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Pirate Bay admins say servers are unaffected

Piracy is one of those subjects that raise strong arguments on both sides of the issue. The major film and music studios along with major software companies claim they lose millions to piracy each year. At the same time, the legal campaigns and lawsuits brought against the internet users accused of piracy often cast much too wide a net and rake in innocent users who are harassed for things they didn’t do.

The saga surrounding the largest pirate network in the world called The Pirate Bay has raged for years. The site has been in legal hot water on multiple occasions and is still up and operating. The latest happening in the saga is that the bandwidth its provider has been forced to stop providing access to the internet for The Pirate Bay's servers.

The shutdown occurred after several major movie studios obtained the injunction from a German court. The injunction forced CB3ROB Ltd. & Co to stop providing access to The Pirate Bay. Administrators of TPB have backup plans in the works already reports 
TorrentFreak and are working on rerouting their servers, which were unaffected by the injunction, to a new provider. The Pirate Bay will reportedly be down for several hours while the site is routed via an IP-tunnel to a new provider. 

With movie studios unable to shut The Pirate Bay down directly, some studios have taken to going after those who download from the site and other torrent sites directly. Anyone who downloaded the film
The Hurt Locker illegally has a chance of being sued by the producers of the movie.



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RE: crap
By iFX on 5/17/2010 2:09:37 PM , Rating: 0
Lets just be clear on what you're saying.

quote:
Correct. If the price is too high, stealing is justified.


RE: crap
By xpax on 5/17/2010 3:40:42 PM , Rating: 2
Not stealing. Nobody has lost anything in the equation. The price was too high, and thus a sale was never an option.

PS - No, I don't care what the dictionary definition of "stealing" or "theft" is.


RE: crap
By iFX on 5/17/2010 3:50:55 PM , Rating: 2
Using the product without paying for it is stealing.

You sure have to justify a lot to keep your conscious clean.


RE: crap
By xmichaelx on 5/17/2010 4:34:23 PM , Rating: 2
By your definition, taking a piss during the commercials in a TV show is akin to "stealing" the show. Ditto for using AdBlock. You've consumed the content in a way inconsistent with the wishes of the content creator.


RE: crap
By iFX on 5/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: crap
By afkrotch on 5/18/2010 12:03:41 AM , Rating: 2
Except you didn't steal anything. You did use something without permission (not paying), but by no means did you take a physical item, product, or otherwise from the company.

Copyright infrigement does not equal stealing. Sure, it's not right, but it's not stealing.

Dowling v. United States (1985). Sorry, Supreme Court has ruled copyright infrigement to not be theft.


RE: crap
By StevoLincolnite on 5/18/2010 2:44:14 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Except you didn't steal anything. You did use something without permission (not paying), but by no means did you take a physical item, product, or otherwise from the company. Copyright infrigement does not equal stealing. Sure, it's not right, but it's not stealing.


I think it could also be said that the Movie companies have been stealing from us for years.

Go to a place like China, you will pay but a fraction of the price for a legit movie compared to any European nation (US, AU, NZ, UK etc'). - Even if you account for the dollar differences and inflation etc'.

And yet, they still cry that Pirates are ruining the industry, while they still walk to the bank with multi-billion dollar profits on movies. (Avatar.)

Then they turn to ISP's, even the people to try to sue them into oblivion, send threatening letters and the sorts.
To me the movie industry is like a modern day mafia who thinks they can boss everyone around, and aren't willing to adapt to a changing media landscape.


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