How Korea is Successfully Managing Piracy

Written by Nick on September 29, 2014

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As in most of the world, copyright laws in South Korea have been steadily improving in the past several years, especially as they relate to artists’ rights. Indeed, the country’s system has been praised as one that actually works, with Village Roadshow’s Co-Chief Executive Officer Graham Burke referring to its approach of using education, pricing, and availability incentives as “critical” to defeating piracy in a recent forum on the topic.

In 2010, publication The Economist further explained the system in South Korea:

“A year ago South Korea tightened copyright laws and allowed media firms to demand that warnings be sent to people who flout them. If they ignore three such warnings, their broadband connection can then be cut. This provided the model for “three strikes” laws subsequently passed in France and Britain. New figures from the South Korean branch of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) suggest the pioneering law has had an effect. Music sales rose by more than 10% in 2009, to $159m. In the music business any trend other than a decline is noteworthy.” (Source)

The “three strikes” works this way: every time a South Korean is discovered to be sharing files illegally, he or she is sent a warning message; if after three “strikes” the filesharing continues, their internet connection is disconnected for up to six months.

Before the system was implemented, South Koreans were named number two in the world for music piracy, a report that is widely credited for bringing about the stricter legislation.

Things in North Korea are a different story. Because of government suppression, access to the internet is not as readily available to them as it is to their Southern neighbors, and most people share files the “old school” way: by manually sharing them on DVDs, CDs, drives, or flash drives. Of course, the situation in both Koreas differs from the rest of the world, with even the “modern” South Korean government being accused of suppressing uncomfortable news such as that of the Vietnamese comfort women who claim to have been victimized by Korean military during the Vietnam War.

And the most popular files that people in both North Korea and South Korea share? K-pop music and videos, and soap opera recordings.

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Freeware VST’s To Make Your Head Spin! (Part 1)

Written by Jonathan on September 22, 2014

Today we’re going to be looking at a very particular type of software – VSTs! VSTs are Virtual Instruments used by musicians and producers to gain access to countless sounds. Usually VSTs are triggered by a MIDI powered keyboard, although some people merely program the MIDI roll as opposed to performing the music they compose manually. In any case, VSTs are a huge part of modern music production, especially for those do-it-yourself musicians who like to record music right from their home studio.

There are countless freeware VSTs. There are entire websites dedicated to freeware VSTs, such as VST4Free and the VST Warehouse, which boasts over 500 free VSTs ready to download! KVR Audio are also a classic go-to, and there search options can allow you to browse through only the free products.


Now as you can probably tell, there are a LOT of VSTs out there. So in this series of posts, I’m going to go over some of my favorite free VSTs, giving you a bit of an edge as you begin your journey through the dozens of free software synthesizers readily available on the web. If you’re looking for credentials, check out my bandcamp for a bit of a taste of my music, if only to give yourself an indication of which synth tones I generally go in for.

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SQ8L is one of my personal favorites! The SQ8L is an homage to the sound of Ensoniq’s classic 1980’s synth. Although it’s tones can sound a little rather dry (one would benefit from throwing reverb and chorus on this), the sounds are a beautiful retro timbre that conjurs images of Assault From Precinct 13, The Thing and a multitude of John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream soundtracks. These tones are simply beastly! I regularly use this synth to capture a sci-fi and/or horror atmosphere, and they work extraordinarily well! The SQ8L can be downloaded for free HERE!

Synth 1

Synth 1 may very well be the single most used freeware VST on the entire planet. Synth 1 has even won “VST of the year” awards with competition that is paid software. Simply put, Synth 1 is a powerhouse. Some artists use it sparingly, while others use it to record entire albums! The versatility of this software is ridiculous. It is said to be modeled after the Clavia Nord Lead 2 Red Synth, but in all honesty Synth 1 has a life all of it’s own! Synth 1 can be downloaded for free HERE! Also be aware of the innumerable sound banks available, offering musicians and producers free sounds to get those creative juices flowing! Sets of free sound banks for the Synth 1 can be found HERE, and even more, supposedly over 10,000 presets, can be found HERE!

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I’ll leave you with these two freeware gems for now. Next week I’ll be delving into more amazing freeware synths you can add to your musical arsenal, get that creativity soaring and busting through any writers block with a solid set of new sounds to mess around with. Until next week, happy downloading!

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Downloading Webinars

Written by Teresa Martinez on July 31, 2013

Seminars conducted over the Internet known as webinars are of great help to many people interested in learning. The webinars being offered today are of such wide scope and nature that almost everyone will find something interesting to participate in. Those who are unable to participate in it sometimes seek to download it on a later date. Is this possible or is it even allowed?

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Advantages of Watching Webinars

If only people had their way, it would not be surprising if much more will participate in online seminars or webinars. Humans have the natural inclination to learn and interact with other people but responsibilities and obligations in work or school usually prevent them from doing so. This is one of the reasons why Internet is such a hit. It has enabled people to be connected while being in another place.

Participating in webinars can be done in such a way. Many do so while in the comfort of their homes or while in their offices. The location is’t really an issue since the only things a participant would need is a laptop and a reliable Internet connection.

Constraints in Participation

In spite of this relatively easy way of joining online seminars, there are still people who are unable to join them even if they want to. Obviously, if one is performing responsibilities to family of jobs, it would be impossible to participate. Such is the challenge posed to many.

Fees in joining webinars or other specific requirements can sometimes prevent people from participating.  There are actually many free webinars being offered and online users just have to look which would suit their needs. Lack of opportune time is also a major deterrent to active participation.

The Next Best Thing

Being able to view the webinar on a later date is obviously the next best thing. Many make their webinars available free for viewing while some require payment. The sites in which the webinars are found can provide the information regarding questions of downloading the seminar.

Webinars are owned by its creator. Therefore, downloading requires the express permission of the owners unless indicated that asking permission for downloading is not required. When requested, some organizers do offer their online seminars in a specific format for downloading. Screen-casting as provided by software is still an other option. Many people use this to capture webinars for free.

 

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3 Legal Ways to Download High-Quality Music for Free

Written by Nick on July 29, 2013

The Internet has made it incredibly easy to get access to music and share it. With services like Pandora and Spotify, music lovers can listen to countless tracks for free.

In addition to streaming music, there are ways you can download music, and probably more legal ways to get that music than you realize. Before you download music illegally, consider these alternatives that still support artists and let you get great music for free.

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Fallacies of Copyright: Making it Right

Written by Teresa Martinez on July 1, 2013

Fallacies are untruths that people may have learned to believe as truths. In the online world, there are many sources of information that can cause confusion. The most critical question is usually this: Is downloading legal?

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In determining whether any form of downloading is legal or not, it would always be wise to consult copyright laws. Copyright forms the basis of any person’s claim to exclusive use. Application of these laws however tend to be unclear in the online world.

Copyright is defined as a legal device that provides a creator of any form of art or literature, a right to control the manner by which his or her creation is used. Items intended for copyright must be tangible or something that can be seen, touched, concrete, or real. In order for anything to be considered acceptable for copyright, the presented material must be original and fixed. By fixed meaning that it is written on paper, posted online, or stored in any device. Some examples of copyrighted materials are music, movies, games, photos, articles, and the like.

Common Copyright Fallacies Online

1. Free downloads offered online are not subject to copyright.

This is a common misconception among online users. Free downloads usually present a semblance of complete freedom in downloading. Nothing can be farther from the truth since most sites that offer free download of movies and music are more often than not unauthorized to do so.

2. All materials uploaded online are free-for-all to use.

This is another common  misconception. Any material uploaded online has a creator who is entitled to attribution especially if it specifically requested. The absence of any such request does not mean copying or downloading is allowed. It is always best to trace the owner and provide credit at the very least or ask permission to use if necessary.

3. Illegal downloads are untraceable.

People who believe in this will get themselves into a lot of trouble. With the advanced technology we have today, all online activities are traceable. Some activities like illegal downloading may have legal repercussions.

The main thing to remember here is that behind every creation is a creator. The need to respect copyright may be obvious such as in the case of songs and movies because of existing laws. In the case of other materials  may not be too evident but would still require due respect.

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Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information to offer to her readers. She currently maintains four personal blogs.

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Downloading Windows 8

Written by Teresa Martinez on March 29, 2013

 

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Windows 8 Operating System can be legally downloaded in several ways. Computer users should not bother with the illegal way since it will not be of much use any way especially on a long term basis.  While there is a free option which allows users to have the trial version for a limited time, there are paid versions depending on the nature of use.

If the computer in which Windows 8 is not new wherein it usually comes pre-installed, computer users will be looking into upgrading.  Before this can successfully be done, it has to be determined if the PC is compatible to the use of the new OS.  Microsoft’s Windows Upgrade Assistant can easily determine this.

Once compatibility is established and the existing apps and devices of the PC have been cleared for compatibility as well, then it is time to buy and download the Windows 8 upgrade over the Internet.  There are participating retailers that have the upgrade on DVD although this option is not available in all countries.  It has to be noted that whether one chooses to download Windows 8 online or buy it in DVD form, running the Upgrade Assistant is recommended.

Advantages of Using Windows 8

Although shifting to Windows 8 will not be possible for everyone due to computer limitations, there are a number of advantages provided to computer users who are able to successfully make the shift.  Some of these are:

1. Faster Load and Boot Up Speed

The difference in speed is readily appreciated when Windows 8 is compared to its predecessors.  It starts up at least twice as fast as Windows 7.  Waiting time for computer action is almost nil.

2. Touch Experience

Although this is admittedly not the first in terms of touchscreen experience, it more or less “forces” the issue towards a more friendly way of accepting changes that are bound to be inevitable.  Touch support is expected to be at the forefront of products to come.  That said, Windows 8 still provides a pleasant user experience for users who do not have touch-enabled hardware.

3. Unified Devices

Windows 8 can be used in computers, game consoles, and other devices making everything less complicated.  SkyDrive integration is also seen as advantageous as it provides more ways to save and access files.  This has also made possible a reliable back-up of files.

Not everything new is advisable to use.  Some seem not to appreciate the “newness” of Windows 8 specifically in the way of doing things computer users have been accustomed to.  Whether Windows 8 is for you or not, only your experience can answer.

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The Music and Life of the Rolling Stones through the Years

Written by Teresa Martinez on February 22, 2013

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The music of the Rolling Stones has spanned fifty years and is not about to stop. The site http://www.howthestonesroll.com will not only help the fans remember the music but also those memorable times that have made the band what it is today.  These memories will not always be happy as shown by postcards depicting events that actually happened to them.
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Members came and went. Some chose to retire from the active music circuit while others have passed on to the other life. There were accidents, sicknesses, and brushes with the law. The band members lived their image to the hilt as the anathema of the then ultimate “boyband”, The Beatles. While the Beatles’ image was full of sunshine and smiles, theirs bordered on the wild and the unsmiling. Not surprisingly, it actually worked for them.
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Illegal downloading was totally unheard of during the early times of the Rolling Stones. Today however, their music has not been exempted since there will always be people who will find their music interesting.  Not all interested people however will be willing to pay. It should be remembered that the Rolling Stones recently defended the costly price of their concert tickets saying that they have to make something ,with a special note that earnings from music has been drastically affected by illegal downloads.

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Downloading Trial Software

Written by Teresa Martinez on February 9, 2013

Most computer users are familiar with trial software.  These are software that can be tried before they are bought.  Once the trial time runs out, the downloaded software can no longer be used and the full version must either be subscribed to or bought outright.

Trial software is actually what used to be known as shareware.  The change in terms was necessitated by the confusion that a software can be shared to indefinite number of users which is not the intention.  The real intention is to show users how a software can be advantageous for them so they will be convinced to buy the product.

Trial software is not to be confused with freeware which is a software that can be obtained for free.  Freeware can be passed on to as many people to use.  Although freeware comes with a clear advantage for being free of cost, there is the risk of it being discontinued once the developers decide to do so.  This can be very disruptive to users so it is best to check with developers with regards to their intention in providing updates as well as technical support.

Using a trial software provides the advantage of being able to actually test a product before even being required to shell out payment for the product.  What’s more, it can be done in several products thereby offering real comparison between choices.  As more vendors come up with trial versions of products such as software, consumers are given more chances to try before buying.

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Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information.

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Downloading Video from Facebook

Written by Teresa Martinez on January 31, 2013

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With so many videos shared in Facebook, everyone is bound to find one or several that will get and hold their interest enough to want to have a way of viewing it again at a future time.  However, like any other materials owned by other people, it is not as simple as copying them in a click. With a couple more of clicks, the right source can allow easy downloading of the material.

Facebook videos are usually downloaded as facilitated by a third party service provider.  Sites that offer such service will provide the simple instruction to accomplish the task. As the downloaded video is saved as an MP4, a compatible video player may also be required to watch the video.  Thus, with a valid Facebook account and a Facebook Video Down, one is set to go.

Even with the simple task of downloading a Facebook video for personal viewing, there are still some unresolved issues with the general concern about the legality of downloading materials done by others.  There is a thinking that says that if the original creator of a video do not wish his or her material to be downloaded, then the material should not have been uploaded in the first place.  The other thinking is that an uploaded material has been placed in the Facebook for specific circle of people.  With the very public atmosphere of the popular social platform, it is very difficult to believe that someone will think that privacy is possible on Facebook.

The dilemma about downloaded materials is expected to continue until it is perfectly understood what constitutes a legal download.  There are many contradicting views so when in doubt, one should probably don’t download.

 
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Teresa is a regular Facebook user who usually wonders about the legalities in downloading.

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Legal Ways to Watch TV Online

Written by Nick on January 30, 2013

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Not everyone likes watching TV, but you have to admit that there are a lot of excellent series on offer today. Sure, there are still a lot of productions that require little or no brains – though that kind of viewing is refreshing sometimes – but for those who are looking to unwind at the end of the day, there is no shortage of TV shows that will give you something to think about without stressing you out.

Arguably, the best way to enjoy TV as it comes is by subscribing to a service such as those you can find on SatelliteTV.net. With these services, you do not have to worry about legalities and other details. You just need to order pizza, grab a beer, and turn on your TV whenever you have the urge to have a laid back night at home. Read the rest of this entry »

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