Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:04 pm | By Elizabeth McKee
States and security firms are engaged in a digital war against content pirates. Historically, advances in file-sharing technology have created new mechanisms for content piracy, allowing 141 billion users to frequent pirate sites every year. However, IP enforcement technology may be catching up with that of pirates. Some cybersecurity firms are using Bitcoin’s blockchain technology to monitor and reduce digital piracy.
Bitcoin’s blockchain is a shared public ledger that tracks every transaction made using the digital currency. Bitcoin wallets use this ledger to calculate the balance of each user’s account, making the integrity of the blockchain valuable. Currently, one bitcoin is worth over $1,000 precisely because hackers remain unable to manipulate the blockchain.
The 115th Congress and the White House Should Support Strong Intellectual Property
Friday, March 10, 2017 11:24 am | By Lorenzo Montanari
A new Congress and White House represents a time of opportunity for America. The United States is the global leader in entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation, and strong intellectual property rights are integral to this continued success. Property Rights Alliance, Americans for Tax Reform and Digital Liberty, along with more than 60 bi-partisan state and national organizations, have authored an open coalition letter to members of Congress with guidelines to consider in regards to intellectual property rights. Our organizations not only engage in research and educational initiatives in intellectual property, but also represent millions of Americans through state and national advocacy.
Oscar Nominees Top the List of Most Pirated Movies
Thursday, March 2, 2017 10:56 am | By Elizabeth McKee
It comes as no surprise to learn the rise of digital streaming services is changing the way movie buffs experience Oscar-season. For the first time ever, an online digital-streaming service won Academy Awards this year. Also cashing in on the rise of digital streaming services, the New York Times created a website that linked viewers to the online streaming platforms where they could legally watch the year’s most talked-about movies. Despite these innovations, digital streaming still poses a major threat to the biggest night in Hollywood. Online piracy is jeopardizing the sancity of intellectual property rights and stealing revenues from the movie industry.