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Why the Truth Police Trumps Panorama’s “Net Police”

March 16, 2010 2 comments

Panorama just aired an ‘interesting’ show tonight. Entitled “Are the Net Police Coming for You?”, the BBC describes the show in the following way.

A proposed new law is threatening to disconnect the millions of internet users who unlawfully download free music, films and TV. Jo Whiley looks at how broadband use at home may never be the same, and could even be cut off
Broadcast on: BBC One, 8:30pm Monday 15th March 2010

The problem is, the show is much like one broadcast as part of Film09 last year. That show, like this one, relied almost entirely on industry views, regurgitating their talking points, and ‘facts’ without any attempt at journalistic integrity. Basic practice is to get confirmation on facts from two separate sources, and yet both last year, and last night, this was not adhered to. The reason why is simple, of course – there is no second separate source. The Copyright industry is the only one claiming losses. The only facts that support those claims, are studies those same industries fund. Even then they don’t match up, although that little detail is swept under the rug.

Like last year though, I’m going to complain. and like last year, I expect I’ll get a rather cavalier brush-off as to why the  program was short on facts, counterpoint, investigation, critical analysis or basic rational thought.

Just so you understand, the film09 segment last year was basically a regurgitation of the MPAA/Rand study claiming organized terrorism is involved in ‘movie piracy’. The problem is, my old friend at TorrentFreak, Ben Jones, debunked the report thoroughly weeks before the segment was shown, and he wasn’t alone in it. The respnse to my complaint however, dismissed little things like ‘facts’

From: complaintresponse@bbc.co.uk
Subject: ‘Film 2009 with Jonathan Ross’ [T2009040900EUS010Z5530203]

4/15/2009 10:25 AM

Dear Mr Norton
Thank you for your e-mail regarding ‘Film 2009 with Jonathan Ross’ as broadcast on 31 March.

I note you felt the report on this programme about copyright theft wasn’t adequately balanced as it only featured interviews with people from the film industry. I appreciate you felt we allowed a distorted view of this issue to be portrayed and note you have strong views regarding this matter.

This report focused in on a legitimate problem for both the film industry and the authorities as they try to tackle what is an ever increasing and profitable criminal activity. We feel the report outlined the laws surrounding the issue of film piracy adequately and that the interviewees from the film industry were entirely appropriate people to comment on the problem.

Impartiality is the cornerstone of all our output, and we feel this report was fully balanced in it’s coverage of copyright theft. Nevertheless I appreciate our audience has a wide range of opinions and inevitably this means that not every viewer will agree with the content of every programme we broadcast. We know all our editorial decisions are subjective and we’d never expect our audience to agree with every decision we make.

With this in mind that I’d like to take this opportunity to assure you that I’ve recorded your comments, including that you believe this topic deserves a more in depth investigation, onto our audience log. This is an internal daily report of audience feedback which is circulated to many BBC staff including senior management, producers and channel controllers.

The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content.

Thanks again for contacting us.

Regards

Liam Boyle
BBC Complaints

And now, almost exactly a year later, we have another program, making a similar lobbying attempt, cunningly camouflaged as factual programing. The UK Pirate Party has, so far, found over twenty errors, embellishments, inaccuracies and misstatements. I imagine the number will increase as more people look closely at the program.

I for one will be sending another complaint (http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/) , and I hope I won’t be alone in it. When I get a response, I’ll post it straight away.

Attack of the Porn Show

March 8, 2010 2 comments

Back in September 2007, TorrentFreak ran a piece about the porn industry deciding to take on pirates. G4TV was interested, and contacted them to see if one of their writers would like to appear on their flagship program, Attack of the Show, to talk about it. All the writers for TorrentFreak, are Europe-based, and G4 is a US channel, though, and Attack of the Show is done Live (or thereabouts). So, on September 14th, I was asked if I’d take part, representing the US Pirate Party, and I said ‘yes’.

The segment filmed, and aired Monday, September 17th, so there was little time to prepare. I’ve not been a huge follower of the porn industry, or a downloader of porn, so I had to reach out to my contacts to find out more. I was lucky, in that one acquaintance of mine from a year or two earlier, was running two porn torrent sites, and forwarded me contact details for some of their admins.

Armed with all the prep, I was told that Crawford Communications would be awaiting me, and that I would be dealing with an Anh Tran as my opponent (try looking up that name when you just get it over the phone) so that was that. Crawford’s a lovely company though, very professional, especially Jim Baxter, who was my cameraman/producer. The only downside, was they didn’t actually get G4 on their cable system!. I couldn’t even see my opponent or the show, all I could do is hear it through a single earpiece. It also meant, I had no idea how delayed things were until after the show was done, and I got to watch it later that night.

I’m in Atlanta, they’re in San Fransisco. Ahn is on set or next door – there’s no delay for him. Theres roughly 1.5 seconds delay each way for me. Thanks to some snappy decisions by the Director, it’s not obvious, but it becomes so at the end, when I’m talking over someone – it’s not intentional, it’s just hard to tell.

Anyway, tell me what you think of it in the comments.

And since I can’t seem to get it embedded here, you’ll have to go to THIS PAGE to see it.

Why the US film Industry is Going Bankrupt.

March 1, 2010 4 comments

About 2 years ago, in the January of 08, I started a little project. It was to look at the box office figures put out by the film industry, and look how p2p had impacted them. I did some initial research, which looked at US box office figures for 1996-2007.

Then, in June 07, I published an initial summery of some of my findings, with the aim that I would try and have the full study finished by the end of July 08. That (obviously) didn’t happen. A mixture of real-life pressures, and ADD kept me from finishing it (plus work on the Pirate Party US/International).

Studies like this were the reason I stepped down from Pirate Parties International. It’s only recently, now that the US Pirate Party has a full board, that I can concentrate once more upon things. So, I’ve updated the box office figures, and included 2008 and 2009 as well as 1990-95 (although some of the 09 films are still showing, so shouldn’t be taken as ‘final’).

One thing I did notice when collecting the figures, were the figures for 2005. This is the year, let’s not forget, where Hollywood claimed to lose $6.1Billion, to “Piracy” (meaning ‘copyright infringement’)

The thing is that while the box office figures for the US were down a bit, they weren’t down by much, especially not when compared to the 90s (before ‘piracy’) What’s more, while they may have lost a claimed $6.1Billion worldwide (1.3Billion of that in the US); the top ten films, of the 547 or so released that year, took in over $5.7B worldwide (and $2.4B in the US).

They never mention their income in the same press release as their claimed losses, and now you know why. They also never include the costs of the films, and there’s another reason. The top 10 in 1990 cost around $316.5Million in 1990 dollars (521.5Million in 08 dollars), which included films like Ghost, Total Recall, and Due Hard 2.

2005’s top 10 films cost a whopping $1.307 BILLION to make by contrast ($1.441Billion in 08 dollars) – 2.7x more. In fact, only two of 2005’s films cost less to make than the most expensive film (in the 1990 top ten, Die Hard 2 ($70M in 1990, $104M in 05 dollars). Those were Wedding Crashers ($40M) and Madagascar ($75M)

When you want to look at a reason Hollywood, and the MPAA feel they’re losing money, it’s the budgets that should be looked at. People are still going, but it’s the expense that drives the profits down.

Many thanks to BoxofficeMojo for lots of lovely data to work with.

Part1 – US Box Office Top10 from 1990-2009

An ACTA Comment to the USTR

February 24, 2010 1 comment

We all know about ACTA. What we don’t know is what ACTA contains. The US Government calls it a National Security issue, and points to Executive order 12958. The UK government is refusing to put the treaty on the Parliamentary record. It’s a den of shadows, where nothing is clear. All that there are are rumours and drafts.

So, it’s at least partially heartening that some pretense of listening to the people has occured to the US Trade Representative (USTR) in that he opened the door for comments. Naturally I, like others, jumped at the chance.

It’s all too easy to go off half-cocked, and start rambling, talking about things you’ve heard, think you think might happen, etc. That’s not the right way. If it sounds like a conspiracy theory, then odds are it’ll be treated as one, and ignored. Sticking to the facts in a clear and comprehensive manner work wonders.

With only a week’s timeframe, it could be hard to write something factually hard-hitting, but also short enough to avoid being ignored as ‘tl;dr‘. Luckily, the snowstorm that hit DC meant that there was a 2 day extension for submissions. This was not neccesary for myself, but for the US Pirate Party it meant we had enough time to get a statement out I feel was acceptable.

I’ll leave it to them to publish their statement, but I’m going to post mine, just for some thoughts, should you wish to contact your representative. Especially in light of the most recent leak, 3 days after the deadline close.

Success! Your Comment Has Been Submitted
Comment Tracking Number: 80aa7e65
Thank you for submitting a comment on the following NOTICES

Document ID: USTR-2010-0003-0001: 2010 Special 301 Federal Register Notice
Your attached files:
ANortonUSTR-2010-0003.pdf Successfully uploaded

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A Brief History of the Oink Trial Pt1

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment

So the oink trial is over, and Alan won.

In a larger sense, many of us won. The Oink raid and trial was, at it’s essence, a show-trial, every bit a spectacle trial (or ‘spectrial’) as last years Pirate Bay one – if not moreso. After all, the Swedish Police didn’t do the raid accompanied by TV cameras – in fact they covered up cameras – but otherwise it was similar.

So let’s go through the case. It started with a raid, covered by the BBC in a regional news program that covered the talking points of the victim (the IFPI/BPI) and the police. Worse, the police, in the form of Detective Inspector Colin Green, made definitive statements that were at odds with the facts.

“There’s approximately 180,000 members, who pay subscriptions to enter the website and download any music that’s available. And music that’s been made available on that website, it’s pre-release, it hasn’t gone into the record shops”

As we all know, subscriptions were not required. Nor was music downloaded from the site. As for the pre-release claims, a small percentage may have been, but the better question is where it came from, presumably a music industry person that decided to upload, and not acquired by Mr Ellis himself.

The ominous warning put on Oink.cd

The domain was also hijacked, by the IFPI and BPI, displaying their logos and an intimidating message. Interestingly, the representatives of the alleged victims, the IFPI and BPI, were not only participating in a criminal investigation, but headlining it. A definite conflict of interest at the very least, but the hijacking of private property owned by the defendant, by the accuser, to post intimidation and attempt to influence people, is clearly an attempt to prejudice the trial. 3 days later, thankfully, the website was redirected, but it shows the levels of influence these industry bodies have over the police.

Meanwhile, Alan Ellis, was released, and spent the next 11 months on bail before being finally charged with “Conspiracy to defraud the music industry”. The UK lobby group FACT has a description of the offence which actually pretty much gave the case as a win for Ellis (and archive.org says the page is still the same as in May 06). The specimen charge they give reads

On a day between the … Day of… 19.. And the … Day of… 19.. In the county of… And elsewhere, conspired with … And with persons unknown to defraud the copyright owners of various video films by marketing/distributing/manufacturing infringing copies of video films contrary to the common law

No-one was defrauded of films, they still had them. The only way the charge could work, is if the claim is that the copyright owners had been deprived of money they might have got. Great, except that argument can be made by anyone you’re in competition with. Oh, and copyright, not a property – it’s an assignable right.

Next time – the build up, the users, and the pre-trial playabout.
Categories: Analysis, Copyright, Piratey Stuff Tags: ,

I made Wikipedia!

January 7, 2010 1 comment

Earlier this week, I had a slight surprise. Someone had actually created a wikipedia article about me. Great! Nice to think I was considered notable enough in the Pirate Party movement to get a page. It’s a bit light on facts though, so I thought I’d add some here (since I couldn’t add them to wikipedia, as that’s a “conflict of Interest”

  • I’m married with 3 kids
  • I was born June 24th 1980
  • I used to work on BattleBots (I went from an assorted crew minion at the Long Beach event and Season 1.0, to coordinating the pits in 2.0, and was a safety inspector in 4.0 – passes are on this VASTLY out of date page from 03)
  • I also took part in Robot Wars, as part of Team Liverdyne. We ran the Middleweight Hard Cheese (Middleweight champ 98-2000) and the Heavyweight Viper01
  • Hard Cheese can also be briefly seen in the Spaced Episode “Mettle” – I am visible a bit more, as one of the slo-mo’d solo cheerers during the episodes battle.

And for those that want to know what ‘ktetch’ (more properly “K’Tetch”) is about – it’s a the name of a character I developed for an RPGin the mid-90s. It’s of Klingon origin, and it’s very handy as an on-line user name, as no-one else uses it.

Oink and the Technicolour Lie-coat

January 5, 2010 19 comments

One of the core philosophies of reporting is that you only print what you’re sure of. If you don’t know, don’t say. That way Libel lies.

Someone really should tell the Northern Echo (Update; see comments, it’s written by the Press Association) that. Today, they ran a piece about the restarting of Alan Ellis’ trial. Alan, if you didn’t know, was associated with oink, the music bittorrent tracker. If you know about bittorrent, and the case in particular, it’s a real head-slap moment. The majority of the piece appears to have been copied from the RIAA/BPI filings made to police, and 30 seconds research (even to past news stories covering this case) would prove the lie.

Let’s look at some of the errors

A man suspected of operating one of the world’s biggest pirate music websites from a bedsit had his trial adjourned today.

I’m pretty sure the site was operating from a Hosting company. Despite claims made by ISPs, their residential connections aren’t all that fast.

“Computer equipment and documents were seized from his home in Middlesbrough in 2007 and he was charged by police with conspiracy to defraud the music industry and copyright infringement.”

Actually, things seem cut and dried, but it’s not quiet accurate (again). The raids and seizures were made in October 2007 (and ‘coincidentally’ with a BBC camera unit in tow) but Mr Elis was not charged until 11 months later. With Conspiracy to Defraud the Music Industry – a charge unheard of before (possibly because it doesn’t actually exist?)

“Police and music industry investigators suggested that he could have made hundreds of thousands of pounds a year from the OiNK website, which he set up in 2004.

“Could have”, yes. Did do, no. Over the same time period he *could* also have murdered 300 people, or run for the House of Commons. It’s actually music investigators (the plaintiffs) making that accusation first – that’s one of the things that triggered the raid.

“He is the first person in the UK ever to be charged with illegal file-sharing. “

Oh, not even close. We could cover Barwiska (although that’s a civil case). The uploaders to oink that police arrested as a result of this raid, who were sentenced a year ago would also probably dispute that.

The OiNK website was a complex computer programme created to help share music and audio files amongst a community of online users.

The oink website was a fairly simple website which accessed a tracker database backend. It’s no more complex than Amazon, or any other database-driven site, and is certainly not a computer program, complex or otherwise.

Members of the community would seed the system by uploading music files or leech from it by downloading music files.

Sorry, They would seed torrents, which are independent of the tracker or ‘system’. Likewise, they would leech from torrents, using bandwidth from other users, not doing anything with the ‘system’ directly.

To do so they had to register their email address and a unique user name, and make donations by debit or credit card to ensure full access and maximum usage of the site.

Yes, yes, and no. Donations were not required – this is back to the ‘hundreds of thousands of pounds’ argument above. Telling the lie that you HAD to send money, means there’s a minimum financial value associated with each user, which can be counted, which then leads to the money claims above. Since there was no requirement to pay to use the site, the rest of the argument falls down badly.

The technology used – a method known as BitTorrent file-sharing – had three main advantages: It broke files down into small pieces of data, which made that data more easy to share, giving a higher quality download in a shorter time.

First, that seems like only one advantage to me, and a nonsensical one at that. Higher quality means bigger file, regardless of protocol used to share, which means LONGER time not shorter. What I think they mean to say was “it breaks files down into smaller chunks of data (just like all data transfers do) which can then be distributed with a far greater efficiency than using any other protocol”

The beauty of the system was that each time a person leeched – or downloaded – an album from the internet, they became a seeder from whom other OiNK users could download the same album.

True, but only as long as the specific torrent in question was not only still in the persons client, but actively running as well, not permanently, as is suggested.

Early online file-sharing systems were so slow it could be more expensive to download an album than to buy it in a shop.

I would really LOVE to know how they came up with this statement. I suppose if you were on dialup, calling a non-local Point of Presence that was not free, you could maybe rack up some charges (7.9p/minute at current BT national call rates). Dialup (when I had it with blueyonder in 99-2002) would do approx 1MB every 5 minutes, and a 3 minute song is about 3MB. 15 minutes per track comes to 118.5p. In that way, yes it’s more expensive than 99c from itunes, BUT, it’s less than the cost of going to HMV or Virgin, and buying a single for 10 songs, its £11.80 – which is less than I seem to recall albums costing now, or then (and we’re not factoring in travelling costs), so another false claim.

But advances in technology meant OiNK users could download very high quality music files, very quickly.

Oink users, iTunes users, BBC iPlayer users- that’s not something specific to Oink. The technological advances are in broadband rollout and speed, bcause if you’re still on dialup, bittorrent won’t be any faster – would almost certainly be SLOWER in fact.

Ellis’ trial at Middlesbrough Crown Court was adjourned until tomorrow, for legal arguments.

Wow, they managed it! They managed an entire sentence that was wholly accurate.

You want to know what’s quite fun about this piece though? Since it’s a newspaper, distribbuted in the area of the trial, and which contains a severely slanted perspective on the case, including a lot of factual errors, it could be considered prejudicial to the case, and cause a mistrial. Nor is it the first time such action has happened in this case. Immediately after the raid the domain was hijacked by the music industry, long before charges were made, let alone a day in court.

Fun eh? I’ve sent a link to this to the News Editor of The Northern Echo, I wonder what his response will be.

UPDATE:i’ve just been informed that the Mirror is also running the exact same story Wonder what their editor thinks of it.

UPDATE 2: Just has word from Alan “didn’t even get my job right.” – nuff said really.

Terrorism – How Not to Deal With It

January 4, 2010 1 comment

Terrorism. An innocuous word to some, but it makes US government officials lose their collective minds. In an orgy of CYA (cover your ass) clusterf*cks, they manage to turn even the simplest blunders into terrorist activities.

Let’s first reflect on the actual DANGERS of terrorism. As I wrote about a few months ago, there are more deaths, on average, EVERY MONTH on US roads, than in every terrorist attack targeting at least one US Citizen from 1994-2005 combined, and that over the same period, mother nature – in the form of tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, snow/ice and even plain old heat – killed twice as many over the same time period as the dreaded T-word. Fivethirtyeight.com also breaks down air-based terrorist incidents by miles travelled, time travelled, and number of passengers involved. Their results?

one terrorist incident per 16,553,385 departures.
one terrorist incident per 11,569,297,667 miles flown
one terrorist incident per 27,221,877 hours airborne.

And
the odds of being on given departure which is the subject of a terrorist incident have been 1 in 10,408,947 over the past decade

You can read their source data and maths on their article.

So, on Christmas Day, we have ‘an attempted bomb plot’ (which is included in the figures above) that ended up fizzling. This is 8 years after the complete overhaul of air travel ‘security’ to prevent it from happening. After it happened, there were more TSA CYA’s, including a security directive which went out to over 10,000 people worldwide. When it was made public by two different bloggers, the TSA came down on them. For making public a government document. ‘Strangely’, after that was made public, both the directive, and the subpoenas served on the bloggers have gone away. That indicates that there was fear of the public reaction – fear of the exposure of their tactics and methods.

Then there was the lovely incident yesterday, at Newark airport. Someone got from the public side to the secure side, and caused the entire airport to go into lock down. The ‘best’ part of all? Hours later they still don’t know who. It is nothing more than a clear case of TSA incompetence, and lack of common sense.

What makes it even more of a farce was the White House’s weekly address, published a day earlier.

Let’s never forget what has always carried us through times of trial, including those attacks eight Septembers ago.

Instead of giving in to fear and cynicism, let’s renew that timeless American spirit of resolve and confidence and optimism.

Fear is the entire reason the TSA exists; and it is what has been carrying the US through the last 8 years. It’s been the rational for a lot of legislation over the past 8 years, and it’s the bread-and-butter of both this Administration and the last one. The US Federal code even defines (18 U.S.C. §2331) as using violent acts to, amongst other things -intimidate or coerce a populace. Brandishing weapons, detaining people – both can be considered violent acts. By the circular reasoning, that the US Government loves, it gets even better. The THREAT of a terrorist act is in fact a terrorist act. If you say “unless xyz happens, there will be an attack”, that is a terrorist threat.

Now we’re down to how the Department of Homeland Security was created, and that’s a whole other story. I leave you with something I saw on twitter, ‘re-tweeted‘ by my good friend, and political blodder, Aaron Landry, from the KARE news station in the twin cities.

RT @solace: RT @kare11: NWA flight diverted because of Christmas ornament http://bit.ly/6fWkLp really? this isn’t an Onion headline?

No, it’s just the state of “Anti-terrorist” paranoia in a climate of security theatre, and that’s pretty sad.

Recommended Bittorrent/µTorrent Settings

December 19, 2009 Leave a comment

As I’ve shown already, Oftentimes people do REALLY stupid things with their client settings. I mean beyond ordinary ‘stupid’. Private tracker sites are one of the main reasons for this. The all-fired obsession with seeding as much as possible, because of the power of the intangible and all-powerful ‘ratio’ that must be obeyed, and adhered to at all costs.

Thus I felt that I should reprint this, as first developed by a friend of mine, a µTorrent forum moderator that goes by the name of Switeck. This was first publshed on the µTorrent forum, but in the spirit of getting it out there, and easily found, he agreed to this reprint. These settings work for pubic AND private trackers (and work better for private trackers than the ones suggested by those trackers in most cases)

Thanks again to Switeck

<<<< Begin>>>>

Almost NO Cable line or ADSL line should use settings higher than 2 mbit/sec upload speed!

This link explains my chart further: http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php … 50#p422150

╔════════════════╦═══════════╦═══════════╦══════════╗
CONNECTION TYPE ║  UPLOAD CONNECTIONS MAX ACTIVE
║(UPLOAD MAXIMUM)║Limit│Slots║ Torr│ MAX ║Torr│Down.║
╠════════════════╬═════╪═════╬═════╪═════╬════╪═════╣
║ DEFAULT        ║   20│    3║   30│   40║   2│    1║
║ Dial-up (28.8k)║    2│    1║    4│    5║   1│    1║
║ Dial-up (56k)  ║    3│    1║    5│    6║   1│    1║
║Single ISDN(64k)║    5│    2║   10│   15║   1│    1║
║ Dual ISDN(128k)║    9│    3║   20│   25║   1│    1║

║  64 kbit/sec   ║    5│    2║   20│   25║   1│    1║
║  80 kbit/sec   ║    6│    2║   25│   30║   1│    1║
║  96 kbit/sec   ║    7│    3║   25│   30║   1│    1║
║ 128 kbit/sec   ║    9│    3║   30│   35║   1│    1║
║ 160 kbit/sec   ║   13│    3║   30│   40║   1│    1║
║ 192 kbit/sec   ║   17│    3║   30│   50║   2│    1║
║ 224 kbit/sec   ║   20│    3║   35│   55║   2│    1║
║ 256 kbit/sec   ║   22│    3║   35│   60║   2│    1║
║ 320 kbit/sec   ║   29│    3║   35│   80║   3│    2║
║ 384 kbit/sec   ║   35│    4║   40│   90║   3│    2║
║ 448 kbit/sec   ║   40│    4║   40│  100║   3│    2║
║ 512 kbit/sec   ║   47│    4║   40│  100║   4│    3║
║ 640 kbit/sec   ║   60│    4║   45│  120║   4│    3║
║ 700 kbit/sec   ║   65│    4║   45│  140║   5│    4║
║ 768 kbit/sec   ║   72│    5║   50│  150║   5│    4║
║ 800 kbit/sec   ║   75│    5║   50│  160║   6│    5║
║ 900 kbit/sec   ║   82│    5║   55│  180║   6│    5║

║   1 mbit/sec   ║   92│    6║   60│  200║   7│    6║
║   1.5 mbit/sec ║  140│    7║   60│  250║   8│    7║
║   2 mbit/sec   ║  186│    8║   60│  300║  10│    8║
║   2.5 mbit/sec ║  250│    8║   60│  320║  12│    8║
║   3 mbit/sec   ║  300│    9║   65│  330║  13│    9║
║   4 mbit/sec   ║  400│   10║   70│  350║  14│   10║
║   5 mbit/sec   ║  500│   10║   70│  400║  15│   10║
║   8 mbit/sec   ║  800│   15║   80│  450║  17│   12║

║  10 mbit/sec   ║ 1000│   20║  100│  500║  20│   15║
║  15 mbit/sec   ║ 1500│   22║  100│  550║  23│   17║
║  20 mbit/sec   ║ 2000│   25║  125│  600║  25│   20║
║  25 mbit/sec   ║ 2500│   26║  130│  620║  27│   21║
║  30 mbit/sec   ║ 3000│   27║  135│  650║  30│   23║
║  40 mbit/sec   ║ 4000│   28║  140│  700║  40│   25║
║  50 mbit/sec   ║ 5000│   30║  150│  800║  50│   30║
║  80 mbit/sec   ║ 8000│   35║  160│  900║  80│   35║
║ 100 mbit/sec   ║10000│   40║  200│ 1000║ 100│   40║
╠════════════════╬═════╪═════╬═════╪═════╬════╪═════╣
CONNECTION TYPE ║  UPLOAD CONNECTIONS MAX ACTIVE
║(UPLOAD MAXIMUM)║Limit│Slots║ Torr│ MAX ║Torr│Down.║
╚════════════════╩═════╧═════╩═════╧═════╩════╧═════╝

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Connection Type/ Upload Maximum = UPLOAD speed in kilobits/sec OR megabits/sec. NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH DOWNLOAD SPEED MAX! A “10 megabit/sec” cable line has that speed only for download…upload speed is likely 1 megabit/sec OR LESS!
UPLOAD Limit = Max Upload Speed in KiloBYTES/second
Upload Slots = number of peers to upload to at once on EACH active Torrent.
Connections Torr = Maximum Connections allowed PER active Torrent
Connections MAX = Global Maximum Connections allowed
MAX ACTIVE Torr = Total Maximum Active Torrents (This is Downloading PLUS Seeding!)
MAX ACTIVE Down. = Total Maximum Downloading Torrents

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Hope these settings help you.

P2P Hurts UK Music Sales?

December 4, 2009 10 comments

… or so we’re told.

There is a belief, that music sales are being harmed by the internet. MP3’s and peer-to-peer (p2p) networks have made swapping music easy, ever since Napster burst onto the scene in 1999. There is even a section on the BPI’s website that deals with it (strangely titled “File-sharing FAQ’s

Why is it a problem; does filesharing damage music sales?
Aside from the fact that filesharing infringes and undermines the rights of the creators and investors in music, it’s enormously damaging to music sales.

Is is true though?

Well, according to figures from the UK music industry themselves, the answer is No.

I have already published this info once, in my recent consultation response submitted to the UK government. What I didn’t do, however, was show what those figures look like. After all an arcane group of numbers might look like anything, what’s needed are some illustrations.

Without further ado, let’s get to the data then.

The data is provided from two sources. The data comes from the Official UK Charts company information pack, And the BPI “Top market lines” publication. Also, as the BPI notes, digital album data was only collected from Q2 2006 onwards, so prior to that, any sales were unrecorded.

Lets’s start with Albums. First, the raw figures (figures are in millions of units)


And likewise the singles figures (again, figures are in millions of units)


This might look like boring data, so lets add the graphs.
Album sales look like this

While singles sales look like this

Doesn’t look all that damaging to sales to me.

One last test though, let’s look at all those sales numbers combined, see just how much the sales have been ‘hurt’ over the last 10 years by P2P.

Anyone want to point me to where the sales are damaged?

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