The Pirate Bay Block: Control, Not Infringement

You might have heard around the net today, that the UK courts have ruled that major UK ISP’s have to block the Pirate Bay. But why should it be blocked? Is it an issue of infringement, as they claim, or is it more insidious, and an attempt to hold back some of the losses in […]
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A Brief History of the Oink Trial Pt1

So the oink trial is over, and Alan won. In a larger sense, many of us won. The Oink raid and trial was, at it’s essence, a show-trial, every bit a spectacle trial (or ‘spectrial’) as last years Pirate Bay one – if not moreso. After all, the Swedish Police didn’t do the raid accompanied […]
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P2P Hurts UK Music Sales?

… or so we’re told. There is a belief, that music sales are being harmed by the internet. MP3’s and peer-to-peer (p2p) networks have made swapping music easy, ever since Napster burst onto the scene in 1999. There is even a section on the BPI’s website that deals with it (strangely titled “File-sharing FAQ’s“ Why […]
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