Target reached (and exceeded) for the Set Chopin Free crowdfunding campaign, a new initiative by the Musopen non-profit organization aiming at preserving the music of Frédéric Chopin with high-quality recordings available to the public without copyright-enforced limits: the funds collected on the Kickstarter platform have reached the final sum of $92,452, namely 123% of the 75,000 dollars requested by founder Aaron Dunn and the other Musopen volunteers.
A new ransomware for Windows PCs is roaming on-line, it’s called CryptoLocker and brings a very dangerous destructive potential. Security enterprise Sophos warns - via Naked Security - users and system admins about the new threat, its features and the fact that the “prevention is better than a cure” rule is true now more than ever. Curing the damages of a CryptoLocker infection, Sophos warns, is impossible for the time being.
The last months of 2013 look to be especially important as for the video game market evolution. The entire industry is in turmoil and not just for the upcoming debut of the new-generation home consoles, considering that “small” digital-only games sell 1 million copies while triple-A projects are split between the ones that (very relatively) flop or those breaking unprecedented sales records. Suddenly on-line services like the Diablo III Auction House aren’t the future of the universe anymore (to some degree), the PC gaming hardware is at the center of anyone’s interests and Half-Life 3 returns to be a game in development rather than a myth of the ancient Greek. Nay, Half-Life 3 is a lie (like the cake) and Valve is more interested in making hardware, software and controllers for the universe’s most stupid task: playing PC games on the couch. I’m crying.
More than four years have passed since the last time Sir Arthur’s Den dealt with the war against digital “piracy” on P2P networks, and in these few years the clash between the contents industry, users and promoters of the aforementioned contents free sharing became worse and worse. The united lobby of MAFIAA (and ideal yet scary fusion of RIAA and MPAA) did its worst by asking for monstrous monetary compensations, by throwing the releasers in jail and by trying to affirm the idea that “crime” against copyright doesn’t pay anymore.