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Grooveshark gets kicked out of the Android Market

Google has removed Grooveshark from the Android Market. The move, which comes many months after Apple kicked the music app from its App Store, has to do with (what else?) accusations from several top music labels that Grooveshark violates copyright law. It's unclear whether Google plans to also remotely remove the app from Android smartphones on which it's already been installed, something that...

LimeWire shutdown leads to massive drop in music piracy

LimeWire might not have been the downloading program of choice for elite users like those of you reading Download Squad right now, but there's no denying its popularity with the average user. So when the Gnutella-powered LimeWire was shut down once and for all, there was little doubt that the impact on music piracy would be significant. As TorrentFreak reports, the number of users utilizing P2P...

MPAA and BREIN take down over 50 torrent sites, but nobody knows which ones

The Motion Picture Association of America has taken down 12 U.S. torrent sites in its latest round of anti-piracy complaints, with the help of Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN. The names of the sites haven't been released, but 12 of them were U.S.-based, and 39 were in other countries around the world. The takedowns happened through the standard route of filing copyright complaints with...

Google censors torrent, download terms from suggestions and Instant

It's pretty common for Google to revise its suggestion blacklist, adding in new terms that the company feels shouldn't appear. With the most recent update, you'll no longer see terms related to downloading -- terms such as torrent, RapidShare, and Megaupload. Why? Google, indexing torrent sites and facilitating piracy, has been given plenty of flack from just about anyone with a copyright....

France to tax Apple, Android, and other non-Windows tablets

France, which already has a tax on blank CDs, DVDs, and hard drives, is looking to extend the private copying levy to tablets -- but only on tablets that don't run Windows. This little gem, which actually passed through the French government back in December, could increase the cost of tablets with 64GB of storage by up to 12 euros, or $16. The money, incidentally, goes to copyright...

Mac App Store cracked already, Kickback on the horizon

Well that didn't take a long -- the Mac App Store DRM-system has been cracked literally hours into its fledgling release. It seems there are two weaknesses in the App Store anti-piracy system currently being exploited. One simply relies on sloppy coding by app developers that lets people literally copy the code signature and a few other files from a free app and paste it into a paid-for app to...

FrostWire for Android brings quick, slick P2P file sharing to your phone

Until now, there hasn't been a true peer-to-peer application for Android, or indeed any smartphone. There are a slew of helper apps, like the excellent Transdroid, but their main purpose is to allow remote, on-the-move management of your installed-at-home BitTorrent and Gnutella clients. FrostWire is different: it brings P2P transfers to your phone -- yes, FrostWire shares ringtones, camera...

Binaerpilot launches pro-piracy music album with crowdsourced funding

Alexander Støver is a Norwegian musician and the man behind Binaerpilot, a pro-piracy 'chip music from the future' project, as he describes it. He's been at this since 2002, but now he's finished a full electro album called Nordland. Nordland is available to download for free from Binaerpilot in MP3 or FLAC form or can be listened to on Last.fm and Jamendo. The most popular songs seem...

Mulve, the free and non-P2P music download app, shut down by RIAA

TorrentFreak is reporting that Mulve, just one week after we first wrote about it, has been shut down by the RIAA. It seems that, while the RIAA was unable to touch the majority of the service, Mulve had a portion of its site hosted with USA-based Hostgator. All it took was one DMCA cease-and-desist letter, and Mulve is now offline. As to why Mulve (which is a concatenation of 'Music Love,'...

Mulve is a fast, free, non-P2P way to download music

There isn't much else to say: Mulve is just a single 2MB, portable EXE that lets you download music. There's no UI to speak of, and it's completely unconfigurable. You just type in a band name or song title and... download. The thing is, despite being free and tiny, the selection of music is insane. Lee found a bunch of crazy bands like The Wonderstuff, Mind Bomb, and Johnny Socko -- and for...

TrackDropper for Android combines geocaching and music 'piracy'

TrackDropper, or 'Piracy', is a tiny, open-source Android app that is a proof of concept more than anything else. In essence, it is simply geocaching but with digital music files. Like geocaching, TrackDropper lets you leave something in a place that you've visited -- but instead of a keepsake in a Tupperware box, you leave digital tracks in a virtual space. Other TrackDropper users can then...

RIAA forks out $64 million to catch music pirates, recovers just $1.3 million in 3 years

From the putting-a-smile-on-your-newly-awoken-face department... The aptly named Recording Industry vs. The People blog has done a little investigative journalism and produced some fantastic figures that truly illustrate just how pathetically pointless the RIAA is. Over the course of three years, the RIAA has spent a total of $64 million in the tracking down and prosecution of music pirates....

The Pirate Bay hacked, user email and IP addresses in the hands of hairy Argentinians

The Pirate Bay's database of over 4 million registered users has been compromised. All user names, along with their associated email and IP addresses have been obtained and are now in the hands of three Argentinian 'researchers'. Speaking to KrebsOnSecurity, and on his own blog, ringleader Ch Russo says that The Pirate Bay's defenses fell to a few simple SQL injections. He's even been kind...

MPAA starts new crackdown on movie piracy, takes down 9 sites

The MPAA is at it again, going after movie pirates. This time, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is helping out the movie industry, and they've seized nine different domains: Movies-links.TV, nowmovies.com, thepiratecity.org, filespump.com, planetmoviez.com, zml.org, tvshack.net, ninjavideo.net and thisninja.net. These were mostly ad-supported movie streaming sites that showed...

Pirate Bay temporarily shuts down to review a new legal challenge

By this point in The Pirate Bay's history, nobody should be surprised when it goes down to relocate its servers or respond to new legal problems. It's down again today, while its lawyers review the latest threat from Hollywood movie studios. The studios successfully got an injunction against the popular torrent site in the Regional Court of Hamburg (Germany). The injunction ordered The Pirate Bay...