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“Pirates” can actually be nice

The story of Roger Wallis is an absolute fantastic one. If you’ve ever downloaded a movie off the Pirate Bay or any other torrent tracker for that matter, Wallis is one of the men to thank as the Pirate Bay moved one giant step towards ‘freedom’. Wallis is a professor and media researcher that appeared in court as an expert witness – he was primarily there to be asked about the decline of album sales and its relation to filesharing. When Wallis was asked just this, he simply answered that his research has shown that there is no relation between the two.

After being attacked by the industry lawyers, who did everything possible to discredit his reputation, he was asked whether he wanted to be reimbursed for his travel expenses. The answer was down to earth and ‘Swedish':

Send some flowers to my wife

Immediately after Wallis left court the flowers kept on coming, you can check out other ‘thank you notes’ and gifts that Wallis received over at “We who thanked Wallis“, quite astonishing. It seems that at least his wife was happy while Pontén probably wasn’t.

Check out the full story reported by TorrentFreak.com.

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The Pirate Bay Trial – Opening Day

“[..] Roswall further discussed the total number of seeds and peers on the tracker, all part of the evidence that was previously gathered by the plaintiffs.

During the afternoon, Peter Sunde sent a message: “How the hell did they think this was going to be something else than EPIC FAIL for the prosecution? We’re winning so hard.” Peter points out that the prosecutor is having difficulty working out the difference between megabits and megabytes.”

Love that comment! From TorrentFreak, “First day in the Court”. Rick Falkvinge kindly linked to all of his pictures from both the press conference and the first day in trial, check them out here.

Unfortunately, The Pirate Bay’s own site “Spectrial” (also at: http://trial.thepiratebay.org) went down just after lunch, it seems to be up again but with very limited speed. It takes the concept of live coverage with the help of microblogging and the community to a different level, transparency at its very best.

If you’re Swedish and feel like you can contribute to the coverage, check out Marcin de Kaminski’s blogpost.

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Coda.fm, launched!

Saw a post on TorrentFreak about the newly launched Coda.fm today. It has since then been Digged and and is now flying through the ranks, currently at 818 Diggs. I think it’s right that Coda.fm gets a bit of blogging attention, it’s a fantastic service embedded in a neat Web 2.0 package. With easy navigation and overview, it’s all about putting the user in focus.

Great work!

A quick search on Google brings about roughly 600,000 results, most of it reviews and comments from users of social media/social bookmarking sites and tech blogs. It’ll be interesting to follow.

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Most pirated movies of 2008

Wow! Check this list out that was put together by Torrentfreak.com, it shows the Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of 2008. Torrents have obviously been around for a good while now ‘on the market’, but I think it’s safe to say that in 2008 it became more common knowledge than ever. The Dark Knight tops the list with a good million, and rightly so. I was a bit disappointed when I noticed that it had dropped to #4 on IMDB’s Top 250 movies of all times. The Dark Knight now has the same rating as Pulp Fiction (8.9) – and almost equal the number of votes.

Anyway, back to the piracy. If you add the top 10 up, and bare in mind that this is only from BitTorrent sources (meaning; no ‘old school’ sharing such as DC++, and no ‘new school’ such as Rapidshare) – you get a neat number of 52.49 million downloads.

If you remember my post Avril Lavigne passes 100 million views on YouTube, you know that I like comparing these kind of numbers to country population (even though it’s completely unrealistic, I know). So here we go again:

  • Almost all of Italy downloaded anyone of these movies once.
  • Everyone in Chile, The Netherlands, and Australia downloaded anyone of these movies once.
  • In Sweden, everyone could have (and probably did) downloaded 6 of these movies (and added another outside the list).
  • In Denmark, everyone could have downloaded all 10 of them.

There you have it.