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Sony: PlayStation Portable Piracy is Trending Down Right Now

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299w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment of America's head of hardware marketing, John Koller, recently spoke to MTV about PSP piracy.

Koller stated that PSP piracy is trending down right now, and that it has not be as prevalent in the last one to two months.

To quote: "We've made really no secret [that there] certainly has been some piracy on the PSP," said Koller in a phone interview last week. "We've seen that as a significant issue – it's trending down right now, we've seen the piracy not be as such prevalent in the last month to two months. But it has been a problem for us."

"We've noticed there's kind of a 'good vs. evil' battle that we track on many of the forums and many of the pirated Web sites," laughed Koller. "There's certainly people that are standing up and fighting for what we consider the good side, the rights of developers and publishers to make money on their IP.

And then there's certainly the other side that believes that they can take as warranted. It's kind of been nice to see other consumers going and help and fight the battle for us."
 

Microsoft Confirms XBox Live Bans, Anti-piracy Efforts to Continue

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301w ago - Yesterday we reported news of Microsoft starting a new wave of XBox Live bans on modded XBox 360 consoles.

Today, Microsoft's Major "Larry Hyrb" Nelson has confirmed it stating the following via his blog linked above:

Xbox 360 Console banning: I've gotten a few messages and seen some forum threads pop up on console bannings so I thought I'd post and let folks know what's up.

In our our continued effort to keep gameplay safe and secure for our community of more than 14 million members, Microsoft has taken action against a small percentage of Xbox 360 consoles that have been illegally modified in order to play pirated games.

You should know that modifying your Xbox 360 console is also a violation of the Xbox LIVE terms of use, will void your warranty and result in a ban from Xbox LIVE.

The health of the video game business depends on customers paying for the genuine products and services they receive, both from manufacturers and the local companies that support them.

We will continue to employ and bolster anti-piracy security measures to counter piracy in the gaming...
 

DreamStream to Encrypt Blu-ray Competitor to Prevent Piracy

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302w ago - DreamStream to employ military-grade encryption to secure Royal Digital Media's new optical media format, which exceeds Blu-ray's HD capabilities.

Press Release: Los Angeles (PRWEB) - DreamStream has signed on to encrypt Royal Digital Media's new optical media format. The agreement will allow RDM to employ DreamStream's military-strength encryption in the copyright protection of their high-definition discs.

The deal marks the first time a military-grade encryption has been implemented in the copyright protection of commercial motion picture discs.

"DreamStream and RDM's technologies align perfectly, as they both rest exponentially beyond the standards currently being employed," said DreamStream's Chief Development Officer Ulf Diebel, in a statement issued at the signing in Paris.

DreamStream is the first company to implement a 2,048-bit encryption in consumer media. AES encryption, used in Sony's Blu-ray discs, relies on only a 128-bit system.

In 2006, a hacker known as "Muslix64" defeated Blu-ray's encryption. Since that time, Sony's system has been faced with continual security breaches and tremendous losses due to piracy.

RDM has developed a high-definition system that exceeds the capabilities of Blu-ray. RDM's technology offers storage capacity...
 

Far Cry 2 Leaked Across the Net; XBox 360 Piracy on the Rise

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305w ago - A picture (below) was released on the Internet yesterday of a retail copy of Far Cry 2. Many were skeptical on the legitimacy of the picture, but not too long afterwards more reports starting coming in that many Gamestop store managers have received copies of the game.

Whether this is an actual broken release, date or just a manager being a bit cocky is still unclear. It wouldn't be a bad idea though to check your local retail stores tomorrow to see if you can sneak a copy out.

If that's not enough now we have yet ANOTHER batch of reports indicating that Far Cry 2 has been leaked onto the Internet. Which console you may ask? Well the 360 of course!

The Xbox 360 has really been taking in a lot of early releases of games via torrents, and its quite ironic how these torrents are directed towards the 360 rather than the PC platform many developers consider to be a pirate jungle.

At least this leak isn't as bad as Fallout 3 where the game is still a good two weeks away till release.
 

The Fallout from Fallout 3's Piracy

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305w ago - The eagerly anticipated Fallout 3 is nearly upon us, yet a full three weeks before its release rapacious pigs cracked the game and offered it via various torrent sites.

This is the third AAA title that has been hacked and cracked in as many months, leaving publishers frothing at the mouth as they consider even more draconian digital rights management.

To the casual observer this may seem like an overzealous response to retain the vast sea of greenbacks the industry seems to float upon. And that certainly is a concern, after all Electronic Arts is not motivated from a position of altruism. This is about control of their product, control of their intellectual property, and control of the consumer.

Flinchingly I have read DRM proponents scathing insinuation that, and I'm paraphrasing, that "nothing is safe! Nothing is sacred! We must protect ourselves at any cost!" Yet the price of that protectionism is at the expense of the consumer. Pirates care little for the mores of the videogame industry. However it's not the pirates that are feeling the brunt of the industry's wrath, it's us.

Citing piracy concerns, EA slapped DRM restrictions on Spore that prohibited more than one installation per copy, turning it into a $60 rental. Yet that did not keep Spore from being cracked...
 
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