, but this has increased exponentially over the last few years. Whereas gaming was once seen as 'geeky' and 'uncool,' nowadays, geeky IS cool. You can blame the huge rise of comics and 'cosplay' conventions such as Comic Con for contributing to this massive change in perception.

A Welcome New Chapter for the Copyright Challenge

Liz Bales | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

Can it ever be OK to lose ourselves completely in a film, book or piece of music - and yet contribute nothing to those people who made that experience possible?

A 30th Birthday Wish for Film in All Its Formats

Liz Bales | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

The 16th September 1985 was a landmark moment for British film fans. Thirty years ago today, film went on sale on our high streets for the first ti...

Scammer Who Risked Movie-Makers £120 Million Has Just Been Served His Punishment

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Tech

Paul Mahoney, a 30-year-old man from Londonderry, who risked the movie industry £120 million, has now been sentenced to four years in prison. He ...

This Man Cost The Movie Industry £120 Million Without Ever Leaving His Bedroom

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Tech

A 30-year-old man who ran a network of illegal movie sites could have cost the film industry a loss of £120 million, a court was told. Paul Mahone...

The Piracy Problem - The Hunt for an Effective Solution

Wayne Beynon | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

The new legislation can be effective, but it needs to be coupled with improved relations and co-operation between industry and streaming companies. This - I believe - may be the key to stamping out online piracy once and for all.

One In Ten Reading Illegal E-Books

J.N. Paquet | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Tech
J.N. Paquet

If the illegal download of eBooks were one day to become a widespread activity, we could end up with the current authors being the last generation of authors making a living out of their work.

London Dawn Raids See Three Suspected Pirates Arrested

PA | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Tech

Police are questioning three men believed to be behind an illegal website used by tens of thousands of people every day to download films and TV shows...

Piracy Study Says Each Person On Earth Owes $67 Million In Fines

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Tech

The average person has illegally downloaded approximately 2,900 music files and 90 movies, a new study suggests. Which has worrying financial impli...

When Pirate Film and TV Sites Serve Up Nasty Surprises, Why Go Back for More?

Liz Bales | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Tech
Liz Bales

On top of malware, these rogue sites are rife with credit card cons. Two in three of the 30 analysed are guilty of that trick, and more than three in four people who admit to visiting pirate film and TV sites say they've fallen victim to these sorts of scams at some point.

Missing Malaysian Plane May Have Been Subject To 'Act Of Piracy'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK

Investigators are now considering the possibility that the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines jet, which vanished on Saturday, was caused by an ...

If You Love British Music, Give It a Future!

Crispin Hunt | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Crispin Hunt

Last Wednesday's Brit Awards saw the great and the good pay tribute to the UK's finest musical talent. From David Bowie to Laura Mvula, the Arctic Monkeys to One Direction, the 2014 nominees demonstrate the incredible diversity that exists across the British music scene today...

Man Claims FBI Interrogated Him For Wearing Google Glass At Movie Theatre

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

A man in the United States claims he was interrogated by the FBI after he wore prescription Google Glasses into a movie theatre. The man told Gadge...

YouTube and Piracy - Follow the Money

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

In days of yore, a good friend of mine sold pirated VHS movies at school. As a 15-year-old it didn't matter that the image was black & white and that the only thing I could really see was the Chinese subtitles; what mattered was that I got to watch a film a week before it was released at the theatres.

Court Orders Blocking Of 21 File Piracy Websites

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Tech

Anyone who obtains their music by shady online means will have a much harder job from Wednesday. UK internet providers (ISPs) have been told top bl...

LOOK: Greenpeace Activist Hangs Off Eiffel Tower

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.12.2013 | UK

The Eiffel Tower was briefly closed this morning after a Greenpeace activist suspended himself from the French landmark to call for the release of 30 ...

Greenpeace Activists Charged With Piracy By Putin's 'Abominable' State

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

Whether it's gay people or environmentalists, Vladimir Putin is not a fan. The dangers of protest inside the former KGB operatives country are well kn...

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.

Edward Snowden - Modern-Day Pirate?

Kester Brewin | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics
Kester Brewin

Attempts have been made to place Snowden's actions and predicament in the context of history, with comparisons to other whistle-blowers and truth-tellers. I want to argue that he can also be viewed as part of a long line of outcast agitators: Edward Snowden is a pirate.

Piracy! Illegal Downloads! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I'm an independent filmmaker. I've tried a lot of different ways of giving stuff away free over the years. However, shooting movies isn't free, and at some point in the process you need to make sure that someone gives you some money, otherwise you don't get to make any more independent movies.

Increasing the Use of Legal Software Will Drive Economic Growth

Sarah Coombes | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Tech
Sarah Coombes

In the information age, software is an essential tool of production. It generates value for individual businesses and entire economies by boosting productivity and accelerating output. But does it make a difference whether the software is properly licensed or pirated?

The True Cost of Piracy

Matt Clough | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Tech
Matt Clough

Recent statistics suggest that 82% of people think it's acceptable to watch pirated TV shows, and the growing piracy rates back this up: the season premiere of Game of Thrones was watched illegally over one million times, compared to just over four million legitimate views, with foreign interest in the series being a large cause.

Why the Film Business Must Look Back to Move Forward

Matt Clough | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matt Clough

With the internet threatening to alter the fundamental act of distribution that has laid dormant since the advent of home video, it requires a glance all the way back to the late 1960s to find a time when Hollywood's tried and tested means of dominating the film business was so similarly threatened.

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.

Antigua and Barbuda - The New Digital Pirates of the Caribbean

Jack Millner | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Tech
Jack Millner

The tiny Caribbean island of Antigua is to become a digital piracy haven after being given permission by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to launch a website that would distribute music, movies and software without compensating US copyright holders after a decade long saga of abuse by the US.