Posts tagged file sharing

This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!

Message on the home page of BTJunkie, one of the Internet’s largest BitTorrent indices, indicating that they are voluntarily shutting down.

As TorrentFreak notes:

The site was never involved in any legal action, and to keep it this way the site’s operators decided to shut the site down for good today…

…Talking to TorrentFreak, BTjunkie’s founder said that the legal actions against other file-sharing sites such as MegaUpload and The Pirate Bay played an important role in making the difficult decision. Witnessing all the trouble colleagues got into was cause for a lot of worry and stress, and those will now belong to the past.

TechSpot adds that other popular file sharing sites have also shut down and/or blocked US traffic to their servers in the wake of January’s MegaUpload raid.

Speaking of MegaUpload, TorrentFreak reports that New Zealand’s counter-terrorism police were used to ambush the company founder’s mansion. 

Read more simply: counter-terrorism police were used to enforce a copyright case.

Even Big Media Companies Do It

Via TorrentFeak:

With increasing lobbying efforts from the entertainment industry against BitTorrent sites and users, we wondered whether these companies hold themselves to the same standards they demand of others. After some initial skimming we’ve discovered BitTorrent pirates at nearly every major entertainment industry company in the US, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fox Entertainment and NBC Universal. Busted.

A few days ago we wrote about a new website that exposes what people behind an IP-address have downloaded on BitTorrent. The Russian-based founders of the site developed the service so people can show their friends how public their downloading habits are, and that is exactly what we’re going to do today.

Armed with the IP-ranges of major Hollywood studios we decided to find out what they’ve been downloading. As expected, it didn’t take us long before we found BitTorrent ‘pirates’ at several leading entertainment industry companies. Yes, these are the same companies who want to disconnect people from the Internet after they’ve been caught sharing copyrighted material.

Do as I say, not as I do?

Images: Screenshots of content downloaded from Fox, Universal and Sony’s respective IP addresses.

Nothing “Appealing” About This: Court Reinstates $675K File Sharing Verdict

Re-blogging or “curating” originally reported news articles in full, anywhere, everywhere, remains an un-fineable offense. But promoting some tunes among a highly desirable consumer group—college kids— that’s illegal, and worth somethin’ like a couple few grand per track.  Music doesn’t grow on trees! (But then again neither does good, investigative reporting, does it?)

Broken Reckless record

FROM WIRED’S David Kravets @dmkravets:

"A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a whopping $675,000 file sharing verdict that a jury levied against a Boston college student for making 30 tracks of music available.

The decision by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a federal judge who slashed the award as “unconstitutionally excessive.” U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner of Boston reduced the verdict to $67,500, or $2,250 for each of the 30 tracks defendant Joel Tenenbaum unlawfully downloaded and shared on Kazaa. The Recording Industry Association of America and Tenenbaum appealed in what has been the nation’s second RIAA file sharing case to ever reach a jury.

The Obama administration argued in support of the original award, and said the judge went too far when addressing the constitutionality of the Copyright Act’s damages provisions. The act allows damages of up to $150,000 a track.”

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/09/file-sharing-verdict-reinstated/

File Sharing's Not a Religion

Try as they might, Sweden’s Missionary Church of Kopimism was unable to convince authorities that file sharing is an act of worship.

With a belief system that holds that the search for — and circulation and sharing of — knowledge is sacred, the group hoped their activities would be sanctioned by the state.

Via UPI:

The Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency rejected the attempt by the Pirate Party of Uppsala to have their information copying and spreading activities registered as a religious faith known as The Missionary Church of Kopimism, The Local reported Thursday.

The church’s name came from the “Kopimi” — pronounced “copy me” — logo placed on the Web sites of people who are willing to have the contained information copied.

As ZeroPaid points out, Swedes don’t let just any belief system gain state sanction. Last year, the government rejected a bid by the Church of Orgasm to be recognized as a religion.