Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Disney+ Launched and Pirates Love It, Especially Mandalorian | TorrentFreak

Two years ago, when Disney announced that it would launch its own streaming service, we mused that this would keep piracy relevant.

Yes, another paid streaming service would further fragment the legitimate market. This could motivate some to keep pirating, at least part-time.

More recently research has confirmed that this is indeed a warranted concern as people have limited budgets, but money isn’t the only problem.

When Disney confirmed that the initial rollout would be limited to the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, the piracy lure only became stronger. Star Wars fans in most parts of the world currently can’t watch the highly anticipated Mandalorian series, unless they pirate.

With this in mind, we kept a close eye on the official Disney+ launch this week. There was an enormous amount of media coverage which, undoubtedly, led to a lot of legitimate subscriptions. But, at the same time, pirate sites were buzzing too.

Shortly after Disney+ opened shop the first pirated releases started to spread. First through private communities and then over at public torrent sites, cyberlockers, and not-so-legal streaming platforms. After a few hours, pirated copies of the Mandalorian were everywhere.

This doesn’t really come as a surprise. Disney+ currently uses Widevine encryption, which is similar to what other streaming services use. Downloading or ‘ripping’ these videos doesn’t appear to be too hard.

And indeed, a quick glance at various pirate sites reveals that the first Mandalorian episode, which is exclusive to Disney+, is widely available in various formats.

Over the past two days, Mandalorian has already become the most pirated TV-show, with hundreds of thousands of downloads and streams, if not more. While it is far from becoming the next “Game of Thrones,” the potential is certainly there.

The fact that Disney+ isn’t available in many countries is similar to HBO’s situation when Game of Thrones first came out. This serves as a piracy incentive. After all, people who want to watch Mandalorian in the UK, Australia, and elsewhere, have few other options than to pirate.

The limited release of Disney+ may actually breed some new pirates. Even worse, there is a chance that many of these pirates may not go legal when the streaming service officially launches in their country.

For now, Disney’s anti-piracy efforts appear to be focused elsewhere though. The company has sent takedown requests for thousands of URLs that host or link to unauthorized copies of Mandalorian. This includes notices that were sent to Google, with requests to delist these pages.

As one of the largest entertainment companies in the world, these piracy concerns shouldn’t come as a surprise to Disney. The company probably weighed the pros and cons of its actions, including the limited geographical release, as well as entering an already fragmented streaming landscape.

In today’s online streaming business, piracy is a given. Disney probably believes that running its own streaming platform will ultimately bring in more money. Piracy or not.

They may very well be right, but it will happen at the expense of others. That may include some of Disney’s competitors, but also consumers who are not willing to pirate, and those who can’t afford another subscription.

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Under The Graveyard | Lefsetz Letter

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What kind of crazy fucked-up world do we live in where Ozzy Osbourne releases his best new track in eons and no one knows?

One in which Ozzy has become so overexposed with story as opposed to music he’s become a cartoon character, and one in which culture washes over you in a tsunami to the point where nothing is important, to where everything can be ignored or marginalized, despite the hype machine.

Today I woke up and I hate myself

This usually happens deeper in the day for me. But if you’ve never hated yourself, you’re not human. Life is about inner dialogue, you’re yourself all day long, and sometimes it hurts.

Death doesn’t answer when I cry for help

Suicidal? It’s a tendency many of us have. Especially in this world of “winners,” where we’re judged by likes and followers, where if we raise our head we’re denigrated by self-appointed executioners, we’re taught to keep our noggins down, licking our wounds, feeling bad with no means of expression.

No high could save me from the depths of Hell

Drugs. Cool. Unless you take them. Maybe it’s because they’re illicit, maybe if we legalized them their outlaw image would dissipate. Then again, drugs offer escape when life is just too hard, like when you’ve got an endless string of one-nighters, when you can’t sleep, when you experience adulation but feel ever more removed.

I’ll drown my mind until I’m someone else

This is when you know the drinking is out of control, when you use it for escape as opposed to good times.

My misery owns me

It’s hard to escape, it’s hard to be optimistic, we all experience losses, we all get caught in traps, this is why music resonated, it spoke to our humanity, whether it be soft singer-songwriter tunes or metal. We wanted to know someone else was on the same page. That’s why the musicians were our heroes, not because they were rich, not because they were brands, not because they sold clothing and perfume and had endorsement deals.

I don’t wanna be my enemy

If we cry for help oftentimes our exclamations go unheard. Everybody’s so self-centered, they don’t want to understand us, they just want us to buck up, when we’re incapable of that.

Now the last great work Ozzy did was almost thirty years ago, with Zakk Wylde and “No More Tears.” Since Zakk has been gone, Ozzy’s missed the target. But somehow the inclusion of Duff and Chad, from the Peppers, and youngster Andrew Watt has lifted him higher. That’s what happens when you’ve fallen from the mainstream, when you’ve become the sideshow, you reach down deep, you want to triumph once again. And in metal/hard rock, a too-insular world, this is possible, because once you’re a member of the club…you are so for life.

Black Sabbath became even bigger in the decades after Ozzy left. People finally understood it. They weren’t afraid of it. Kids killing themselves because of songs? No, that’s today’s bullies on social media, songs you identify with, hopefully they keep you alive.

We all now know that Ozzy is not dangerous. Just troubled. A child in a man’s body…isn’t that what rock and roll always promised, eternal youth, even if it was only in your mind, isn’t that why we go to see the shows of the oldsters?

On that long ago MTV show, Ozzy was seen drawing. He is an artist. He needs to express himself.

As we all do. But oftentimes we don’t have the words, we depend upon artists to delineate them.

And the funny thing is despite the downbeat lyrics, “Under The Graveyard” is uplifting, it’s the anti, to our winner take all world, if you don’t fit in where are you supposed to turn? This loud music, with its riffs, with its darkness, actually puts a smile on your face. You feel like someone is on your page.

“Under The Graveyard” makes me feel like Ozzy Osbourne is on my page.


Capitol Royale Invades Hollywood This Weekend With Hypebot, Bandsintown and Much More | Hypebot

Capitol Music Group will host its second annual Capitol Royale this weekend, November 15-17. Open to all, the music industry gathering will be held at the legendary Capitol Studios and other select Hollywood locations.

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What Happens When You Purchase Instagram Followers | Hypebot

Starting out fresh on a platform = no followers, so it can be tempting to simply purchase a batch. But how much good do purchased followers really do you? Here, we look at an experiment where one Instagram user did precisely this, and tracked the entire process.

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The Best Advice Tierra Whack Ever Got | Spotify for Artists

The Best Advice Tierra Whack Ever Got

The boundary-pushing artist has a singular, idiosyncratic vision, but by her own admission, it really does take a village.

In May last year Tierra Whack released her debut LP and casually changed the game. We were at least somewhat primed for it—2017’s “Mumbo Jumbo” was a cut of elastic R&B soundtracking a video that splits the difference between Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and Jordan Peele’s Us (which it preceded by 18 months)—and yet still, when Whack World dropped it was an arresting release.

Coming out with 15-song, 15-minute visual album is a bold move for any artist straight out of the gate, but Whack World stands out for more than just its gleeful disregard for tradition and form. The 25-year-old dreamt up a super-stylized universe and proceeded to skip straight through it, from the kitsch, Jim Henson-vibes of “Pet Cemetery,” to the piano staccato strangeness of “Pretty Ugly,” and the unsettling “Bugs Life.” Much like Missy Elliott before her, Tierra swerves female solo star pop tropes at all costs. Standing firmly center-stage she pairs songs with striking images destined to imprint. Cindy Sherman-esque in her ability to shapeshift, Tierra’s proved that experimentation and coloring outside the lines really pays off.

On set for Best Advice Tierra’s a treat, playfully flashing her gold grill, gamely mugging for the camera, and reluctantly parting with her Nintendo Switch (Super Mario is her game) just as the cameras start rolling. At one point she zones out completely, admitting, with a laugh she has no idea what question was just asked. Think about how many times you’ve done that and just blundered on, trying to cover up the fact that you’d mentally dozed off! Frankly, we could all take a leaf out of her book.

As an artist who's still fresh, you can bet she’s still trying to navigate new terrain, including all the crazy opportunities being presented to her. Turns out her “Best Advice” came from OutKast’s AndrĂ© 3000—another artist who stretched the parameters of genre and visual style.

Watch Tierra’s episode of Best Advice, above, and check out all our previous installments with Lizzo, Quincy Jones, Ciara, Rick Ross, Karen O, and many more right here.


Music Videos Are Coming To Amazon Music Unlimited | Hypebot

Amazon Music Unlimited is reportedly adding music videos to its paid subscription music streaming service.

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iHeart Names 7 Music Podcast Award Nominees | Hypebot

The iHeartRadio Podcast Awards have named their 2020 nominees with 6 diverse podcasts getting a nod. The awards will be given out on Friday, January 17 at 8 p.m. PT. Continue reading

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