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PirateBay down

December 10th, 2014 by

And so it appears that The Pirate Bay has been raided again, and shut down by Swedish police. This morning I wanted to find some file utility software, and it’s convenient to get it from TPB, even though there are free software out there on the developers’ sites. TPB is not just a place to get free stuff, it is also a convenient place where you don’t need to fill in a firm, request an email to be sent to you and download from a third party place, like I had to to get my file admin tool. Just like YouTube is convenient for browsing songs and full albums, all in one place, easy to use interface and no hassle.

In the pirate community, it has been speculated if this raid is the final nail in the coffin for TPB. Even one of the founders, Peter Sunde who was recently released from prison for having aided piracy, thinks TPB is no good anymore, and would not mind seeing it shot down for good. Well, he may be bitter it did not do for him what he wanted to, but “everyone else” (except the people in the entertainment industry who can’t get their heads around basic things like consumer power) hopes the site will be back soon. If it doesn’t resume delivery of torrents, there will be others.




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
Force of execution
Guns and girls
Hansel & Gretel get baked
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Legend of Hercules
Need for speed
Non Stop
Odd Thomas
Special ID
Zero Theorem, the


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!



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:

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

August promises to be much better! :-)




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.




June downloads

July 5th, 2014 by

Here’s the June 2014 catch of DVDRs from the interwebs:

Captain Philips
Glimmer Man
Grudge Match
Hatfields & McCoys
Hobbit 2: Desolation of Smaug
Last rites of Ransom Pride, the
Loyal 47 ronin
Revenge of the Ninja
Robocop (2014 remake)
Stalingrad (2013)
Stash House
Surviving the game
Wolf Creek 2
World without end (miniseries)





June 25th, 2014 by

Today I was met with this message on the front page of one of the trackers (p2p file sharing sites) I visit, SwePiracy:

2006 – 2014
Swepiracy has been permanently shut down due to insufficient funds, lacking interest (among members as well as staff) and most important the extreme judicial situation of today (according to host personnel, our servers were copied together with Sparvar, although we were not hosting any tracker or torrents). All the best to you who made this long lasting era possible, and thanks to all members for eight unforgettable years! /Staff

This happens occasionally in the file sharing world, and is going to happen again. It happened with Softmupparna and with Sherwoodskogen, to mention two trackers I was at. I downloaded quite a few films from SwePiracy, as it was a so-called private tracker, which means that the quality of releases are better and there are rules to ensure that downloads work efficiently. For example, hit & runs are not allowed. If you download something, you must upload it for X amount of time to give others the opportunity to download. This is  a common rule on private trackers, but is not enforced on PirateBay, an “open” tracker.

Fortunately, and purely by coincidence, I had already registered at two new trackers this week, which seems to be good or even better than SwePiracy.




May downloads

June 5th, 2014 by

The downloads for May were not that many; I am starting to experience space problems, with thousands of DVDRs stacked in jewel cases taking up two walls in my home office. I’ve started to store the discs in plastic pockets now, which saves space, but I am also trying to limit what I download. I’ve tried that before – to concentrate on favourite actors and directors – but it’s too hard when I have such broad taste, haha!

Call, the
Crime Busters
Double trouble (Hill, Spencer)
Frozen ground
Go for it
The Keeper of Lost Causes, aka The Woman in the Cage
Last day on Mars
Odjuret, aka Savage
Ronja Robbersdaughter (extended)
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared




Amazon patents table

May 10th, 2014 by

One of the most important areas of policy for the pirate movement is that of patents. You know, the protection of inventions through rights and legislation. A bit like copyright, patents gives the creator/inventor rights to exploit the process or the object, and copycats can be sued. This may sound fair enough, but patens also cause damage. For example, if a medical company invents a new life-saving medicinal drug, they can patent it and thus control the distribution of it, which in turn means they can decide how much to charge for it and who can buy it. That limits the drug from being used by as many people as possible. Many will even die because they can’t get it or it’s too expense. Have you ever been to a pharmacy and the clerk asked you if you wanted a different medicine that had another name, but was cheaper, and otherwise exactly the same as the more expensive drug? That’s your advantage – the patent isn’t in effect anymore, so anyone can make that drug! Competition is good for mankind.

Patents is a huge thing in the medical business, but some patents are just idiotic, even if they are not about “important things”. Idiotic, but they should not be laughed at, because they display the problems of patents very clearly.

This time I’m talking about Amazon trying to get a patent for shooting still images against a white background, with the camera put on a table.

Is that even an invention? If the patent is not overthrown (it’s already approved), will you need to pay royalties to Amazon every time you photograph something against a white wall?

The reputable website Ars Technica sums the patent itself up like this (the highlight is mine, to emphasize what Amazon wants to have sole rights to):

The white-backdropped photo and video studio layout, which looks and sounds similar to basically every other photo studio in existence, includes: “A front light source aimed at a background, an image capture position located between the background and the front light source, an elevated platform positioned between the image capture position and the background, and at least one rear light source positioned between the elevated platform and the background.

The patent, granted in March, even describes the use of a table: “A subject can be photographed and/or filmed on the elevated platform to achieve a desired effect of a substantially seamless background where a rear edge of the elevated platform is imperceptible to an image capture device positioned at the image capture position.” (Look out yearbook pictures everywhere.)


Amazon now appears to have control over putting a camera on a table and using a white wall or cloth as background. Keep that in mind when you take pics of your kids, folks.




April downloads

May 4th, 2014 by

As you will see, April was a meager month. Partially due to Easter, which means I am going away on holiday for over a week, as many Norwegians do. It’s also one of the natural variations – not all months have many new releases of interest to me, and I’ve also been busy with other things that browsing for torrents.

Bite the bullet
China Syndrome, the
Dear Hunter, the
Escape Plan
Halls of Montezuma, the
High and the mighty, the
Kill Buljo 2
Legend of hell house
Nevada Smith
Robinson family stranded, the
Sons of Katie Elder, the
Thor 2: The dark world

As you can see, three of the movies are old Westerns. I regularly download Wild West films as they are a nice break from modern, glossy, effects-filled fantasy, and they have fun action and interesting themes in themselves. Plus, I grew up watching Westerns on TV in the late 70s and 80s, so I guess I am nostalgic about them. And being in Norway, relatively few Westerns are released over here, so downloading them is a good option. I could get them from Amazon, but the movie industry has messed up DVDs with region coding and there’s also the NTSC vs PAL things; American video images do not look as good as PAL. And frankly, if US video companies bothered to put Nordic subtitles on their movies (sometimes they do very, very seldom – we Europeans are lucky if the UK or German issue has them) I’d be more inclined to buy them. Now, many DVDs do not have the technical things on them to justify a cash expense.




Studies and research

May 3rd, 2014 by

There are tons of studies and meta-studies about the effects of media piracy – and just to be sure you don’t assume anything, many of them show how piracy has a positive effect on paid and legal media consumption. Just to mention two reasons why piracy can be a positive contributor; when you can sample and try songs, books and movies for free, you take chances more often and will be exposed to things you didn’t know, and will go on to buy it if you like it. And second, if you copy from friends, family and internet buddies, you are more likely to find things you like because people you are familiar with know your taste and you know their taste, so the chances of finding something you feel is worthy of buying increases.

I won’t go into all the studies or even try to summarize them, as they are too many, but I will mention one quote which is important to have in mind. The following quote is not the findings of all studies, because the studies cover so many aspects of p2p and piracy, but for several studies to actually find the following should make any hardcore antipirates think twice about their black & white view on piracy:

The biggest music pirates are also the biggest spenders on recorded music. Our German results appear to confirm this finding–in fact, extravagantly so. German P2P users buy nearly 3 times as much digital music as their non-P2P using peers.

Here are two links that lead to pages that link to a huge amount of studies:

If you are interested in what science, academia and professional surveys KNOW about media piracy rather than what you THINK about it, check out these pages and studies.




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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.