theEweekly Wrap: Facebook donors, filesharing and flourishing ebook sales

Facebook likes organ donors In a bid to connect people throughout the globe, Facebook now gives its users an opportunity to share their organs along with their photos, videos and comments through the social network. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have announced that members can now add whether they are an organ donor to their timeline. Also, a link to the official registry is provided for those thinking of becoming a donor.

In a statement about the Facebook organ donation, Zuckerberg and Sandberg said: " We believe that by simply telling people that you're an organ donor, the power of sharing and connection can play an important role." Previous Facebook charity drives have been a success - the social network helped to unite family and friends following the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami and also requested that its members track down and return mementoes to people following the Joplin tornado in Missouri, USA.

Pirate Bay blocked The High Court has ruled that UK internet service providers must block all access to The Pirate Bay. Mr Justice Arnold first made his decision in February, ruling that operators and users of The Pirate Bay would be breaching copyright laws. Virgin Media has been the first ISP to react, denying its users access to the filesharing website.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) first asked The Pirate Bay to remove music in July 2011. After no response, the trade association then requested that ISPs voluntarily block the site. However, the BPI had to turn to the High Court after being refused. Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of BPI, has spoken about his challenge to get The Pirate Bay blocked, saying: "The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale. Its operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works without paying a penny to the people who created them."

Ebook success Increased ebook sales have made up for the decline in printed books, according to the Publishers Association's Statistics Yearbook which compiled data from 250 publishers. According to the report, there was a 366 per cent growth in the number of ebooks purchased in 2011, amassing an overall value of £92 million across the year. Richard Mollet, chief executive at the Publisher Association, said: "For many years now publishers have invested in innovation in digital products and services and this is being reflected in the increasingly mixed economy for books in the UK."

While there has been a large increase in the number of digitals books sold, the sales of printed books dropped by 7 per cent in 2011. This decline is continuing in 2012 as the first quarter is down by 11 per cent, making it the worst three-month figure since 2003. In spite of the growth in ebooks, overall book sales also fell by 2 per cent to £3.2 billion during 2011.

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