HomeMusic Industry NewsMusic PiracyThe 100 Most Pirated Music Releases… Paul Resnikoff July 18, 201443 43 Responses Throckmorton Ploop July 18, 2014 You mean all that, is right there, for free? Anonymous July 19, 2014 It’s as free as parked cars on the street… Anonymous July 20, 2014 …oh, and just to make sure we’re on the same page: It’s also illegal to steal cars. Throckmorton Ploop July 20, 2014 Yes, of course it is…..reminds me of that anti-piracy ad from long ago. Went something like…..”You wouldn’t steal a car, would you?” It was a good one. Do you remember it? Anonymous July 18, 2014 Imagine what would happen if Google were forced to stop its piracy support, like it was forced to stop its child porn support.The Pirate Bay would die in 48 hours. show me+the+money... July 18, 2014 “Imagine what would happen if Google were forced to stop its piracy support, like it was forced to stop its child porn support.The Pirate Bay would die in 48 hours.”Yup. david July 18, 2014 …. because people have no idea how to find TPB without using Google? Or because Google ads run on the site? Neither are true. Anonymous July 18, 2014 Piracy sites get more than 70% of the traffic from search engines. FarePlay July 18, 2014 See I told you there were pirates here, lurking around. Avasssst. PiratesWinLOL July 21, 2014 Arrr! Anonymous July 21, 2014 david – the point is not the search engine, but the ad serving… follow the money. Anonymous July 18, 2014 Although this is a pretty good advertisement right here! Versus July 18, 2014 Exactly. Clearly, it is technologically possible, but the will is not there. Google simply makes too much money from this criminality. smg77 July 20, 2014 So Google runs TPB now? Some of you need to figure out the difference between web sites and search engines. Anonymous July 20, 2014 If you link to a pirate site you are no different then a pirate.. Anonymous July 20, 2014 “So Google runs TPB now? Some of you need to figure out the difference between web sites and search engines.”Here’s what criminals say when they try to justify The Pirate Bay:“TPB is no worse than Google — both are search engines.”And they’re right. Both are search engines, and both make a lot of money from violating the DMCA in a well-planned and systematic way. John R July 21, 2014 Google took down 23,096 Pirate Bay links from their search results just last week alone. It’s publicly available information: Anonymous July 21, 2014 An important part of Google’s business model is to maximize the revenue it generates from the interval between a and b, where a is the moment Google uploads the criminal material, and b is the moment when it is forced to take it down.This technique was developed and refined in order to monetize current flaws in the DMCA. John R. July 21, 2014 Interesting. Can you point me to a source or other reference? Thanks. Speaking of — my link to Google Transparency Report didn’t post. https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/domains/thepiratebay.se/ Anonymous July 21, 2014 Hm, I just googled “the pirate bay” — and got 7,300,000 results.In the the top result, Google asks you to: “Download music, movies, games, software! The Pirate Bay”Below that statement, Google tells you that “The Pirate Bay is the galaxy’s most resilient BitTorrent site” and links directly to the criminal site. Anonymous July 21, 2014 …..and below that statement is a news headline….The Pirate Bay doubles traffic despite banKinda funny. Anonymous July 22, 2014 You think piracy is funny? show me the money... July 18, 2014 Paul – why did you crop out the ads for Ashley Madison, Slutroulette, Casual Dates Fun, TestoFuels, etc. The Pirate Bay can only operate by profiting from advertising funding… This isn’t about kids and bedrooms, this is about corporations and boardrooms.http://digiday.com/platforms/why-is-ad-tech-still-funding-piracy/ david July 18, 2014 It’s a little simplistic to say that the top 100 releases on TPB are the “most pirated”. This is just bittorrent and just one bittorrent site out of many – it’s not even the most popular BT site worldwide anymore. You’re missing locker services, mp3 download sites, VK, what’s going on outside the (mostly) English-language focus of TPB.If you’d headlined it “The 100 Most Pirated Music Releases on ThePirateBay” you’d be more accurate but then I guess it wouldn’t play so well…. FarePlay July 18, 2014 See he’s back or is he a she? FarePlay July 18, 2014 Perhaps David would write a more accurate article. David’s right about one thing. People will always find a workaround, but not everyone’s as smart as David or as determined.Ending piracy is about getting people to understand why paying is worth it. Now, there’s an article David is clearly unqualified to write. Anonymous July 18, 2014 “Ending piracy is about getting people to understand why paying is worth it”…and make them understand what’s happening if they don’t pay (artists and labels can no longer afford to produce the kind of music people want). Anonymous July 20, 2014 spoken like a true pirate.. Anonymous July 19, 2014 Hang the pirates. Anonymous July 19, 2014 Nah, they’re just thieves.Make them pay for what they steal. smg77 July 20, 2014 I’m sure killing music fans will work just as well as suing them did. Anonymous July 20, 2014 Not sure what you mean — we’re not discussing music fans here.They just want their favorite musicians to keep making music. And the only way to make that happen is to pay for the songs.Producing music in the quality consumers (and criminals) want is extremely expensive. PiratesWinLOL July 21, 2014 Your fantasies about punishing pirates are childish 🙂 TPB, mp3skull, Groove Shark etc. will be here today, tomorrow and in 10 years. Sure, I would indeed like it the other way around too and see the music industry burn and die, considering the evil and oppression they have been behind. Their attacks on actual artists like Girl Talk, Danger Mouse and De La Soul says everything, just like their obscene behavior with regards to sites such as Reelradio. On the other hand, I know it is not going to happend, with streaming having saved them to some extend. Anonymous July 21, 2014 “TPB, mp3skull, Groove Shark etc. will be here today, tomorrow and in 10 years”Um, that’s what they said about MegaUpload. 🙂 PiratesWinLOL July 22, 2014 Yeah, sure, and it is still there just under the name “Mega”. Only difference is that they made it even better and much more private and secure, with strong end to end encryption being a possibility.https://mega.co.nz/ Paul Resnikoff July 22, 2014 I have to go with Anonymous on this one. If MegaUpload had existed during the Napster days, they would have been sued by the music industry, and they may have survived. But now it’s Hollywood and television freaking out, which introduces a whole new armada into this war.Obama visits LA to get contributions from Hollywood; there just isn’t that much money left in the music industry anymore.Care to differ? Let’s take a look. Major labels are weak, their revenues are down 75% or more in the last ten years. Tech companies like Spotify and Apple definitely don’t care. Which brings us to touring, where giants like Live Nation doesn’t care about piracy and recording devaluation, because piracy makes more artists hit the road (David Lowery just wrote about this). They are loving this!But big Hollywood studios DO care about piracy, and are putting lots of pressure on politicians and law enforcements.Thing Dotcom’s mansion would have gotten raided 10 years ago? Exactly… Dan July 21, 2014 So bang goes the often heard argument from Pirate Scum that they only pirate music that isn’t available commercially anywhere.When are we going to start throwing these scumbags in jail? Anonymous July 21, 2014 Can’t even make the sites “go away”. Dan July 22, 2014 If we had decent legislation we could – people being able to hid behind ‘safe harbour’ etc. means protecting our content and art is difficult. Lemon July 21, 2014 This brought back memories. I’m surprised that anyone even takes the time anymore to download. Ain’t they heard of this new fangled thing called Spotify? Tom July 21, 2014 I don’t understand why they don’t already use some download filter, which recognizes which songs are downloaded? Like the way Youtube recognizes a song in a video. It should be in the law that internet providers would need to recognize somehow the music downloads (songs), and they should charge the people who are downloading the songs with a small fee. (sorry for my bad english) Anonymous July 21, 2014 “I don’t understand why they don’t already use some download filter, which recognizes which songs are downloaded?”Technically, it would be very easy for Google to block well known criminal sites like the Pirate Bay permanently — YouTube’s Content ID and Google Search’s child porn politics prove that.But Google makes a lot of money from piracy, and the current law was written in another century and did not anticipate this kind of industrialized abuse. MJFAN July 22, 2014 YA’LL GO OUT AN ACTUALLY BY MICHAEL JACKSON’S XSCAPE PLEASE!