The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom has been [researching](www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~tpc/Papers/P2PSecComm2012.pdf) how users of the hugely popular file-sharing BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol are being monitored by those acting for copyright holders. What the researchers found surprised them, and may surprise those using BitTorrent to download pirated content: the average time it takes to log the IP address of an illegal file sharer is now less than three hours of the pirated content being made available. The researchers reckon that those downloading a single pirated movie, if it is in the top 100 downloads, will be monitored and their IP address logged. …

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I've already got a game project going, using C++ and SFML. I'm planning on releasing it digitally online using PayPal. Question is, how do I keep the game from being pirated? Someone could easily just make a copy of the game and its files, and they've got two versions of my game. How do most game developers that release their games digitally get this issue figured out?

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Hello guys and girls I couldn't hel to wonder what is daniweb's community position towards the Stop Online Piracy Act to be discussed today in the US Congress. Is Dani censoring the logo tonight?

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I am developing a desktop based software in Java using IDE Netbeans 7 and database MySQL. Now i want to distribute this software and protect it from piracy.I want to implement online licence verification.That means when user will install the software a number based on hardware configuration will be sent to me.And i will provide a licence key according to that number.If user will give input that key then the full version of the software will run. But the problem is that,i have no idea about how to implement these things.Such as: what are the steps? What things will i …

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With the Android developer community buzzing about how easy it is to pirate apps, one outfit took it upon itself to try and track down the pirates. The results are truly shocking. [attach]16959[/attach]The provocatively named Android Police site last week claimed that [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/626374/android-app-flaw-allows-easy-piracy"]most Android apps can be simply patched and stripped of their licensing protection[/URL]. Indeed, Android Police even went as far as to produce a video demonstration entitled 'Breaking Google's Android Licensing Verification Library (LVL)' which proved just how easy it actually is. And with [URL="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/27/android_market_devs_unhappy/"]49 percent of publishers making less than they had hoped for from Android development[/URL] …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16267[/ATTACH]Indie game developer Jeff Vogel (head of Spiderweb Soft.) wrote a thoughtful [URL="http://jeff-vogel.blogspot.com/2010/07/sometimes-its-ok-to-steal-my-games.html"]piece[/URL] on piracy on Wednesday, for his blog, [URL="http://jeff-vogel.blogspot.com/"]The Bottom Feeder[/URL]. As an industry veteran and most important of all, human, he explains why piracy isn't always a bad thing, and can often be downright justifiable given the right circumstances. No matter where you stand on the issue, he approaches the topic with a realistic mindset, rather than one guided by profits. He admits to feeling reluctant about writing the post, because game sales support his family. It puts food on the table, and clothes on his kid's …

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If piracy and illegal downloaders really are killing the music industry, how come more singles have been sold this year than ever before and people who file-share spend more money on legal releases than those who do not file-share? I have to admit, it's not been a good week to be on the side of law and order and the established way of things as far as the music business is concerned. While the UK Government pushes ever onwards with the Digital Economy Bill which promises a robust legal and regulatory framework to deal with illegal file-sharing, and continues to …

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I ask because according to the latest data, there would seem to be an increasing number of working pirates around these days. The trouble is that they can be hard to spot as they do not tend to go for the Captain Jack look nor sport a long beard, come missing a leg or complete with a parrot. However, according to web security specialist ScanSafe, there has been a 55% increase in employees attempting to download illegal software and MP3s in the workplace over the last three months, so they are obviously out there and quite possibly in your office. …

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What might kill illegal downloading do you think? The long ([URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220692.html"]and mostly ineffective[/URL]) arm of the law perhaps, or maybe a sudden (and unlikely) [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story235178.html"]feeling of overwhelming love[/URL] for the poor music and movie industry? According to the [URL="http://www.globalwebindex.net"]Global Web Index[/URL] the answer could be simple and obvious: why bother downloading something illegally when you can watch it or listen to it perfectly legally using streaming media services? YouTube has certainly showed a thirst for streaming videos, free of charge to the end user. The Global Web Index research reveals that 64% of Internet users watch video clips this way. …

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A couple of months ago DaniWeb reported how British singer Lily Allen [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story226113.html"]turned the music copyright debate into a copywrong farce[/URL] with some ill conceived blogging. Things went quiet soon after the media had swarmed all over Allen and her odd arguments, not least as she [URL="http://torrentfreak.com/lily-allen-deletes-pro-copyright-blog-and-ends-career-090924/"]closed down her blog[/URL] complaining of getting too much abuse. Now, following an interview with the [URL="http://www.nme.com/news/lily-allen/48488"]music press[/URL] it seems that Allen has jumped straight back into the controversy with both feet. This time she appears to be confusing price and value, claiming that she wants her fans to appreciate the value of her …

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When singer Lily Allen posted a passionate plea for people to stop illegally sharing music files, and started a dedicated blog where fellow pop stars could voice their concerns over the 'theft' of their work, you might have been forgiven for thinking it would just turn into the usual bunch of rich kids moaning about how unfair it was that they couldn't buy a second Ferrari this year. However, it quickly got much more interesting than that, thanks to a large dose of double standards on the part of Allen herself. The trouble with setting yourself up as some kind …

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Continuing on its charm offensive, the music industry is apparently not satisfied with the $675,000 fine for sharing 30 songs imposed on Joel Tenenbaum or the $1.92 million Jammie Thomas-Rasset was hit with for illegally downloading 24 tunes. Now it is going after the lyrics pirates. The what? Well, exactly. But apparently three music publishers have filed copyright infringement suites against a couple of sites which display song lyrics so you can sing along while the music plays. According to an article in [URL="http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3ia76573c6f2d502a15e774f187baccc91"]Billboard[/URL] the two businesses concerned, Liveuniverse Inc and Motive Force LLC, have been accused of "exploiting unlicensed …

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I'm not a great fan of the phrase 'total coincidence' and nor am I a fan of The Rt Hon Lord Mandelson, First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills and Lord President of the Council to be formal. While I'm on the small matter of things I don't like, I'm not exactly standing cheering on the sidelines when a recording or movie industry executive bemoans modern technology for stripping them of some of their profit from the sale of music or film. So you can probably guess I was none too pleased to [URL="http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/arts_entertainment/media/was+mandelson+behind+piracy+crackdown/3321192"]learn[/URL] that …

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Seems like a silly question, right? But $80,000 per track is exactly how much Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a single mother from Minneapolis, has been charged. Well, I say charged but actually she was fined this amount for each of 24 songs downloaded via a file-sharing site at the end of a jury trial which found her to be liable for wilful copyright infringement in every case. The $1.92 million in damages for the four record labels involved sets a new record, if you will excuse the pun. Her attorney told reporters he was angry about the damages, but Thomas-Rasset was more …

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Across Europe people have been voting in the European Parliamentary elections, and it looks likely that a pirate or two will have got elected in Sweden. I voted nice and early this morning, with candidates representing the three main political parties here in the UK as well as a rather long list of somewhat oddball ones representing many diverse religious and political viewpoints. However, there were no pirates on the ballot paper. But that is only because I do not live in Sweden where the Pirate Party has been gathering momentum during the last month. The Swedish Pirate Party is …

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Now this is interesting: with the arrival of a demand for some $4.5 million in damages, one of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4011.html"]founders of Pirate Bay[/URL] has come up with an innovate method of paying it. Gottfrid Svartholm has set up something called [URL="http://internetavgift.se/"]internet-avgift[/URL] which encourages ordinary Internet users who are friendly to the Pirate Bay cause to donate towards the cost of that fine. In fact, the system enables them to send those donations directly to the law firm which represented the music companies during the trial. You might think that is all well and good, until you get to the detail. …

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It might seem like something of an odd question, unless your idea of a good night in is a box of popcorn and a copy of some dodgy DVD featuring a Captain Jack lookalike doing unmentionable things to his crew. Yet the answer is that these two things, the illegal file-sharing we commonly refer to as piracy and the porn business, have loads more in common than you might imagine. For starters, both are hugely popular online. Pornography has traditionally been something of a driver of e-commerce innovation. After all, most pornographers are in the business for profit rather than …

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This is going to be important - although some lawyers are saying it's not going to stick outside Sweden. The Pirate Bay people, who aren't so much advocates of Internet file swapping as proud boasters of their activities in it (the clue is in the name), are going to jail. There's a video report [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8004359.stm"]here[/URL]. For these guys it's going to be tough; never in a million years did they think they'd actually be jailed, you could speculate without much fear of contradiction. For me the more interesting issue is going to arise when people didn't realise they were involved. …

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Following the introduction of the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive, better known as IPRED, which became law on Wednesday last week, the amount of Internet traffic has plummeted by as much as 40 percent according to the Netnod Internet Exchange which measures such things. Sweden has perhaps been best known, until now, for ABBA, Greta Garbo, tennis players who sell underwear and that chef on The Muppet Show. Bork Bork Bork. That, and being host to the Pirate Bay which is the largest and certainly the most notorious BitTorrent tracker on the face of the planet. Described by the [URL="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-webscout29apr29,0,1261622.story?coll=la-home-entertainment"]Los …

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Apple users opting not to grab a free 30 day demo version iWork 09, or even cough up the bucks for a full retail version, have found themselves getting more than they bargained for. It appears that something in the region of 20,000 people have downloaded a pirated version of iWork 09 which comes complete with something called OSX.Trojan.iServices.A Yep, it is that rarest of beasts for the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/22409/53/"]usually secure OS[/URL]: an [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1779.html"]Apple Trojan[/URL]. According to Mac security specialists [URL="http://www.intego.com/news/ism0901.asp"]Intego[/URL] the newly discovered Trojan poses a serious risk to OSX users. The iWork 09 BitTorrent download will install OK, but …

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The Pirate Bay is a website which claims to be the biggest BitTorrent tracker on the planet. So big, it seems, that it is even considering pitching for an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. Certainly, putting politics and legal arguments aside for a moment, there is no doubting that popularity. The Pirate Bay regularly manages to be listed around the 100 to 125 mark when it comes to sites with most traffic by services such as Alexa. Not surprising when so many of our children are proud pirates, [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19548/53/"]according to Microsoft[/URL]. But this latest play is as …

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Italian Internet Service Providers have been ordered to block access to the Pirate Bay file-sharing Bit Torrent tracker site in Sweden by a judge in the Northern Italian town of Bergamo. This is the same judge, who has not been named, which only last month closed a leading Bit Torrent site in Italy and is due to hear charges against three of its administrators. Colonel Alessandro Nencini of the Italian police squad specialising in finance matters is currently investigating a total of four people who stand accused of being administrators of Pirate Bay and breaking copyright laws in Italy. The …

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The fact that the UK's Internet providers are [URL="http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4387283.ece"]doing something about illegal downloads of music[/URL] is of course to be welcomed in principle. Whenever the subject comes up there are a handful of objections; civil liberties, the Internet should be free, whatever, the objectors seem to come from everywhere. But they're wrong. Speaking as someone who writes for a living, frankly my family eats or not depending on my ability to claim copyright in everything that comes from my fingers and onto your screen unless I sign a specific agreement that says otherwise (that's UK law, by the way; in …

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Oh the irony. According to [URL="http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/03/30/sony-bmg-sued-nicking-software"]The Inquirer[/URL] and [URL="http://www.zeropaid.com/news/9362/Sony+BMG+Sued+for+Software+Piracy+-+Assets+Seized"]others[/URL] it would appear that Sony BMG, you know the same Sony BMG that has fought such a high profile and bitter legal war against individuals for copyright violation by using music file sharing sites, is itself in trouble on charges of using pirated software. Apparently a small French software company called PointDev were a little perplexed to get a support call from a Sony BMG employee regarding one of its products, Ideal Migration. Mainly because, says the [URL="http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.laprovence.com%2Farticles%2F2008%2F03%2F19%2F347901-UNKNOWN-Une-societe-vauclusienne-attaque-le-geant-Sony.php&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8"]French newspaper which broke the story[/URL], it discovered that the software had been activated …

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The Business Software Alliance has long been on the case of U.S. companies who use, inadvertently or not, unlicensed software for their business operations. Make no mistake, the BSA has aggressively gone after and imposed heavy fines on companies who are caught in the act using pirated software. It's not hard to catch a software thief -- all it takes is one disgruntled IT employee who knows that the latest batch of Microsoft Office software was . . . ummhh . . . tainted. One dime dropped to the BSA and the manhunt is on. This week, the BSA is …

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A proposal from the [URL="http://www.premier-ministre.gouv.fr/en/"]French Ministry of Culture[/URL] could hit online music and movie piracy very hard with a very big stick if it goes ahead. In addition to the existing law, introduced only last year, which made unauthorised file-sharing a criminal offence carrying a 30,000 Euro fine and up to six months in prison, the new proposals seek to kick pirates off the Internet altogether. Along with other measures such as the watermarking of digital content, the Ministry of Culture plans include the controversial concepts of monitoring and tracking the movement of those watermarked files and the people who …

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[URL="http://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-caught-uploading-fake-torrents/"]TorrentFreak has reported[/URL] that the anti-piracy watchdog group MPAA has been uploading false torrents in the hopes of logging IP addresses of pirates to bring them to court. They do claim to have methods of detecting the fake torrents, but don't give away all the hints, saying, "we wont reveal all the tricks because they could take counter measures." Obviously this is a shock to some, and especially to the pirates. Now although the fake torrents can most likely be eliminated, it's likely that the threat of it happening again won't. I think that this fake torrent business is actually …

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The End.