Content owners play “keepy uppie” in technology races

February 2012

Internet, Technology

The music, film and television industries’ recent successes in fighting illegal file sharing by promoting both legislative change and winning court decisions such as Newzbin2 and the recent Dutch Courts decision to block access to The Pirate Bay are all well and good for content owners, but in the fast moving world of the internet things don’t stay still for long and news now reaches the 1709 Bog that The Pirate Bay will start linking by default to ‘magnet’ rather than BiTorrent downloads in what only can be seen of as a move to avoid detection. Whilst BitTorrent links will still be available (being the currently preferred option for downloaders, both legal and illegal), they will be a secondary option for the time being. The magnet system makes user and file identification even harder and it is expected that The Pirate Bay will now phase out traditional BitTorrent file-sharing.  And controversial US streaming platform Grooveshark, no stranger to this blog and currently facing legal actions from all four major record labels, has just launched a new HTML5 app making it easier for music fans to access the service on their smartphones. Grooveshark had already launched apps for both the iPhone and Android-powered devices, but Apple and Google banned them from their respective stores. The new app seems a clever way to keep fans using the service.

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