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Music Industry Suits Could Bankrupt Pirate Party Members 215

An anonymous reader writes "Music industry group BPI has threatened legal action against six members of the UK Pirate Party, after the party refused to take its Pirate Bay proxy offline. BPI seems to want to hold the individual members of the party responsible for copyright infringements that may occur via the proxy, which puts them at risk of personal bankruptcy. Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye criticized the latest music industry threats and reiterated that blocking The Pirate Bay is a disproportionate measure."
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Music Industry Suits Could Bankrupt Pirate Party Members

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  • Hmm (Score:5, Insightful)

    by meglon ( 1001833 ) on Saturday December 15, 2012 @08:40PM (#42304621)
    Bribing, threatening, or extorting, public officials should be a no-no. Perhaps Scotland Yard should crawl up BPI's ass with a microscope, and start tossing people in jail.
  • by scarboni888 ( 1122993 ) on Saturday December 15, 2012 @08:43PM (#42304645)

    Is that why there's first, second, and third degree murder charges and convictions then - because it's not a matter of degree?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 15, 2012 @08:47PM (#42304667)

    Right and wrong is an either/or thing, not a matter of degrees.

    No, it's all a matter of degree.
    We don't punish a murderer tthe same way we punish someone who is shoplifting. Both things are wrong/illegal and yet one comes with a harsher punishment than the other. A matter of degree. So some things are more wrong than others.

  • by Mashiki ( 184564 ) < minus caffeine> on Saturday December 15, 2012 @08:48PM (#42304673) Homepage

    Is that why there's first, second, and third degree murder charges and convictions then - because it's not a matter of degree?

    No, because of mens rea and culpability.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 15, 2012 @10:02PM (#42304967)

    The whole global revenue of the music industry (2011) is about as much as the profits of a single German construction company (Holzwinkel) were before they went bankrupt.

    Based on the numbers listed for tax purposes.

  • Re:Hmm (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 15, 2012 @10:32PM (#42305075)

    Bribing, threatening, or extorting, public officials should be a no-no.

    Well, yes, but what's that got to do with this? Being a member of a political party doesn't make you a public official, and the only thing being threatened here is legal action, which is perfectly, well, legal.

    On the contrary. Threatening legal action as a form of extortion is called "Barratry" and is illegal.

  • by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @12:45AM (#42305615) Homepage

    There certainly have been excesses in the recording industry's past, but these days the record industry -- record labels, recording studios, and most importantly music artists -- are just struggling to survive.

    I guess that's why Nielsen Soundscan is reporting that overall music sales were up 4% [] in first half of 2012 compared to same time last year. And the 2011 [] report said overall music sales were up 6.9% and: "For the first time, total music purchases reached the 1.6 Billion mark for the year." And there's still more than 75000 albums released per year so there's no mass death of artists, the rumors of the impending doom of the music industry are wildly exaggerated.

  • by Sean ( 422 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @02:52AM (#42305961)

    Purchasing music, movies, or paying for cable TV is immoral. Just don't do it, and try your best to stop your friends and family from doing it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 16, 2012 @06:49AM (#42306375)

    Is it? Please tell me which cable TV company you use that is not associated with these ass clowns in any way or form NOR does it financially contribute to these ass clowns. I'm curious...

    GP is right. If you are giving money to these litigious bastards, you are part of the PROBLEM, not of the solution.

    Some things are more important than getting your quick fix of entertainment.

    With that said, I agree with you... there are indie artists out there that actually deserve your money. Look for them, love them, support them.

  • by xenobyte ( 446878 ) on Sunday December 16, 2012 @08:31AM (#42306585)

    It appears you suffer from a severe mental dysfunction.

    The funny name aside, the Pirates isn't out to steal or plunder. You would know this if you check out the various Pirate Party charters.

    They argue that the business model where an organization - for a hefty fee - handles the rights of musicians and filmmakers, is not only obsolete but actually the very reason the creative people are locked into a structure where they cannot make a living.

    Step back for a minute and think about this. You know when someone really like a new movie and goes to see it again and again? When someone love a record so much that he buys it again and again in different versions, different pressings, different formats etc.?

    These are the people that don't mind paying for their entertainment - because it's that good.

    So why are people downloading illegally? - Well, there are those people that can't or won't pay. You can't force them to pay. If they can't get it for free, they're not interested. So there's no loss there. Are they the majority? Nope. They are about 10% of the so-called pirates. The rest actually have one thing in common: They want something which isn't available where they live. Most would happily pay a decent price if they could. But due to the old and obsolete business model, entertainment is divided into regions and into sectors, strictly separated.

    A movie usually get a monopoly in the local cinemas first. Then comes pay-per-view and subscription movie channels. Then rental. Finally it hits the shelves for general purchase. Along the way, other regions join in, usually in the same order, i.e. cinemas first etc. Now, if you happen to live in the wrong place, you'll have to wait. Maybe it will show up later, maybe not. But the movie is available illegally from day one. So instead of allowing people to pay for it, they push people into piracy. That's stupidity squared and that's why piracy works so well.

    A model that would work is make everything available all at once globally in all formats. Then offer merchandise and enhanced experience in the cinemas. That way over 90% the piracy goes away and done right the merchandising extended to almost all titles could be a gold mine. Sure, there would still be some piracy here and there, mostly done by the people who can't or won't pay, so that's not worth fussing over as there's no sales to be gained.

  • by Bert64 ( 520050 ) <bert AT slashdot DOT firenzee DOT com> on Sunday December 16, 2012 @08:42AM (#42306601) Homepage

    The law itself is disproportionate...

    Copyright in general has become corrupted totally corrupted such that it now exists solely to benefit big copyright holders to the detriment of everyone else. When first envisaged, it was an agreement between society and content creators to allow content creators to profit in the short term while providing their work to the public domain for the benefit of society as a whole long term.
    A copyright term of 20 years made sense at the time, nowadays with modern distribution technology the copyright term should be shorter and yet it has been corrupted beyond belief - now it is extremely unlikely that anyone who was around when something was first released is going to still be alive when it falls into the public domain, and there might not even be any readable copies left by then either.

  • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Sunday December 16, 2012 @03:45PM (#42308223) Journal

    You are forgetting about Hollywood Accounting [] which allows them to make record profits WHILE not paying the artists shit AND in some cases actually getting rebates from Uncle Sam! After all this is the same bunch of scum that had the big brass balls to say "Bat Out Of Hell I", an album that just FYI has the RECORD for the longest time for an album on the Billboard Top 200, didn't make a cent and which caused Meatloaf to go bankrupt not once but twice trying to get paid anything for his record setting album. This is also the same group of pricks that say "If your album came out before iTunes we don't owe you shit on digital sales" which is why Cheap trick and Styx and several other big 70s acts are now suing because they haven't seen a single PENNY from iTunes sales, they kept every cent!

    So excuse me if I say "Please snatch every damned song you can" to everybody out there, between their bribery to get copyrights turned into Valenti's "Forever minus a single day" (if there is a hell may he rot) and fucking the artists out of the mere pittance they were due in the first place? These cocksuckers complaining about people ripping them off is like a mugger having the gall to bitch about how while he was busy mugging your ass somebody broke into his place and stold his stereo! Boo fucking hoo, please go DIAF you worthless leeches on the ass of society. All you do is rob kids by paying them a pittance and then find ways to make sure they don't even get that while you lock the music they worked so hard to create behind a paywall and demand they pay you every time they play their own song. Fuck off and die, you rich old pieces of human waste.

I came, I saw, I deleted all your files.