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Scandinavia 2014 in Review: Pirate Bay Shutdown, Lars von Trier Returns – Hollywood Reporter

No comments 27 December 2014 Under: Pirate Bay News

Hollywood Reporter
Scandinavia 2014 in Review: Pirate Bay Shutdown, Lars von Trier Returns
Hollywood Reporter
Whether it was Swedish music streaming service Spotify threatening the global status quo (and drawing fire from Taylor Swift), Danish director Lars von Trier proving, with Nymphomaniac, that sex can still have the power to shock, or Swedish police

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Sony About to Get Sued For Pirating Music in The Interview

No comments 27 December 2014 Under: Torrent News

The way things are panning out, the Sony movie The Interview is on course to become one of the most controversial movies of all time.

The comedy, which depicts the violent death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, made headlines worldwide when the so-called Guardians of Peace hacking group threatened Sony if it was released. Facing what amounted to a “terrorist” threat, theaters all around the U.S. backed away from showing The Interview in the week leading up to Christmas.

After pulling the movie completely, Sony had a change of heart and on Christmas Eve released the music online via YouTube, Google Play and Xbox Live. Predictably the movie was quickly gobbled up by pirates, with the latest figures suggesting that in just two days the movie has been downloaded 1.5 million times.

But while Sony deals with rampant piracy issues at one end, it’s now facing copyright infringement allegations of its own. According to new claims, Sony used copyrighted music in The Interview without permission and without compensating an artist.

Yoon Mi-rae (real name Natasha Shanta Reid) is a US-born hip hop and R&B singer who currently releases music on the Feel Ghood Music label. In January 2013 as part of MFBTY (My Fans Better Than Yours), the 33-year-old hit the number 1 spot in the Korean Music Charts and in September reached the same heights on Billboard’s Kpop Hot 100 list with her song ‘Touch Love’.

But while these recognitions were achieved by fans buying her music, she’s now in the spotlight for not getting paid for her work. It appears that Yoon Mi-rae was in negotiations with Sony to have her track ‘Pay Day’ appear in The Interview. Even though no agreement was reached, Sony used the music anyway.

“There were initial discussions for using ‘Pay Day‘ in the movie, but at some point, the discussions ceased and we assumed that it would not follow through,” Feel Ghood Music says.

“However, after the movie was released, we learned that the track had been used without permission, legal procedure, or contracts.”

Sony, who are already facing a world of pain following the hacking and near destruction of their IT systems in recent weeks, will now face a copyright infringement lawsuit over the unauthorized use of the ironically named ‘Pay Day’.

“We will be taking legal action against Sony Pictures as well as DFSB, the agency that had been carrying out the discussion regarding the use of the track,” the label says.

It seems unlikely that this lawsuit will result in a messy legal battle. The huge publicity the movie has enjoyed in the past few weeks will virtually guarantee decent sales for Sony, even without lucrative box office revenues. Yoon Mi-rae should not only be able to secure a piece of that but also raise her profile in a way that would not have been possible had Sony paid her in the first instance.

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Sony Accidentally Funded “Rogue” Piracy Sites

No comments 26 December 2014 Under: Torrent News

In recent years the mainstream entertainment industries have largely come to the realization that chasing down individual file-sharers is unlikely to yield significant anti-piracy results.

With this in mind new strategies have been adopted, one of the most important being the attacking of ‘pirate’ site revenue streams. The theory under consideration is that such sites would cease to exist if a profit could not be made from their operations.

One of the key ways sites generate revenue is via advertising so pressure has been mounting on agencies and the companies placing the ads to do everything possible to stop their promotions appearing on pirate sites. On occasion, groups such as the Digital Citizens Alliance publish information aimed at naming and shaming big brands who’ve let their ads appear in the wrong places.

“Good Money Gone Bad: Digital Thieves and the Hijacking of the Online Ad Business” was a DCA report from February 2014 which estimated that the top “pirate sites” generate $227 million in annual ad revenue.

The report also called out big companies including Amazon, American Express, Dell, Ford, Lego and McDonalds for allowing their ads to appear on pirate domains. What it failed to do was point the finger at companies a little closer to home.

TorrentFreak has learned that during its monitoring of “pirate” sites in early 2014, the MPAA discovered that ads commissioned by entertainment companies close to the ones it represents were appearing on those very same sites.

In a five month analysis (Jan to May 2014) the MPAA found that Sony companies including Sony Online Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Entertainment Network, Sony Corporation, and Sony Mobile Communications, were placing ads on ‘rogue’ sites.

This wasn’t a few here and a few there either. In the first five months of the year Sony company ads appeared on “pirate” sites almost two million times, with the lion’s share placed by SCE and its partners.

Internal correspondence reveals that Sony Pictures were keen to eliminate this embarrassment, with the company’s content protection department writing to other divisions requesting that ads are kept aware from pirate networks in future.

Sony said its goals were threefold:

– “Starving pirate sites of any additional ad revenue generated by viewers clicking through on those internet ads”

– “Eliminating any semblance of legitimacy that ads for well­ known
brands might lend these rogue sites”

– “Protecting the reputation of our brand, since these sites often include malware and ads for questionable and/or illegal content.”

Noting that the information had been provided by the MPAA, Sony asked its sister companies to assist them in the fight against piracy. It’s unclear whether Sony has achieved its aims but in any event, don’t expect an MPAA partner company to be called out for supporting piracy anytime soon.

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

‘The Interview’ Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death … – The Inquisitr

No comments 26 December 2014 Under: Pirate Bay News

The Inquisitr
'The Interview' Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death
The Inquisitr
The Interview is now the top selling movie on YouTube Movies, as reported by the Inquisitr, wherein this reporter described plunking down $5.99 on a Chase Business debit card to watch The Interview, a movie that wouldn't stream on large flat screen TVs.

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‘The Interview’ Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death … – The Inquisitr

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The Inquisitr
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‘The Interview’ Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death … – The Inquisitr

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The Inquisitr
'The Interview' Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death
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‘The Interview’ Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death … – The Inquisitr

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‘The Interview’ Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death … – The Inquisitr

No comments 26 December 2014 Under: Pirate Bay News
'The Interview' Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death
The Inquisitr
The Interview is now the top selling movie on YouTube Movies, as reported by the Inquisitr, wherein this reporter described plunking down $5.99 on a Chase Business debit card to watch The Interview, a movie that wouldn't stream on large flat screen TVs.

and more »

‘The Interview’ Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death … – The Inquisitr

No comments 26 December 2014 Under: Pirate Bay News
'The Interview' Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death
The Inquisitr
The Interview is now the top selling movie on YouTube Movies, as reported by the Inquisitr, wherein this reporter described plunking down $5.99 on a Chase Business debit card to watch The Interview, a movie that wouldn't stream on large flat screen TVs.

and more »

‘The Interview’ Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death … – The Inquisitr

No comments 26 December 2014 Under: Pirate Bay News

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'The Interview' Full Movie Free On Reddit, The Pirate Bay And Mega – Death
The Inquisitr
The Interview is now the top selling movie on YouTube Movies, as reported by the Inquisitr, wherein this reporter described plunking down $5.99 on a Chase Business debit card to watch The Interview, a movie that wouldn't stream on large flat screen TVs.
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