"The Pirate Bay has made an important change to its infrastructure. The world’s most famous BitTorrent site has switched its entire operation to the cloud. From now on The Pirate Bay will serve its users from several cloud hosting providers scattered around the world. The move will cut costs, ensure better uptime, and make the site virtually invulnerable to police raids — all while keeping user data secure."
Yes. I hope that answers the question, but here’s an excerpt anyway:
Joel Tenenbaum is out of options. A Massachusetts District Court judge ruled the $675,000 fine levied against him is indeed appropriate and refused calls for a new jury trial, meaning the former Boston University graduate student will pay a staggering $21,774 for every song he shared over P2P networks.
The case has made its way through the courts over the past five years, with a jury initially finding Tenenbaum guilty of copyright infringement and levying the fine. His lawyers argued the fines were excessive, and the Judge presiding over the case at the time agreed. She lowered the fines to $67,500, or $2,177 per song, which record industry lawyers balked at and appealed to higher courts.
Through these appeals, and a refusal by the Supreme Court to hear the case, the original $675,000 fine was reinstated. Tenenbaum’s final appeal was to request a new jury trial, which was denied by a new judge presiding over the case at the District Court level, effectively ending the case.
Piracy News of the Day: It’s been one week since the Game of Thrones season finale, and the record-breaking piracy numbers are in. Each episode was downloaded nearly four million times, making the HBO hit an early contender for most downloaded show of 2012. The numbers are likely to remain high considering HBO’s current stance on providing HBO GO as a stand alone service. The previous record was established last year, when Dexter logged 3,620,000 downloads per episode.
I feel entirely confident saying I believe at least 60% of those downloaders would have paid for that content had HBO given them a reasonable option to do so. I’m not saying piracy is right, but I’m saying they would have paid for it if they could have.
"A landmark ruling in one of the many mass-BitTorrent lawsuits in the US has suffered a severe blow to a thus far lucrative business. Among other things, New York Judge Gary Brown explains in great detail why an IP-address is not sufficient evidence to identify copyright infringers. According to the Judge this lack of specific evidence means that many alleged BitTorrent pirates have been wrongfully accused by copyright holders."
It feels pretty mind-blowing that $5,000,000 worth of content can fit on such a small device, although I do think he got creative with the list (he includes video game ROMs on there; don’t take up much space, with a larger collective cost).
"The fair use privilege is a limited exception to the norm of exclusivity conferred upon copyright owners; it is not a doctrine that contemplates or excuses wholesale, system-wide copying of significant portions of countless thousands of copyrighted works, year after year, without any compensation to copyright owners."
— From the Proposed findings of law submitted by the publishers in the Georgia State e-reserves case. It’s amazing that this limited exception is capacious enough to allow Google to copy and index the entire internet, year after year, without any compensation to copyright owners. And that it allows DVR users to copy entire television programs, year after year, without any compensation. And that it allows parodists like Weird Al Yankovic to make a living copying entire compositions year after year, without any compensation… You get the idea. (via arlpolicynotes)
Online piracy is a popular scapegoat of the music industry, which has suffered a 30% decline in global sales between 2004 to 2009, according to IFPI’s annual digital music report [PDF].
But given that only 9% of U.S. Internet users use P2P networks to download music illegally (that percentage does include those who obtain music through unauthorized online streaming services and download sites), one wonders whether that blame is merited.
Increasingly, consumers are being introduced to new, more convenient — and, for the music industry, often profitable — methods of obtaining music legally, such as download stores (iTunes), ad-supported streaming sites (Pandora, Spotify), subscription services (Rhapsody, MOG), video channels (Hulu, VEVO), and through bundles with broadband services (TDC in Denmark, Sky in the UK) and mobile phone handsets (like those made by Nokia and Sony Ericcson). All of this has translated into significant revenue — $4.2 billion in 2009, according to IFPI — although it is still not enough to compensate for the sharp falloff of physical format sales in recent years.
My take as an observer is that when you provide a compelling, affordable, convenient alternative to piracy, you’ll win more than a handful of converts.
"It is high time to understand that, while the US is looking for solutions through complex judicial means, Europe should move forward and find innovative practical solutions for tapping the huge treasures of our culture for citizens and businesses alike."
The Obama administration has drafted new proposals to curb Internet piracy and other forms of intellectual property infringement that it says it will send to the U.S. Congress “in the very near future.”
It’s also applauding a controversial copyright treaty known as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, saying it will “aid right-holders and the U.S. government to combat infringement” once it enters into effect.
Those disclosures came from a report released today by Victoria Espinel, whom President Obama selected as the first intellectual property enforcement coordinator and was confirmed by the Senate in December 2009. There’s no detail about what the proposed law would include, except that it will be based on a white paper of “legislative proposals to improve intellectual property enforcement,” and it’s expected to encompass online piracy.
An iPhone app designed by a team of students for a contest at the University of Missouri at Columbia has helped lead the institution to rewrite its intellectual-property policies.
Members of the student competition, hosted by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, had been informed that the university might assert a partial or complete claim to the products that the students were creating. That led some students to drop out, said Anthony Brown, then an undergraduate in the department of journalism.
Mr. Brown and his team, made up of fellow students Zhenhua Ma, Dan Wang, and Peng Zhuang, decided to stay in, despite their concerns. When they won the competition with an app called NearBuy, the students decided to contact the university to assert their ownership and to ask the university to waive any intent to assert ownership.
They argued that student inventions, even if fostered to some degree by faculty mentors, stood apart from the work done by faculty members using university resources.
Remember when music was cool? Back in the days of Napster, it was music that defined file-sharing; millions of people raced to listen to the most obscure artists found in the libraries of friends and strangers. But that was back when music came on CD, was sold only by the album, and was a chore to rip to computers and (gasp!) transfer to the new MP3 players.
Now, with iTunes ascendant, DRM vanquished, the album disaggregated, and Pandora and Spotify available on smartphones, it’s almost more trouble than it’s worth to share music online unless you happen to be the world’s biggest cheapskate (and/or a college student).
All of which may explain why a new, rightsholder-funded study of P2P file-sharing shows music being traded far less than films, pornography, TV shows, video games, and computer software. Piracy isn’t a problem that industries like to have, but at least it suggests high interest in one’s product. When it comes to the 10,000 most popular files being shared online, however, music can only manage to beat out e-books in popularity.