Tag: piracy

6 articles

The Man Who Broke the Music Business

A CD plant employee ushered in the modern era of music piracy by teaming up with a shadowy “Scene” crew on IRC chat.


Kim Dotcom: From Playboy Entrepreneur to Political Firebrand

A profile of the Megaupload founder, who has started a political party in New Zealand as the U.S. continues to fight for his extradition.


The Infinite Lives of BitTorrent

Despite its association with piracy, BitTorrent is a company in its own right, and one desperate to hit upon a way to monetize its revolutionary file transfer technology.


How The Pirate Bay Four Dodged Swedish Justice—For a While

Convicted and facing jail time plus a crippling fine in Sweden, the founders of the torrent site The Pirate’s Bay have scattered across the world towards new lives: fatherhood in Laos, a junkie’s life in Phnom Penh, and start-up work in Berlin.


The Men Who Stole the World

What happened to the minds behind Napster, Gnutella, WinAmp, and BitTorrent after their creations irrevocably changed business and culture.


The Fall of Randolph Hobson Guthrie III

An American, born into privilege, became a bootleg DVD kingpin in Shanghai and then, in an unprecedented development, landed in Chinese prison.