International: Software Pirates - where do they all come from?

The Pirate Bay has just released a Google-powered map that tracks the number of IP-infringing connections per country.

The TorrentFreak's "pirate bay map" records bittorrent communication, logging the locations to and from which its trackers are transferred. The map indicates the origin of the users who are connecting to its trackers, and it updates in real time.

According to the map at the time of this posting, the leader in traffic is China. The map indicates that 33% of all connections to the trackers originate from the .cn domain, which equals about 7 million peers. Considering that the site is officially blocked in China, these numbers are even more impressive.

Other Asian locations host massive amount of users as well, with 5.9% of connections coming from Taiwan and 4.2% from Japan.

The United States is a home to 8% of the users, and Sweden - the home of the Pirate Bay - hosted over 1% of them. Sweden had about 250,000 peers, which--out of a population of nine million --is not nearly as bad as some of the other countries.

In Europe, Spain has been the leading country, owning a little less that 5% of the connections.

The map is arguably only the beginning of a larger project to provide detailed statistics on the tracker’s users.

Read more here and here.

International: Pirates in Britain will not be disconnected from the internet

One of the new strategies of the music industry internationally is to find new policemen to enforce its rights in the digital world.

ISPs are extremely appealing candidates in this regard, since they can disconnect users from the Internet. Using ISPs can prevent repeated infringements and deter new ones. The music industry lobbied aggressively in various countries to enact a law that will force ISPs to disconnect repeated infringers from the Internet. The BRI, which represents the British record industry, has almost succeeded in passing such legislation in Britain, as the British government had seriously intended to compel internet companies to cut off customers who ignore warnings not to download music and video files illegally.

However, an interview with The Times with Mr. David Lammy, the British Intellectual Property Minister, revealed that the Government had ruled out creating a law. He questioned whether such a law can actually be possible.

While the music industry expressed disappointment of the reverse turn, ISPs--who consistently objected the heavy hand of the legislator being involved in their business--expressed satisfaction, saying that it is impossible to attract people to use the Internet and at the same time to scare them away.

Seven million British share files illegally every year, and the damage to the industry is said by the industry to amount to £180million a year.