piracy

E-Piracy: The High Cost of Stolen Books

Lost book sales can't be quantified, making it impossible to calculate e-piracy's full economic impact. But the sheer number of illegal copies available for download gives an idea of the scope. It translates into a staggering amount of royalties being stolen from authors.

Online Video-Game Pirates Outgun the Publishers

More than 19 million people illegally downloaded five of the top-selling video games of 2010, indicating that game thieves remain one step ahead of publishers when it comes to online piracy.

Legal Briefing: Music Publishers Pile on LimeWire

LimeWire, a peer-to-peer file sharing network that was recently found liable to recording artists for massive copyright piracy faces an additional threat to its existence: Music publishers are suing it too, alleging the same piracy.

The Hurt Locker Producers Wage War Against Pirates

"The Hurt Locker" won Best Picture at the Oscars, but lost at the box office. Its producers now plan to sue thousands of suspected pirates for downloading the film illegally on BitTorrent, where the movie was downloaded more than 10 million times.

CD Piracy: A Homeland Security Concern?

Several influential entertainment industry groups say the nation's security is at risk because of DVD and CD piracy. True, a study found pirated DVD sales may fund terrorism and organized crime. But is asking the Department of Homeland Security to bust pirates a good use of resources?

An Upside to Piracy? The Government Says There Is

Counterfeit products -- such as fake watches and bootleg DVDs -- are illegal, but they may have some unintended economic benefits, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Among the many ways legitimate businesses benefit from the availability of counterfeit goods: Consumers use bootleg copies of albums, movies and video games to sample goods, and if they like what they've tried, they purchase the real thing.

Viacom vs. YouTube/Google: Piracy or Not?

As Viacom's three-year-long copyright lawsuit against YouTube/Google reaches a crucial moment, the public finally gets to see each side's briefs in the case. Which company has the better argument? DailyFinance legal correspondent Abigail Field offers us an opinion, and a brief history of the alleged crimes.