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Kanye West’s long-awaited sixth studio album, “Yeezus,” is due for release tomorrow and it remained pretty secretive until the past few days when news that it leaked online rushed fans but also those curious about the rapper’s new material over to file-sharing websites
The artist gave his fans a taste of album on “Saturday Night Live,” and according to Billboard his new stuff is “plain mad”, “a medley of several genres — new wave, punk, rock, and of course hip-hop,” or as The New York Times calls it – “raw and bumpy, with the arbitrary whims of a studio despot.”
Kanye’s previous release – 2010′s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ brought the 14-time Grammy-winning producer, writer and performer a rare perfect 10 rating on Pitchfork.com.
The “Yeezus” album art (sort of) also found its way on the internet. The CD will be released in a clear, jewel case and has a red sticker on the front. The back of the ‘Yeezus’ CD cover includes a yellow sticker and limited credits.
Here’s the complete track list with full production and writing credits for the album courtesy of hiphop-n-more.com:
01. On Sight (Produced by Daft Punk) [Kanye West, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, Malik Jones, Che Smith, Elon Rutberg, Cydel Young, Derrick Watkins, Mike Dean & Keith Carter, Sr.]
02. Black Skinhead (Produced by Daft Punk) [Kanye West, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, Malik Jones, Cydel Young, Elon Rutberg, Wasalu Jaco, Sakiya Sandifer, Mike Dean & Derrick Watkins]
03. I Am A God (Featuring God) (Produced by Daft Punk) [Kanye West, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, Clifton Bailey, Harvel Hart, Anand Bakshi, Rahul Burman, Ross Birchard, Justin Vernon, Malik Jones, Che Smith, Elon Rutberg, Cydel Young, Mike Dean & Derek Watkins]
04. New Slaves (Featuring Frank Ocean) [Kanye West, Christopher Breaux, Cydell Young, Gabor Presser, Anna Adamis, Ben Bronfman, Malik Jones, Che Smith, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Louis Johnson & Mike Dean]
05. Hold My Liquor (Feat. Chief Keef & Justin Vernon) [Kanye West, Mike Dean, Justin Vernon, Keith Cozart, Elon Rutberg, Che Smith, Malik Jones, Alejandro Ghersi, Cydel Young & Derrick Watkins]
06. I’m In It (Feat. Travis Scott) [Kanye West, Justin Vernon, Andre Harris, Jill Scott, Vidal Davis, Carvin Haggins, Kenny Lattimore, Jeffrey Campbell, Josh Leary, Malik Jones, Cydel Young, Sakiya Sandifer, Elon Rutberg & Mike Dean]
07. Blood On The Leaves [Kanye West, Ross Birchard, Lewis Allen, Elon Rutberg, Malik Jones, Tony Williams, Cydel Young & Mike Dean]
08. Guilt Trip (Feat. Kid Cudi) (Produced by S1) [Kanye West, Scott Mescudi, Keith Elam, Kevin Hansford, Dupre Kelly, Chris Martin, Al Terik Wardrick, Marlon Williams, Terrence Thornton, Tyree Pittman, Cydel Young, Mike Dean & Larry Griffin Jr.]
09. Send It Up (Feat. King L) [Kanye West, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, Michael Levy, Moses Davis, Colin York, Lowell Dunbar, Louis Johnson, Alejandro Ghersi, Sakiya Sandifer, Ab-Liva, Elon Rutberg & Mike Dean]
10. Bound 2 (Feat. Charlie Wilson) [Kanye West, John Stephens, Charlie Wilson, Elon Rutberg, Norman Whiteside, Bobby Massey, Robert Dukes, Che Pope, Cydel Young, Malik Jones, Sakiya Sandifer, Mike Dean & Ronnie Self]
Check out Kanye performing New Slaves (Live on SNL):
Download ‘Yeezus’ (via Kickass.to)
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Following England’s workarounds on the issue of online piracy we find that Sky, Virgin Media, BT, and probably other internet providers have started an off-the-books campaign against pirate proxies.
While some of the world’s most popular torrent sites, including TPB, Kat.ph, H33t, and Fenopy, can no longer be accessed on the island, at least not by their original web addresses, people have turned their heads towards alternatives – that is pirate proxies – and, apparently, the BPI and UK’s ISPs had done the same. Although the list of blocked torrent proxies is off the records, TorrentFreak had managed to publish some of the names, as following:
“Although the results may not be the same for all providers, the following sites appear to be blocked (in part) now. All sites in this list provide access to at least one of the torrent sites previously blocked by court order,” TF notes.
Drastik, the man who operates Pirateproxy.net, had told TF that:
“I never thought the BPI would go this far. I have already started setting up new servers for the blocks. However, I think educating people about alternate methods will be better. I have compiled a list of some good methods on a dedicated page,” he said.
“I will continue to move the site to new servers to keep it accessible.”
As for the other side of the camp, a BPI spokesperson said that…
“The court orders obtained in relation to The Pirate Bay cover not only the site itself, but also sites which have the sole or predominant purpose of providing access to The Pirate Bay. It would not be right to allow proxy sites flagrantly to circumvent blocks ordered by the High Court. We do not publish the names of proxies and it would not be appropriate for us to do so.”
Well, folks, it looks like the jig is up, but we have a feeling that this is far from over, especially that these rushed blockages are likely to set another route for those who really want to get their torrent feed.
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The two studios claim that Kim’s Mega is already hosting their copyrighted content, and needs to be removed from Google’s search results as soon as possible.
In response to their request, Kim said that:
“This is in line with the unreasonable content industry behavior we have experienced for years.”
After receiving no less than 20 million take-down requests last year, Google remains under huge pressure from the entertainment industries, as it’s continuously being urged to remove infringing URLs from its search results.
The sad part, however, is that plenty of these requests are bogus, like for example when HBO asked Google to remove HBO.com from its results. These “mistakes” occur mostly because of the high number of automated notices and because rightsholders fail to check the notices’ integrity.
As for Mega, NBC Universal claims in its take-down request that Kim’s new baby is linking to an unlicensed copy of its movie “Mama”. Warner Bros. had done the same (read their request here), but for “Gangster Squad”.
“The Warner Bros. and NBC Universal requests to Google are censoring our entire homepage. This is in line with the unreasonable content industry behavior we have experienced for years,” Dotcom told TF.
“You will recall the illegal takedown of the Megaupload song by Universal Music and the attempts to censor our Mega radio ads. The shutdown of the entire Megaupload site remains the ultimate illegal takedown by the content industry.”
Fortunately for the German entrepreneur, Google acknowledged the mistake (in this case) and kept Mega in its search index.
“During the Megaupload days over 20% of all takedown notices were bogus. We analysed big samples of notices and most were automated keyword based takedowns that affected a lot of legitimate files. The abuse of the takedown system is so severe that no service provider can rely on takedown notices for a fair repeat infringer policy,” Kim continued.
He went on to highlight that these faulty take-down requests had often had an extensive damaging effect on portals that linked to legal content.
“The constant abuse of takedown rules and the ignorance of DMCA obligations by the content industry are based on the confidence that the current U.S. administration is protecting this kind of behavior. The political contract prosecution of Megaupload is the best example,” Kim said.
“The White House doesn’t appreciate that the DMCA was the biggest contributor to a thriving Internet economy in the U.S.”
“From my experience the only people who are acting like criminal lunatics are the copyright extremists who think that the DMCA doesn’t matter. Their agenda is war against innovation. The kind that forces the content industry to adjust an outdated business model.”
“History repeats itself and Innovation always wins,” Kim concluded.
At the time being, Google is still showing Mega on its results. Will it stay that way?
Stay tuned to find out!
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Not only The Pirate Bay goes past the tremendous pressure of being a cast out, but it does so in style, with a little help we might add. The Pirate Cinema, a project by two enlightened minds, is putting downloads on the big screen (well, there are actually three of them). The room, besides the screens, has a viewing area (just like a movie theatre) for people to see downloads as they happen. Out of a mixture of 100 torrent swarms, TPC creates a new image (literally) about torrenting.
While millions upon millions of file-sharers use The Pirate Bay , third parties are also keeping their eyes peeled for IP addresses, file hashes, and anything that could build a scientific report on file-sharing, a copyright lawsuit or a list of IP addresses for the six-strikes program.
Nicolas Maigret and Brendan Howell are the two who came up with this daring idea. The Pirate Cinema takes the process of sharing and turns it into images.
If you happen to be at the Sight and Sound Festival in Canada, then you’ll have the chance of seeing what Nicolas and Brendan did – a room with three gigantic screens and a whole lot of computers connected to them.
“An aspect of the concept was to reuse the surveillance systems used by corporations, ISP’s and governments, for other purposes,” Maigret told TF.
“On the other hand, the idea was also to monitor the usages or activity of people on a large scale, and to capture the vivid activity of the communities involved in sharing practices. Lastly, I really wanted to consider this ongoing activity as a live infinite Mashup – a snapshot of global file disseminations,” the artist continued.
TPC’s core is made of Python and Libtorrent.
“The idea was to use only the necessary functions – a few lines of code, and to build our tool around it,” Maigret explained.
“Then we developed all the monitoring parts and later the decoding process using Gstreamer.”
There are two different ways in which the project can be displayed. First, downloads of the most popular torrents (hosted on TPB) are shown as fragments on the screen(s).
“The setup can involve as many as five computers, each monitoring the site for different kinds of files for a few minutes before gathering fresh input,” TF writes.
The second modus operandi is in the form of a live performance. Movie and music files are hand-picked, sort to say, by the operator, and then played just like you do with an instrument. Besides that, the three screens also show the IP addresses and their location.
“BitTorrent was a deliberate choice for many reasons. First of all it’s really a Peer-to-Peer architecture and that’s important even symbolically – people/peers are at both sides of each action,” Maigret said.
“Also BitTorrent is not only about mainstream medias, but theoretically open to all kinds of files and content. In a way, the Pirate Cinema reveals some potentials of this peer-based technical architecture.”
And since this is a peer-to-peer based project…
“This fragmentation loosens the exchanges between different recipients. A file can then be recomposed sample by sample until it is complete, from snippets emanating from separate users and in a disorderly manner. From a cinematic perspective this preliminary fragmentation of the media is also a fragmentation of the film material and of the narration,” Maigret continued to explain.
“It creates many formal specificities: random editing, weaving together different films frame by frame, glitches and merging of different fragments. When watching the installation, we can’t help ourselves interpreting the flows, it produces lots of connections and new narrations, from those chance combinations.”
As far as security and privacy is concerned….
“We saw it as a kind of game. Ever since the beginning of the project, we anticipated the operating modes of the system so that it could be presentable regardless of different countries’ legislations. For example, an encrypted connection to Sweden (iPredator / The Pirate Bay) is used to anonymize each machine used in the project. Fragments of the files are encoded and remain on our machine only temporarily.”
Want to learn more about The Pirate Cinema? Go here.
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After a successful campaign against The Pirate Bay, Newzbin and Kat.ph (all three websites are completely blocked throughout the entire island), UK’s anti-piracy measures expand to Movie2k and Download For All, two important movie hubs.
UK’s prominent internet service providers (BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, and EE) are already receiving court orders, demanding them to censor their customers’ access to the aforementioned websites. At the time being, BT, Virgin Media, and Sky had confirmed that they’ve complied with the order. Here’s what their statements read:
“The block on Download4All and Movie2k should start at some point today,” a spokesperson for BT said.
“This is in addition to Newzbin, Pirate Bay, Fenopy, H33t and Kat which BT’s already blocking access to in compliance with previous court orders.”
As for Virgin Media, the ISP said:
“Virgin Media has received an order from the Courts requiring it to prevent access to Download4All and Movie2K in order to help protect against copyright infringement. As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders addressed to the company, but strongly believes that changing consumer behaviour to tackle copyright infringement also needs compelling legal alternatives to give consumers access to great content at the right price.”
Sky had also confirmed that Movie2k and Download For All are being blocked starting with May the 20th, 2013.
While UK citizens can still access blocked websites through available proxies (including The Pirate Bay), PirateReverse.info informed that they’ve already taken measures to keep Movie2k alive on the island. So, there’s some good news there, after all.
“We’ve just deployed movie2kproxy.com (in record time), still working on getting the images to load properly but should all be fixed shortly,” the crew told Torrent Freak.
PirateProxy.net had confirmed that they will (also) join the fight.