Copyright wars milestones: 3 million TPB URLs to be removed from Google, biggest piracy prosecution case, streaming music is like killing elephants
The Pirate Bay has reached a new milestone last week, when Google numbered 3 million requests from copyright owners to remove TPB URLs from their search engine. What’s even more surprising, though this has proved not to be an efficient strategy, MPAA has also started to request Google to de-list infringing homepages. Moreover, with the launch of their new website, WhereToWatch, that aims to make it easier for people to find legal content online (website which was hacked, by the way, by a former US Pirate Party leader), MPAA has actually made it harder for people to find that legal content.
Speaking about TPB, its former spokesperson was recently released from prison and plans to keep fighting for a free Internet. Also, TPB founder, Gottfrid Svartholm, is preparing an appeal against the 3 and half years verdict he received earlier this year. Here’s a song dedicated to him:
Meanwhile, another milestone in the copyright wars is Sweden’s plans for the biggest prosecution case to date against a piracy “scene” member, accused of infringing copyright on more than 2200 Hollywood movies.
In UK, the number of sites blocked on the grounds that they facilitate copyright infringement reached 93. To this milestone, add 4 pubs that have been ordered to pay damages to Premier League for making unauthorized broadcastings of PL matches. Furthermore, although making copies for personal use of legitimately purchased media was ruled legal by the British High Court, musicians and composers decided to sue the government. The reason behind this appeal is that the law is implemented without the “fair compensation” owed to artists and performers as spelled out in the Copyright Directive.
[pull_quote_center]I tell people condoning streaming is like condoning the Chinese that are killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues[/pull_quote_center]
That’s what Blink-182 guitarist thinks about people who stream music, though the band’s music is available for streaming. But then this guy comes and explains how the streaming service Spotify helped his band to increase their audience. The cherry on the top is that White House still supports parts of SOPA, trying to achieve its goals through different strategies: by trying to make streaming a felony; and pressuring Visa and Mastercard to stop doing “business” with pirate sites. Oh, and let’s not forget about the first ISP to be sued by music publishers because the internet service provider didn’t “do enough to punish those who download music illegally“.
Surveillance and privacy
A survey conducted online by a Canadian think tank shows that a lot of people heard about Edward Snowden (new leak about GCHQ) but few of them actually changed their online behavior. Luckily, there are some people, working with Big Data, who try to think ethically about how they want it to work in the future. However, with the open sourcing of Hadoop we can “either save or sabotage ourselves“. In the end, it’s still us, the users, who have to become aware and start protecting ourselves and our data. Facebook is changing its policy again starting next year and launches a useful tutorial on Privacy Basics. It’s a step in the right direction, but we need to make more since new leaks and new spying projects are uncovered every week. This week, we found out about the spying tool on Windows PCs around the world, used for spying and data collection. Name “Regin”, it is linked to both NSA and GCHQ and it was used for several serious hacking projects: European Comission in 2011, Belgacom in 2013.