Google’s “safe browsing” initiative is more bark than bite

Despite headlines, it’s still business as usual for Google — Piracy sites full of malware and deceptive ads top Google search

Last fall Google introduced a series of steps to strengthen its Safe Browsing initiative announcing it would include protection against, “social engineering attacks – deceptive tactics that try to trick you into doing something dangerous, like installing unwanted software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards).
Sounds like a positive step against online piracy since malware and deceptive advertising is online piracy’s bread and butter right? WRONG…

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Piracy for profit-YouTube’s dirty secret

YouTube and Russian “aggregator,” piracy partners in crime? When a bad guy steals your car stereo, to turn it into easy money, he often turn it over to a “fence” in exchange for quick cash.  Wikipedia explains this criminal workflow this way: A fence is an individual who knowingly buys stolen property for later resale, sometimes in a legitimate market. The fence thus acts as a middleman between thieves and the eventual buyers of stolen goods who may not be aware that the goods are stolen. As a verb, the word describes the behaviour of the thief in the transaction: The...

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Facebook spits in the face of the Hollywood-puts MPAA ad on page promoting movie piracy website

Facebook doesn’t give a damn whose ad goes where, so long as it means more cash in its pocket If ever you needed more evidence to show just how irresponsible problem online advertising has become–or how totally tone deaf and blind Silicon Valley is-look no further than Facebook. Yet again, a Silicon Valley king is caught red-handed–yet again–profiting from online movie piracy. Take a look below at the Facebook page for a notorious pirate site, Solarmovie.  Not only does Solarmovie–with its 15,000+ likes–get to openly share hundreds of links to pirated movies,  but Facebook–in an absurdly ironic twist–plops a paid advertisement promoting the MPAA website The Credits...

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London law enforcement getting tough with ad-sponsored piracy

The business of online piracy has always been dependent on advertising revenue.  Without ad income, many pirate sites would cease to exist.  Now it appears that law enforcement in the UK is taking action against this type of criminal activity through an effort called “Operation Creative,” an alliance that include law enforcement, advertisers, publishing and music interests.  According to a story published today by the BBC: In an operation run by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), 61 websites were identified as displaying unauthorised material.They were asked to “correct their behaviour” and “operate legitimately”. Details of those that did...

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Debunking claim Online Piracy is NOT a Danger to Indie Film

Yes Charles, online piracy does pose a threat to the health of independent film Charles Judson, a self-described “Writer, Film Critic/Consultant,” raised some eyebrows–mine included–with a piece published this week on cinematlmagazine.com which featured the headline, ” Is Piracy a Danger to Independent Film?  Part 1: The Search-In Which I Can’t Find Much of Anything”  It’s a (sort-of) rebuttal to the recent post on indiewire.com “Here’s How Piracy Hurts Indie Film,” co-authored by Creative Future’s Executive Director Ruth Vitale and Tim League Founder/CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in which they examined how online piracy undermines independent filmmakers: The fact is: pirate sites don’t discriminate based on a movie’s budget. As long as they can generate revenue from advertising and credit card...

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