The Pirate Bay

  1. Analysis: The Real Story On Track and Albums Sales

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Any way you look at it, the album format is not dead. Relative to individual track sales, album sales are still dominant, important and necessary to record labels and publishers. Which is why these graphs on the decline of the album format at tech ...

  2. Business Matters: Guy Hands, EMI, Apple, Music Lockers and More

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Guy Hands has reportedly chosen to raise £105 million ($160 million) – far lower than the £360 million ($548 million) Terra Firma recently set as a target – and has little time to do it. Terra Firma’s largest investors have given a verbal commi ...

  3. Panel Highlight: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Vs. Industry

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A rare appearance yesterday by The Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi highlighted the “Tomorrow Never Knows” panel debate in London . With Geoff Taylor, CEO of BPI, also on the panel, it was sure to be a point-counterpoint discussion. Music Ally ...

  4. Business Matters: TuneCore, MySpace Music, Merch Tips, Bono and More

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- TuneCore has a marketing partnership with MySpace Music that will get MySpace Music-registered artists – which is just about everybody – a 50% discount on TuneCore distribution. That drops the fee for an album sold in 19 stores to $23.49. In ad ...

  5. @Billboard Latin Conf.: Universal CEO Lopez Talks Anti-Piracy, Digital and More

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT All parts of the Latin music industry must unite and lobby for their common interests in order to survive piracy and the digital transition, the chairman/CEO of Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Peninsula Jesus Lopez said Wednesday. Lopez' ...

  6. Pirate Bay Acquisition Back On

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The acquisition of the Pirate Bay Web site appears to be back on. Sweden's Global Gaming Factory set out to acquire the domain name and trademarks of the Pirate Bay, with the intention of creating a legal service with a new business model. Bu ...

  7. Italian Pirate Bay Proxy site Closed Down

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Italian music industry's battle with the controversial Swedish BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay continues. Officers from the Guardia di Finanza, Italy's fiscal police force, operating in the northern Italian town of Bergamo, have se ...

  8. @SXSW: Pirate Bay Founder On Piracy, Record Labels and More

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Joining a SXSW panel via webconference from Sweden, Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde downplayed the damages of piracy and called for people to consider drastically different business models and smaller music companies. “The rock star dream is gon ...

  9. @SXSW: 2010 Full Coverage

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST March musical madness is here again as the annual South By Southwest music, film and interactive festival in Austin kicked off March 12 and runs until March 21. Below, our full coverage including an exhaustive guide to the best and brightest at SX ...

  10. Pirate Bay Appeal In September

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The appeal by four defendants convicted April 2009 for their involvement with the BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay has been scheduled for Sept. 28. The appeal in Stockholm has been allocated nine days of court time. One defendant, Peter Sunde, ha ...

  11. Business Matters: Spotify, MOG, Shazam, BTjunkie and More

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said the average Spotify user ha ...

  12. IFPI Warning On Spain, France, Brazil

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has warned that music markets in Spain, France and Brazil are "suffering acutely" from piracy, as it issued its annual Digital Music Report for 2010. The music industry's global trade body had more positive news on digital ...

  13. Business Matters: IFPI Sweden, Guvera, Virgin Media, Pemberton Festival

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Recorded music sales in Sweden posted a big turnaround in 2009. According to IFPI Sweden , music sales were up 10.2% -- the first increase since 2000. Digital sales rose 99%, but accounted for only 16% of total sales. Perhaps not coincidentally ...

  14. U.K. Court Clears P2P Site Owner Of Fraud

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a blow to the U.K. music industry's efforts to tackle piracy, a jury at Teeside Crown Court has cleared a 26-year-old software engineer who ran the BitTorrent tracker Oink of conspiracy to defraud. Alan Ellis from Middlesbrough was accused ...

  15. Majors Target Pirate Bay Duo

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The four major record companies have reiterated their call for two men connected with the Pirate Bay to be fined 500,000 kronor ($71,000) each. In a petition filed at Stockholm District Court by EMI, UMG, WMG and Sony Music Entertainment, the majo ...

  16. Italy's FIMI Welcomes Pirate Bay Ruling

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST FIMI, Italy's major label representative body, has welcomed the ruling made by the country's Cassation appeals court against the Pirate Bay. As previously reported, this ruling was made in late September but, in accordance with Italian j ...

  17. BitTorrent Site Mininova Cuts Service

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leading Netherlands-based BitTorrent site Mininova has disabled its copyright-infringing service with immediate effect, following a judgment by a Dutch court. According to the figures released by IFPI, Mininova has facilitated more than 10 billion ...

  18. Business Matters: Last.fm, Xbox, SXSW

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- In light of yesterday's news that music sales have been in the increase in Sweden, it's worth looking at the country's Internet ...

  19. Swedish Music Sales Surge After Pirate Bay Case

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Recorded music trade revenues in Sweden have increased by 18% in the first nine months of 2009, following the majors' high-profile court victory over the Pirate Bay and the introduction of a new copyright law. There was also an 80% increase i ...

  20. Pirate Bay Drops Tracker, 'Decentralizes'

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Pirate Bay service has been significantly altered with the operators of the BitTorrent tracker explaining that there is no longer any need for such a tracking service. However, the Pirate Bay will continue to host and index torrent files altho ...

  21. Business Matters: Doug Morris, Rhapsody, EMI, The Beatles

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to BusinessWeek.com, Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group, is "quietly making plans to bring in a successor" - Lucian ...

  22. This Week's 10 Most Popular Stories On Billboard.biz

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The following is a round-up of the 10 most popular stories on Billboard.biz during the past week. 1. Analysis: What Impact Will Google Music Search Have? How successful will this the newly launched Google search be? It depends on (1) how difficult ...

  23. Study: Pirate Bay Closure Slowed Piracy Temporarily

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT According to a white paper by DtecNet, a provider of piracy detection services, the closure of the Pirate Bay disrupted global file-sharing but volumes are recovering to previous levels. In "With Pirate Bay Foundering, Where Have File Sharers ...

  24. Business Matters: Sky Songs, The Pirate Bay, DJ Hero

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The European Parliament dropped from a Telecom bill an amendment that would have protected citizen’s right to Internet access. In doing away wi ...

  25. Swedes Deny Owning Pirate Bay In Dutch Court

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers for three Swedish men denied in a Dutch civil court that the men are the owners of the Pirate Bay Web site. The site, one of the largest on the Web, provides an index to BitTorrent files, which are commonly used for trading movies, music a ...

  26. Business Matters: P2P, Spotify, The Pirate Bay, Creed

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A story on Tuesday had some incorrect numbers on 2009-versus-2007 decline in album sales. The correct two-year decline in album sales are: 23.9 ...

  27. Italian Appeals Court Rules against Pirate Bay

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Italy's Court of Cassation has ruled against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay in a decision that has been greeted by the country's recording industry. Italian access to the Swedish file-sharing site had originally been blocked in August ...

  28. Business Matters: EMI, The Pirate Bay, UMG

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to a report at Financial News, EMI 's performance has improved to the point it will not require a capital infusion from lenders ...

  29. Business Matters: UMG, Richard Branson, YouTube, Van Halen

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A funny thing happened on the way to the future of the record industry: disagreement. Universal Music Group ’s planned ISP-based music service ...

  30. Business Matters: Vevo, SanDisk, Eircom, Apple

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Vevo , the video streaming joint venture between Universal Music Group and YouTube , is raising capital at a $300 million valuation, according ...

  31. Business Matters: Copyright Debate, Nielsen, WMG

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- News of it has gone almost unnoticed in the U.S., so you may not know the Canadian government is consulting on copyright in advance of new copy ...

  32. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Apple, SESAC, Google

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global Gaming Factory stockholders approved the purchase of The Pirate Bay . The shareholders will self-finance the acquisition, it has been re ...

  33. Business Matters: Global Gaming Factory, Live Nation, Spotify

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global Gaming Factory , the Swedish company that planned to buy The Pirate Bay and transform it into a legitimate company with a bold business ...

  34. Pirate Bay Shut Down Briefly, Takeover Doubt

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Infamous Swedish file-sharing service The Pirate Bay returned to operation Tuesday after being briefly shut down by a Swedish court yesterday. The court ordered its broadband supplier, Black Internet, to cut bandwidth support for The Pirate Bay un ...

  35. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Borders, Fillmore Silver Springs, Social Network Maintenance

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Global Gaming Factory story gets weirder by the minute. In an interview with the Globe and Mail, GGF CEO Hans Pandeya laid out a possible P ...

  36. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Audible Magic, Miley Cyrus, Marty Bandier

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The largest ISP in Sweden has been told by a Swedish district court to block access to the Pirate Bay , according to numerous reports on Monday ...

  37. Business Matters: GGF, Google, Rascal Flatts, Marc Geiger

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Add the experiences of Peerialism to the list of reasons to be skeptical about Global Gaming Factory's planned re-launch of the Pirate Bay as a legitimate service. Peerialism has technology that improved data transfer over P2P networks. No ...

  38. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Hot Topic, iTunes Pricing

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- UPC Ireland , parent company of the NTL and Chorus Internet service providers, has refused to comply with requests from the four major music gr ...

  39. GGF To Host Pirate Bay Press Conference

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swedish software company Global Gaming Factory (GGF) is to host a press conference on Aug. 27, regarding their proposed takeover of the controversial file-sharing site the Pirate Bay. Widely expected to confirm GGF's acquisition of the BitTor ...

  40. Briefs: BT, Melodis, The Pirate Bay, Schuba's

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- BT , Britain's largest ISP, plans to launch a music subscription service and is reported to be in early talks with the four major music groups. BT's entry would be the third such service. Sky has planned a service, which may be out la ...

  41. Swiss Pirate Bay-Style Site Shut Down

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swiss anti-piracy association SAFE has shut down local file-sharing site Shimux Streaming, according to IVD, a lobby group for video retailers in German-speaking Europe. Similar to Sweden's the Pirate Bay, Shimux did not host copyright-protec ...

  42. Sunde Steps Down As Pirate Bay Spokesman

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peter Sunde, one of three co-founders of Swedish file-sharing site Pirate Bay, is stepping down as its spokesman with immediate effect. Describing his resignation as the public face of the troubled site as "the end of a small era for me" ...

  43. Global Gaming Rejects Pirate Bay Bid

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swedish software company Global Gaming Factory X said it has rejected an informal $10 million bid for notorious file-sharing site the Pirate Bay from John Fanning, the former CEO of Napster and uncle of its founder, Shawn Fanning. The company said ...

  44. Pirate Bay Owners To Appeal Dutch Ruling

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The owners of controversial Swedish file-sharing site the Pirate Bay have announced that they will appeal a July 30 injunction that prohibits the site from operating in the Netherlands. The ruling by the district court of Amsterdam ordered the Pir ...

  45. Pirate Bay Deal Could Be Dead In The Water

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Plans to turn Sweden's infamous file-sharing site the Pirate Bay into a legal service could be dead in the water. A new studio-backed suit against the site and questions about the feasibility of takeover plans by would-be white knight Global ...

  46. Digital Briefs: Mams Taylor, Verizon Wireless

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- UK artist Mams Taylor is promoting his new album tHe R-eVoLuTiOn oF rUnK" by making it available as a free download exclusively on P2P service Mininova . The BitTorrent tracking service has emerged as one of the leading replacements to the ...

  47. Would-be Buyer Of Pirate Bay Backpedals In Court

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The would-be buyer of Web site the Pirate Bay backpedaled in a Dutch court, saying that it is uncertain whether the purchase will ever be completed. Lawyer Ricardo Dijkstra said Sweden's Global Gaming Factory X would only buy the Pirate Bay i ...

  48. Pirate Bay Hires Ex-Grokster Prez Wayne Rosso

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Former Grokster president Wayne Rosso says he has been hired to help relaunch the Pirate Bay, which the Swedish software firm Global Gaming Factory is in the process of acquiring. Last month Global Gaming Factory (GGF) said a new business model fo ...

  49. The Pirate Bay: The Next Chapter

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While Swedish gaming company Global Gaming Factory X bought The Pirate Bay with intentions of turning it into a legitimate enterprise, don't expect the notorious file sharing service to simply go away. What Global Gaming Factory X bought was ...

  50. Data Transport Key To Pirate Bay’s Business Model

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Global Gaming Factory X (GGF), which purchased The Pirate Bay for $7.7 million, says it plans to turn the site into a legitimate, profitable source of downloadable media through data transport. The company, wrote BusinessWeek’s Mark Scott , wants ...

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