France unveils anti-piracy plan

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334w ago - French web users caught pirating movies or music could soon be thrown offline.

Those illegally sharing files will face the loss of their net access thanks to a newly-created anti-piracy body granted the wide-ranging powers.

The anti-piracy body comes out of a deal agreed by France's music and movie makers and its net firms.

The group who brokered the deal said the measures were intended to curb casual piracy rather than tackle large scale pirate groups.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the deal was a "decisive moment for the future of a civilised internet".

Net firms will monitor what their customers are doing and pass on information about persistent pirates to the new independent body. Those identified will get a warning and then be threatened with either being cut off or suspended if they do not stop illegal file-sharing.

The agreement between net firms, record companies, film-makers and government was drawn up by a special committee created to look at the problem of the net and cultural protection.

Denis Olivennes, head of the French chain store FNAC, who chaired the committee said current penalties for piracy - large fines and years in jail - were "totally disproportionate" for those young people who do file-share illegally.
 

Top 4 reasons piracy hasn’t hit the PS3

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337w ago - In Asia's gaming culture, piracy has been common place for every major game console since the NES. In the mid 90's a device called the UFO, allowed ROM games stored on floppy disks to be played on the SNES via a disk-drive like device that sat on top of the SNES. The 32-bit era saw the rise of mod-chips and insane swap-tricks to get past CD region lockouts.

Not much has changed in the generations that followed. Even today, the Xbox 360, Wii, DS and PSP have all fallen victim to heavy piracy. The advent of torrent sites and faster download speeds don't do the major players any favors either. The PS3, on the other hand, remains a different story. I have been keeping an eye on the local pirating scene, and with almost a year after the PS3's release, it appears to be the only console piracy free. On that note, I have concluded these reasons for the PS3's success in the anti-piracy war. (Note: despite the tone of this article, I have no doubt that eventually, technology will catch up and savvy pirates will have their way)

4. Hardware complexity
Let me preface this by saying that I'm by no means an engineer or have any expertise with console hardware, but from what I've heard from around the Net, I've decided to include this point with some doubt. With the Xbox 360, all that is needed is...
 

Blu-ray Security Update IS More Anti-Consumer Than Anti-Piracy

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340w ago - The Blu-ray camp has been playing with the anti-piracy protection fire and once again consumers got burned. The addition of the BD+ copyright protection technology rendered recent Blu-ray discs basically unplayable, as several such players don't support the new protection software.

The BD+ technology was finalized in June, 2007 and therefore, it affects all the players released previously.

According to initial reports, the BD+ discs won't play at all on LG Electronics BH100 and Samsung BD-P1200 players. Sony's S1 and several Panasonic models still offer playback capability, but the "playback" has actually been stretched to the limit thanks to the extremely slow load times.

Samsung has already managed to issue a firmware update, which can be downloaded from its site. Also, Sony announced that the PlayStation 3 will play BD+ movies after the 1.93 firmware is applied.

The first two movies to feature the BD+ technology are Twentieth Century Fox's The Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Day After Tomorrow.

This might be just the start of a firmware frenzy that won't last for some time. It's understandable that companies are eager to do everything in their power to protect their...
 







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