LokiTorrent was a popular spot to get movies
and they even put up a fight
against the recent crackdown, raising thousands in a legal defense fund. Today, it seems the MPAA won, forcing the owner to shut down. That's understandable and I'm not surprised, but they've gone a bit further than I expected, turning the site into a big scary ad against filesharing and warning that you're next. Even worse, the old owner is turning the logs over
to the MPAA, for them to go after folks.
Jack Valenti (head of the Motion Picture Association of America) has been quoted numerous times recently, saying "A 12-year-old, with a click of a mouse, can send a movie hurtling to all of the five continents
". A graduate researcher
at MIT set to test out the accuracy of the soundbite
, with interesting results.
When stupid laws attack: this article
points out that the widely syndicated article
about thwarting the copy protection of sony's CDs is a direct violation of the DMCA
. Will news directors at Reuters, Yahoo, and CNN be seeing fines and jail time soon? How many times does it have to be pointed out that the DMCA restricts free speech as it attempts to thwart piracy at any cost? (via k5
IBM, with the latest attempt to put the genie back in the bottle.
Their fatal flaw is betting on a post-napster world, though I bet their EMMS technology gets cracked before that ever happens.
We all knew eventually TimeWarner would exert some pressure on AOL for owning/running winamp.com
as a portal to steal TimeWarner artists' work. Yesterday, winamp took down their search engine
(here's the current result for all searches
). Is this just the first step by TimeWarner? How long will winamp continue to last?
was right. No maybe Peter
was right. Regardless, the wheels of progress continue to turn, this time it's a p-to-p app that allows the swapping of console video games
napster/gnutella-style, with the 17 year-old creator saying this about the possibility of getting shut down: "Sure, it is a concern that they may try to shut us down, despite the fact that we don't permit piracy, but I am confident in the law and believe we will prevail." Riiiiiight
WTF!?! Everyone's favorite band (back in high school) Metallica is suing Napster and a handful of universities
for unlawful trading of their music. This is ridiculous, and I hope it doesn't set a precedence. If anyone would just slap a revenue model on napster
so artists could get paid for their work, none of this piracy crap would happen. And Metallica, what about the other apps that do the same thing
, are you going to sue them too? And what about every other band on earth? What do you expect to get out of universities, tighter controls over bandwidth, or student monitoring of internet usage? What about every cable modem and DSL provider that lets people use Napster, are you going after them too? Why don't you sue everyone on earth that's heard your songs but didn't pay for them? Side question: Is it better to burn out or fade away?