Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

What are your views on piracy?

The ultimate goal of a writer is to be read. Money comes later.

I had an interesting experience in Russia a few years back. In 2001, I sold 10,000 hard copies. And everyone was puzzled. We came from zero, from 1000, to 10,000. And then the next year we were over 100,000.

I thought that this is fantastic. To give the reader the possibility of reading your books and choosing whether to buy it or not. From this idea sprang the idea of compiling all of the bit torrents files of my works in one place. I thus created a site called The Pirate Coelho : http://piratecoelho.wordpress.com/

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.”

To read the rest of the article, please go here.

Pirate attacks around the world rise by 20%

Today in Digg I found this article about real life piracy by Gethin Chamberlain for the Telegraph.co.uk

They may no longer dress like characters from the Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean, but the buccaneers of the 21st century have lost none of their taste for a bloodthirsty boarding.

Mariners are being warned of a growing threat from pirates around the world after attacks on shipping rose by 20 per cent over the last year.

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The International Maritime Bureau’s latest report reveals the first rise in pirate attacks since their previous peak in the mid 1990s. In one particularly savage incident in the Philippines in March, pirates shot dead the captain of a passenger boat and two of his crew before tying them to their anchor and tossing it overboard. They then shot the two remaining crew members and escaped in a motor boat.

The sharp rise in pirate attacks is blamed in large part on the collapse of law and order in Somalia and political unrest in Nigeria. The seas around the two African countries are now regarded as some of the most dangerous in the world.

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To read the rest of the artcile, please go here.

Internet Mysteries: How Much File Sharing Traffic Travels the Net?

I found this in Digg today – interesting for the debate of online free sharing:

By Ryan Singel

How much of the traffic on the internet is peer-to-peer file trading?

Everyone seems to agree it represents a lot of the traffic, but the truth is no one knows (with the possible exception of the ISPs and backbone providers in the middle, and they aren’t telling or sharing raw data).

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Independent internet researchers, including KC Claffy of the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis, ran their own tests in 2003 and 2004 — following conflicting reports that file sharing was decreasing and increasing.

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In Washington, D.C., Congress is once again considering legislating rules for ISPs, while the five-member Federal Trade Commission is publicly wringing its hands over whether to fine or censure Comcast for its BitTorrent blocking and whether to adopt stricter net-neutrality guidelines generally.

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We would love to know if good measurements of P2P traffic are out there or if, indeed, the debate over net neutrality is taking place without the slightest bit of verifiable data.

To read the rest of the article please go here