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  1. Doing It Right: Wreck-It Ralph Available for Download Before DVD and Blu-Ray

    Wreck-It Ralph was perhaps, without a doubt, one of the greatest odes to the modern video game industry as a whole and the golden age of video arcades during the early '80s. As such, if you're one of the unfortunate few that happened to miss it, well, it's a downright shame. Luckily, Disney won't have people waiting too long for a market release as the company has announced that Wreck-It Ralph will be available on February 12th... only as a digital download and via streaming services in both HD and 3D. That's right, those with mobile devices and computers will be kicking back and enjoying Wreck-It Ralph in a few weeks, while everyone else anticipating a DVD and Blu-Ray release is going to have to sit tight and ride it out until springtime.

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  2. Starting Now, Downloading Copyrighted Material in Japan Could Land You Two Years in Jail

    Back in June, Japan forced through a rather stringent copyright amendment that included some odd provisions for those caught downloading copyrighted material. Most anti-piracy legislation deals with those caught uploading content that infringes, but Japan's apparently going after the other end of the spectrum as well. As of today, those individuals that are caught downloading could face a fine of 2 million yen -- about $25,680 -- or even two years in jail. Meanwhile, in the United States, being charged with assault could get you less time.

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  3. Japan Sneaks In Strict Copyright Law, Only Otakus Outraged

    While most of its citizens were busy watching the arrest of a cult terrorist who tried to gas the Tokyo subway, Japan's House of Representatives quietly passed a much stricter revision of its copyright law. And nobody noticed except the inhabitants of 2 chan.

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  4. Radiohead’s Surprise-Announced New Album Continues To Embrace Digital

    Today, popular UK band Radiohead announced the presale for their upcoming album The King of Limbs. Interestingly, the physical CD of the album will not be available until late March, while the downloading can begin over a month earlier on February 19. (A special vinyl edition of the "Newspaper Album" won't be available until May 9th.) The pre-sale was announced through the microblogging service Twitter with the words, "thank you for waiting." This emphasis on a digital download over the physical album is nothing new for the band, which famously released its critically acclaimed 2007 album In Rainbows digitally about a month before the physical release. The band also employed a "pay-what-you-want" system for In Rainbows, which is noticeably absent in this recent release. Interestingly, Radiohead's pre-sale page seems to downplay a CD release. The digital offering comes out much sooner, and it also promotes an expensive double vinyl-LP "newspaper edition" of the album. The decision to push a cheaper download or a more expensive "deluxe" physical edition may be part of a larger movement apparently headed by popular artists instead of the labels which distribute their works. Wilco, for instance, released it's album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot for free after their label declined to release it. Dark Night Of The Soul, Danger Mouse's last collaboration with musician Sparkle Horse and David Lynch, was also released for free, and illegally, with a follow-up high-end book of art. As the music industry continues to struggle with the online marketplace, these alternative release options may be a sign of things to come. (Radiohead via The Daily What)

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