UK Piracy

A Welcome Step Forward In The Ongoing Fight Against Piracy

Liz Bales | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Liz Bales

In the same week that a new YouGov study claimed that five million Brits are using pirated TV streaming services and we celebrated World Intellectual ...

Somali Piracy Disremembered

Yury Fedotov | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Yury Fedotov

Somali piracy off the Horn of Africa was once estimated by the World Bank to cost global trade billions of dollars, and to harm the fragile economies...

The Government's Campaign Against Online Piracy Has Begun In The Most British Way Possible

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech

The government’s latest campaign against online piracy will begin today (17 Jan) in the most British way possible – with hundreds of politely word...

Is Your Family Aware Of The Risks Of Digital TV Piracy?

Liz Bales | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Liz Bales

Internet connected TV set-top boxes and sticks are a great way to enjoy digital entertainment through the home television and no doubt many people will have received such a device this Christmas.

Grandmother, Aged 86, Accused of Illegally Downloading Zombie Game

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech

Christine McMillan, an 86-year-old Canadian grandmother, had never even heard of the first-person zombie shooter she was accused of pirating. But earl...

Why Online Piracy Should Be A Topic For The Classroom

Adam Manuel | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Manuel

Children these days will literally laugh if you tell them that you used to pay for music; to them it's a free medium. Many don't seem to comprehend what it means for a creative industry to be in decline

Is 'The X Factor' Finally On It's Way Out?

George Taylor | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
George Taylor

The last winner, Louisa Johnson, was the first EVER winner not to make it to number one... The reality is, X Factor is losing momentum as well as it's impact on the charts, so it'll be interesting to see if Simon can turn it around. Can you imagine a world without X Factor? I certainly can.

Why Is Gaming More Popular Than Music and Film?

George Taylor | Posted 23.05.2017 | 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 25.10.2016 | 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 16.09.2016 | 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 27.07.2016 | 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 24.07.2016 | 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.