Anti-piracy is a terrible business

October 6, 2015 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, News · Comment 
This entry is part of the series The industry vs. P2P

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebAfter 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.

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Old lions and new champions of P2P

April 29, 2015 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, News · Comment 
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News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebThe 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.

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The pains of the new Pirate Bay

March 21, 2015 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, In Depth · Comment 
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In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances 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.

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The industry’s terror campaign against P2P

February 27, 2015 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, In Depth · Comment 
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In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances 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.

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Censoring P2P “piracy” is useless. And trendy

May 10, 2014 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, In Depth · Comment 
This entry is part of the series The industry vs. P2P

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances 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.

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Snapshots from the war against peer-to-peer

February 5, 2014 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, In Depth · Comment 
This entry is part of the series The industry vs. P2P

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances 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.

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The dirty war against file sharing

October 3, 2013 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, In Depth · Comment 
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In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances 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.

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Musopen, a new project to set Chopin free from copyright

September 12, 2013 · Filed Under Music, News · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebRecently 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.

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GOG.com: numbers, controversy, outlooks and great classics

January 27, 2012 · Filed Under News, Videogaming · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebThe 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.

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Musopen will free classical music from copyright

September 16, 2010 · Filed Under Music, News · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebThe ambitious target set by Musopen founder has been reached and widely exceeded: Aaron Dunn succeeded in collecting more than 68,000 dollars for his project of freeing the great symphonies, a project that needed 11,000 dollars to be covered and that became extremely popular during the last two weeks leading to the aforementioned outstanding result. Dunn thanks the many who supported his idea and promises further initiatives with the same aim: give classical music back to the public domain.

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W32.Changeup, the eMule-aided worm

August 20, 2010 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebFile sharing platforms abuse by malicious code is a fashionable habit since years now. A malware usually just checks if the infected machine hosts a peer-to-peer software, but the W32.Changeup worm detected by Symantec (among the others) goes beyond and rather than searching for a P2P tool it installs its own “private” eMule copy to replicate itself. The malware is noteworthy for its ability to “assist” downloading and spreading of additional computer threats.

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Snapshots #3: high definition, high emulation

December 29, 2009 · Filed Under Babel fish, Sir Arthur's Den · Comment 

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too While I’m still in the throes of digesting a four days Christmas food stuffing, waiting for the will to (re)start to write something meaningful on these pages I yield to the last dessert made up by variously assorted snapshots. In particular they cover PlayStation 2 emulation with PCSX2 and high definitions rips, two of the many things that where forcedly precluded to me before my new laptop fortuitous purchase due to the lack of adequate hardware equipment.

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Radiohead play with BitTorrent

August 19, 2009 · Filed Under Music, News · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebAfter 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.

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Italy is ready for its own three strike law

June 1, 2009 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, News · Comment 
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News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebA few days ago, while summing up the many efforts made by Italian politicians to censor Internet and demolish netizens’ civil rights, I also took the occasion to foresee what could have been happened in the future after the final approval of the infamous three strike law by the French Parliament. What happened in the past days simply confirms the legitimacy of those anticipations and opens the doors, in Italy too, to the ultimate surrender of law and common good to the partisan interests of copyright parasites.

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The P2P psychodrama between The Pirate Bay and three strike law

May 24, 2009 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, In Depth · Comment 
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In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances 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.

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Italy vs. Internet, the impotence of reason against the ruling of indecency

May 17, 2009 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, In Depth · 2 Comments 
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In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances The past weeks have marked an unparalleled escalation of the well known inadequacy and inability of the Italian institutions to deal with the Internet, to live their relation with digital technologies by following logic and rationality rather then emotionalism and violence. Conversely our “dear” rulers and members of Parliament have recently shot out a series of amendments, law drafts and opinions to make you goggle if you believe in the importance of Internet as a democratic tool.

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Conficker, it’s open war between the industry and malware writers

February 27, 2009 · Filed Under In Depth, Security · Comment 

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances Conficker (also known as Downup, Downadup or Kido) is the worm that first, after the Sasser outbreak in 2004, was able to exploit a flaw in a Windows remote service, and due to this unusual ability the malware became in turn the target of a large part of the IT industry that, leaded by Microsoft, is trying in these days to defuse the time bomb of an enormous botnet yet with unknown practical outcomes.

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SIAE, a denial that does not deny anything

January 27, 2009 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, News · Comment 
This entry is part of the series The industry vs. P2P

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebNo, SIAE has nothing to do with the draft of the bill released by Altroconsumo in the past days. Replying to the clamour provoked by the document floating on-line, a supposed anticipation of the final work of an anti-piracy committee that has just been established, the organization now denies any authorship on it. The denial, anyway, does not explain anything about who wrote that document nor why it is so ostentatiously unbalanced in favour of the interests of SIAE itself.

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Anti-piracy committee, incompetence always rules

January 26, 2009 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, In Depth · Comment 
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In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances Congratulations, congratulations, the Technical committee against digital and multimedia piracy is born in the Italian ruling rooms, seriously determined to defeat the file sharing phenomenon and above all to have a special care for the industry associations’ desires, whose only purpose has always been to pull out money from any single bit moved on-line. SIAE (the Italian RIAA) is already giving rigorous orders on what to do, so much for the good intentions on the will to listen to representatives of all the parts interested to the matter.

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Waiting to enlist providers, RIAA continues to attend in courts

January 25, 2009 · Filed Under Civil & Digital Rights, In Depth · Comment 
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In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances RIAA and the recording majors have said it pretty clearly, that they plan to abandon the path of the legal persecution of single file sharing users to focus on the direct cooperation of ISPs. Waiting to see what such strategy shift will actually mean, for now the USA labels association is engaged on more fronts including those courts which have served for its crusade against P2P.

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