Posts Tagged ‘p2p’
  • MPAA to FCC: Everyone loves Selectable Output Control. Critics = liars.
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    Selectable Output Control or "SOC" as it is abbreviated is nothing short of movie studios trying to nickel and dime consumers more by *digitally* breaking older TV equipment, limiting choice, and all around making our lives that more difficult. Against claims from various consumer groups, the MPAA has stepped forward claiming that everyone loves SOC and anyone who criticizes it is a liar. Hmmm. Can we see yet why this industry as a whole has such a negative image? Between repeatedly stepping...
  • Danish anti-piracy group “Antipiratgruppen” gets it — Giving up on chasing and prosecuting file sharers.
    by Mike
    Posted November 7th, 2009 at 10:18 am
    Label me a pirate. A renegade. A lawless scum who doesn't care about intellectual property. That's fine. I pay for music in one way or another. I have no qualms or regrets. Here in the states, intellectual property laws and policies are becoming increasingly anti-consumer, anti-artist, and are getting tweaked more and more to benefit labels and other such "middlemen". We're not alone however as many other countries across the world are enacting similar laws. France for example will soon ...
  • WiFi Direct the end of Bluetooth?
    by Mike
    Posted October 14th, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    In case you've been living under a rock, WiFi Direct is the new spec that the WiFi alliance is set to start unleashing in early 2010. The technology will work much like Bluetooth currently does in allowing devices to connect to each other operating as a sort of "close range" P2P network. While new WiFi Direct devices won't start seeing official certification until 2010, older legacy devices which consist of pretty much everything to date with a WiFi chip inside will be able to take advantage ...
  • Piracy Payback: too simple a solution for a situation that is too complex?
    by Mike
    Posted October 8th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    Having a continence based guilt trip because you downloaded that one Hanson song back in the day that you had to have? Or, are you a full fledged pirate who is eschewing old ways of plunder and instead looking for a way to give back? Leak water from your eyes no more as Piracy Payback is here to help. Now, if you're thinking what I think you're thinking (follow that), yes this is real and no this is not a joke. Aiming to give back to artists and copyright owners, Piracy Payback users can don...
  • Download torrents? You’re a Cinema killer. (Supposedly)
    by Mike
    Posted October 8th, 2009 at 12:43 pm
    How about another chuckle on behalf of the entertainment industry and all things nerdy? The sign above is extremely clever and no doubt will turn a few heads/drum up talk about the theater. While torrents may cause some to not go to the theater since they already have the title that they would have gone to go see, I don't see them being the main cause behind the closing of cinemas across the world. The real reason? Cinema's aren't giving people a reason to come there in the first place. ...
  • PirateBay outta Google’s site…
    by Mike
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 11:52 am
    The drama surrounding ThePirateBay and it's take down, sale, planned purchase, and eventual return have hit another snag. While flow of information from the parent company trying to buy TPB has pretty dried up, "content protectors" are still operating at full speed. Go on over to Google and do a search for the pirate bay. Chances are you won't find a single link pointing directly to TPB's homepage. According to Google, a DMCA takedown request is the culprit. While the takedown request and r...
  • Japanese Gov’t and music labels teaming up to “disable music functions of those who listen to unauthorized music”.
    by Mike
    Posted September 8th, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    Count me thoroughly impressed and disgusted by the actions that music labels and bass akwards governments will go to in the hope of preventing piracy innovation. If you thought certain "3-strikes" plans that kicked suspected, not convicted file sharers off the internet were bad enough, a new friendship forming in Japan may signal an even more daring assault on consumers' rights. According to a report revealed by Elmundo, the Japanese government and one or several music companies are in the b...
  • Pirate Bay becoming property of private company…legitimate business on the way?
    by Mike
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 6:58 am
    In its current state, The Pirate Bay isn't exactly a copyright holder/content owners dream. Quite the contrary. To those wrapped up in the world of pro-RIAA fair, TPB signifies the scum of the earth, theft, and all other sorts of baddies. Then of course you have the other side, the "outcasts" if you will. These people have long been neglected by labels, content owners, etc. in regards to the fair uses and freedoms one should have with their purchased legal content. The whole mentality is ...
  • Pirate Bay gets denied…looks ahead to appeal
    by Mike
    Posted June 25th, 2009 at 11:01 am
    While this shouldn't have been a surprise, somehow I am still left wondering "why"? You may remember all of the drama circulating around the Pirate Bay trial, verdict, and revealing of Judge Tomas Norström's membership to the Swedish Copyright Association as well as the motion for a retrial by the Pirate Bay and accompanying camp. I'm sad to say that today, a Swedish court has ruled that simply supporting a particular group/laws does not make you biased. In simpler terms: retrial denied. ...
  • Billboard “music” charts prove that crappy music gets crappy sales numbers
    by Mike
    Posted May 13th, 2009 at 1:49 pm
    Music experts and those that claim that the CD and the music industry are being destroyed by more consumer friendly digital means and P2P file sharing services have pointed to CD sales for years showing the declines that have swept (slowly) across the market. Many thought that the CD/music industry wasn't doing that bad as April had year-over-year sales down only 9%. Compared to the even more gut wrenching 17.9% and 11.5% for YOY sales from February and March, I would think a 9% drop is a bl...
  • Google next up on the witness stand?
    by Mike
    Posted April 22nd, 2009 at 7:29 am
    With all of the hype and media attention (online anyway) surrounding The Pirate Bay's trial, many individuals and groups had their eyes "opened" to one of the many widespread uses of the internet.  Now I'm not talking about piracy specifically, but more about file sharing in general - legal and illegal.  It seems that copyright holders and the world's court systems are trying to increase their death grip on each respective industry they cater to by pushing politicians and local/national g...
  • Pirate Bay has temporary setback…Founding 4 found guilty
    by Mike
    Posted April 17th, 2009 at 6:14 am
    In what is a sad day for P2P, torrent, and file sharers everywhere, a tweet by CNNbrk sadly revealed early this morning that Pirate Bay has lost their case.  Will Pirate Bay disappear and become but another story we tell our grandchildren some day.  Or will it live on (albeit in another country.)  Heck, even Pirate Bay themselves said regardless of the decision they and their service would live on.  As with all things legal, the appeal that is most certainly to follow could and probabl...
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