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The poverty poll

April 26th, 2014 by

Folks, one of the resons that some people download stuff for free and illegally is the very simple reason of not being able to afford to pay. A new movie could cost 18 euros and a new CD 15 euros. Or much more! Even rentals at 5 euros could be too much for some, but video rentals are not possible in most of Scandinavia anymore; the local video shacks are almost all gone. It’s all about Netflix and HBO and iPads now. It’s an irony that with HD gadgets being available, we settle for for low quality streams!

The poll question for today is: Have you ever, or do you regularly, download illegally simply to be able to enjoy culture because money is too tight?

Your votes are anonynomous!

John


 

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Aug-Sept-Oct downloads

November 1st, 2014 by

Hello again. Been a bit busy the last few weeks – not just downloading, but working. However, here is the download list for August, September and October 2014. I still try to limit what I download to save space in my shelves, but now I have found a new way to store DVDs which takes up much smaller space, so I have to find other reasons to not grab everything, hehe!

DVDR movies:

12 years a slave
300: Rise of an empire
A million ways to die in the west
Adventurer, the: curse of the Midas box
Air force one is down
Amazing Spider-Man 2
Brick Mansions
Captain America 2: The winter soldier
Dyatliv pass incident, the
Ender’s game
Eugenie
Force of execution
Guns and girls
Hansel & Gretel get baked
Hunger
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Legend of Hercules
Need for speed
Noah
Non Stop
Odd Thomas
Pompeii
Raze
Sabotage
Special ID
Tokarev
Zero Theorem, the

Music:

Cliff Martinez – Only God Forgives (soundtrack)
Cliff Martinez – The Knick
Aphex Twin – Syro
Kylie Minogue – The Abbey Road Sessions
Klaus Schulze – Shadowlands

Also grabbed 10 episodes of United States of Bacon, as I wanted to keep the recepies for future reference, hehe!

John

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July downloads

August 5th, 2014 by

So, July has passed, it has been very hot and I have been busy doing other things than scanning the web for movies. I am sure the MPAA executives and Hollywood producers are happy for that fact, but nevertheless, here are my July 2014 DVDR grabs:

Bullet
Ninja 2
Armour of God 4: Chinese Zodiac
Michael Kohlhaas
Raid, the 2
Ironclad 2: Battle for blood

August promises to be much better! :-)

John


 

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Did the UK give up on piracy?

July 22nd, 2014 by

This just in from VG247:

The British government has decriminalised online video game, music and movie piracy, scrapping fuller punishment plans after branding them unworkable. Starting in 2015, persistent file-sharers will be sent four warning letters explaining their actions are illegal, but if the notes are ignored no further action will be taken.

It’s a step forward that the government bodies of the UK makes it official that “pirates” will be victims of explanatory letters, and nothing else.

The scheme, named the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), is the result of years of talks between ISPs, British politicians and the movie and music industries. The UK’s biggest providers – BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky – have all signed up to VCAP, and smaller ISPs are expected to follow suit.

I could have told them this years ago, and saved them frustration, time and money!

VCAP replaces planned anti-piracy measures that included cutting users’ internet connections and creating a database of file-sharers.

Which would have been a relatively bigger harm to society than the filesharing itself.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of music trade body the BPI, said VCAP was about “persuading the persuadable, such as parents who do not know what is going on with their net connection.” He added: “VCAP is not about denying access to the internet. It’s about changing attitudes and raising awareness so people can make the right choice.”

I am sure those letters will be heavily coloured by government and industry propaganda.

Officials will still work to close and stem funding to file-sharing sites, but the news appears to mean that the British authorities have abandoned legal enforcement of online media piracy.

If piracy is not a crime – which it can’t be since the authorities choose not to prosecute (are they not forced to, if they are aware of it?) – why go after the content providers?

Figures recently published by Ofcom said that nearly a quarter of all UK downlaods were of pirated content.

Which does not equal to any significant losses. If I do not walk into a store to buy milk, that is not a loss. It is competition.

John


 

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    This blog is written by a media pirate, Long John Silver, and is published by an independent publisher to protect the identity of the pirate. If the blog is abruptly deleted, it has been killed by the host, the police or the media industry.