Argh! Pirates Going to Jail

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It looks like the three men held responsible for The Pirate Bay torrent file sharing site are going to prison.  A Sweedish court of appeals upheld the judgement against them, which includes a $6.7 million judgement (as if those men really can afford to pay it) and a sentence of  one year in prison.

On the plus side, their sentences were reduced to a few months.  Nevertheless, organizations like the RIAA and the MPAA will see this as a victory, but in case you haven’t been keeping score, The Pirate Bay website is still operational, and people are still downloading millions of illegally shared music and movie files.

At any rate, all this really means is that the pirates are going to teach all those other criminals in prison how to get free movies in their cells.  Looks like the real winners are the inmates, who finally get to catch up on episodes of Desperate Housewives.

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Study: Only 0.3% of BitTorrent Files Are Legal

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A new study by the University of Ballarat in Australia has confirmed what the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) have been telling us all along, that nearly all of the content being shared through the BitTorrent protocol is illegal copyrighted material.

The study looked at 23 torrent trackers (services that provide torrent clients with the information necessary to connect to peers and download chunks of the files). From those trackers, they sampled 1,000 files, chosen “randomly” from the most actively seeded files (seeing a problem with this yet?).

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