Filed under: Announcements & Events, Digital Media, Mobile Phones, P2P technology, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Legal P2P News & Issues
P2P can be good for musicians, wants to prove Canadian Pirate Party
The Canadian Pirate Party (CPP) is determined to make its point and what better way to show that P2P can be indeed useful to artists than launching a BitTorrent tracker, Zeropaid reports.
With the declared purpose of reforming copyright and facilitating access to culture, Canada’s Pirate Party has lately focused on proving and teaching musicians new ways of making money apart from the revenue coming from album sales.
So, the goal of showing that P2P is not the villain record labels so fervently claim it is started with the creation of Canadian Pirate Tracker, dubbed “CaPT” – designed to offer artists a fast, cheap, and easy access to a global distribution network:
We want to adjust copyright so that artists can better build on previous works and chose the distribution and licensing model that allows them to make a living. We will also help music artists educate themselves about earning money through other means than selling records, for example by performing live shows and selling fan articles and where feasible, we will evaluate the introduction of levies to further compensate artists. In turn, we want to adjust copyright for consumers to make private, non-commercial copying of content legal. This will promote artists and help spread culture farther than ever before.
Jake Daynes, a spokesperson for the Pirate Party of Canada, explained in a recent statement:“We do have a slight moderation system, which is mainly me going through every track, just to make sure it isn’t a copyright violation, but it shouldn’t take more than 24 hours to get something posted.”
We have to give CPP credit for raising the stake with such an initiative – given the amplitude that the file sharing debate among artists has reached recently I definitely see this as a great opportunity for P2P supporters (whether artists or public) to make a solid case against those who are only trying to eradicate this way of distributing content and totally disregard the benefits it may present.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Movies, MP3, Digital Audio & Games, Tops
TorrentFreak has published the data they collected with the top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent for the week ended September 27th. All the films included in this chart are DVDrips (unless mentioned otherwise).
From this week’s five new apparitions, three have jumped right on the podium – at the top we have the leader, ‘Star Trek’ (directed by J.J. Abrams), accompanied in second and third positions by ‘The Proposal’ and ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’. So, Sci-Fi fans must be having a jolly good time there with these two new releases (District 9 is also still in the chart).
Let’s check out what else has changed in our list since last week.
|3||(…)||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
|4||(1)||District 9 (R5)||8.7/trailer|
|5||(3)||State of Play||7.5/trailer
|8||(4)||The Hangover (DDC)||8.3/trailer
|9||(5)||Monsters vs. Aliens||6.9/trailer|
|10||(…)||Drag Me to Hell
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Entertainment Industry, Movies, MP3, Digital Audio & Games
If you’re a cinephile then this just may be to your liking. Here comes a new site worth checking out. Showtimefu.com generates a dynamic list of showtimes based on either a ZIP code or a specific address that you enter just like any other type of search.
The results you are given (very quickly I could add) are displayed under four main columns: “Movie”, “Theater”, “Begins” and “Ends”. The site not only tells you the name of the location but also the distance to that place. Moreover, the useful info includes the length of each movie so that you’ll know what plans to make.
As a moviegoer I know how hard is sometimes to decide which movie to watch (especially if you’ll be accompanied by other undecided friends or a moody girlfriend) so Showtimefu.com seems to me like a good option to have those dilemmas solved quicker.
Movies come with a useful IMDb description and even trailers.
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Recently, Fon launched its newest router – Fonera 2.0N which does seem quite interesting at a first glance. Priced €79 ($100), the new router was designed with a built-in download manager for one-click hosting sites; moreover, it includes Bittorrent client Transmission, enabling users to download content to an external hard drive connected via USB even when your computer is not online.
There’s another feature that comes with this product – Since FON presents itself as the world’s largest WiFi community and the best way to get connected to the internet for free, if you purchase any Fonera product and connect it to your existing broadband connection, you automatically set up a FON Spot (a secure WiFi access point) that makes it possible for you to share your WiFi connection with other FON members.
The Fon website reads:
“Connect your external hard drive to the Fonera 2.0n and you can download* torrents or files directly to it from services like RapidShare. You can also upload videos automatically from the hard drive to YouTube, or photos to Facebook, Flickr and Picasa.”
Here are the main features of the most powerful Fonera, an 802.11n WiFi router:
- Download torrents and files directly to a USB device even when your computer is shut down.
- Upload videos to YouTube and multiple photos automatically to Facebook, Flickr and Picasa.
- Connect a USB hub and add as many USB devices (webcams, printers, etc.) as you want.
- Convert a 3G signal into WiFi.
- Add new applications with a simple click.
- Enjoy secure WiFi at home and get the possibility to make money by sharing your WiFi signal.
- Connect for free at any FON Spot in the world.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Legal P2P News & Issues
Things went from bad to worse for Global Gaming Factory X – it’s like since it planned to buy The Pirate Bay nothing good came its way. The latest problem to hit the company was CEO Hans Pandeya losing control of his assets. After a Swedish court found that Pandeya is well in debt owing around $400,000 (including interest) to Johan Sellstrom, a former business partner in the company, it ruled that his assets are to be confiscated in order to raise money to pay back Sellstrom.
CNET posted an e-mail that Sellstrom sent them in which he explains:
“I was pleased to find that the Court has ruled that my promissory note is indeed genuine. More importantly, they agreed that a lien against Pandeya’s net assets had to be put into effect immediately in order to prevent evasive measures on his part. I look forward to a hasty process in order to minimize the damage that Hans Pandeya has caused the share holders of GGF and wish them all the luck with the acquisition.”
Pandeya firmly denied the allegations and declared he owes nothing to Sellstrom as he paid him back already in a property deal which met afterwards an unhappy end. The court’s ruling, as some already suspected, may affect the GGF’s attempt to take over the Pirate Bay, Pandeya further confessed, as this will make raising capital extremely hard
“The application appears to be a measure to ensure payment of a claim but the approval of a lien will seriously damage (Global Gaming) and its shareholders,” says a letter to the court. “Pandeya’s real estate assets and shares are being used to guarantee the acquisition. If Sellstrom is awarded a lien the acquisition will become more difficult and the value of Pandeya’s assets decreased.”