Why Hollywood’s Criminalization of Filesharers Won’t Reduce Piracy (& What Will)

The following is a guest post

Piracy, whether it be movies or music, has become a huge issue over the course of the past decade, especially since broadband has meant that more people have access to high–speed connections.

This has led to a pretty ridiculous trend of powerful Hollywood conglomerates chasing individuals through courts in expensive civil cases, whilst also forcing international governments to make downloading a crime. Whilst piracy is of course stealing, many consumers just don’t view it that way, especially the younger generation who have been brought up to expect content to be available to them ‘on-tap’. Continue reading

The Drill Down 246: Accept No Substitutes (preview)

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This week,  Apple beats Samsung in a landmark patent and design lawsuit to the tune of $1 billion dollars. Panelists Andrew Sorcini, Christopher Burnor & guest VentureBeat staff writer Sean Ludwig discuss how this will affect Apple, Samsung, the whole mobile phone ecosystem, the future of patent lawsuits, & you, the consumer.

In headlines this week: Twitter removes friend-finding from Tumblr and removes 3rd-party plugin identification from Twitter.com, Microsoft gets a new logo, Apple delays TV device development, a landmark filesharing fine is upheld, Ask.com buys About.com from The New York Times, and President Obama visits Reddit.

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Geeks Of Doom’s The Drill Down is a roundtable-style audio podcast where we discuss the most important issues of the week, in tech and on the web and how they affect us all.

Hosts are Geeks of Doom contributor Andrew Sorcini (Mr. BabyMan), VentureBeat editor Devindra Hardawar, marketing research analyst Dwayne De Freitas, and Startup Digest CTO Christopher Burnor. Occasionally joining them is Techmeme editor Lidija Davis.