Don't pirate John Dies at the End or you will spontaneously (and…

Now this is how you get people not to pirate your movie—politely and with some gory humor. The makers of John Dies at the End beg you to watch their indie horror film legally, or else suffer the bloody curse that befalls the movie's pirates. NSFW for graphic violence and language, but mostly violence. » 12/29/12 9:00am 12/29/12 9:00am

According to BitTorrent and Netflix, people prefer to pirate science…

What's the difference between movies that people will pay to rent, and movies that people will risk the wrath of the MPAA to pirate? Apparently, it's all in the genre. Download-obsessed site Torrent Freak researched popular downloads by looking at public BitTorrent trackers. They found that the most popularly-shared… » 10/21/11 8:30am 10/21/11 8:30am

Books are about to become like mp3s, leaving authors worse off than ever

Over at the Telegraph, Adrian Hon points out the obvious: it's much easier than ever to download masses of e-books for free, and e-books are easier to read than ever, thanks to the iPad and Kindle. Book piracy is only just starting to take off, and publishers may have to respond by slashing e-book prices. [Telegraph] » 10/20/10 12:01pm 10/20/10 12:01pm

Will Star Trek Pirates Put An End To The Spread Of Untrammeled…

Five million people downloaded copies of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie since it opened in theaters, and it's not even on DVD yet. Paramount cites that fact in its filing with the FCC's taskforce to create a National Broadband Plan. Easy access to broadband has made movie piracy easier than ever before, and sites like… » 11/04/09 6:40am 11/04/09 6:40am

Live Piracy Map Reveals Seas Are Still a Pirate's Paradise

Want to know where you're most likely to have your ship hijacked by pirates this year? Now you can, with the help of the International Maritime Bureau's "live piracy map," a Google map mashup that gives you quick, real-time details on all the acts of piracy taking place on the Earth's high seas. Just drill down by… » 11/20/08 11:18am 11/20/08 11:18am