• Pirate Party Turns the Tables and Spies On Intelligence Agency

    9 Jan 2014, 22:55 by Milkshake8

    In an attempt to turn the tables on a local intelligence agency, several members of the Swedish Pirate Party’s youth division set up shop yesterday outside the headquarters of the Swedish NSA. Armed with a surveillance van the Pirates planned to listen in on one of the country’s most secretive outfits. Unfortunately for them they were unable to gather much data, as armed guards turned up quickly and threatened arrests.

    Pirate parties worldwide are known for their aversion of both on- and offline surveillance.

    So, when the Swedish Pirate Party found out that their local intelligence agency FRA was helping the NSA to spy on Russian leaders, something had to be done.

    Turning the tables on the spying agency, three members of the Swedish Pirate Party’s youth division drove up to FRA’s headquarters yesterday, hoping they could find out more about the agency’s secretive plans.

    “No politician or FRA executive wants to tell the public what they actually are doing. …
  • RIAA Makes Drastic Employee Cuts as Revenue Plummets

    26 May 2013, 18:54 by Milkshake8

    New tax records reveal that the RIAA has made heavy employee cuts after revenue dropped to a new low. Over the past two years the major record labels have cut back their membership dues from $33.6 to $23.6 million. RIAA staff plunged from 107 to 60 workers in the same period. The IRS filing further shows that the music industry group paid $250,000 to the six strikes Anti-Piracy system.

    The RIAA has submitted its latest tax filing to the IRS, covering the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012.

    The figures follow the trend we spotted last year and show a massive decline in revenue for the music group. In just two years overall revenue has reduced from to $34.8 to $24.8 million.

    For decades the RIAA has been the anti-piracy Bastion of the Music Industry, but the new numbers show that the group’s financial power is Weakening.

    The drop in income can be solely attributed to lower membership dues from the major music labels. …
  • BitTorrent ‘s Bram Cohen Patents Revolutionary Live Streaming Protocol

    27 Mar 2013, 02:49 by Milkshake8

    Hoping to revolutionize live broadcasting on the Internet, Bram Cohen has filed a patent application for the new BitTorrent Live streaming protocol. BitTorrent’s inventor has worked on the new technology for several years and believes his new protocol can be world-changing. “We plan to shape the future of live broadcasts and want to work with broadcasters to accomplish that,” Cohen says.

    Earlier this month BitTorrent Live was unveiled to the public.

    The new protocol allows the public to send a video stream to millions of people, without having to invest in expensive bandwidth.

    Around the same time as BitTorrent Live was launched the underlying patent application was published online. In it, Cohen describes what makes the technology so unique and TorrentFreak caught up with BitTorrent’s creator to find out more.

    It took nearly half a decade before BitTorrent’s live stream service was released to the public. …
  • File-Sharers Buy 30% More Music Than Non-P2P Peers

    16 Oct 2012, 01:52 by Milkshake8

    One of the most comprehensive studies into media sharing and consumption habits in the United States and Germany reveals that file-sharers buy 30% more music than their non-sharing counterparts. The result confirms that file-sharers are actually the music industry’s best customers. In addition, the research reveals that contrary to popular belief, offline “copying” is far more prevalent than online music piracy.

    The major music labels have a clear stance on online piracy, as the following quote from the RIAA illustrates.

    “While downloading one song may not feel that serious of a crime, the accumulative impact of millions of songs downloaded illegally – and without any compensation to all the people who helped to create that song and bring it to fans – is devastating.”

    This “devastation” translates into billions of dollars of lost revenue over the past decade, the RIAA claims. The more music people pirate, the less they buy is the underlying reasoning. …
  • Boxopus Downloads Torrents Directly to Your Dropbox

    24 Jun 2012, 19:47 by Milkshake8

    Boxopus is a new service that enables people to download torrents directly to their Dropbox account. With clever use of Dropbox’s Api, BitTorrent users can add torrent files totally anonymously and without the need for a BitTorrent client. Torrent sites can add Boxopus as a new download option for their users, which some already have.

    Founded in 2007, Dropbox has quickly become the leading player in cloud hosting and synchronization services.

    The service is loved by many for its ease of use, and thanks to the newly launched Boxopus site, BitTorrent users are now able to automatically put torrent downloads in their Dropbox folder. It only takes One Click and the files are downloaded and synced to all computers.

    Using the service is easy. People can securely use their Dropbox credentials to pair Dropbox with Boxopus, and add as many Torrents as they like. The Boxopus servers will then take care of the downloading and put the Completed Downloads in a folder.
  • Kim Dotcom: Artists Rejoice, Megabox is Not Dead

    22 Jun 2012, 00:48 by Milkshake8

    Despite the huge upheavals of the last few months, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has announced that his answer to the Music Industry’s outdated business model is Coming Soon. The Megabox service will shift The Balance of Power away from multi-billion dollar corporations to the artists who actually make the music. “Artists rejoice. It’s coming and it will unchain you,” Dotcom says.

    December last year, a month before the criminal proceeding against Megaupload became public, Kim Dotcom first revealed his plans to launch a new service to transform The Music Business.

    In a guest post for TorrentFreak, the Megaupload founder described the Megabox project as “..a site that will soon allow Artists to sell their Creations direct to consumers and allowing artists to keep 90% of earnings.”

    “You can expect several Megabox announcements including exclusive deals with artists who are eager to depart from Outdated business models,” he added.

  • Comcast Protests “Shake Down” of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

    12 Jun 2012, 19:44 by Milkshake8

    Comcast has run out of patience with The Avalanche of BitTorrent lawsuits in The United States. The ISP is now refusing to comply with court-ordered subpoenas, arguing that they are intended to “shake down” subscribers by coercing them to pay settlements. Copyright holders have responded furiously to Comcast’s new stance, claiming that the ISP is denying copyright holders the opportunity to protect their works.

    United States Citizens who download and share copyrighted files through BitTorrent risk being monitored and in some cases subjected to legal action.

    In recent years more than a quarter million alleged BitTorrent users have been sued in Federal Courts. Most of the lawsuits are initiated by adult entertainment companies, but mainstream movie studios and book publisher John Wiley and Sons have also joined in.

    These copyright holders request a subpoena from the court to order ISPs to identify the alleged BitTorrent users through an IP-Address. …
  • Anti-Piracy Patent Stops Students From Sharing Textbooks

    10 Jun 2012, 21:15 by Milkshake8

    A new patent granted this week aims to stop students from Sharing textbooks, both off and online. The patent awarded to economics professor Joseph Henry Vogel hopes to embed the publishing world even further into Academia. Under his proposal, students can only Participate in courses when they buy an online access code which allows them to use the Course book. No access code means a lower grade, all in the best interests of science.

    For centuries, students have shared textbooks with each other, but a new patent aims to stop this “infringing” habit.

    The patent in question was granted to Professor of Economics Joseph Henry Vogel. He believes that piracy, lending and reselling of books is a threat to the publishing industry.

    “Professors are increasingly turning a blind eye when students appear in class with photocopied pages. Others facilitate piracy by placing texts in the library reserve where they can be photocopied,” Vogel writes.
  • BitTorrent Piracy Boosts Music Sales, Study Finds

    17 May 2012, 21:02 by Milkshake8

    A new academic paper by a researcher from the North Carolina State University has examined the link between BitTorrent Downloads and music album sales. Contrary to what’s often claimed by the major record labels, the paper concludes that there is absolutely no evidence that unauthorized downloads negatively impact sales. Instead, the research finds that more piracy directly leads to more album sales.

    For more than a decade researchers have been looking into the effects of music piracy on the revenues of the record industry, with mixed results.

    None of these researchers, however, used a large sample of accurate download statistics from a BitTorrent tracker to examine this topic. This missing element motivated economist Robert Hammond, Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, to conduct his own research.

    In a paper titledProfit Leak? Pre-Release File Sharing and the Music Industry” Hammond published his findings.

  • MPAA Joins RIAA in “Monstrous” Jammie Thomas Appeal

    7 Jan 2012, 08:16 by Milkshake8

    In its appeal against the file-sharing Mom Jammie Thomas, the RIAA has asked the court to reinstate a massive fine which U.S. District Judge Michael Davis previously slashed because it was “monstrous and shocking.” The music group argues that awards as high as $1.5 million for sharing 24 songs are appropriate and constitutional. In their appeal, the RIAA is joined by the MPAA who also want to overthrow the standing verdict.

    The battle between the RIAA and the file-sharing mother of four Jammie Thomas has turned into a numbers game.

    It all started in 2007 when a jury hit Thomas with a $222,000 verdict when she was found guilty of sharing 24 Songs using the file-sharing client kazaa. In 2008 Thomas appealed this verdict and a mistrial was declared, with the judge ruling that the fines were “disproportionate to the damages suffered.”

    The case went up for re-trial before a new jury in 2009 where Thomas lost and was ordered to pay $1.92 million in fines. …