The R4 Revolution Device Declared ‘Piracy Tool’ and Prohibited in Japan

Back in August 2008 we reported that Nintendo along with 54 other companies sued the makers and distributors of the R4 Revolution – a tool desined to playback ROMS on the Nintendo DS. The lawsuit is now over and Nintendo happy.

the-r4-revolution-device-declared-piracy-tool-and-prohibited-in-japanThe R4 which quickly gain popularity is basically a flash cart and MicroSD adapter that lets users install the custom Moonshell software on their DS and next load ROMS onto the MicroSD card to simply play them back on the handheld. The R4 evades all Nintendo firmwares when loading the Moonshell making possible for the users to playback not only games but also films and music and (surprinsingly) classic system emulators.

The controversil tool supports lots of devices but the giant game company claims it’s mostly useful for those who play pirated games.

Two days ago the Tokyo District Court ruled the interdiction of sales of the R4 in Japan.

Inspired by this victory the same 55 companies announced that they will now go much in the same manner after other such “tools” like the M3.

Gamers Beware!

The Pirate Bay Trial: Part 2, Episode VIII

Where Kristoffer Schollin from Gothenburg University and media professor Roger Wallis debunk industry’s claim that illegal file sharing has deprived it of huge chunks of revenue

the-pirate-bay-trial-part-2-episode-viiiThe prosecution was first given reasons to become concerned by Kristoffer Schollin’s (a lecturer in IT law) declaration on the telephone from Gothenburg University. He detailed that .torrent files represent a more advanced kind of Internet link (such as an http hyperlink) and that the BitTorrent tracker under investigation is an “open database” of .torrent files. He concluded that BitTorrent technology cannot be dubbed as something bad since a number of big companies have employed in their business (Blizzard among others).

Then the trial against the founding-quartet of The Pirate Bay reached new levels of tension due to the statement of Roger Wallis, a composer and emeritus professor of media at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

He stated (much to the court’s surprise) that not only illegal downloads can’t be blamed for the major decline in record sales, but as revealed by several studies many file sharers pay for more cultural products than the average person.

“There are so many other factors which can affect album sales and the research shows that many downloaders actually consume more culture than others,” he said.

“There’s nothing to indicate that people who download music would run out and buy records if file sharing disappeared, that’s ridiculous,” Wallis added.

As his testimony wasn’t going in their favour, prosecutors attempted to discredit Wallis’s integrity which they failed to do eventually.

To Be Continued…

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More coverage about yesterday’s day in court here

Use Gazup to Upload to Multiple File Sharing Hosts

use-gazup-to-upload-to-multiple-file-sharing-hostsGazup is a good service if you’re interested in uploading a file to multiple sharing websites. It has the ability to mirror your file across a number of the popular free file hosting services.

Gazup allows you to upload the file from your machine or simply provide it with up to 5 URL or FTP addresses to have its go. The upload dialog box automatically updates to let you know the limit size of your file, depending on the file hosts you have chosen to use.

The free hosting sites which the service supports are the following: RapidShare, MegaUpload, FileFactory, HideMyAss, Badongo, Mediafire, Uploadbox, zShare, and NetLoad.in. The uploaded files reach a maximum size for the above hosts between 100 and 400MB.

You can upload files for free without having to register. However, signing up for an account allows you to manage the file you uploaded.

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The Pirate Bay Trial: Part2, Episode VII

Where IFPI’s CEO John Kennedy talks about how big of a threat The Pirate Bay is to the record industry and also says he does not really know what torrents are and how the site or even a p2p client functions

the-pirate-bay-trial-part2-episode-viiThe Pirate Bay trial resumed yesterday with John Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) giving testimony in the case.

Kennedy claimed that the Swedish BitTorrent tracker is responsible for massive losses in revenue suffered by the entertainment industry and huge damages to marketing plans of record labels.

He was quoted by Zeropiad as saying: “It deters people from buying music online, as well as new ventures and retailers wanting to enter the digital music market. There are also the wasted costs of marketing and of developing new artists, and a range of other costs, such as engineering and production.”

When asked to speak about studies which showed that p2p is actually beneficial for sales and helps promoting artists, Kennedy called the view old-fashioned thinking saying that things have changed a great deal since 2003-2004.

He was further inquired about the similarities the notorious file sharing website and Google search engine share, and pointed out you cannot compare the two: “We talk to Google all the time about preventing piracy. If you go to Google and type in Coldplay you get 40 million results – press stories, legal Coldplay music, review, appraisals of concerts/records. If you go to Pirate Bay you will get less than 1000 results, all of which give you access to illegal music or videos. Unfortunately The Pirate Bay does what it says in its description and its main aim is to make available unauthorized material. It filters fake material, it authorizes, it induces.”

Kennedy pointed to the great threat The Pirate Bay is increasingly turning into: “They are proud of this with their statistics – there are 22 million users, 1 million visitors each day, 1.6 million .torrent files and they say they are responsible for 55% of BitTorrent traffic. They pride themselves on the quality of what they deliver.”

When it came to referring to the compensation the record labels demand from The Pirate Bay founders (a total of €2.1 million relating to a sample of 23 titles) Kennedy called them “justified and maybe even conservative because the damage is immense.” The thing is that in spite of his statement there’s still no clear way of telling how that figure was come to and how anyone can deduce the exact losses caused by the site to the industry’s pocket.

Although Kennedy noted that the transition from physical to digital music had a significant impact on the business there was neither an exact figure of the loss this change translated into nor any touch in his speech of the music industry’s failure to cope with the transition in question. (photo credit: http://drlol.ru)

To Be Continued…

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Sweden Approves Anti-File Sharing Law After All

sweden-approves-anti-file-sharing-law-after-allAll eyes on Sweden these days, as the country which produced probably the most popular file sharing website in the world, now has produced the most important file sharing lawsuit so far. While the founders of the Pirate Bay seem on their way to flutter their flag victoriously over the industry’s head, their native country prepares to declare war on Internet piracy.

The Swedish parliament has said YES to a new law that allows the film and music industry more legal resources to track down pirates.

The opposition Social Democrats gave their votes to the center-right government, while the members of the opposition (the Left Party and the Green Party) voted against.

The latter say the measure represents an increasing danger that threatens democracy and personal integrity since it through it industry’s giants and copyright owners will have access to too much power to pursue their investigations and compensation demands from people suspected of copyright infringement.

Green Party’s Lage Rahm was quoted by the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper with, in my opinion, a pertinent question:

“To stop file sharing a police state is required where all internet traffic is under surveillance. Is it worth it?” Then he added, “We think copyright is important, but the problem is that it’s not right to criminalize people for what they do for private use.”

The legislation, which the government claims to derive from an EU directive, has caused a lot of controversy. Lund University came forward with a new research which shows that more drastic penalties for illegal sharing of unauthorized content will not actually end the phenomenon itself.

On the other hand, Liberal Party MP Karin Pilsäter, who chairs parliament’s commerce committee, in a statement to Swedish Radio News said that law should not be ignored on the reason that people don’t agree with it and will break it.

The new law will be enforced starting April 1st (the irony, right?)