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Pirate Bay documentary

March 5th, 2013 by

Simon Klose has filmed a documentary about The Pirate Bay, and encouraged everyone to make it available around the net, so here goes:




Game of profit

March 3rd, 2013 by

This month the second season of the popular TV series Game of Thrones is launched on DVD and BluRay in Norway.

The series is one of the most illegally downloaded TV shows. In spite of that, the sales figures look very good. The first season sold 43000 box sets in Norway, a very good figure for a box set in a small country. The second season had a day-one sale of 22500 box sets.

The TV business said that illegal downloading ruined the commercial possibilities of TV shows. But as was the case with the popular Lost series, box sets and single DVDs and BluRays are selling very well, at least in Norway, where I live.

Maybe it even is BECAUSE of illegal downloading? People are tired of waiting, tired of advert breaks, and tired of watching only one episode per week. But I think they are also tired of the relatively low quality of the downloaded files, so when the box sets come out, they buy them.

Both Lost and Game of Thrones have proved that illegal downloads do not kill the business, but can add to it, since new customers (viewers) are reached, and stronger bonds are tied.




Censoring pirates doesn’t work

February 11th, 2013 by

I told you so……

From TorrentFreak

Censoring Pirate Sites Doesn’t Work, Researchers Find

A new study released by researchers from Boston’s Northeastern University shows that censoring “pirate” sites by blocking or seizing their domains is ineffective. The researchers looked at the availability of various pirated media on file-hosting sites and found that uploaders post more new content than copyright holders can take down. A better solution, according to the researchers, is to block the money streams that flow to these sites.

The file-sharing landscape has often been described as a hydra. Take one site down, and several new ones will take its place. Blocking or censoring sites and files may have a short-lived effect, but it does very little to decrease the availability of pirated content on the Internet.

Researchers from Boston’s Northeastern University carried out a study to see how effective various anti-piracy measures are. They monitored thousands of files across several popular file-hosting services and found, among other things, that DMCA notices are a drop in the ocean. The researchers show that file-hosting services such as Uploaded, Wupload, RapidShare and Netload disable access to many files after receiving DMCA takedown notices, but that this does little to decrease the availability of pirated content.

Similarly, the researchers find evidence that the Megaupload shutdown did little to hinder pirates. On the contrary, the file-hosting landscape became more diverse with uploaders spreading content over hundreds of services.

“There is a cat-and-mouse game between uploaders and copyright owners, where pirated content is being uploaded by the former and deleted by the latter, and where new One-Click Hosters and direct download sites are appearing while others are being shut down,” the researchers write. “Currently, this game seems to be in favour of the many pirates who provide far more content than what the copyright owners are taking down,” they conclude.

The study also looked at the number of sites where copyrighted content is available. The researchers scraped the popular file-hosting search engine FilesTube and found that there were nearly 10,000 distinct domain names and 5,000 IP-addresses where alleged pirate content was hosted.

For example, a search for “dvdrip” returned results on 1,019 different domains using 702 distinct IP-addresses.

From the above the researchers conclude that anti-piracy measures aimed at reducing the availability of pirated content are less effective than often suggested. A more fruitful approach, they argue, may be to take away their ability to process payments, through PayPal or credit card processors. This is already happening widely, especially with file-hosting services that offer affiliate programs. However, as the researchers rightfully note there are also many perfectly legitimate file-hosting services that operate within the boundaries of the law and can’t be simply cut off.

The researchers end with the now common mantra that when it comes to online piracy, innovation often trumps legislation.

“Given our findings that highlight the difficulties of reducing the supply of pirated content, it appears to be promising to follow a complementary strategy of reducing the demand for pirated content, e.g., by providing legitimate offers that are more attractive to consumers than pirating content.”