Pirates, privacy and people telling you what you can and can’t do.

Three threads on Slashdot. …

These stories appeared on after the other on a well known internet magazine called:

1. "Drew Wilson of ZeroPaid has an interesting look at file-sharing.

It all started with a review of a Phoenix study that was used to promote SOPA.
Wilson says that the study was long on wild claims and short on fact. While most writers would simply criticize the study and move on, Wilson took it a step further and looked in to what file-sharing studies have really been saying throughout the years.

What he found was an impressive 19 of 20 studies not getting any coverage.

He launched a large series detailing what these studies have to say on file-sharing.

The first study suggests that file-sharing litigation was a failure.
The second study said that p2p has no effect on music sales.
The third study found that the RIAA suppresses innovation.
The fourth study says that the MPAA has simply been trying to preserve its oligopoly.
The fifth study says that even when one uses the methodology of "One download means one lost sale", the losses amount to less than $2 per album.

The studies, so far, are being posted on a daily basis and are certainly worth the read."



13 thoughts on “Pirates, privacy and people telling you what you can and can’t do.

  1. 3. "Now that The Pirate Bay is being blocked by ISPs in the UK, millions of people have a new interest in accessing the site, even if they didn't before. The reasons for this are simple:Not only do people hate being told what they can and can't do, people – especially geeks – love solving problems and puzzles. Unlocking The Pirate Bay with a straightforward proxy is just too boring, so just for fun let's go the hard way round."http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/05/06/2245225/unblocking-the-pirate-bay-the-hard-way-is-fun

  2. Viva Zapatasitas ¡Viva la revolución!Originally posted by Torrent Freak:

    Censorship of The Pirate Bay is the hot topic and the main issue – how this censorship can be circumvented.Some of the best solutions, such as the proxy being provided by the UK Pirate Party, require absolutely no technical knowledge.There are more interesting methods available. Censorship will get worse. Preparing for the worst never hurts. This isn’t a tough challenge.Virgin Media users can no longer access "The Pirate Bay:http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=en&js=n&u=thepiratebay.se&sl=es&tl=enWorks apart from one key feature – the search.But it is possible to use The Pirate Bay’s most important resources:Its index,Magnet links and Hash codes – without ever going to the site.If you want to download Dan Bull’s song from TPB even if Virgin are blocking you, click here to search The Pirate Bay for “Sharing is Caring” using Google.The same results as you would get on The Pirate Bay are now shown in Google’s results instead. Google will even show you a cached copy of the Pirate Bay page in question.A similar result can be achieved by conducting a search like this, Copy TPB's URL:https://thepiratebay.se/torrent/7205038 Pasting that to:http://centrump2p.com/magnet/ and generating a magnet link.This magnet fetching site goes about the same task in a slightly different way.Once a hash code is known, it can be converted into a magnet. With the help of uTorrent that magnet can be converted into a torrent download.After going through the silly long-winded exercises above, a couple of things should be clear:You can't stop people accessing internet resources.And, you can’t block text…and if you can’t block text you can’t block this:CF87CC0D6B0DB21D2221694EFFAE3758479AD4D1.And if you can't block that then the web blocking brigade have already lost.

    Of course THEY will already be working to block text. And more importantly THEY will be watching you whatever you do.Do it anyway.Originally posted by Jesus:

    What you hear whispered in little, dark, back-rooms, SHOUT FROM THE MOUNTAIN-TOPS!

  3. http://torrentfreak.com/unblocking-the-pirate-bay-the-hard-way-is-fun-for-geeks-120506/Not that I use anything like that of course. It's just a matter of principle for me.I hate sneaky little slime balls whispering toxic gossip and lies you can't refute because it is all done for the sake of national security and needs to be kept secret.If it is worth having it can stand any testing. Nothing worth preserving was ever kept secret. What would be the point of that?If it's worth having, let us have it. Damn the torpedoes to hell.

  4. Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    Dan Bull – Sharing Is Caring + bonus tracks (download torrent) – TPBhttps://thepiratebay.se/torrent/7205038

    Dear you,Thanks for downloading the torrent of "Sharing Is Caring". If you like it, and want to support the campaign, you can choose to buy it. Each version you buy will count as a sale towards the charts.If you want to buy it, all the links are available here: http://itsdanbull.com/singleThere are ten versions in all, meaning a single person can create ten sales towards the charts.The singles charts are worthless as an indicator of quality, and artists needn't strive for the validation of reaching them.However, by taking a free song by an unsigned artist to the echelons normally reserved for the industry elite, I want to smash the glass ceiling and show that there is another way of doing things.We don't need the protection of ACTA, CISPA or any other acronym. As long as our internet is free, creativity will thrive.Love,Dan x

  5. Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    And, you can’t block text…and if you can’t block text you can’t block this:CF87CC0D6B0DB21D2221694EFFAE3758479AD4D1.

    Originally posted by GoogleSearch:

    Dan Bull – Sharing Is Caring + bonus tracks (download torrent) – TPBhttps://thepiratebay.se/torrent/720503822 Apr 2012 – Details for this torrent. Dan Bull – Sharing Is Caring + bonus tracks … Info Hash: CF87CC0D6B0DB21D2221694EFFAE3758479AD4D1. Tweet …In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 1 already displayed.If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included.

  6. Story number one is what a quasi non government agency has the government doing for all the wrong reasons.GO USA!Somwhere in the Good Corner, facing the superpower heavyweight champion that was:2. "For the third consecutive regional election, The German Pirate Party has breached the five-percent mark needed to enter the state parliament, winning 8.2 percent of the vote in state of Schleswig-Holstein. From the article: 'The big winners on the night were the Pirates, an upstart party that has shaken up the staid world of German politics with a campaign based on more transparency in the political process and internet freedom.'"http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/05/07/015212/pirate-party-gaining-strength-in-germanyWe had something like that once: The Monster Raving Loony Party. Thatcher killed it, the spoil sport. Nothing hurts freedom like money does.

  7. Originally posted by TorrentFreak:

    Last week it was revealed that Megaupload had retained the services of Andrew Schapiro, the lawyer who led YouTube to a summary judgment in its copyright trial against Viacom.But now the US government has filed papers objecting to Schapiro’s law firm working on Megaupload’s defense, citing conflicts of interest involving Google, YouTube, Disney, Fox and other movie, TV show and software companies.Quinn Emanuel just responded to the objections in quite an entertaining rebuttal. Here’s a quote:“If the Government is to have its way in this case, the only lawyers before the Court will be those representing the Government. If the Government is to have its way, the only evidence available to the Court would be that cherry-picked by the Government, for the Government, from the universe of relevant servers slated to be wiped. If the Government is to have its way, in sum, Megaupload will never get its day in Court and the case will effectively be over before it has even begun.”

    Its not a criminal conspiracy if the criminals are the government?

  8. However laudable the servers for Groklaw are and however righteous their cause. The site is a stinking mess.Blow that for a game of soldiers!

  9. I think that the computers are smart, and networking in their own way, becoming this huge brain…thats how they work. I wonder what it would reflect, the conscious of the world…what gets lost here and how?The whole file sharing thing gets muddled, most is just stuff, not nabbed or meant to be malicious.And many file sharing sites were supported by the same people going after them. the great thing is still access to information,direct. It already has shaped who we are.they are blockin your PrOn also…scoundrels, all of em.

  10. Why on earth the government thinks it aught to get involved in people's personal affairs is well past beyond me.They will bring back stoning adulterers and burning witches next.It's not as if anyone voted for this lot. They scraped together a compromise instead of everyone having a rethink about why people can't be bothered to vote for politicians these days.Personally I would put everyone involved in politics into a prison for 6 months before they take office.And let them know there is more where that came from if they mess around again.

  11. Control of money. Power…etc. Its soaked the system and no one will say its time. But the voices are gaining strength, that why the control. the snooping. presumption of guilt…

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