RIAA Takedowns Backfire as Pirated MP3s Now Surface on GitHub

Found on Torrentfreak on Saturday, 07 November 2020
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Two weeks ago the RIAA asked GitHub to remove the open-source stream-ripper software youtube-dl. This request wasn't well-received by developers, many of whom retaliated by posting copies of the code.

We have seen similar requests in the past but this one struck a nerve, especially among developers. They believe that the RIAA went too far. As we highlighted earlier, hundreds of new copies of the youtube-dl code appeared online in response, also on GitHub.

This is yet another example that shows how the RIAA’s takedown request has actually made things worse for the music group, at least for now.

This was so obvious right from the start. Anybody could have told you this will happen.

'If you steal music, you aren't a real music fan'

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 29 September 2020
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File-sharing sites like The Pirate Bay were widely used to illegally download music, but they have waned in popularity thanks to successful efforts to shut them down.

However, they have been replaced by websites and apps that allow users to download music taken from licensed streaming sites including YouTube and Spotify.

"Literally every single penny can make a massive difference in their ability to survive to the next great song."

The business model itself is broken. You could simply remove the entire music industry from the equation and leave it to musicians and fans to connect to each other.

Piracy Sees 'Unprecedented' Pandemic Bounce, But So Does All Media Consumption

Found on Techdirt on Wednesday, 29 April 2020
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Streaming platform Mux this week issued a study stating that during one three-week period measured by the company, streaming video usage overall jumped 239%.

None of this should be particularly surprising given that pirates are some of the heaviest consumers and buyers of movies, films, and television content.

Just because an entertainment industry executive doesn't think its fair that they have to compete with privacy has never mattered -- and still doesn't.

Anybody would have expected that. People have a lot more time on their hands, and without the chances to go out, they rely on entertainment.

RIAA, Stream-Ripping Sites Engaged In Dumb Game Of Whac-A-Mole With Search Engines

Found on Techdirt on Thursday, 06 February 2020
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The focus has largely been on YouTube, where some sites have declined to play games and accepted defeat. But the RIAA is also targeting these sites to have them delisted from search engines.

Whatever you may think of the RIAA's claim that stream-ripping sites ought to be taken down, a claim that I very much disagree with, we should all certainly be able to agree that this current strategy is completely pointless.

RIAA and other similar organisations have long ago realized that they are useless these days and now they are just fighting to survive; but they will fail.

Millions Upon Millions Of 'Takedown' Notices To Google... For Links That Aren't Even In Google

Found on Techdirt on Friday, 28 December 2018
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For years, the RIAA and MPAA have pointed to the millions upon millions of takedown notices sent to Google as "evidence" that the DMCA notice-and-takedown process doesn't work.

Google removed none of the links requested. Obviously, it can't remove the non-indexed ones, but it appears that even when they were in Google's index, they were deemed non-infringing or, in some cases, duplicates to URLs that had already been received in earlier takedowns.

Of all of the latest requests from the RIAA, I noticed that, once again, it shows no removals by Google. Why? Because the RIAA is submitting duplicates of URLs already removed.

Wait, the entertainment industry is lying and making up numbers? Gosh, who would have thought of that?

The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy

Found on Motherboard on Wednesday, 03 October 2018
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The culprit: an increase in exclusivity deals that force subscribers to hunt and peck among a myriad of streaming services to actually find the content they’re looking for.+

“More sources than ever are producing "exclusive" content available on a single streaming or broadcast service—think Game of Thrones for HBO, House of Cards for Netflix, The Handmaid's Tale for Hulu, or Jack Ryan for Amazon,” Sandvine’s Cam Cullen said in a blog post.

Studies have shown that nearly every major broadcaster will have launched their own streaming service by 2022. And these companies are increasingly choosing to keep their own content as in-house exclusives in order to drive subscriptions.

It's pretty simple: making it more complex to get the shows people want to see will drive them to the simple solutions where they get everything via one source; and as always, piracy not only makes it so easy, but also delivers the product in formats which are accessible everywhere, without DRM or country restrictions. Consumers just pick the more convenient product.

This admin helped music pirates pilfer 1 billion copyrighted tracks

Found on Ars Technica on Monday, 11 September 2017
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The admin for a prolific file-sharing site that helped pirates score more than 1 billion tracks now faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to a single count of criminal copyright infringement.

"Through ShareBeast and other related sites, this defendant profited by illegally distributing copyrighted music and albums on a massive scale," Atlanta US Attorney John Horn said. "The collective work of the FBI and our international law enforcement partners have shut down the ShareBeast websites and prevented further economic losses by scores of musicians and artists."

Funny that more and more artists begin to realize that sharing their work is a new way to attract fans so they can profit from other methods to generate income, like advertising or concerts. The bis industries keep on telling workers to be flexible, but still cling to their old business models.

Latest version of Denuvo’s DRM cracked yet again

Found on Ars Technica on Friday, 14 April 2017
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The 2Dark crack proves that the newly revamped version of the DRM is just as breakable as the old version (which was itself considered unbreakable for quite a while). That also means Mass Effect: Andromeda, which had Denuvo v4 patched in alongside other improvements after launch, may soon see a cracked version that includes the game's post-launch updates.

In the end, DRM will always fall at some point.

‘Pirate’ Movie Streaming Sites Declared Legal By Italian Court

Found on Torrentfreak on Monday, 27 March 2017
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The Court found that merely providing links does not qualify as distributing files protected by copyright, even though the sites generated revenue via advertising.

“In fact, the Judge ruled that file sharing, i.e the sharing of files protected by copyright, is a saving of expense and not a for-profit business. Therefore, in these cases you cannot apply the penal provisions of copyright law and the resulting administrative sanctions,” Sarzana notes.

Looks like some courts have a better understanding of laws than others who blindly follow the demands of the entertainment industry.

Cloudflare Puts Pirate Sites on New IP Addresses, Avoids Cogent Blockade

Found on Torrentfreak on Friday, 17 February 2017
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Last week the news broke that Cogent, which operates one of the largest Internet backbone networks, blackholed IP-addresses that were linked to several notorious sites including The Pirate Bay.

It seems likely that the change of IP-addresses is an intentional response from Cloudflare to bypass the blocking. The company has a reputation of fighting overreach and keeping its subscribers online so that it would be fitting.

Cogent only has one job: to keep the data flowing. There is no room for dubious vigilante justice by plaing Internet police.