Archive for July 2007

Closure of BT tracker in Portugal

July 30, 2007

There is lots of confused chatter online about the Police raids on

Blogger Mind Booster Noori tries to sift through some of it.


Bill Gates says software piracy has worked for Microsoft

July 19, 2007

Every now and then one of these stories pops up. Yep, Microsoft used piracy to their advantage to try and get their products embedded in the Chinese user community, but they are still committed to fighting piracy. Many people have thought Linux would destroy Microsoft’s attempts to expand in China but clealry not (check this out seven years ago in Salon).

European ISP updates

July 13, 2007

The ruling against Tiscali in Belgium provoked comment in the Guardian where one of Jupiter’s analysts Ian Fogg was named as believing that ISPs have a bigger problem with video-sharing because of the bandwidth involved, which is interesting since all of the public action against ISPs seems to be coming from the music industry.

Also in response to the Belgian case, the UK Internet Service Providers Association spoke out against the ruling, saying that “ISPs shouldn’t be set up to play judge and jury”. Despite the quote from telecoms lawyer Danny Preiskel that “we are a way away from reaching a similar decision in the U.K. in imposing such liability” there is clearly appetite within the policital parties for ISPs taking some responsibility, as mentioned by David Cameron at his BPI speech.  I would expect to see some ISPs in the UK voluntarily disconnecting copyright infringers (at least repeat infringers) by the end of the year, thereby avoiding litigious pressure from media owners.

Meanwhile, also on the subject of European ISPs, Slyck reports that BREIN successfully petitioned a Belgian Court to force Leaseweb, a Dutch ISP, to hand over the details of the owner of Bit Torrent index Demonoid,

Leaseweb signed a cease-and-desist undertaking which stipulates that it
will keep Demonoid offline under penalty of 50.000 Euro per day. In
addition Leaseweb supllied the name, adress and bankdetails of their client
to BREIN. 

Demonoid disappeared from Netherlands and popped up again hosted in Canada.

So, as we wrote back in February, ISPs, as gateways to the internet, are fast becoming a target for content owners looking to curb digital piracy. We’ll be focusing more on this area as we drop some of the endless news of the ‘Warners Sues Imeem’ / ‘ Warners Drops Suit Aginst Imeem’ kind.

Who posts things first

July 10, 2007

Wired talks about how Prince is giving away his new album with a Sunday newspaper in the UK: 

As with blogging and so many other things digital, music distribution could become a competition to see who posts things first. In a sense, music distribution would no longer be about space — it would be about time.

More bands and labels are likely to explore the idea of squeezing extra value out of their music by selling off the right to be first, as traditional sources of revenue continue to dry up.

In the world of piracy many of the early seeds of content are motivated by the kudos of who posts things first and, as with many things piracy, the writer is predicting this trend to move into the legitimate distribution world.

David Cameron speech at BPI AGM

July 6, 2007

Link to pdf of the full speech here.

Key points according to BPI:

  • extension of the term of copyright from 50 years to 70 years for sound recordings as “good for musicians and consumers too”.
  •  illegal downloads were “clear and visible internet traffic” and “could be blocked by ISPs”.

  •  Cameron emphasised that “copyright theft has to be treated like other theft” and pledged that the Conservatives would enforce laws more strongly so that perpetrators are brought to book. He added that the Conservatives would work with industry to “get the message out that piracy and illegal filesharing is wrong

Belgian court upholds ruling against ISP

July 6, 2007

A potentially significant ruling by a Belgian court that upholds a ruling from 2004 saying that an ISP has responsibility to employ technical measures to try to reduce piracy on it’s networks. The IFPI immediately backed up the ruling as bearing out what they have been saying about ISP’s needing to take responsibility.

Pirate of the Week #2

July 4, 2007

The Pirate Bug – factsheet and ordering instructions here.