From the analog days of cassette tapes and VHS, to the Internet age of Peer2Peer and streaming, piracy has grown to become more sophisticated and, now, more readily available to a much wider audience. As Internet speeds have developed from dial-up to broadband, and technology has advanced, Internet piracy has quickly become a big threat to the TV and film industry.
I’m a keen team-sports fan, and although the clubs I hold an affection for do not always win, I know it is not always about the result. OK – I admit I have an uncanny habit of backing teams that lose more than they win, but that enables me to gain a perspective on what actually makes a good team.
An unconvincing, typo-ridden email purporting to be from a well-known brand is now unfortunately a far too common sight in our inboxes and something that, hopefully, we have learnt not to engage with. The renowned spam email is, however, now just one of several threats targeting our financial details.
After two and a half years of almost weekly excitement and anticipation, the new gTLD program feels like it has stalled. We knew there would come a point when all the new gTLDs that could easily launch would have launched and the only ones left would be those in contention or with issues to resolve − and that’s where we appear to be today.
Today, 1st November, not only marks the start of a new calendar month, it is also World Authors Day, a day during which the literary community celebrates authors and the books they write. Piracy remains an ongoing problem within the publishing industry as more users start to read books on their tablets and e-readers, some even circumventing paying for the books and opting to download them for free.
As we move into November, consumers are once again being advised to be vigilant when buying products for fireworks season. Every year, there are reports of the emergence in circulation of counterfeit or illegal fireworks and – unfortunately all too often – of the injuries caused by these non-legitimate products.
One reason; money. Lots of it. According to the American Pet Products Association, there are over 85 million cats and 77 million dogs in the 54 million households in America. It is estimated that the US alone will spend over $62.75 billion on their pets this year.
The end of this month marks the third anniversary of the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), and for many rights holders the time has come to renew the marks they placed in the TMCH at the start of the new gTLD program. Many opted for a three-year registration period, as that was the timeframe in which everyone expected the launches of some 1,000 new Top Level Domains to conclude.
Friday night was a bad night in the Fuller household. My wife was out with her friends; I was home with my two teenage daughters. Nothing unusual about that, but as we know today, teenagers cannot survive without access to the Internet. “Dad, the Internet is broken. Can you fix it?”
Pasta lovers of the world unite – today is World Pasta Day. This esteemed occasion has been celebrated on this day since 1995. Initiated by the World Pasta Congress, the day is used to promote the eating of pasta, along with its cultural and culinary importance. Today’s the day we’re encouraged to try something new… Occhi di Lupo, anyone?
It’s hard to believe that today marks the iPod’s 15th birthday. On 24th October 2001 at a press conference in Cupertino California, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled a small device (at least small in comparison to what was already on the market) that would “put 1,000 songs in your pocket”.
Once again, last week I saw with my own eyes how easily otherwise rational people can be duped by the promise of ‘something for nothing’ on social media. Quite why someone − and I include some of my friends in this − would fall for a ‘competition’ on Facebook that contained poor grammar and even poorer spelling is beyond me...
Last week, we looked at the changing face of retail and the explosion of counterfeit products online. Today, we take a look at how the industry is trying to counter the problem.
As today is No Beard Day, we thought it would be the perfect time for an article on counterfeit razor blades. Recently, in just one week, a major global FMCG company seized more than 1.5 million fake versions of its products, including 100,000 counterfeit razor blades and 400,000 fake disposable razors.
Recently, a top 10 UK university was targeted by scammers in the effort to trick students in to handing over personal details in return for a student grant. Phishing emails are becoming increasingly more sophisticated - in this case, students received an email to their university email address from what appeared to be the university finance department, informing them that they had won a bursary of £1,750.
Evolution is the key to success in this fast-paced retail world. The explosion of the Internet has meant that the customer controls the sales process; they may enter a store find a product they like, only to use their phone to find a cheaper seller online. Some say that the Internet is the death of retail; however, major shifts in retail are nothing new.
One of the most frightening trends we are seeing in the brand protection market is the growth in fake pharmaceuticals and medicines. The black market consultancy Havocscope estimates the financial loss caused by counterfeit pharmaceuticals to be in the region of $200 billion annually; the most affected industry sector in the world today.
For those of us who work within the technology industry, our definition of the Internet has always been based on a virtual network of devices that allow information to flow seamlessly around the world. It is widely acknowledged that nobody can lay claim to owning it in totality, as nobody could define where it started and where it stopped. So claims this week that the US had given away the ownership of the Internet are pretty far wide of the mark; yet that's what many people believe.
October 5th is National Chic Spy Day, a day to celebrate all those tuxedo-clad secret agents that have graced our books and screens over the years, armed with a wealth of gadgetry, a dry martini and a wry smile. Ever since he hit bookshelves in Casino Royale (1953) and the big screen in Dr No (1962), James Bond set the standard for spies that have come (and gone) since. He has been parodied, emulated and referenced in a never-ending list of characters, books and films.