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Pirate Bay is Not Getting Rich From Bitcoin Donations…

If we take a look at The Pirate Bay’s most recent Bitcoin legacy address, which it started advertising late 2017, we see that a total of 0.49 Bitcoin was received. Translated to US dollars (current value for simplicity purposes), this is $4,838, or $7.63 per day. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/332gGM3

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The Fight Over DRM Standards for Streaming Video Is Over and Big Business Won

DRM is usually managed by plugins like Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight, but World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s recommendations make it possible for DRM to be managed by browsers. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other organizations wanted browsers that adopt the standard to agree to protect security researchers and not pursue them under the DMCA, but W3C didn’t make that part of the standard—pissing off a bunch of security professionals and open web advocates. It feels cynical and hypocritical for an organization founded on principles of openness to cave to the constraints of DRM and not stick up for researchers and users. – Kate Conger, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/Kh3iOiQ

Comcast-owned NBC buys part of Vox Media and its stable of news sites

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NBCUniversal today announced that it is making a $200 million equity investment in Vox Media, which operates technology news sites The Verge and Re/code. Vox Media brands also include the video game news and review site Polygon. Other Vox brands are SB Nation, Eater, Racked, Curbed, and Vox.com. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

How Streaming Is Changing Music

Streaming, at least the label-sanctioned version, puts the genie back in the bottle. Every time you click play on a streaming service, from Pandora to YouTube to Spotify, you’re licensing the right to listen to the song in that particular moment, whether you pay a subscription or sit through an ad. Ownership is never even an option. You listen, you license. If you want to listen again, you license again. In this way, streaming music suggests the passing of two eras: the digital download, but also the concept that fans might possess music itself. – Jacob Ganz, NPR

Why Cloud and streaming will save the music business

Breaking down this digital chunk further reveals that revenues from downloads globally fell by 8 percent in 2014. It is streaming services where the music industry is seeing its biggest and most sustained growth. The IFPI estimates 41 million people paid for music subscription services in 2014, a fivefold increase since 2010. In addition, revenues had grown by 39 percent in 2014 and grew consistently across major markets. – Alexander Sword, Computer Business Review

Latest IFPI Global Digital Music Report: Streaming Subscribers Now At 41 Million

The IFPI, the organization that represents record companies across the globe, just released its annual Global Digital Music Report showing that worldwide digital music sales equaled physical sales for the first time. Digital revenues grew 6.9% last year to $6.9 billion USD, which represents 46% of total revenue, exactly the same as physical sales of CDs and vinyl. […] The IFPI report estimates that a full 20% of Internet users still visited unlicensed music P2P file sharing networks, cyberlockers and aggregators, down from 26% in 2013. It’s entirely possible for that number to increase again if a free streaming option is no longer available, making music piracy once again a front burner issue. – Bobby Owsinski, Forbes

Why Music Streaming Hasn’t Stopped Vinyl Sales

2014 is the year of streaming music. In the first half of 2014, on-demand music streaming increased 42%, with audio-only streams (i.e., no YouTube videos) increasing 50.1%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s an acceleration over last year, when streaming saw a 24% increase in the same period. On‐demand streams surpassed 70 billion songs in the first six months of 2014, according to Nielsen. The rise of streaming has come at the cost of CDs and, more notably, digital downloads. But vinyl continues to grow, and grow quickly. Vinyl sales increased over 40% in the first half of the year, accelerating from a 33.5% increase in the same period last year. […] Vinyl is still a very small part of the market, accounting for just 1.8% of album unit sales. Streaming accounted for 20.6% of unit sales based on Nielsen’s equivalent album rate of 1,500 streams to one album. Vinyl’s growth is more of a threat to CD sales than it is to digital formats. – Adam Levy,The Motley Fool
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