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Confessions Of A Music Thief

Confessions of a music thief

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Confessions of a music thief

I have stolen music. A massive amount of music, in fact. Over the past decade or so, I have illegally downloaded hundreds of songs from various file-sharing networks. Even thousands, most likely.

In the past couple of years, however, I have completely stopped stealing music as my listening habits shifted from album-based listening to services like Pandora and Spotify. The painful irony here, however, is that recording artists and music labels earn far less money from me now that I have gone legit than they did when I was a thief.

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VCAP and Illegal Downloads Laws in U.K.

It turns out illegal downloads in the U.K. will remain illegal

By on July 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

It turns out illegal downloads in the U.K. will remain illegal

After a report on Tuesday detailing a new legal initiative on online piracy in the U.K. claimed that the local government has decriminalized illegal downloads, TorrentFreak has set the record straight on the matter, saying that torrenting movies, music, games and any other kind of online content will be just as illegal in the future as it is now. More →

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Anti-Piracy Laws for Illegal Downloads

U.K. has a new punishment-free plan to turn download pirates into buyers [updated]

By on July 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

U.K. has a new punishment-free plan to turn download pirates into buyers [updated]

The British government has apparently decriminalized online piracy, VG247 reports, and pirates who download illegal copies of movies, music and games will no longer be punished, as the U.K. has figured out its actions against pirates were not working anyway. More →

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Hollywood Movie Piracy Effects Study

Shocker: Extensive new study says movie piracy isn’t that harmful to Hollywood

By on July 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Shocker: Extensive new study says movie piracy isn’t that harmful to Hollywood

A new study looking at the relationship between movie piracy and Hollywood revenues has found that the mass illegal downloads movie studios complain about while spending vast resources to put a stop to, are not that relevant. TorrentFreak reveals that economist Koleman Strumpf has conducted a tremendous amount of research before releasing his determination – that movie piracy is not harmful to Hollywood. He looked at data from 150 blockbuster movies that were released over a period of seven years and, and drew data from a popular BitTorrent tracker as well as revenue projections from the Hollywood Stock Exchange. More →

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Lexi Alexander on Illegal Downloads and Piracy

Shocker: Hollywood downloads pirated content just like everyone else

By on July 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Shocker: Hollywood downloads pirated content just like everyone else

Hollywood has been on a holy war against piracy for years, but that doesn’t mean it actually managed to achieve anything worth bragging with, especially as some studies have revealed that piracy doesn’t actually have an impact on Hollywood’s bottom line. No matter what Hollywood comes up with to defend against piracy, pirates still figure out ways to illegally download copyrighted content. In fact, TorrentFreak reveals that even Hollywood downloads just as much content as regular Internet users, no matter what its official stance against piracy is. More →

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Game of Thrones Online Downloads

Game of Thrones finale shatters piracy records with 2PB of illegal downloads

By on June 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Game of Thrones finale shatters piracy records with 2PB of illegal downloads

The finale of the fourth Game of Thrones season shattered all previous illegal download records, TorrentFreak reports. First, a quarter-million people shared a single file at the same time. Beyond that, more than 1.5 million users downloaded a pirated copy of the show within the first 12 hours after it aired, with the number expected to move past 7.5 million in the following days. More →

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Streaming Movies and TV Shows for Free

Pirating copyrighted content is legal in Europe, if done correctly

By on June 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Pirating copyrighted content is legal in Europe, if done correctly

The Internet provides access to many surprising things, including the means to enjoy copyrighted content without paying for it. Whether it’s movies or TV shows, music, books, games, software or other protected digital content, the Internet offers users ways to get their entertainment fix free of charge. Naturally, copyright holders are right to try to fight piracy, which they do on a regular basis, but a court in the European Union on Thursday ruled in favor of a certain type of copyright infringement. More →

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Six Strikes 2013 Results

Alleged pirates received 1.3 million alerts from ISPs in 2013

By on May 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Alleged pirates received 1.3 million alerts from ISPs in 2013

When we last checked in on the ‘six strikes’ Copyright Alert System, we discovered that it hadn’t done anything to curb online piracy as traffic continued to trend upwards at the most popular torrent site in the world. Now that the first year of the newly implemented system has come to an end, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) has shared the results. More →

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Most Pirated Movies of 2013

The Hobbit wins dubious honor of being 2013’s most pirated movie

By on January 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

The Hobbit wins dubious honor of being 2013’s most pirated movie

While Game of Thrones took home the official title of the most pirated TV show of 2013, the most pirated film of the past year was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, TorrentFreak reports. The first episode of The Hobbit saga was downloaded an estimated of 8.4 million times on BitTorrent networks from January 1st to mid-December 2013, according to the publication’s sources which include download statistics from public BitTorrent trackers. However, the numbers do not include data from online streaming sites and cyberlocker downloads. More →

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Most Pirated TV Shows of 2013

The top-10 most pirated TV shows of 2013

By on December 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM.

The top-10 most pirated TV shows of 2013

This was quite a year for big TV series and as a result, it was also a big year for pirating TV shows. The wildly popular hit AMC show Breaking Bad wrapped up; The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Game of Thrones had huge seasons; and new shows like Masters of Sex and Sleepy Hollow burst onto the scene. Published ratings are a good gauge when measuring a show’s popularity, of course, but ratings are hardly an exact science. What is an exact science, however, is comparing torrent download volumes. More →

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AT&T Illegal Downloads

AT&T wants to track your illegal downloads, ban access to file-sharing sites

By on December 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM.

AT&T wants to track your illegal downloads, ban access to file-sharing sites

A new AT&T patent awarded in mid November describes methods through which the Internet service provider may track the privacy-related habits of customers and assign them a “Subscriber Reputation Score” (SRS) which could be used to limit access to file-sharing or P2P sites for repeat pirating offenders. The patent, discovered by Torrent Freak, basically explains a means of regulating traffic inside a network by following patterns for users and monitoring Internet-browsing habits with a specific focus on pirated content. More →

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Switzerland Anti-Piracy Campaign

Hollywood looks to raid Switzerland’s piracy safe haven

By on November 25, 2013 at 9:15 PM.

Hollywood looks to raid Switzerland’s piracy safe haven

In Switzerland, it is completely legal for Internet users to download copyrighted content from illegal sources. As a result, file-sharing portals are very popular there, especially since Netflix hasn’t come to Switzerland yet. According to the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), 35 percent of Swiss Internet users take advantage of this each month by using “unlicensed services.” To combat this piracy, according to a report by TorrentFreak, a working group is recommending fairly drastic measures to the Swiss Justice Minister, including that Swiss ISPs delete illegal content on Swiss-based sites, display warning when accessing “unauthorized content sources,” and make “obviously illegal sites” inaccessible. More →

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Google Search Link Removal Requests

Trying to kill online piracy is all but pointless

By on November 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM.

Trying to kill online piracy is all but pointless

You can start to see why copyright holders are getting so frustrated playing “whack-a-mole” with alleged piracy websites. TorrentFreak has compiled data from Google’s transparency reports to show that copyright holders this year have asked the company to purge more than 200 million links to pages that allegedly infringe upon copyrighted material from its search results. Because Google removes roughly 99% of links requested, it seems safe to say that around 200 million alleged piracy links have been removed from search results this year and that it’s done virtually nothing to stop online piracy. In fact, as Google’s graph posted below shows, URL removal requests have only continued to climb this year despite all the removals from Google’s search results. More →

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