Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Feb 2009 14:06 UTC
Legal In a textbook example of "dweilen met de kraan open", the landmark trial against Torrent website The Pirate Bay will take off today in Sweden. The founders of the torrent website are charged with aiding millions of internet users gain access to illegal content. Basically the entire entertainment industry is amassing against The Pirate Bay, making this one of the biggest trials against internet file sharing in history.
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RE[3]: Never let go
by ephracis on Mon 16th Feb 2009 18:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Never let go"
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Which is exactly why I mentioned Spotify. It is an application, containing a library of thousands of songs (it's really huge). You can either listen to all music for free with commercial breaks every now and then, or pay a monthly fee.

I believe that is is a really good alternative to piracy and it seems that a lot of people agree with me, it's a bug success. It's still far from perfect (for example I use my playstation to play music so I can't use it, besides it only runs on Linux via wine). But if the service would expand to include movies and series, and run on mp3 players and mobile phones I think it would really take off.

Apart from Spotify I think that the days of the old record companies are gone. There is no need for a middle-man anymore. The money should instead go straight to the creator of the media.

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