File Sharing Discord: Film Distributors vs. Film Producers

On one hand distributors of Danish film ‘Pusher 3’join the case against popular file sharing site, on the other hand, its producer chooses the pirates camp

file-sharing-discord-film-distributors-vs-film-producersA rather awkward situation was reported by the Copenhagen Post today – while distributors of Danish film ‘Pusher 3’ support the lawsuit against The Pirate Bay, the film’s producer stands as supporter of the file sharing website.

The Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau received green light from Danish company Nordisk Film, which was the distributor of the Nicolas Winding Refn film in Scandinavian countries, to use the film as evidence in its case against The Pirate Bay.

The four men whom industry really made famous – co-founders Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström risk two years in jail each, following charges of complicity to the crime of assisting copyright infringement. Somehow I doubt this will even make the four blink since not only they’re currently engaged in the biggest file sharing legal battle ever with virtually the giants in film industry but it looks like they will win the case after all. P2POn has been constantly reporting the progress in the trial.
At the opposite pole stands Henrik Danstrup, the producer of Pusher 3 who thinks that the ones needing reconsideration of their ways are people in film industry and not file sharers:

‘My sympathies lie with the pirates. The film industry must find a new concept for earning money instead of living in the past,’ pointed out Danstrup to public broadcaster DR.

Several ISPs in Denmark have already blocked access to the Pirate Bay based on Danish court cases.

Norway’s Education Minister: File Sharing Should Be Legal

norwaye28099s-education-minister-file-sharing-should-be-legalWhile right across the yard the trial of the Swedish Pirate Bay further captures attention, Norway is struggling these days with some file sharing issues of its own. Allegedly, the IFPI has tried to force one of the country’s main ISPs to block all access to aforementioned BitTorent tracker site (or be sued). Now lay back and enjoy this one: the Norwegian Minister of Education, Bard Vegar Solhjell, believes that non-commercial file sharing should be made legal, and the one in great need of adapting itself is the music industry:

“All previous technology advances have led to fears that the older format would die. But TV did not kill radio, the Web did not kill the book, and the download is not going to kill music. “How ‘bout that, you honorable French, Italian and Irish Ministers?

Solhjell further added that together with his party he’s currently engaged in finding the best way to make non-commercial file sharing pointing out that this can actually translate as a real advantage not only for consumers but for artists as well. That’s just one Minister to my liking!

The Pirate Bay Trial: Part 2, Episode VI

As we reported in a previous post, last week ended quite favourable for the Pirate Bay in the most mediatized p2p trial ever. As the 6th day of the trial was actually a day off today’s post will deal with day 7 in court.

Thanks to a great coverage of the trial by TorrentFreak we learn that again the prosecution changed the charges against the defendants (scheduled witnesses for day seven were Magnus Mårtensson, a lawyer for the IFPI, Anders Nilsson of Antipiratbyrån and John Stéenmark). They let go of the claim that it takes all The Pirate Bay’s components to trade files. The Prosecutor came with new charges: that the site enables its users to upload torrents hosting those torrents afterwards on their server. No instant objection to the changes was made. While IFPI lawyer Peter Danowsky put forward further new evidence, the defense wants to examine it first before making any comment.

We can say that the defense got the witnesses where they wanted – first Mårtensson’s so called evidence was shuttered – it only contained screenshots, as quickly was revealed. Also, when Mårtensson’s technological skill was invoked he found himself in difficulty answering some questions – “when asked if he had any network equipment logging exactly what was going on ‘behind the scenes’ of any of his sample downloads, he replied that he didn’t. When asked if he verified in any way during the download process that he had any contact with The Pirate Bay’s tracker, again the answer was negative.”

Policeman Magnus Nilsson of the Anti-Piracy Office was questioned next. After describing how he managed to download several .torrent files from The Pirate Bay in another attempt of gathering evidence, he was forced to admit – “I have no documentation as to the claim that most material is copyrighted. It is just an opinion.”

Moreover, when defense lawyer Carl Lundtröm’s asked Nilsson if he downloaded the software with which he actually obtained the files from the Pirate Bay, he again had to say no rising doubts about the site’s involvement in the actual transfer of copyrighted content:
Lundtröm : “So the actual downloading [of the pirated works/files] happens outside of TPB?” Nilsson: “Yes.”

Overall this day worked pretty much in favour of the Pirate Bay. We’ll further report about the ongoing trial – tomorrow Tobias Andersson of Piratbyrån and John Kennedy of IFPI are scheduled for hearings.

Check also – Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V 

New Clean and Useful Torrent Toolbar for Private Trackers

If you know your way around private trackers and torrents or simply you like to download stuff from time to time you’ve probably come across those Torrent Toolbars by now. Just as well you probably know them for being loaded with extra-crap. Today’s “star”, however, is a toolbar that supports private trackers, without bundling in all the junk most of its relatives do. It’s comforting to see that the list contains trackers the developer actually took the time to select.

Universal Toolbar is a toolbar that really simplifies searching for torrents from your favourite trackers. A definitely plus is the lack of additional items – you’ve got just the search box and a dropdown menu to have your choice from your trackers. The tracker you select is automatically opened up by search. Also, in case you’re already logged in, you get search results displayed right away.

Although, for the time being, Universal Toolbar only supports Internet Explorer you can very well add an “experimental” version to Firefox (click the link below if you to add it).

If you want to download and install it you have to login to (due to it being listed as experimental).

The toolbar currently includes 24 public torrent sites, and 83 private trackers.

Security Issue: Universal Toolbar only links users to the search page and searches for them. User login information will not and cannot be logged.


Another P2P Triumph: Streaming Site Wins Legal Battle

We picked up from a forum post that the Dutch P2P streaming site came out victorious in a trial against pay TV provider C More Entertainment AB. The site enjoys great popularity among sports enthusiasts offering online games of soccer, baseball or football.

While there’s no actual streaming of the competitions on the site, it does offer links to shows streamed via Chinese P2P streaming clients such as Sopcast or PPStream. Guidelines regarding the usage of these clients are also provided.

Although was forced to remove links to games of the English Premier League along with other competitions late last month following charges made by C More Entertainment, sports fans are happy to learn that the links have been restored. The site reads:

We finally got our judgment in the legal proceedings. Finally we can give you more information. The main important message is that we won the case.

On Thursday the 5th of February we had a court case in the Court of Roermond (Netherlands) against C More Entertainment AB regarding the seven competitions earlier mentioned. C More is, as some of you might know, a Swedish company which, among others, exploits the Canal+ brand in the Scandinavian countries.

And we won the case against C More! The Dutch court ruled that C More mistakenly initiated injunction proceedings because the case was to complicated, both factually as well as legally. C More was ordered to repay us all our legal costs. We know it has been a long wait so we would like to thank you for all the support in the past weeks. It was worth it.

Make sure you start enjoying all the action again. Feel free to show your support or to congratulate us.

The Myp2p Team