Posts Tagged ‘torrent’
Two of the three founders of The Pirate Bay were in police custody, with Peter Sunde arrested in Sweden and Gottfrid Svartholm being sentenced to 3.5 years in the clink. However, this week, the third co-founder, Fredrik Neij, was arrested while trying to get across the border to Thailand.
If you haven’t been keeping up, Neij ran away from Sweden after a court convicted him of contributing to copyright infringement in 2009. It seems Neij legged it to Laos and travelled to Thailand often.
Thai media has reported that “U.S. movie companies” had hired an attorney to locate Neij and he was subsequently arrested under a warrant from Interpol.
“It might have been a coincidence, but he was wearing the same gray T-shirt that was in the photo. The immigration police officer who spotted him in the car recognized him, so he pulled his car over,” the regional Thai police commissioner said.
This is a big, big arrest, but The Pirate Bay will inevitably continue to do what it does – as with all torrents, they always have a contingency plan and the authorities end up playing an expensive version of whack-a-mole.
As ever, the Thai police weren’t one to miss of photo opportunity and shoved Neij before the cameras and all stood around him like the world’s most formal hip hop crew.
No-one really looks very happy in this photo do they? Maybe the police are wondering where they’ll get their hooky versions of Game of Thrones from now?
Governments and ISPs blocking anything online is problematic and wholly redundant. Anyone with the vaguest ability to use a search engine can soon work out ways to slip behind a hurdle and get to what they want on the internet.
And now, a pair of ISPs in Holland have overturned a court order which was forcing them to block access to the Pirate Bay. Ziggo and XS4All took the case to the Court of Appeals saying that it was utterly pointless blocking these sites and, amazingly, the court ruled in their favour, reversing the order.
“The service providers’ subscribers in any case mainly use proxies or resort to other torrent sites,” the appeals court said. “The blockade is therefore ineffective.”
Anti-piracy groups (in this case, BREIN) are obviously unhappy with the result and said that traffic in The Netherlands to the Pirate Bay was down thanks to ISPs stopping access. This is in the face of an increase in torrenting. BREIN director Tim Kuik is considering an appeal, and said: ”The verdict of the court is negative for the development of the legal online market because it needs protection against illegal competition.”
“The purpose of the blocking of The Pirate Bay of course is to decrease the infringements via The Pirate Bay. It is contradictory that the court finds that this goal indeed is achieved but then still rejects the blocking because users can go to other sites.”
The ISPs meanwhile, popped the champers and said the ruling was a “victory for the free internet.”
Will we see UK ISPs following suit and taking on the Tories and entertainment industry? The first that does – and wins – stands to win a load of new customers and money talks, even if they only gain popularity through the facade of being a rebel.
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) have bagged themselves another court order against websites that engage in copyright infringement. As of today, the UK’s six biggest ISPs will have to block 21 websites and torrents.
That includes TorrentHound and sharing platforms BeeMP3, Mp3Raid and FilesTube.
Last year, the BPI successfully got ISPs to agree to block The Pirate Bay and another three torrent websites. However, what they didn’t manage is to stop people from getting access to them through a proxy.
There’s also a Streisand Effect going on as well, with the BPI giving often unheard of sites huge amounts of publicity.
“We asked the sites to stop infringing copyright but unfortunately they did not and we were left with little choice but to apply to the court,” said Geoff Taylor, BPI chief executive. “The judge considered the evidence and declared that ISPs should not serve access to them.”
The websites which became inaccessible in the UK include Abmp3, BeeMP3, Bomb-Mp3, eMp3World, FileCrop, FilesTube, Mp3Juices, Mp3lemon, Mp3Raid, Mp3skull, NewAlbumReleases, Rapidlibrary, 1337x, BitSnoop, ExtraTorrent, Monova. TorrentCrazy, TorrentDownloads, TorrentHound, Torrentreactor and Torrentz.
This will be no problem for anyone who knows how to use a search engine to get an answer for a commonly asked question, so well done to the BPI.
Over in Americaland, people are paying for Netflix subscriptions in droves. In fact, recently, Netflix nearly doubled the number of new subscribers from 1.7 to 3.3 million.
In total, there’s 22.8 million people, paying to stream movies in the US.
Does this mean movie piracy is on the wane? Of course, there are still torrent sites knocking around, but it seems that Netflix have hit on a model that is superior to the illegal counterpart.
And with it doing so well, it appear that Netflix has an eye on spreading itself around the world. Like Spotify seemed to answer the need for people who wanted music online, Netflix appears to be doing the same for film.
Do you want to see it on these shores or are you happy streaming and downloading from sites that are, shall we say, residing in a legal grey area?
The makers of the Oscar-winning flick The Hurt Locker are going to sue people. Yep, they’ve joined a scheme that yells ‘pay up or else’ and will target tens of thousands of U.S. BitTorrent users (that’s if the ISPs are willing to co-operate that is).
The war film has been a huge success on torrent sites. The day after the movie bagged an Oscar or two, ‘the hurt locker’ was the most typed in search phrase on torrents and obviously, download numbers skyrocketed.
However, what is sticking in the craw of the makers is that, despite success with awards, the U.S box office revenue has been relatively low at $16.4 million. In an attempt to increase the film’s revenue, the makers are now going to sue thousands of downloaders. Expect a letter later in the month.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the team behind the film have signed up for the services of the U.S. Copyright Group, who will launch a mass lawsuit targeted at tens of thousands of Hurt Locker sharers. All infringers that have been identified thus far were asked to settle the dispute, or face further legal action.
“You can guess that relative to the films we’ve pursued already, the order of magnitude is much higher with Hurt Locker,” said Thomas Dunlap, a lawyer at the U.S. Copyright Group. Dunlap also said that 75 percent of ISPs have cooperated thus far and that 40% of the BitTorrent users that were targeted early this year have already settled.
Naturally, the Copyright Group aren’t being altruistic. The ‘pay up or else’ scheme is sees them taking 70 percent of the ‘winnings’. This action will invariably hit snag after snag and will no doubt meet great opposition.