Music Ally: BPI has now asked Google to remove more than 500m search links. “British music industry body the BPI has set a new milestone, but it’s announcing it in frustration rather than celebration. The body says it has just submitted its 500 millionth URL to Google, asking for it to be delisted from the company’s search engine on the grounds of copyright infringement. The BPI also says it has sent 398m removal notices to Microsoft for the Bing and Yahoo search engines, meaning it’s on course to reach 1bn total link submissions across those search engines this year.” BPI stands for British Phonographic Industry.
I’m not a huge fan of piracy, but I admire the creativity. Mashable: This site is a pirate radio for the most popular streaming services . “All the Streams claims to be a ‘private radio for streaming,’ and does work as such. You can ‘turn the dial’ and go to channels of the main streaming services, from Hulu to Netflix to Amazon Prime. Like actual pirate radio, you cannot choose what’s playing — you just sit back and enjoy.” As of this writing it is still working. Warning: the video playing on the Showtime channel when I checked it contained nudity.
TorrentFreak: Torrent Sites Help Game Developer to Share Free Copy of ‘Death and Taxes’. “With help from some top torrent sites, Placeholder Gameworks has released a free copy of its new game Death and Taxes. The developer torrent has the same features as the $12.99 Steam release. While there’s no significant effect on sales, developer Oak, who once was a hardcore pirate himself, is convinced that the official torrent will help the game in the long run.”
Complete Music Update: Australian copyright owners say Google should help enforce the web-blocks. “Australian anti-piracy organisation Creative Content Australia has called on the country’s government to do more to force search engines and social media to stop pesky pirates from accessing proxy servers that allow them to reach piracy sites that have been blocked.”
The Next Web: You’ll need 19 years and $139,346 to download everything on The Pirate Bay. “Since its inception 17 years ago, users have uploaded 6,720 terabytes — or 6.7 petabytes — worth of content to The Pirate Bay, according to a data shared by Pirate Bay admin Winston… Out of this, only 2.58 petabytes are still being seeded.”
Billboard: Labels & Publishers Win $1 Billion Piracy Lawsuit Against Cox Communications. “Cox Communications was found liable for the piracy infringement of more than 10,000 musical works by a U.S. District Court jury in Virgina on Thursday (Dec. 19), awarding $1 billion statutory damages to plaintiffs Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI.”
Economic Times: Film maker wins copyright infringement case against Google, YouTube. “Indian filmmaker Suneel Darshan has won a copyright infringement case against Google and its YouTube video-streaming platform, after an eight-year-long court battle.”