The Pirate Bay

  1. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Sale To Swedish Firm

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News that Global Gaming Factory X, a Swedish gaming company, had acquired The Pirate Bay has executives and experts around the world scratching their heads. The broad goal of the company is to create business models that ensures content providers ...

  2. Pirate Bay Snapped Up By Swedish Software Firm

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has reacted with cautious optimism to the news that notorious BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay is being bought by a Swedish software firm, Global Gaming Factory (GGF) AB, which has said a new business model will compensate copyright owne ...

  3. Court Of Appeal Rejects Retrial For Pirate Bay

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sweden's Court of Appeal has ruled the judge in the high-profile Pirate Bay copyright infringement case was not biased and has rejected calls by Pirate Bay founders for a retrial. A lower Swedish District Court in April found the so-called Pi ...

  4. Pirate Bay Founders Sent Summons Via Twitter

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Dutch entertainment industry group has demanded Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay be shut down in the Netherlands and says Pirate Bay founders have been sent their court summons via Twitter and Facebook. Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN said ...

  5. Briefs: BitTorrent, Jammie Thomas, Twitter

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Thia was predictable: 41% of BitTorrent users surveyed by TorrentFreak said they will conceal their identities rather than heed ISP warning letters. Only 7% predicted they would obey the warning and stop sharing. The article runs through the gr ...

  6. Briefs: Bug Music, TicketsNow, IFPI, Musictoob

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Since email marketing is (or should be) an integral part of every artist's career, this Forrester report has a notable estimates and opinions: "Marketing messages to the primary inbox will swell to an average of more than 9,000 annual ...

  7. Briefs: Jammie Thomas Case, Imeem, Pirate Bay

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In the Jammie Thomas file-sharing case, the judge will allow evidence collected by MediaSentry and barred Thomas from using fair use as a defense. Fair use is an affirmative defense, meaning there is acknowledgement of the facts of a plaintiff& ...

  8. Pirate Bay Defendants Suffer Setback

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The four men convicted for operating file-sharing site the Pirate Bay suffered a further setback this week when they failed to get the case thrown out due to alleged bias by the sentencing judge. A Swedish court ruled that judge Tomas Norstrom was ...

  9. Business Briefs: Don Law, Live Nation, YouTube

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Country album sales are down only 3.9% through May 17, compared to the overall decline of 13%. Just as country's numbers benefitted from the Eagles a few years ago, they look good this year because the "Hannah Montana" soundtrack ...

  10. Spanish P2P Trial Begins

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Spanish trial against a P2P software designer has begun in a Madrid mercantile court. Labels body and IFPI affiliate Promusicae and the four majors are demanding €13 million ($18 million) in compensation from Pablo Soto, a 29-year-old self-taugh ...

  11. Report: Majors Pursue Pirate Bay Hosting Co

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following the Swedish court victory against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay in April, the majors are now reportedly taking further legal action against three of the men convicted and the Web company that is said to host the site. According to Sw ...

  12. P2P Study Questions Long Tail Theory

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. authors' and composers' collecting society PRS for Music has published a report showing new research into file-sharing over a 12-month period that casts doubt on the long tail theory. Will Page, chief economist at PRS for Music, tea ...

  13. Report: BitTorrent Site Mininova Tests Filtering

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A BitTorrent tracking site akin to the Pirate Bay - Mininova - reportedly is implementing a copyright filtering system to stave off legal action against it. The site's co-founder, known only as "Niek," told TorrentFreak that the con ...

  14. Digital Briefs: Kadoink, EMI, Twitter, Imeem

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Kadoink , a company that creates mobile widgets used to promote music and artist-fan interaction, has shut down service two weeks after it was taken over by its primary investor, Hercules Technology growth Capital. The company, which raised $7 ...

  15. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, Sony Music, Variable Pricing

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Prosecutors in Italy are mulling charges against the same four Pirate Bay administrators that a Swedish court recently found guilty of copyright infringement. The Italian government briefly required ISPs in the country to block the Pirate Bay l ...

  16. Pirate Bay Lawyer Files For Retrial

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Four men sentenced to jail for breaching copyright in connection with Pirate Bay, one of the world's largest free file-sharing Web sites, should be given a new trial because the judge was biased, according to court documents filed in Sweden. ...

  17. Billboard Q&A: Lawyers Analyze Pirate Bay Case

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A week after the court ruling in Stockholm against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay, the case is still making headlines and generating huge coverage online, which looks set to continue as the four defendants plan to appeal the verdict of a one-ye ...

  18. BT Blocks Pirate Bay, P2P Sites Shut

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telco BT and other mobile providers have blocked access to P2P BitTorrent trackers including the Pirate Bay. However, the move is a result of the content that such sites link to, rather than the issue of copyright infringement or the April 17 ...

  19. Study: 86% Would Pay For Legal P2P

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Different study, similar results. The Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM) has released a study titled "Pirates, File-Sharers and Music Users" ( download PDF here ) that reaffirms the lures of P2P and, for a change, attempts to put a ...

  20. Business Briefs: Downloading Study, Echo, Dora, Bandcamp

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Norwegian study tracked 2,000 online music users over the age of 15 and found that those who downloaded free music, either legally or illegally, purchased ten times more music than people who did not download free music. Not ten times more likel ...

  21. Sweden: Hundreds Protest Pirate Bay Conviction

    April 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Wearing bandanas and waving Jolly Roger flags, hundreds of supporters of file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay demonstrated on Saturday against a Swedish court's conviction of the Internet site's organizers. The Stockholm district court on Fri ...

  22. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Verdict

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Internet is rife with opinions on today's ruling by a Swedish court to send four operators of the Pirate Bay Web site to jail for one year and fine them collectively $3.6 million. Here are some samples. Mike Masnick from TechDirt : " ...

  23. IFPI CEO Hails Pirate Bay Result

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy tells Billboard.biz that the Swedish court ruling against four founders of the Pirate Bay "is a big success" but he stresses that "the battle continues" against services which facilitate illeg ...

  24. Pirate Bay: What About Google?

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Pirate Bay's spokesman Peter Sunde, sentenced to a year in prison for his role in the BitTorrent tracker, was defiant in his response to the Swedish court's verdict and raised the issue of Google providing links to copyrighted materi ...

  25. Pirate Bay Founders Get Jail Sentences

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Swedish court has found four men behind the BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay guilty of assisting in making copyrighted material available and sentenced each of them to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay damages of 30 million kronor ( ...

  26. Why The Pirate Bay Verdict Doesn't Matter

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Against the backdrop of tomorrow's decision in the lawsuit against torrent tracking site the Pirate Bay is the harsh reality that victories against illegal file-sharing may change the shape of P2P, but they will do little to solve the industr ...

  27. Spanish Man Behind P2P Site Jailed

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Spanish court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to six months in jail for operating an illegal file-sharing Web site. The verdict coincides with the April 7 appointment of new Spanish culture minister Ángeles Gónzalez-Sinde, who has voiced her str ...

  28. Business Briefs: Free Music, Google, Pirate Bay, Live Nation

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Free music will continue to exist on the Internet, but as some companies burn through cash it is clear some users are going to have to pay to subsidize those users who prefer the free version. Ad revenue and royalty rates are such that addition ...

  29. Reports: Sweden's Internet Traffic Falls On First Day Of Anti-Piracy Law

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet traffic in Sweden has fallen 30% on the first day a new anti-piracy law took effect in the country, reports BBC News and The Local , an English-language news site in Sweden. From the BBC News article: "By 2pm on Wednesday, internet t ...

  30. Business Briefs: Music Row, Pirate Bay, CD Baby And More

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - One word you will hear a lot in 2009 is "metric." Here's a profile of RockDex, an online service that lets bands track their online buzz and the latest in a growing line of band metrics providers. RockDex provides easy-to-understa ...

  31. Pirate Bay Tests Privacy Service

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Pirate Bay is beta testing virtual private network (VPN) software, which would enable file-sharers to use the Swedish BitTorrent tracker without leaving a data trail. The service will cost around €5 ($6.67) a month. The IPREDator is named afte ...

  32. Pirate Bay Verdict Due Next Month

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Pirate Bay trial has concluded at Stockholm district court, with a judgement expected on April 17. According to English language Swedish publication the Local, today (March 3) the defence counsel representing one of the defendants, Fredrik Nei ...

  33. Telenor Refuses To Block Pirate Bay Access

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Norwegian telecom group Telenor will not block access to the Swedish BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay, despite demands from representatives of the entertainment industry. Telenor said that a demand from international and Norwegian music and film ...

  34. Labels' Legal Counsel Sums Up In Pirate Bay Case

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Peter Danowsky, counsel for the record company plaintiffs in the Pirate Bay case, has made his summing up during the trial at Stockholm district court. The four men on trial are accused of breaking Swedish copyright law by enabling users to downlo ...

  35. IFPI's Kennedy Takes Stand In Pirate Bay Trial

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The biz had its day in court as the Pirate Bay trial reached the halfway stage, with IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy giving evidence at the Stockholm district court hearing. On the eighth day of the trial (Feb. 25), Kennedy, a former president ...

  36. Pirate Bay Spokesman Cross-Examined In Court

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Pirate Bay trial has entered its fifth day at Stockholm district court, with defendant Peter Sunde being cross-examined by the prosecutor Håkan Roswall and the music companies' lawyer Peter Danowsky. The four men on trial are accused of b ...

  37. Pirate Bay Supporters Hack IFPI Site

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The fourth day of the Pirate Bay trial in Stockholm coincided with an attack on international trade body the IFPI's Web operation. The IFPI's Swedish arm is coordinating the music companies' damages claim for €2.2 million compensati ...

  38. Abba Star Hits Out At Pirate Bay

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Proceedings have ended on the third day of the Pirate Bay file-sharing trial, a case that has prompted Abba star Björn Ulvaeus to criticise demands for Internet freedom. The case finished for today (Feb. 18) at lunchtime following the defendant� ...

  39. Pirate Bay Prosecutor Amends Charges

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The second day of the Pirate Bay trial at Stockholm district court began with a surprise move by prosecutor Håkan Roswall to amend the criminal charges. Roswall has removed "complicity in the production of copyrighted material" from the ...

  40. Pirate Bay Trial Begins In Sweden

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Four men involved with file-sharing Web site the Pirate Bay went on trial in Stockholm today (Feb. 16) accused of breaking Swedish copyright law, by enabling users to download copyrighted material including music, films and games. There is huge gl ...

  41. Danish ISPs Await Pirate Bay Appeal Decision

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Danish ISPs are awaiting a decision on a request for appeal at the supreme court regarding a ruling that the ISP Sonofon must block access to the file-sharing site the Pirate Bay. Meanwhile, on Feb. 16, a Swedish criminal court will begin to hear ...

  42. Irish ISP Agrees To Three-Strikes Scheme

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Irish ISP Eircom has made an agreement with the four majors to disconnect users who download music illegally. Eircom declined to instigate the labels' proposal to install software to detect the 'fingerprint' of copyrighted music fil ...

  43. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, Mobile Music, Last.fm, ISPs

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Danish Internet service provider TDC is blocking access to The Pirate Bay, becoming the second to do so after the country’s High Court ordered rival Tele2 to block the same service last year. TDC took the action on its own, as the court-order for ...

  44. Pirate Bay Block Ordered In Denmark

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has welcomed a Danish court ruling involving the Pirate Bay Web site, ordering it to be blocked in Denmark. The Sweden-based Pirate Bay is a file-sharing site that currently has 3.1 million registered users. A Nov. 26 judgment delivered b ...

  45. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, P2P Worth, JupiterResearch

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The Pirate Bay is going for a Guinness Book Of World Records entry as the world's largest BitTorrent tracker. [ Idolator ] - JupiterResearch predicts swell in European consumers paying for digital music. [ JupiterResearch via Coolfer ] - St ...

  46. Italy's Largest BitTorrent Site Shuttered

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian authorities have closed down Colombo-BT.org, the country's largest BitTorrent tracker site, the IFPI reported today. The closure follows an extensive investigation by the Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police), which worked in tandem with ...

  47. Sweden to Get Tough on File-Sharers

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Swedish courts will soon be able to force the country's Internet providers to hand out information on suspected file-sharers in a move to crackdown on online piracy, the culture and justice ministers said Friday. File-sharing can be traced by ...

  48. Last.fm Promotes Web Widgets

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Last.fm has begun promoting the various Web sites and other online services that use its free music streaming feature via a section of the site called Build.last.fm . The section organizes and showcases the various Last.fm widgets and applications ...

  49. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, DoubleTwist, ARTISTdirect

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST -Several tech sites are questioning whether Yahoo is filtering out search results for bitTorrent site Pirate Bay in cooperation with the major record labels. A search for Pirate Bay on Yahoo brings up links to a Wikipedia page and stories about th ...

  50. Legal Storm Brews For Pirate Bay Four

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST The team behind file-sharing engine the Pirate Bay have been charged by a public prosecutor in Sweden. The four men -- Carl Lundstrom, Peter Sunde, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg -- face up to two years in prison if convicted on charges ...

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