IP Addresses Are Not People, Guitar Hero Makes a Comeback, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Judge addresses IP arguments, Guitar Hero returns, Candy Crush Saga injuries, Abbey Road Studios tour, GTA V on PC, and Stephen Hawking does Monty Python.
Judge Rules Against Content Owners
Why is there a demand for content piracy? Because this. pic.twitter.com/vP3CNklOM6
— Armin Tali? (@armintalic) April 6, 2015
A District Court Judge in Florida has dealt a serious blow to content owners going after people pirating their movies. These filmmakers and movie studios have long argued that an IP address is evidence enough that someone has pirated a movie. But Judge Ursula Ungaro fundamentally disagrees with this assumption.
According to TorrentFreak, Judge Ungaro refused to issue a subpoena against someone accused of pirating action flick Manny based on nothing other than their IP address. When she asked the company bringing the claim to explain their thinking, they argued that doing anything other than granting a subpoena would set a “dangerous precedent.” They also suggested that “all other courts” have accepted the notion that an IP address equates to a person.
In response to these assertions, Judge Ungaro referenced other cases where courts have ruled against IP addresses being sufficient evidence, and dismissed the case against one particular IP address. Which is a small but significant victory against copyright trolls who maintain you’re guilty until proven innocent.
Guitar Hero Live Changes Things Up
Fans of playing with plastic instruments have a second reason to be cheerful, with the news that a new Guitar Hero game is coming out later this year. This was rumored earlier this year , and comes just over a month after a new Rock Band title was announced.
Guitar Hero Live, as the new game is called, changes things up in a number of clever ways. First, the viewpoint has been switched, so you’re standing on stage looking out over the crowd. A crowd which is real rather than animated. Second, the new guitar peripheral looks more real than the old ones, and you have to make chord shapes with your hand in order to hit the right notes. Third, rather than releasing new games every year, Guitar Hero Live will feature masses of DLC , and, even better, Guitar Hero TV, featuring playable music videos.
Guitar Hero Live will be released this fall on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U, and be priced at $99. Expect to see a lot more of the game at E3 2015 in June.
Why You Shouldn’t Play Candy Crush Saga
Mobile gaming is a huge industry right now, with the biggest smartphone games bringing in millions of dollars in revenues. But there is a danger of getting addicted, and if you do so, there’s a danger of picking up a nasty injury as a result.
We know this thanks to the case of one 29-year-old man who ruptured a tendon in his hand from playing too much Candy Crush Saga. Too much in this case being all day, every day for between six and eight weeks. Which does seem rather excessive whichever way you look at it.
Still, heed the message, people. Doing anything so repetitive for such a long time will cause problems, and even the best mobile game in the world (Angry Birds, still, obviously) just isn’t worth it.
Take a Tour of Abbey Road Studios
Google has created a virtual tour of the legendary Abbey Road Studios, where The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, the Foo Fighters, and hundreds of other artists have recorded songs over the years. Abbey Road Studios is normally closed to the public, making this virtual tour something rather special.
Taking the tour means you can visit all three main studios and interact with some of the equipment placed strategically around the rooms. There are also songs and video clips to listen to and view as you make your way around the site. Jay Z may well have plugged Tidal during his segment… he didn’t really.
Discover the Rockstar Editor on GTA V
Rockstar released the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V this week, and the main reason for buying it (other than the fact GTA V is one of the greatest games of all time ) is the new video editor. This allows gamers to record snippets of gameplay and edit them together to create short films.
It’s a magnificent idea, and proof of how capable this video editor is can be seen in the video embedded above, which is one of the first attempts at utilizing the feature. We get to see Trevor running from one side of Los Santos to the other, before heading in the opposite direction.
Which, as anyone who has played the game will know, is exactly the sort of thing Trevor would actually do. [H/T Polygon]
Stephen Hawking Does Monty Python
And finally, it’s not every day you see a theoretical physicist singing a Monty Python song. But today is that day. The theoretical physicist in question is none other than Stephen Hawking, and the Monty Python song he’s singing is Galaxy Song from The Meaning of Life.
Hawking has a close association with Python, having appeared in their live shows in London last year. But it’s still surprising to see and hear him performing Galaxy Song. This cover version is being released on digital and vinyl this weekend. Why? Why not?! [H/T BBC News]
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Should an IP address be enough to convict someone of pirating a movie? Will you be buying Guitar Hero Live when it’s released later this year? What’s your favorite thing from the virtual tour of Abbey Road Studios?
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