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"
ephracis
Member since:
2007-09-23

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotify

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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RE[4]: Never let go
by jimbofluffy on Mon 16th Feb 2009 18:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Never let go"
jimbofluffy Member since:
2008-07-15

Which is exactly why I mentioned Spotify.


I would so use that, but it is a no go in the US. I rather not have to download and keep gigabytes of media myself, so I like the Hulu/Joost alternatives imperfect as they are. I guess I will keep using Pandora for music.

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RE[5]: Never let go
by ephracis on Mon 16th Feb 2009 19:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Never let go"
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

Yeah, it's too bad it doesn't work for everyone. But I see a lot of potential in it and I have high hopes for it. It would be awesome to finally get a solution that works for (mostly) everyone.

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RE[4]: Never let go
by Mellin on Mon 16th Feb 2009 20:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Never let go"
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

the recording company's are trying to kill spotify
they demand country restrictions

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RE[4]: Never let go
by abstraction on Mon 16th Feb 2009 23:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Never let go"
abstraction Member since:
2008-11-27

Ive used Spotify and I like it a lot. I actually have no problem with having to listen to a commercials now and then as long as it doesnt happen too often which it doesnt atm. Why Spotify works is because it is a better alternative than actually downloading songs because it is so easy to use and almost all music ive searched for is there. The only thing im shocked about is now when there is a good working prototype that makes everyone happy: Why are the record companies still f*cking up by not adding certain artist and ban some music in certain countries?

On a more technical note - there should be a interface free version like some sort of a music streaming server that doesnt require the client to have a specific platform. It would for instance be sooo cool to be able to mount Spotifys music library on your own computer =)

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