Posts Tagged ‘File Sharing

02
Mar
09

The Pirate Bay Trial – day 11

Closing arguments. Nothing really surprising here except maybe that the prosecutor didn’t ask for the maximum  two years of prison time. Prosecutor Roswall claims that there are 64 ad spaces on the site and at an estimated 3500sek/week The Pirate Bay has earned over 10 000 000sek. Problem with that is that there are only 4 banner spaces(sv). So income from banners is 1/16th of that. And since hardware costs are around 80 000sek/month (estimate by anakata at the press conference before the trial) on average that makes TPB a loss generating project.

But then again these lawyers don’t care about the money. It’s not going to the artists anyways. All they want is to label TPB illegal so they can strong arm ISPs to block it. Effectively shutting creators that take advantage of radically shorter distance between creator and consumer that file sharing allows, out of their most important market. 

IFPI tried this just a week earlier in Norway, but it din’t turn out so well.

Interesting to note as well is that Swedish media is talking less and less about different outfits protecting the rights of the artists. Instead they word it as protecting the rights holder. This is of course welcome. 

Much much sadder, but not at all unexpected, was that the IPRED over implementation was passed into law last week. A quick run down on how this works:

  1. Rights holders are granted special permission to store sensitive personal information about civilians. Data that is otherwise strictly protected by law.
  2. A rights holder goes to the court and claims that a certain IP is infringing on their pattern privileges and the court forces the ISP to hand over the identity behind the IP. Swedish police cannot do this, so the copyright lobby are given more rights than any other authority in Sweden. 
  3. The copyright lobby can now freeze your bank accounts and seize your property. What you need to realize here is that they will always target the owner of the account at the ISP. So the actual file sharer could be anyone at this point. 
  4. Next they will raid your house, seizing any and all computer and IT related equipment and anything else they can motivate the need for. Have private pictures of your bf/gf/spouse, well tough luck. Unusual sexual preferences? Political views? Diaries? Anonymous blogs? Accounting for your home business? The lobby will seize it all and not only for the one named on the Internet account. Every member of that family will get their lives seized. 
  5. Now they will hand you an extortion letter. It will demand that you hand over a large sum of money or they will drag you to court and sue you for many times this amount. With no computer, no cell phones, no access to your accounts you will be given 10 days or so to reply. 
  6. If you for some reason choose to stand your ground you situation is as follows: You will have to go to court and prove your innocence. There will be no lawyers with experience in pattern privileges cases available to you since they are most likely being used by or have been used by the copyright lobby. Since this is civil law your insurance will most likely not cover your expenses. And what money you have is frozen. 
  7. If you loose you have to pay for the expenses of the lobby. You will also be forced to pay for ads in newspapers detailing the crimes you were just convicted of. 

This new law allows for everything detailed above. You are at the mercy of the whims of the rights holders. And considering their track records in the US, UK and Denmark they will use any legal tool they have access to with full force. 

MEPs try to sooth us with promises that rights holders wont behave like this because it would generate badwill. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry here. They aren’t interested in avoiding badwill. They want us to fear them, so we stop developing our own society, shut up and empty our wallets in their laps.

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26
Feb
09

Producer of Pusher 3 sueing The Pirate Bay, against his will?!

So Henrik Danstrup, producer of Pusher 3, a movie that is used in the case against The Pirate Bay is less then pleased at seeing his creation being used as ammunition against(sv) TPB. 

It’s strange. I’m very understanding of piracy and my sympathies lie with the pirates. The movie business needs to find a new model to earn money with instead of living in the past.

Nordisk Film on the other hand couldn’t care less about the creator and Irene Mikkelsen told Denmarks Radio that they support the Anti-Piracy Bureau fully. 

IFPI spends 82 000 000€ on this yearly. I wonder what the MPA spends on creating badwill for their clients…

16
Feb
09

Some ordinary swedish teens

Found this clip from Sydnytt.

Heres a transcript

[00:09] When I feel like it, when I find a movie a want, then I’ll download it.

[00:13] Yeah, every day.

[00:15] Four ordinary teens, students at the media gymnasium in Malmö, who have all grown up in a time where all the worlds music, movies and computer programs have been available gratis and at the press of a few buttons.

[00:28] If Malin happens to have a movie that I want to see, she’ll just send it to me over MSN or whatever, and that way I wont have to find it on my own. Simple.

[00:37] It’s mostly Family Guy, Seinfeld, South Park and such. Comedy stuff.

[00:49] They want to see the latest TV series now, not in a year when they’re aired on SVT, TV3 or TV4.

[00:57] You see, the thing is, if I would try to watch these shows on regular TV, I would be forced to wait until… Well, lets say Family Guy airs once a week on Saturday evenings, and I have something else I want to do on Saturday evenings at like seven. It’s a lot more flexible for me to just download the show, and watch when I want to.

[01:17] The trial of the founders of The Pirate Bay will start this Monday, and the site is considered one of the largest facilitators of illegal file sharing in the world. But whether they loose the case or not seems of little concern to these students.

[01:30] File sharing wont stop just because you take down one tracker, theres a thousand others waiting to take their place.

[01:37] The students get to show us how it all works, and we try searching for one of the most successful shows on SVT right now, Mia och Klara.

[01:44]  You just type in what you’re looking for in this search box. That then gives you, well yeah, ten alternatives. And then its says like, download this torrent.

[01:55] And this is then available the same evening that it aired on regular TV?

[01:58] Yeah, if you want to.

[02:00] Mmm, usually.

[02:01] … with a really cute girl …

[02:04] It is illegal to download and share TV series and music, but these youth see it as hardly any more serious then the making of mix tapes that their parents used to do.

[02:18] Most see it as natural that an artist gets paid for doing his job. But I find this whole thing with record labels and going out to buy CDs kind of antiquated and pointless. I spend a lot of money going to concerts and festivals and that kind of, well, alternative ways of supporting the artists I like.

[02:40] Are you ashamed when you download the latest album any of the artists you like?

[02:44] No, I never feel any guilt. Most artists today have to be aware by now that this is what goes on, and pretty much every one downloads. There’s so many people doing it that I’m not alone. So no, I never feel any guilt.

[03:01] Even though very few file sharers have been convicted,  the hunt for them still continues.

[03:07] I’m almost in no way worried about it, because I’m so sure… I mean, the way I see it, it’s not illegal anymore since it’s become so common.

[03:18] The fact of the matter is that everyone in this room, and probably three quarters of everyone on this school does it. Why would they catch me?

[03:28] What about your parents then? Don’t they have anything to say about this? Are they fine with it?

[03:31] Yeah, they’re fine with it. They never say anything,

[03:36] And what about you? Have you’re parents never given you an earful?

[03:38] Well, this isn’t really something you talk about over dinner.