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Pirate Bay v Music Industry

Written by Misah Maragh, a work experince student on 06 March 2012

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Piracy is the unauthorised use or reproduction of copyrighted or patented material. Pirate Bay 'is one of the world's largest facilitators of illegal downloads' and 'the most visible member of burgeoning international anti- copyright or pro-piracy movement.'

There is a constant battle between the music industry and the Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay continues to defy an international crackdown on file sharing within the UK as the Pirate Bay openly declares that it will 'side step the crackdown' by 'our common enemies'.

The Pirate Bay declares on their Facebook page that that they will stop using 'Torrents in its current form and use Magnets' it also states that 'using Magnets will be cheaper for the website and will also make it harder for our common enemies to stop us.' Delays on piracy law were attacked by the music industry as levels of piracy are still high and 28% of all internet users still access unlicensed sites that contain copyrighted music every month.

The founder of Megaupload, Kim Dotcom which US authorities allege that had facilitated millions of illegal downloads through his website has now been granted bail since being in custody from 20 January 2012. Due to his charges of criminal copyright infringement of Megaupload website he has lost his position of being the Top Modern Warfare 3 player whilst being in custody.

The lengths that the authorities will go through to combat piracy and illegal downloading sites were illustrated in the Dotcom case in which the United States, FBI Justice Department and New Zealand authorities co-operated in order to obtain the arrest of Kim Dotcom.
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