After spending years turning piracy into a state affair and a business opportunity for copyright parasites, the media majors must now face a more and more obvious reality: fighting the sharing of digital contents on-line, on the Web or P2P networks bears no positive result at all. At least according to a growing collection of “official” researches and not just to sharing activists. The industry’s reply? More anti-piracy, more complaints and even more years in jails for wrongdoers.
The content industry can rely on a growing number of tools for trying to censor, sue and damage the users of file-sharing, but said users have more and more ways to share, search and download music, videos or software as well. The Pirate Bay (TPB) is on of the most known names and one of the majors’ main targets as always, yet the old lion of BitTorrent P2P has got its own problems and it has to give way to competition as the most popular torrent site on the Internet.
Since coming back on-line after the raid in a Swedish data center/nuclear bunker at the end of 2014, The Pirate Bay (TPB) has to endure a sailing by sight ridden with perils, dangerous waves and the usual zealots of the content industry ready to do anything to eradicate the most known symbol of BitTorrent peer-to-peer (P2P) from the Internet forever. Anyway not all the efforts against “piracy” are focused on TPB, and not all the news coming from the P2P frontline are bad news.
Updated snapshots from the endless war of the copyright industry against file sharing over peer-to-peer networks: the so called “graduated responses” for reeducating pirates don’t work, are good for nothing and rather expensive? Better spend even more money; The Pirate Bay (TPB) is the ultimate evil and must be put down whatever it takes? The Swedish Bay rises again and again from its ashes despite the police raids, the controversy and the trouble in managing traffic. This and more in the new episode of the series tracking the lobbies’ unsuccessful attempts to erase something no one has ever been able to control.
The industry is at war against “piracy”, unauthorized releasing and on-line sharing of digital contents, a war fought by using every possible mean and relentlessly abusing propaganda, censorship and political lobbying. But it’s a war worth nothing, and when the majors succeed in restraining access to particularly popular “pirate” sites like The Pirate Bay the net result is that absolutely nothing changes.
The increasing fight against “illegal” downloads on file sharing networks I was talking about the last time is speeding up to a feverish rate, and the new lords of digital steam go to any lengths to prove than on-line copyright is worth more than everything - even more than open Internet access. The industry’s most used tool against unauthorized P2P continues to be censorship, and if that wasn’t enough the MAFIAA (MPAA+RIAA) collective and similar organizations are quick to switch to threats and power abuse.
Target reached (and exceeded) for the Set Chopin Free crowdfunding campaign, a new initiative by the Musopen non-profit organization aiming at preserving the music of Frédéric Chopin with high-quality recordings available to the public without copyright-enforced limits: the funds collected on the Kickstarter platform have reached the final sum of $92,452, namely 123% of the 75,000 dollars requested by founder Aaron Dunn and the other Musopen volunteers.
More than four years have passed since the last time Sir Arthur’s Den dealt with the war against digital “piracy” on P2P networks, and in these few years the clash between the contents industry, users and promoters of the aforementioned contents free sharing became worse and worse. The united lobby of MAFIAA (and ideal yet scary fusion of RIAA and MPAA) did its worst by asking for monstrous monetary compensations, by throwing the releasers in jail and by trying to affirm the idea that “crime” against copyright doesn’t pay anymore.
Recently I received a mail by Ben G., a volunteer of the Musopen.org project, which reminded me their new initiative: after having freed the great classical symphonies from copyright, this time the non-profit organization is turning to the complete works of Frédéric Chopin. The target is always the same - to record high-quality versions of the works by the renowned Polish composer for everyone to listen - just as the tool chosen to reach it, ie a crowdfunding campaign on the Kickstarter platform.
The latest weeks have probably been among the most turbulent ones in the brief history of Good Old Games: the retrogaming store has caused controversy, released “new” classic titles of the PC gaming past and has preannounced an important novelty for the product type that will soon be available on its virtual shelves. The digital delivery service created by the Polish publisher CD Projekt is in a sense victim of its own success, and of the ample trust granted by its users as an alternative channel for on-line videogame purchases.
After having experienced the largely unexplored territories of unhindered digital distribution thanks to In Rainbows, after having “shot” the entirely digital video clip from House of Cards, Radiohead continue to seek alternative ways to reach fans and innovate the music market by releasing their latest song on the BitTorrent P2P network.
Surely 2009 is the most sensitive year for peer-to-peer and the industry crusade against free on-line contents sharing. In Italy we have the previously discussed issues with the incompetence and obscene servility of our representatives, and moving the attention toward Europe things get even worse if possible. Two in particular are the noticeable questions of these weeks in Europe, the conviction of The Pirate Bay crew and the approval in France of the Sarkozy doctrine also known as three strike law or HADOPI law.
UPDATE: As widely expected, all the sources quoted in the post are now offering the download for the first laserdisc videogame emulated by MAME, though with various shapes and variously practical modes. The guide has been modified and updated according to the new wider availability.
Passed away the emotional fuddle for the news of the emulation of the first lasergame in the MAME history, here it is the question that necessarily follows: where to get the ginormous file in CHD format, of more than 10 Gigabytes, containing the dump of the game laserdisc? What I propose here is a brief yet useful (or at least I hope that) guide to the Internet recesses from which is currently possible to obtain this digital moloch to feed the emulator of emulators with.
If there’s something that is clear to anyone would have just washed his feet in the Internet ocean, it’s that in the so-called information society what is never absent are the debate cues, the (exactly) information sources and the events worth of citing. The possible suggestions, indeed, abound, and the problem isn’t to find them but to make a selection and put together the most interesting ones.
Definitely, I’ve overdone with optimism. The case of the Pirate Bay block, which a public prosecutor of Bergamo has ordered to make inaccessible from the Italian Internet not only hasn’t been resolved yet, but it’s acquiring more and more the outlines of an unheard of shot to the Italian P2P, in which the law is used like a sledge hammer to push down, even at the cost of doing something unlawful, what is unanimously considered as the main source of search for contents available on the BitTorrent network.
Thrills have ran across the Internet of the Belpaese during this weekend, when the news have spread about the block of the access to The Pirate Bay, a point of reference for the downloads on BitTorrent network. But upon writing it seems that the storm has already passed away, and the Bay tracker gives no more signs of indecision. Maybe it is only the beginning of a long battle between the Financial Guard, incited by the multimedia industry, and the Swedish “pirates”?
Yet another case of stating the obvious by the majors: the statistical analyses on downloads of In Rainbows, the last album of the English band Radiohead which so much has been and continue to be talked about demonstrate the very strong trend among the users to download contents from file sharing, independently by the availability of legal alternatives even at zero price.