The four people behind The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg og Carl Lundtrøm was convicted in Stockholms tingsrätt (Stockholm District Court) today. They was sentenced to one year in prison and to pay 30 million Swedish Krones. The verdict will be appealed. So we haven’t seen the last of this yet.
In November 2008 NRK – Norwegian Braodcasting – signed with TONO (the music rights holder organisation in Norway) what is probably the greatest deal in the world. They are now allowed to publish podcast which hold 70% music or less. This means that a lot of radio- and TV programs can be made available for a period of 4 week.
The great thing is that NRK had a radio series in 2007 called “Vår daglige Beatles” (“Our Daily Beatles”). They, Finn Tokvam and Bård Ose, start each episode with 3 minute history of a Beatles song and then play that tune. The presentation of the song is in Norwegian, but at least you get a Beatles song.
What does that mean to you? You can now download, for first time in music history, all 212 Beatles tunes in chronologically order, for FREE and LEGAL. You can’t even buy them at Amazon or iTunes.
[Update – January 6, 2009] NRK had to pull the podcast “Vår daglige Beatles” because of rights. As NRKbeta explain on it’s site:
Our new agreement with rights holder TONO gives us rights to publish radio and TV shows we aired a long time ago. But the agreemnt NRK has with rights holders IFPI and FONO only allows us to publish shows that has been aired the last four weeks. And since “Our daily Beatles” was aired in 2007, we have to pull it from the podcast (see below for details about the agreements).
That is to bad. So to publish this series as a podcast, they have to re-run the show on radio first.
Timbuktu has released his latest single “Tack för kaffet” on The Pirate Bay. And it’s all legal. The single is available in both MP3 and FLAC format. You can also download the music video in x264 and Xvid format.