Internet celebrates 2 years of futility battling Pirate Bay

Today In Digg, I found this interesting article for ArsTecnica by By Jacqui Cheng

Over the weekend, The Pirate Bay “celebrated” its second anniversary of being raided by the Swedish police. On May 31, 2006, law enforcement seized all of the popular torrent tracker’s servers and backups, and arrested two of the site’s operators. The site didn’t stay down for long, though””just a few days later, everything was business as usual for The Pirate Bay. A court date in Sweden has yet to be set, and support for the site appears to be stronger than ever.

Since the raids, the predictable has happened: the site’s popularity has exploded. The Pirate Bay says that its number of Bit Torrent peers has grown from 2.5 million to over 12 million, and that registered users have grown from 1 million to 2.7 million. The tracker is more popular than ever, and continues to grow every day. “It’s awesome to see the support the community show us. Even in our bad moments, we get your support,” said the Pirate Bay’s admins in the posting.

The general reaction across the Internet is quite positive””and largely pro Pirate Bay. Commenters on the Pirate Bay’s blog post, Digg, and swaths of other blog entries are almost unanimous in their support of the site and its goal of remaining online and operational. TorrentFreak even named the anniversary “Happy Pirates independence day.”

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Copyleft or Copyright?

Today, In Digg – I’ve opened a profile there in order to digg news – came upon this following one on copyright.

Record companies sue Project Playlist on copyright
(Reporting by Leslie Gevirtz; editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nine major record labels filed suit against an online music provider on Monday, accusing Project Playlist Inc of a “massive infringement” of their copyrights to the songs of artists such as U2 and Gwen Stefani.

Project Playlist enables its users to easily find, play and share music with others for free, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

The website compiles a vast index of songs on the Internet and users can “quickly and easily search the index for recordings by their favorite artists. At the click of a mouse, Project Playlist instantly streams a digital performance of the selected recording to the user, who can listen to it on his or her computer or mobile device,” the lawsuit said.

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The Beverly Hills, California-based company, an affiliate of KR Capital Partners LLC, also allows its users to embed their personalized playlists on social network sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Blogger, the lawsuit said. The record companies said projectplaylist.com gets more than 600,000 daily users, nearly 9.5 million average page views per day.

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(Reporting by Leslie Gevirtz; editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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