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:
March 3rd, 2013 by pirateadmin
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.