Posts Tagged ‘downloads’


Sweden Takes Internet Pirates To Jail!

April 21, 2009


The “game” of internet piracy has been escalating over the past few months; becoming a trial of who can enlist the strictest rules and combat the most “pirates.” Well, we’re going to say Sweden is the first place contender in this pirate capturing battle, having convicted four men who were linked to a popular file-sharing site, The Pirate Bay. Anyone think of sending the RIAA to Somalia?

The four men involved with the file-sharing site, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, and Carl Lundstorm were all sentenced to a year in prison by the Stockholm district court, and were ordered to pay over $3 million dollars back to various media and entertainment groups like Columbia, according to Yahoo! News. The four men were convicted on charges that said they assisted millions of users to download music, movies and computer games for free, violating Sweden’s copyright law.

Despite Pirate Bay not actually hosting any of the illegal content, the court said the men helped users break copyright laws “by providing a Web site with sophisticated search functions, simple download and storage capabilities.”  According to Yahoo! News Swedish officials cracked under scrutiny from the U.S. who cracked down on The Pirate Bay three years ago.


Audiolife could be the next big platform for independent artists.

February 4, 2009


With Audiolife, you can sell all of your digital and physical products – downloads, ringtones, CDs, and merchandise- directly to your fans on an unlimited number of websites, blogs and social networks.
With Audiolife, you can:

  • Create your own store with an unlimited number of downloads, ringtones, CDs and merchandise.
  • Sell directly to your fans on any website, blog or social network on the web like MySpace and Facebook.
  • Let us handle manufacturing, distribution, customer service and accounting.
  • Have one central place to manage all of your e-commerce.
  • Easily buy high quality, affordable CDs and merchandise with no minimums for live shows and events.

The Audiolife Store lets you sell directly to your fans on the websites that they’re already comfortable with.

This can be your band website, blog or MySpace page – either way, we let your store live in its own world, where you and your products are the center of attention.

  • The Store is entirely self-sufficient, so fans can listen to your music, browse your products and make purchases without ever being directed to another website. Pretty cool, right?
  • Once you’ve created an account and added at least one product to the store, you are ready to start spreading it across the web.

Similar to YouTube videos, your Audiolife store can be passed and shared anywhere throughout the web that supports pasting custom code.


Try it here


Isle Of Man Charging One Pound Per Month For Unlimited Music

February 3, 2009


Isle Of Man Charging One Pound Per Month For Unlimited Music

Rebuilding copyright for the digital age. It’s a massive task, but perhaps crafting a new and digitally coherent way of protecting content for creators while exploiting the web’s distribution network would be easier than trying to batter a centuries old system into something that will work today.

One conceptually intriguing but practically complex solution would be an internet tax, payable through every web connection to cover all copyrighted material online.

Content owners would have to register their work with some giant central rights database (surely YouTube has made a start with that?) but users could download anything and everything they fancied, in whatever form and through whichever platform they preferred. It would legitimise file sharing amongst others.

But where in the world would this tangled web of online content ever become a reality?

In the Isle of Man, says the New York Times, where a proposal would allow the population of 80,000 to pay £1 per month on top of their broadband charge and have unlimited music downloads.

‘Blanket licensing’ was proposed in France in 2006 but turned down after furious lobbying from copyright owners. They prefer the ‘disconnect them’ approach, which seems rather Canutist in the face of illegal music that accounts for 95% of digital music, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Its chief executive John Kennedy dismissed the proposal as “a state-imposed tax that would be unworkable in practice and discriminate against consumers who want Internet access without music services”.

Meanwhile, the Isle of Man’s inward investment department has started talks with record labels.

Given the island’s record in launching 3G phones before the rest of the world and its 70% broadband penetration, this could become a fascinating experiment.