April 2009

The Pirate Bay Verdict

561837f987fb230258b6b4986f8fa1e0Of course this will be appealed, as would a verdict for the other side, but TPB has been found guilty and sentenced to jail time plus fine. Fines that there is no way they can pay. So they wrote an IOU. And of course, this only makes things worse for the studios and better for the pirates. Will they never learn? Cory writes on BoingBoing:

With each successive takedown, the entertainment industry forces these services into architectures that are harder to police and harder to shut down. And with each takedown, the industry creates martyrs who inspire their users into an ideological opposition to the entertainment industry, turning them into people who actively dislike these companies and wish them ill (as opposed to opportunists who supplemented their legal acquisition of copyrighted materials with infringing downloads).

It’s a race to turn a relatively benign symbiote (the original Napster, which offered to pay for its downloads if it could get a license) into vicious, antibiotic resistant bacteria that’s dedicated to their destruction.

And Wired’s Threat Level chimes in as well…

The Pirate Bay crew, though, has vowed to continue running the site whatever happens, and claims that it is secured from a forced shutdown through a network of distributed servers located outside Sweden.

For now, the attention brought by the highly-publicized trial has only made The Pirate Bay more popular. The site has swelled to some 22 million users. And thousands of Pirate Bay fans have flocked to sign up for its new $6 anonymization VPN service, which allows torrent feeders and seeders to conduct their business in private without leaving a trace of their internet IP addresses.

And since the trial began, membership in Sweden’s copyright reform Pirate Party has grown 50 percent, while its youth affiliate is now the second largest in Sweden.

[Half mast pirate flag icon by Atom X]

Lameka V. Lucas & MTV please stop spamming me

UPDATE: Since making this post I have stopped receiving e-mail from Lameka and MTV. Much appreciated.

Lameka V. Lucas
MTV Communications
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Dear Lameka,
For months now I’ve been receiving fairly regular e-mails from you telling me about all kinds of things my visitors would love to know about. I know that you don’t know anything about me or read my site otherwise you would know how big of a pet peeve of mine that is, and that’s the worst thing you can do if you are hoping for a positive response from me. I’ve tried to be nice and on no less than 10 occasions I’ve e-mailed back asking to be removed from your mailing list. I’ve asked nicely and I’ve demanded, but I’ve never once gotten a reply and your e-mails keep coming. Today, in addition to the usual spam and press releases you send, you attached a 4MB movie clip. Do you have any idea how annoying that is? Also, it’s rude. I’m asking you again, in public and nicely even, to pretty please remove me from your mailing list. I’m sure you can find my e-mail, it’s the one filling up your replies folder begging to be removed.

Thanks, and have a nice day.

And now for something completely serious

#unfollowashtonIf you’ve been following the news recently, no doubt you’ve heard about this situation. It’s shockingness is only surpassed by it’s newsworthiness. I for one am appalled and can no longer stomach to sit silently by without doing something. If we don’t speak out, then we are condoning it. We must rise up and fight. Please join me in in this cause. Together we can make a difference. I believe in us.