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SIIA Anti-Piracy: What is Piracy?

BSA Types of Piracy

A brief intro to copyright

10 Big Myths about copyright explained

Digital copyright court cases

The YouTube effect: HTTP traffic now eclipses P2P

Charismatic Code, Social Norms, and the Emergence of Cooperation on the File-Swapping Networks

The Essential Guide to Piracy

Youth & Piracy

Majority of Youth Understand “Copyright,” But Many Continue To Download Illegally

Parents pick up piracy from kids

Online Piracy: The Ultimate Generation Gap

The Effects of Piracy in a University Setting

Study: Students Don't Understand Copyright Rules

Illegal Downloading Among Youth Drops, Reports New Study

Youth & Technology

US youths use internet to create

PDF: Teen Content Creators and Consumers [1]

Youth value technology: poll


Anti-Piracy Gang Launches their own Video Download Site to Trap People

DRM-free iTunes Songs Have Embedded User Info, 2007

Darnstädt, T.: Die Gratis Kultur, in: Spiegel Online, 2007.


(Software & Other Content) SIIA & the SPA: Anti-Piracy (SIIA Member List)

"SIIA and its predecessor organization, the Software Publishers Association (SPA), have the longest-running software anti-piracy program in existence. Started in the mid-1980s, SIIA's Corporate Anti-Piracy program identifies, investigates, and resolves software piracy cases on behalf of our members. As Internet-based piracy has emerged, SIIA again broke new ground and now has an extensive program for tackling software pirates operating over the Internet, ensuring that SIIA members receive the maximum protection possible."

(Commercial Software) BSA: Anti-Piracy (BSA Member List)

"The Business Software Alliance is the voice of the world’s commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace. BSA programs foster technology innovation through education and policy initiatives that promote copyright protection, cyber security, trade, and e-commerce."

(Gaming Industry) ESA: Intellectual Property

"The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the U.S. association exclusively dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish video and computer games for video game consoles, personal computers, and the Internet. The ESA offers a range of services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, business and consumer research, government relations and intellectual property protection efforts. ESA also owns and operates the E3 Media & Business Summit."

(Movie Industry) MPAA: Anti-Piracy

"The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and its international counterpart, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) serve as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries, domestically through the MPAA and internationally through the MPA. Today the association continues to advocate for strong protection of the creative works produced and distributed by the industry, fights copyright theft around the world, and provides leadership in meeting new and emerging industry challenges."

(Music Industry) RIAA: Anti-Piracy

"The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. Its mission is to foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes our members' creative and financial vitality. Its members are the record companies that comprise the most vibrant national music industry in the world. In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect intellectual property rights worldwide and the First Amendment rights of artists; conducts consumer, industry and technical research; and monitors and reviews state and federal laws, regulations and policies."

Stats & Studies

SIIA: 2006 Anti-Piracy Year in Review

BSA: 2006 Global Software Piracy Study: European Union

BSA: Fourth Annual Global Software Piracy Study

ESA: Top 10 Industry Facts

MPAA: 2006 US Theatrical Market Statistics Report

MPAA: International Theatrical Snapshot

MPAA: Movie Attendance Study

MPAA: US Entertainment Industry Market Statistics

LEK: The Cost of Movie Piracy

RIAA: 2006 Year-End Shipment Statistics


Russian teacher fined for MS piracy

Profits from Piracy: Microsoft in China

When Piracy Becomes Promotion

Romanian President to Gates: Windows Piracy Built This Country

Pirated Music Helps Radio Develop Playlists

Possible Solutions

Suing Your Customers: A Winning Business Strategy?

Hong Kong enlists youth to fight piracy

Piracy in the News

Viacom the Latest Company to Misunderstand the Internet, Jason Kolb, 2007

YouTube-Viacom Page on TopTenSources, Various Editors, 2007

Viacom Terrorizes YouTube, Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing, 2007

LA Times: Is Copying a Crime? Well ..., 2006

Which Videos Are Protected? Lawmakers Get a Lesson, 2007

MPAA copyright victory is 'website killer', 2005

BitTorrent and MPAA Join Forces

Piracy stats don't add up, 2006

Indiana man jailed for selling counterfeit software on eBay, 2007

Movie Swappers Put on Notice, 2004

Poughkeepsie Online: Music Swappers Sued, 2003

In Court's View, MP3 Player is Just a 'Space Shifter', 1999

Anti-iTunes DRM demonstrations across the USA tomorrow, 2006

Apple, EMI Ink DRM-Free Music Plan, 2007

New law cracks down on P2P pirates, 2005

Is Google Promoting Video Piracy?, 2007

Top 50 Copyrighted Videos Google is Pirating, 2007

ISP Protects File-Swappers' Identities, 2007

AT&T moves to prevent Internet piracy on its network, 2007

Piracy is Big Business, 2007

Baidu faces new lawsuit over music piracy, 2007

NES piracy surfaces on Facebook, 2007

China, FBI Bust Piracy Syndicate, 2007

RIAA says lawsuits cannot be the complete answer to music piracy, 2007

Bill would force "top 25 piracy schools" to adopt anti-P2P technology, 2007

BBC News - Pop Star Prince gets togh on Web Pirates, 09.13.07

RIAA Pre-Litigation Letters

July 18, 2007: Sixth Wave

Targeted: 23 Colleges

State University of New York at Morrisville (34 pre-litigation settlement letters), Georgia Institute of Technology (31), Pennsylvania State University (31), University of Central Arkansas (27), University of Delaware (23), Northern Michigan University (20), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (20), George Washington University (19), Ohio State University (19), New Mexico State University (17), Eckerd College (16), University of Minnesota (16), California State University - Monterey Bay (14), University of Kansas (14), University of Missouri - Rolla (14), University of San Francisco (13), Case Western Reserve University (12), Northern Arizona University (12), San Francisco State University (12), University of Tulsa (12), Franklin and Marshall College (11), Western Kentucky University (11), and Santa Clara University (10)

June 8, 2007: Fifth Wave

Targeted: 19 Colleges

Dartmouth College (13 pre-litigation settlement letters), DePaul University (19), Drexel University (26), Northeastern University (10), Northwestern University (16), North Carolina State University (43), Rochester Institute of Technology (19), Stanford University (19), Texas Christian University (7), University of California - Davis (34), University of California - Irvine (23), University of California - Los Angeles (37), University of California - San Diego (9), University of California - Santa Cruz (15) , University of Chicago (18), University of Nebraska - Lincoln (33), University of Oregon (17), Western Washington University (15), and Wichita State University (22)

May 2, 2007: Fourth Wave

Targeted: 13 Colleges

Brandeis University (15 pre-litigation settlement letters), Duke University (35), Iowa State University (15), Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT (23), Northern Illinois University (50), Syracuse University (20), Tufts University (15), University of Georgia (19), University of Iowa (25), University of Southern California (50), University of South Florida (50), University of Tennessee (50), and the University of Texas - Austin (35)

April 11, 2007: Third Wave

Targeted: 22 Colleges

Bates College (7 pre-litigation settlement letters), Brown University (12), Central Michigan University (24), Colby College (5), College of William & Mary (12), Cornell University (19), Fairfield University (15), Florida International University (16), Indiana University (28), Keene State University (19), Kent State University (19), Morehead State University (10), Ohio University (50), Oklahoma State University (16), University of Massachusetts – Amherst (32), University of Maryland System (25),University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (23), University of New Hampshire (17), University of New Mexico (16), University of Pennsylvania (17), University of Rochester (22), and Williams College (9)

March 21, 2007: Second Wave

Targeted: 23 Colleges

Boston University (50 pre-litigation settlement letters), Columbia University (20), Dartmouth College (11), DePaul University (18), Drexel University (20), Ferris State University (17), Ithaca College (20), Purdue University (38), University of California - Berkeley (19), University of California - Los Angeles (21), University of California - Santa Cruz (17), University of Maine system (27), University of Nebraska - Lincoln (25), University of Wisconsin system (66, including the following individual campuses: Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee, Parkside, Platteville, Stevens Point, Stout, and Whitewater), Vanderbilt University (20), and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (16)

February 28, 2007: First Wave

Targeted: 13 Colleges

Arizona State University (23 pre-settlement litigation letters), Marshall University (20), North Carolina State University (37), North Dakota State University (20), Northern Illinois University (28), Ohio University (50), Syracuse University (37), University of Massachusetts – Amherst (37), University of Nebraska – Lincoln (36), University of South Florida (31), University of Southern California (20), University of Tennessee – Knoxville (28), and University of Texas – Austin (33)

Legal Notes & Guides

Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute - US Code: Title 17, Copyrights

Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute - Constitution: LII

NET: The No Electronic Theft Act

DMCA: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Family Entertainment and Copyright Act

Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute - US Code: Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 107, Fair Use

Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) about Copyright and Fair Use

Resources from Gutman Library

The following resources are pulled from Harvard's library system. You need a Harvard University ID and PIN to access them.

Privacy V. Piracy, 2005

Don't Shoot The Messenger: Copyright Infringement In The Digital Age, 2003

U.S. to step up piracy battle, 2007

France Debates Downloads, With Teenager As Top Expert, 2006

Record industry sues fans for illegally downloading music from the internet, 2004

The Heavenly Jukebox, 2000

Discussing Cyber Ethics with Students Is Critical, 2003

Kids: Stealing Digital Data OK, 2004

We're a pirate nation, 2007

Counterfeiting Culture, 2006