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  1. Things We Saw Today: The Grumpy Catbus

    Things We Saw Today

    Timothy Doyle created this memetic Miyazaki mashup masterpiece for an upcoming Lil Bub gallery show at Spoke Art. (io9)

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  2. French File Sharing Law Claims Its First Victim

    One French citizen faces a fine of up to 600 Euros and a two week disconnection from the Internet for sharing files online.

    After sharing a file or two and ignoring warnings from the government to knock it off, an as-yet-unnamed French Internet user has become the first person fined under France's controversial 'Hadopi' law -- a statute that gives file sharers "three strikes" before swooping in with draconian measures like hefty fines and disruptions in Internet service. In addition to a fine that could be as much as 600 euros, the individual will reportedly have their Internet service cut for up to two weeks.

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  3. Congratulations, Game Of Thrones Finale, You Set A New Piracy Record!

    It is known

    The Season 3 finale of Game of Thrones may not have broke a ratings record but it did set a new bar for piracy.

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  4. The Entertainment Industry Wants Congress to Let Them Give You Malware

    Pirating content is bad, mmkay? That doesn't make it okay for the content creators to install malware on your computer.

    The entertainment industry would like you to stop pirating things. They've tried digital rights management, prosecuting file sharers, and even making films like The Last Airbender that were so bad nobody would want to pirate them. Nothing's worked. You jerks keep stealing content, so now the industry is asking Congress to let them install malware on your computer to get you to knock it off.

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  5. Anti-Piracy Group Caught Pirating Photos for Their Website

    There are few things more amusing than anti-piracy advocates being caught, well, pirating. It's the best kind of hypocrisy, if that's a thing. That's the situation Canadian anti-piracy company Canipre found themselves in this week after it was revealed that they totally didn't receive permission to use a bunch of the images associated with their website. Oops.

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  6. The Pirate Bay Continues Domain Name Hot Potato, Moves to Sint Maarten

    In their attempts to stay one step ahead and whatever legal organizations are currently actively trying to shut them down, the Pirate Bay has a habit of cycling through top-level domains. For example, they had piratebay.se for quite some time, but recently fled to Iceland with piratebay.is. Looks like their time in Iceland might be up, though, as they've apparently fled to piratebay.sx -- Sint Maarten -- in an attempt to avoid any sort of legal shenanigans.

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  7. U.S. Ambassador to Australia Asks Australians to Please Stop Pirating Game of Thrones

    Meanwhile...

    Jeffrey Bleich isn't your normal Game of Thrones fan. Oh, no. He also happens to be the U.S. Ambassador to Australia. And, in his official capacity as Ambassador, he has a message for you, Aussies: Stop pirating Game of Thrones! Stop it! Bad Aussies!

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  8. Netflix Makes a New Family Plan for All You Worthless Freeloaders

    the internet is serious business

    As far as allowing you freedom to watch, Netflix is pretty good about things. You can register up to six devices to an account at one time, and stream simultaneously to two. It's also pretty cool about passwords and log ons. No digging into your cable provider's website to find your registration info, or worse, calling your friend with HBO and instructing them on how to find that info on their cable provider's website. And so Netflix knows that somewhere around 10 million of its subscribers are getting the service for free, by logging in under the accounts of friends or family, but rather than cracking down on those folks, they're offering another option.

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  9. Movie Studios Get Circular, Ask Google to Take Down Their Own DMCA Takedown Requests

    Let's say you're a wealthy, seafaring merchant. You suspect a pirate is sneaking up the hull of your ship to steal your hard-earned doubloons in the hold, so you cry out to the Imperial Navy to arrest the dastardly villain! But when the Imperial pirate-hunter arrives, you panic and call to the Navy to come and arrest him, too -- yeah, the guy who was supposed to arrest the first guy. Well, that's sort of what some movie studios are doing right now. NBC Universal and Lionsgate, among others, are asking Google to take down the takedown requests they themselves had requested, and Google isn't having it.

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  10. Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere Sets Piracy Records, HBO Doesn’t Care

    Two big things happened on Easter a few days ago: The Walking Dead season 3 finale and the Game of Thrones season 3 premiere aired at the same time. One of the two was exceptionally good and involved death, swinging blades, and beleaguered humanity, while the other broke a bunch of pirating records. Specifically, the Game of Thrones premiere was uploaded to the Internet and, within a few hours, a tracker reported 163,088 simultaneous downloads of a single torrent of the episode. People sure do like to not pay for things they love!

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