Thursday, 23 April 2009

Copyright/wrong 2

It's been interesting to watch the media fallout and the Internet spillover following the recent Pirate Bay trial. I recently signed up the Open Rights Group's listserve and have been watching my email inbox fill up with lots of informative titbits which seem related to my earlier post on the way in which copyright law is inappropriately proposed.

The major story that has had the blogosphere and twitterverse talking today seems to be about the supposed bias of the Pirate Bay judge, Tomas Norström. Torrentfreak has suggested that there are a number of links between the 'guilty' verdict and the affiliation of Norström with a number of pro-copyright groups. This has raised a few eyebrows and rumours of demands for a retrial.

In other news, there were numerous reports pointing to a Nordic study which suggests that pirates are about 10 times more likely to purchase copyright material than non-pirates. The study looked at over 1900 people over the age of 15 and found that those who use music download services were more likely to buy music than those that didn't. This comes on the back of an earlier Canadian study from 2006 which suggested that P2P users buy more music than is typically conceded.

Author, activist and co-editor of Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow, has recently posted an article on the nefarious activities of the pro-copyright groups over at Interent Evolution which is well worth a read. In it he discusses the public and private meetings which go on between pro-copyright lobbyists (IFPI, RIAA, etc) at the United Nations level, in relation to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

For those of you wondering as to the outcome of my letter to the MEPs regarding copyright-term extension act, I have received an acknowledgement from one of them. More on that story as it breaks.

EDIT - it seems that the proposed copyright term extension has been passed and now moves forward to the Council of Ministers. The full details can be found over at the ORG site.

Just for fun, why don't you pay a visit to www.thepirategoogle.com to look for music, film and other files. The site isn't affiliated with Google but it has been mocked up to save you the hassle of using Google to find torrent. Remember, part of the The Pirate Bay defence was that they were a search engine like Google, pointing to links for related material. Google can be used for much the same so ... when are media industries going after the biggest fish?

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