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October 31st, 2013 by pirateadmin
At the momment, these are the numbers uTorrent tell me at a glance:
- Currently downloading: 5 titles
- Currently seeding (sharing): 131 titles
- Biggest file in seed queue: 25.1 gigabytes (Adobe collection)
- Highest sharing ratio: 121.752 (Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, a movie of 702 MB which has uploaded 83.5 GB)
- Uploaded today: 15.6 GB
- Downloaded today: 3.45 GB
- Total uploaded: 10.4 TB (since July 2011)
- Total downloaded: 3.74 TB (since July 2011)
- Average ratio: 2.74
That’s me in numbers.
October 28th, 2013 by pirateadmin
Due to some of my usual torrent sites having closed down, the recent catch is not that big. I guess movie producers would smile at such a “problem”, but I have just been too busy and lazy to find new trackers. I’ll be finding them soon!
The following DVDs were grabbed the last 4 weeks:
Caligula and Messalina
Fast & furious 6
Hammer of the gods
Last of the Vikings
Last shark, the
Maria Lang 3: Inte flera mord
Olympus has fallen
Walking Dead season 3
World War Z
I also downloaded 6 albums by Cerrone, Pet Shop Boys’s new album Electric, an album by Fuck Buttons, Chemical Brother’s soundtrack to the movie Hanna, a 2011 album by Robert Miles, and a new album by Goldfrapp.
September 23rd, 2013 by pirateadmin
This just in from Spain, one of the world’s biggest pirate locations:
Website owners whose sites profit from linking to unauthorized copyrighted material can now be jailed for up to six years under a new measure that passed today in Spain. Spain is considered one of the worst offenders in Europe when it comes to illegally downloading content; one study reported that 98.7 of music Spaniards listen to is pirated. The law will spare peer-to-peer filesharing sites, search engines, and users of the link-sharing sites.
The country enacted the law as a response to pressure from the US, where ironically the law is not as strict. Spain is in danger of being added to a list of countries that Washington considers to be the most egregious violators of copyright law, meaning it could be subject to trade sanctions from the US. Considering that Spain has just started recovering from the deep recession that began in 2008, it makes sense that citizens are downloading their music and movies instead of paying for it. But for the same reason, the Spanish government desperately wants to avoid angering one of its best customers.
6 years for linking to an MP3 file? Or 10? Google will have to get jailed forever then, since they actually and unquestionably link to pirated media all the time, it’s what they do and they profit from it!
September 5th, 2013 by pirateadmin
August was a below average month for downloads, but that’s the summer for you. I grabbed these DVDR movies:
Die Hard 5: A good day to die hard
Johan Falk 12: Kodnamn Lisa
Last Passenger, the
Last stand, the
Life of Pi
Maria Lang 2
Raid on Entebbe
Red Dawn (2012)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (2013)
Wallander 28: Forsvunnen
Wallander 29: Sveket
War of arrows
August 17th, 2013 by pirateadmin
I do love films, movies, videos, DVDs, BluRays, all those things. I even have some VHSs that I cherish. And I used to like Lovefilm, the online DVD rental mailorder where you could add hundreds of films to your queue and have the discs shipped to your door. Like Netflix was in the beginning. I wrote about it here.
I was a paying member for several months, but then took a break, and this summer I was planning on resuming my membership because some torrent sites I was part of had closed. Much to my surprise, Lovefilm in both Norway and Sweden closed too, on July 10th. I guess they found it hard to make money in competition with streaming services such as HBO, Netflix, Viaplay and others.
Guess what – I am not going to subscribe to those streams. They force me to watch a limited selection of movies in ways they dictate. Lovefilm had a huge selection, and since I had the discs in my hand I could convert to any format, and watch any time I wanted, even after my subscription ended. I am not one of those impatient kids who can’t wait for a DVD to be delivered.
So, what to do? Some good torrent sites closed, and Lovefilm gone. Lovefilm was owned by Amazon, and thus part of the big media industry. The industry actually chose to shut down a channel of income from people like me. I am not going to help them earn more money if they take away functioning methods. Well, one thing I have done is finding new torrent sites, where I get stuff just as easy and free as before. I am now a member of two private trackers and also grab stuff from three public trackers. I don’t have time for much more than that, so you see, it doesn’t really help closing “pirate sites”. The other thing I do is buying more used DVDs, and I have found places on the net where you can buy most DVDs for around 10 kr, which is around 1.5 dollars. Those are normal, used DVDs, many viewed just once, and the price is only slightly higher than the per-disc rental fee from Lovefilm. Plus, buying used DVDs are not giving any money to the media industry.
They still need to learn!
August 17th, 2013 by pirateadmin
This summer har been busy with trips, projects around the house and spending time with friends, but I still downloaded these DVDR movies:
An eye for an eye
Bullet to the head
Code of silence
Death Race 3
Jack the giant killer
Last passenger, the
Life of Pi
Missing in action
Missing in action 3
Mortal Kombat Legacy
She wore a yellow ribbon
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 (aka 3D, 2013)
The ABCs of death
The Dark Knight Rises
The man with the iron fists
Universal Soldier: Day of reckoning
I also grabbed some music; Pet Shop Boys, Sandra, OMD, Tangerine Dream, Robert Miles, and 274 tracks by Pete Namlook and/or Klaus Schulze. Music I would never have bought but I am interested in checking it out.
July 25th, 2013 by pirateadmin
Here’s what one copyright defender says about punishing pirates:
Punishing people for downloading illegally is, in my opinion, a mistake. If you take the music industry, how can you imagine people having invented pirate radio wanting to put pirates in jail 25 years later? Immediately when we did that, we really sent a negative message to the kids and the teenagers.
Jean Michel Jarre, newly elected president of CISAC (the world’s confederation of authors’ societies).
True! Keep in mind, that comes from a renowned artist whose job it is to defend artists’ rights.
May 26th, 2013 by pirateadmin
Over the last couple of months I grabbed the following movie DVDRs:
Alfred Hitchcock presents s1 d1
Buffalo Bill, hero of the far west
Cockneys vs zombies
Grapes of death
Hansel & Gretel (Asylum)
Hobbit; an unexepected journey
Howling 8: Reborn
Human centipede 2
Journey 2 the mysterious island
Ormens väg på Halleberget
Red dawn (1984)
Sofia (aka Assassin’s bullet)
Wrong Turn 5
This list represents my taste in movies (fantasy, horror, action, sci-fi) except that crime fiction is missing.
April 30th, 2013 by pirateadmin
There are many serious and/or academic studies that show that online music piracy is not hurting legal music sales. Such as this one from earlier in 2013:
From TorrentFreak: “New research published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre shows that online piracy doesn’t hurt digital music revenues. The researchers examined browsing habits from 16,000 Europeans and found that there’s a positive link between online piracy and visits to legal music stores, irrespective of people’s interest in music. The study concludes that the music industry should not see piracy as a growing concern.”
This study focuses on digital music piracy vs. legal digital sales, and not the reduction of CD sales.
Here’s the conclusion from the study paper itself (highlighted text is mine):
In the last decade, the music industry has faced many changes. In particular, it has seen its revenues decrease drastically, with industry representatives blaming most of it on piracy (IFPI, 2011). Nevertheless, the music industry seems to have embraced digitization and its many business opportunities. Indeed, digital music revenues have increased more than 1000% during the period 2004-2010, and growing 8% globally in 2011 to an estimated US$5.2 billion (IFPI, 2011, 2012). While most empirical studies have indeed confirmed a significant negative impact of piracy on sales of physical music, the growing importance of the digital sector in total music industry revenue calls for a better understanding of the impact of both piracy and other music consumption channels on legal digital sales. In this paper, we revisit the question of music sales displacement in the digital era, and analyze in detail the effect of online music streaming on the legal purchases of digital music. Conducting research on the revenue e?ects of illegal music consumption requires detailed data on the quantities of both legal and illegal music consumed by individuals. Relying on an original dataset, we are able to follow the clickstreams of more than 16,000 Internet users, and in particular their visits to legal and illegal music consumption websites. After using several approaches to deal with the endogeneity of downloading and streaming, our results show no evidence of sales displacement. Overall, our different estimates show relatively stable, positive and low elasticities of legal purchases with respect to both illegal downloading and legal streaming. Across specifications, the estimates suggest elasticities of about 0.02 between clicks on illegal downloading websites and legal purchases websites. If this estimate is given a causal interpretation, it means that clicks on legal purchase websites would have been 2% lower in the absence of illegal downloading websites. Specific country estimate show that for Spain and Italy the elasticity is zero, while it is close to 0.04 for France and the UK. All of these results suggest that the vast majority of the music that is consumed illegally by the individuals in our sample would not have been legally purchased if illegal downloading websites were not available to them. Our results are in line with the findings of recent papers analyzing music piracy (Bastard et al., 2012; Hammond, 2012). Essentially these papers show that illegal music downloads have little or no effect on legal digital sales. These findings complement and do not contradict earlier research that found substantial amounts of sales displacement of legal physical music sales by illegal digital downloads.
Another contribution of our paper is the analysis of the effect of online music streaming on the legal purchases of digital music, a question that has received very little attention in the empirical literature thus far. On this particular question, our elasticity estimates show somewhat larger figures, ranging from 0.024 in our Tobit specification to 0.07 in the OLS case. Controlling for individual fixed effects leads to a 0.05 elasticity, suggesting complementarity between streaming services and purchases of legal digital music. Again, country differences show that this effect is larger for France and the UK (around 0.06) while it is smaller for Spain and Italy (around 0.035). Our results are in line with the results in (DangNguyen et al., 2012), the only study that has, to our knowledge, analyzed the question so far. Taken at face value, our findings indicate that digital music piracy does not displace legal music purchases in digital format. This means that although there is trespassing of private property rights (copyrights), there is unlikely to be much harm done on digital music revenues. This result, however, must be interpreted in the context of a still evolving music industry. It is in particular important to note that music consumption in physical format has until recently accounted for the lion’s share of total music revenues. If piracy leads to substantial sales displacement of music in physical format, then its effect on the overall music industry revenues may well still be negative. We cannot draw policy implications at the industry-wide level, as our analysis is only confined to the digital segment of the music industry. Nonetheless, digital music revenues to record companies are growing substantially, reflecting the increasing importance of digitization in the music industry (IFPI, 2012). From that perspective, our findings suggest that digital music piracy should not be viewed as a growing concern for copyright holders in the digital era. In addition, our results indicate that new music consumption channels such as online streaming positively affect copyrights owners.
How many studies are needed for the music industry to understand that they are chasing ghosts?
March 5th, 2013 by pirateadmin
Simon Klose has filmed a documentary about The Pirate Bay, and encouraged everyone to make it available around the net, so here goes: