The service hasn't even launched yet, but the unapologetically defiant torrent site The Pirate Bay has already received over 100,000 registrants for its new anonymity service, IPREDator. About 113,00 and counting are in queue for the IPREDator service, 80 percent of which are from Sweden, and comes as a slap in the face to Sweden's new IPRED anti-piracy law, for which the service was named after.
Expected to cost about $6 per month,the IPREDator service is a virtual private network (VPN) allowing users to connect to the internet anonymously by hiding their actual IP address and showing only a second IP addy provided by the VPN. Currently in beta stage and by invite only, The Pirate Bay says it will store no traffic data.
IP hiding sites and services have become increasingly popular in Sweden as of late, ever since country's new anti-file sharing measures went into effect.
People around the world have been monitoring the Pirate Bay trial with an acute fascination. Bit Torrent has defiantly emerged as the dominate peer-to-peer file sharing method, and its packet based infrastructure has made it very difficult for copyright holders to police. The Pirate Bay represents but one of many Torrent trackers on the net, however a guilty verdict could throw the entire Torrent community to the wolves and ultimately lead to the downfall of its current state. In addition to this, the founders face upwards of two years in prison, as well as a $140,000 USD fine each.
In the final day of the trial, founder Fredrik Neij and his lawyer Jonas Nilsson argued that the underlying technology behind The Pirate Bay is completely legal, and that founders had no intention of violating copyrights. Nilsson also argues that it the prosecution has not proven that the bulk of the material on The Pirate Bay is even copyrighted. “Every site in the world could link to copyright material” Nilsson argues, “this is not a Pirate Bay problem, this is a worldwide internet problem”. In fact, according to evidence presented by Peter Sunde of the Pirate Bay, 80 per cent of the indexed material is in fact non-copyrighted.
The entire Pirate Bay defense rests on the idea that contributors to the site (not the administrators) are responsible for the content, and thus they cannot be held accountable. Additionally, the lawyers argue that the prosecution has failed to show evidence of any proven link between material being downloaded via the internet, and lost sales. The court is now deliberating over the evidence, and a verdict is expected on April 17th.
Do you think the Pirate Bay will survive this one? And if not, what will happen to Bit Torrent?
As we inch ever close to episode 100, the team still has yet to decide on an appropriate way to celebrate. Live broadcast? video podcast? Only time will tell. But this week, the more pressing issue is the complete absence of the senior members of the staff. With Will and Gordon MIA (possibly off to renewal), the podcast is helmed by a crew of fresh face editors -- the 25 and under club. The gang discusses Intel's new dispute with Nvidia, Boxee's divorce with Hulu, and the ongoing Pirate Bay trial. Everybody shares their personal list of essential Windows apps, and we try to answer a few listener questions (mostly unsuccessfully). But even without Gordon's wisdom and rage, a rant finds its way into episode 97.
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On just day two of the Pirate Bay trial, it's looking as though the defiantly outspoken quadruplet of defendants have good reason to enter the court room with confidence. Already in the high-profile case (for geeks, that is - we're willing to bet your mother has never heard of Pirate Bay), half of all charges brought against them have been dropped, and according to the prosecution's original estimated time frame, there's still 11 more days of court proceedings to go!
To state the obvious, the prosecution has been having trouble presenting its case. Specifically, it's so far been unable to prove that the .torrent files entered in as evidence were used by The Pirate Bay's tracker, particularly when the screenshots being shown clearly show that there is no connection, says TorrentFreak.com.
If that weren't enough, prosecutor Håkan Roswall might not be the best candidate to explain how DHT works to allow for "trackerless" torrents. Frederick Neij, one of the defendants, made a request to comment on Roswall's explanation on how BitTorrent works, essentially saying he doesn't have a clue. As a result, Roswall ended up dropping all charges relating to "assisting copyright infringement," leaving only "assisting making available" charges.
"This is a sensation," said defense lawyer Per E. Samuelson. "It is very rare to win half of the target in just one and a half days and it is clear that the prosecutor took strong note of what we said yesterday."
Ever the confident bunch, Peter Sunde, another defendant in the case, described the events as "EPIC WINNING LOL" on his Twitter account.
Sweden-based BitTorrent indexing site Pirate Bay goes to trial today in Sweden on accusations that the popular torrent site has helped millions of users illegally download copyrighted material. If found guilty, Frederick Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, and Carl Lundström could each receive up to two years in prison along with a 1.2 million kronor (just over $140,000) fine.
At least two of the defendants don't seem too worried about the trial, and during a webcast news conference over the weekend offered a defiant message to the Swedish court.
"What are they going to do about it? They have already failed to take down the site once. Let them fail again. It has its own life without us," Ward was quoting as saying by TorrentFreak.
The court will also hear a civil claim being brought on by Warner Bros., MGM, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Sony BMG, Universal, and BMG. Collectively, the companies are seeking 120 million kronor ($14.3 million) to compensate for alleged lost revenues.
"It does not matter if they require several million or one billion," said an also defiant Peter Sunde. "We are not rich and have no money to pay. They won't get a cent."
We'll continue to follow the trial as it unfolds, which, according to the prosecution, is expected to last for 13 days.