The Pirate Bay witnesses 40 percent drop in traffic in the Netherlands — Kavita Iyer of Techworm reports, “According to Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, The Pirate Bay’s main domain has suffered a 40 percent drop in Dutch traffic due to local ISPs (Internet Service Providers), such as Ziggo and XS4ALL were forced to block the torrent site. This decrease of 40% was reported based on numbers from research company ComScore.”
Why almost no one is making a living on YouTube — “What’s happening on YouTube is occurring across the internet, where creators are finding that long odds of success in the online world are not so different from IRL (internet-speak for ‘in real life’). In fact, they might be worse. In music, song streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have mostly benefited superstar acts. No one needs to fight a music label to get their song distributed, but getting listeners is a different problem. Less than one per cent of songs represented 86 per cent of the music streamed last year, according to the market research firm Nielsen. And since no one buys music these days, making even a little money from streaming requires songs to be played millions of times. That’s hurt the music industry’s middle-of-the-road acts the most, the kind of musician who once could eke out a decent living selling several thousand albums a year and touring without ever breaking into the mainstream. Increasingly, such acts face the pressure of going viral or going home.”
New study explores impact of user-centric music-streaming payouts — “‘User-centric’ streaming payouts refers to a proposed system where the royalties generated by someone’s subscription would be divided only between the artists that they listen to, rather than going into a central pool divided by market-share on the platform as a whole.”
For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned. — “We have spent much of the past few years discovering that the digitization of news is ruining how we collectively process information. Technology allows us to burrow into echo chambers, exacerbating misinformation and polarization and softening up society for propaganda. With artificial intelligence making audio and video as easy to fake as text, we’re entering a hall-of-mirrors dystopia, what some are calling an ‘information apocalypse.’ And we’re all looking to the government and to Facebook for a fix.”
Two photographers, unbeknownst to one another, shoot the same picture at the same moment — Finally, for copyright fans, a case study in the doctrine of “independent creation,” a tenet of copyright based on the rule that infringement is premised on factual copying, not identity alone.