New York Times
December 25, 2003
In Chasing Movie Pirates, Hollywood Treads Lightly
When Tim Davis got caught trading songs, it made him semifamous. Mr. Davis, an artist who teaches photography at Yale, was sued by the Recording Industry Association of America last September and was featured in news articles around the world.
ABC World News Tonight
December 22, 2003
Feature on BayTSP
The recording industry will have a tougher time getting the names of music pirates. ABC News reporter Judy Muller looks at the company that helps record labels and movie studios find people who are downloading illegally.
December 21, 2003
Spears reigns again on the Internet
LOS ANGELES – Just as Internet users were beginning to lose interest in longtime Web wonder Britney Spears, a few sexually provocative magazine covers and a famous smooch with Madonna propelled the pop princess back into favor.
December 15, 2003
Studio Warns Kung Fu Site
For the past three years, Mark Pollard has been writing reviews and posting news on his website Kung Fu Cinema. But while he’s used to feedback from fellow fans of kung fu movies, Pollard was caught by surprise recently when he heard from a new correspondent — Miramax Film.
December 7, 2003
Pic downloading not as simple as music – Nabbing movies on the Web still takes 6 to 8 hours
Can Hollywood learn from the music industry’s problems with file sharing? Many think so. The music biz may be seeing the first signs of a piracy slowdown now that fee-based Web sites like iTunes and Napster are beginning to gain some traction among song-seeking Internet users. Studio execs used to take refuge in the fact that the piracy of pics wasn’t as rampant as music because movie files were too large and unwieldy to download, record onto blank DVDs or upload to the Internet. That’s changed.
Fall 03/Winter 04
Resurrecting Music’s Fallen Phoenix
“No one is safe,” Mark Ishikawa told me recently from his office in Silicon Valley. “There is no lock that can’t be picked and our technology ensures that there is not a rock in the world you can hide under.”
Los Angeles Times
December 3, 2003
Hollywood on Losing End of Epic Piracy Battle – The MPAA ban on ‘screeners,’ now being fought in court, has not slowed bootleg movies
Hollywood’s all-out war against movie piracy is turning into a big-budget bomb, with illegal copies of virtually every new release — and even some films that have yet to debut in theaters — turning up on the Internet. Sophisticated computer users currently can download pirated versions of titles ranging from “Bad Santa” to “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”
December 2, 2003
Local Anthropologist Gets Ready for the Mission of Her Life
It will be a once in a lifetime trip for a Santa Cruz Count woman as she heads to Iraq. She’s a forensic anthropologist chosen to help identify victims of Saddam Hussein found buried in mass graves.
December 2, 2003
Talk of the Bay
Mass graves are being found in Iraq, and there are several things to consider about the bodies being exhumed. Not only do the mourning families want to properly bury the remains of their loved ones, but investigators also need to preserve important evidence about who murdered them. Area resident Karen Oeh is going to Iraq soon to help with both of those concerns.
National Journal’s Technology Daily
December 1, 2003
Film Industry Aims To Reel In P2P Piracy
Illegal copies of big-budget Hollywood movies increasingly are sprouting up on online file-sharing networks, but the film industry is taking pre-emptive steps to halt the practice before it explodes into mainstream popularity. Universal Pictures’ film “The Cat in the Hat” was the biggest box-office hit over the Thanksgiving weekend, grossing $26 million from more than 3 million viewers who saw it at a movie theater, said Nielson EDI. Internet users showed slightly different tastes as last month’s top download was Disney’s “Finding Nemo,” and 45,632 copies were available for free download, according to BayTSP.
December 1, 2003
Foothill instructor answers call – Forensic Anthropologist to Help Iraqis Document Mass Graves
With her array of ear- and nose rings and a cascade of tiny braids spilling down her back, Karen Oeh looks like an unlikely candidate for a gritty trek to Iraq hunting for clues to genocide. But the Foothill College instructor leaves Saturday, bound for Iraq on a mission to train local people to properly document mass graves. She will draw on her skills as a forensic anthropologist.
Metro Santa Cruz
November 26, 2003
Oeh is for Hope
Each week, Nüz hears from people who attack opposition to the war on Iraq on the basis that Saddam Hussein was such an evil mother he even used chemical weapons on his own people–an argument that Bush, too, made much of in the weeks leading up to the war.
Santa Cruz Sentinel
November 24, 2003
Boulder Creek woman to aid in investigation into Iraqi graves
BOULDER CREEK — Karen Oeh digs up graves for a living. As an archaeologist, she has excavated burial grounds of Native Americans and pioneers alike. Her next job will be more grim and potentially more dangerous.
Action News 8
November 20, 2003
Central Coast Woman To Help Identify Bodies In Iraq Graves – Bodies Believed To Be Those Of Kurds
LOS ALTOS, Calif. — A Central Coast woman leaves for Iraq next month. Her mission is to teach Iraqis to preserve more than 240 mass graves that were discovered by coalition forces.
November 17, 2003
Matrix downloaded: On the hunt for Internet pirates
Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Criminal investigations shut down piracy operations in 46 offices and homes in eight cities in Germany. The goal: Cheats who copy and distribute software packages on a large scale. The country-wide raid was a complete success. At least 16 million Euros worth of software was confiscated. Altogether, software, music and films lose billions in Germany annually as a result of illegally copied products. On the Internet, anything is possible.
November 14, 2003
PC Magazine names ModeEleven screensaver as finalist in annual technical excellence awards program
ModeEleven’s broadcast screensaver has been named by PC Magazine as one of three finalists for the publication’s annual Technical Excellence awards program in the “Best Communications Software” category.
November 7, 2003
Can mergers, online slaves save the record business?
The consolidation of the music industry began this week, but it may have come too late for a business that has been crippled by illegal downloads.
The New York Times
October 27, 2003
Pirate(d) Films Online
The company Mark Ishikawa founded in 1999, BayTSP, sleuths out digital pirates online. Its clients, which he says he is not free to identify, include three major movie studios and three of the major record labels. In his youth, Mr. Ishikawa hacked into the computer system at Lwrence Livermore National Laboratory, and to avoid prosecurtion, agreed to help the lab’s security staff shore up its system.
The Hollywood Reporter
October 22, 2003
Mercenaries in P2P tech war
When Madonna sought to thwart digital pirates seeing free tracks from her April release “American Life,” she uploaded onto peer-to-peer netowrks decoy versions of songs from the CD. Those who downloaded them were met not with the sounds of Madonna singing but by an audio Madonna angrilly demanding, “What the fuck do you think you’re doing?”
Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2003
Taking Different Tacks on Piracy – Warner Home Video skips copy-protection technology on ‘Matrix’ DVD, while Universal adds digital watermark
The home video release of “The Matrix Reloaded” boasts all the extras expected on a blockbuster DVD, with one notable exception: an extra layer of protection against piracy.
September 23, 2003
Soccer Flick Has Legs Online
Among the top 10 movies downloaded on the Internet in August were the usual blockbusters: Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hulk, Matrix Reloaded … and Shaolin Soccer. Shaolin Soccer? Huh?
September 22, 2003
Out of tune – Picking on little kids and old ladies? What were the record companies thinking? They say it’s life or death
The threat of a PR disaster was huge. What if, perhaps, they caught a handicapped, homebound downloader who found joy only through free file sharing – someone who would generate a lot of sympathy? Senior executives from the Big Five music labels – Sony, Universal, EMI, AOL Time Warner and Bertelsmann – were meeting recently on their weekly conference call and, imagining everything that could go wrong with their planned lawsuits against serial downloaders and uploaders. They knew the names and addresses of their 261 targets, and nothing else.