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RIAA Makes Drastic Employee Cuts as Revenue Plummets
New tax records reveal that the RIAA has made heavy employee cuts after revenue dropped to a new low. Over the past two years the major record labels have cut back their membership dues from $33.6 to $23.6 million. RIAA staff plunged from 107 to 60 workers in the same period. The IRS filing further shows that the music industry group paid $250,000 to the six strikes anti-piracy system.
Source: RIAA Makes Drastic Employee Cuts as Revenue Plummets
Pirate Bay User Downloads Visualized in Real-Time Art Installation
The file-sharing activities of BitTorrent users have become the input mechanism powering an art installation currently underway in Canada. The Pirate Cinema, a control room featuring three large screens and viewing area, is displaying a mashup of content pulled from the top 100 torrent swarms indexed by The Pirate Bay. Its creators inform TorrentFreak that with a little help from an encrypted connection to Sweden, some intriguing images are being realized.
Source: Pirate Bay User Downloads Visualized in Real-Time Art Installation
uTorrent Serves Over 5 Billion Ads Per Month
uTorrent parent company BitTorrent Inc. reports that the new advertising option in the popular BitTorrent client generates billions of ad impressions per month. Although users initially revolted against the idea of making uTorrent ad-supported, the new stats show that not too many of them turned the feature off. The next challenge for BitTorrent Inc. is to attract premium advertisers in addition to the lower tier poker and PC performance ads that are showing up now.
Source: uTorrent Serves Over 5 Billion Ads Per Month
Parent Punishes Kid for Triggering a “Six Strikes” Piracy Alert
The "six strikes" copyright alert system has claimed its first victory today. Tipped off by a copyright alert, a father found out that his kid was secretly sharing pirated material. The deviant behavior did not go unpunished and the parent in question ordered the teen to write a "note of apology" to the copyright holder, or else.
Source: Parent Punishes Kid for Triggering a “Six Strikes” Piracy Alert
UK ISPs Block Huge Movie Site Movie2K, Proxy Immediately Unblocks
Internet service providers in the UK have today begun blocking one of the world's largest streaming movie portals. In a follow up to similar actions, the MPAA obtained a High Court order which compels all major ISPs to begin blocking Movie2K, a massive site with millions of visitors each month. However, in a ridiculously fast show of defiance, one of the largest Pirate Bay proxy operators has already deployed a brand new site to beat the censorship.
Source: UK ISPs Block Huge Movie Site Movie2K, Proxy Immediately Unblocks