A study sponsored by the New York Times looks at our natural human instinct to share. The highlights below aim to explain the motivation behind sharing and offers some insight as to how this trait aids in advertising and marketing.
Green Pirate is posting this here to say on behalf of all pirates, “we told you so! Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah. ”
I was disappointed to read of the prosecution against the admin of Student Bay, a Swedish file-sharing site dedicated to providing text books to students (or anyone else looking for a free education). Of all forms of pirated media that is available in abundance over the internet, educational texts are the most important and least found in the torrent and file-sharing community. Still, the demand appears to be there among students who feel that it is unnecessary and naive to be expected to spend around $1,000 per year on textbooks. Especially in places such as Sweden where publicly funded education is supposedly freely (gratis) available.
Redneck Judge William Adams has lost all credibility as a human being worth spitting on as a video showing him beating his sixteen year old daughter with a belt is going viral. The reason for this horrible abuse toward his own daughter? She disobeyed his command to stop downloading files on the internet via Kazaa.
Although this scene of blatant child abuse (by a scum bag granted the authority to judge others no less) is disturbing enough by itself, the video is quickly becoming an icon of the harsh overreaction to file-sharing that is encouraged by large copyright profiteers and executed by U.S. court judges such as the dishonorable Judge William “Bane of Little Girls” Adams.
Hollywood lobbyists, copyright trolls and corrupt judges & legislators have long been the angry, computer-fearing redneck with a leather belt, beating the legs out from under defenseless citizens all in the name of “respect my authority.” Thank you Judge William “Little Girl Beater” Adams for putting a face to these despicable people that will now be the first thing the world thinks of each time a story is published of governments or Hollywood one percenters seeking to beat the other 99% into submission.
Here is a message from Hillary, the girl in the video.
2004: Aransas County Court-At-Law Judge William Adams took a belt to his own teenage daughter as punishment for using the internet to acquire music and games that were unavailable for legal purchase at the time. She has had ataxic cerebral palsy from birth that led her to a passion for technology, which was strictly forbidden by her father’s backwards views. The judge’s wife was emotionally abused herself and was severely manipulated into assisting the beating and should not be blamed for any content in this video. The judge’s wife has since left the marriage due to the abuse, which continues to this day, and has sincerely apologized and repented for her part and for allowing such a thing, long before this video was even revealed to exist. Judge William Adams is not fit to be anywhere near the law system if he can’t even exercise fit judgement as a parent himself. Do not allow this man to ever be re-elected again. His “judgement” is a giant farce. Signed, Hillary Adams, his daughter.
BayFiles.com is a new file hosting service brought to you by the current Pirate Bay crew, whoever that is. Based in Hong Kong, the site will host files of sizes ranging from 250MB for unregistered users, 500MB for members and a whole 5GB for premium members!
The site appears to have been planned to operate beyond the reach of enforcement of oppressive copyright law of western governments.
Click “Create Account” at the top of page to register for a free member account with 500MB file size limit.
Update: It looks like it was started by a couple of TPB’s original founders. More info at torrentfreak.
PS – “By Pirate for Pirate” is my words. According to their terms they will operate in respect to copyright just like all of the other file hosting services that are most popularly used to share copyrighted content. Technically, they will be doing just that.
To those who wish to make a living by distributing creative content under copyright licensing, here is a recent quote from Mike Masnick; an adult who realizes his own responsibility to make a living in the modern world.
I put “labor and time and money” into Techdirt, and then it’s my job to figure out how to make a living out of it. It does me no good to sit around and say “but I worked hard — now pay me.”
Now here’s one from me, your average, unabashed non-commercial file-sharer (‘pirate’ for short): (more…)
Amazon has recently announced the following statement regarding the Kindle:
We will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users. Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable [loanable*] – this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.
While some people have considered this to be a sign of progress by a major player in the content distribution industry, it just makes me feel like I’m waiting for the commercial world of content distribution to catch up to the present.
Having spent a few years as a Supermod for a popular bittorrent related forum, the most common concern I’ve seen among members is the fear of the men in black kicking down their door, guns a-blazin’, just because their IP address shows up on a bittorrent transfer of a DRM-free version of a song, game or movie they want to back up (…for example).
While this is a wildly exaggerated scenario, there is some legitimacy to their concerns. With some ISPs now voluntarily enforcing a 3 strikes policy that says they will terminate your internet service upon the third DMCA notice sent regarding your IP address, many of the millions of bittorrent users out there are looking for a little bit of privacy. I’ve seen quite a few of the notices sent to ISP customers and have never seen an option to contest the accusation. Regardless of whether you were involved with the alleged transfer, you have either to admit guilt else have your service disconnected.
So anyway, I’m browsing my favorite bittorrent related news site, TorrentFreak, and I see an add for BTGaurd’s bittorrent proxy service (sometimes it pays to have AdBlock turned off ). This piqued my interest because, while I am aware of VPNs, I had not heard of a decent & affordable proxy service designed for bittorrent before. After looking into it, I really think bittorrent users will have no worries about being molested by copyright attorneys once they begin using this service.
Here’s a run down:
Inexpensive – $6.95 / month with discounts for longer term subscriptions
Software is easy to install and use (see video below this post)
Unlimited download speeds (still waiting for a response re: what kind of upload speeds should users expect?)
Puts and end to ISP throttling
Servers located in Canada and Germany
BTGuard’s response to my inquiry about speeds (thanks for the reply guys!):
We do provide unlimited bandwidth. Speeds and connections vary from person to person and are based entirely on what they download and the connections provided to them for that download. Some people report getting faster downloads through us mainly due to throttling. Others get slower speeds then what they are used to. It all seems to be in the eye of the beholder. Some people will praise us for getting 100kbps which they never could before, others complain that 4mbps is way too slow and they demand 50 or higher.