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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 bigboxes on 5/17/2010 2:19:23 PM , Rating: 1
You are so right. If the entertainment industry had a reasonable business model I would participate. I feel no guilt in downloading a digital copy that someone else has uploaded. The industry cannot win. They can take away p2p on gnutella and then bittorent pops up. They can stop the trackers and BT goes trackerless. They can find a way to take down any sites that point to releases and torrents and digital sharing will still continue. It's just not technically possible without a police state. You either have free information or you do not.

Like you said, wake up entertainment industry. Your business model is not viable. Either change or become irrelevant. Sue and make enemies out of your customers. Blue-Ray is just about dead. Digital purchases and streaming are going to be the preferred format from here on out. Blockbuster will go under in 2-3 years, if that. Give the customer what he wants. It works that way for every other industry. The days of people buying whatever you put in front of them are gone. Sales are down due to piracy? Uh, no. Their down due to Hollywood's dependence on craptastic CGI movies and hip-hop techno clones. You put out crap and people stop purchasing. Comprende? Of course not. That's why you're resorting to suing your customer base.

RE: crap
By afkrotch on 5/18/2010 12:16:31 AM , Rating: 2
Blu-ray is just about dead? When did that happen? Last I checked, it was still alive. All those nice digital purchases and streaming? Guess what? They don't work in majority of the world. Let alone, outside of the US.

I've lived the past 11 years outside of the US and guess how many digital purchases and streaming of movies/tv shows have I done? None. None of them work. Not on my PS3, not on my 360, not on my PC, not at all.

Digital purchases and streaming of movies/tv shows can suck my huge donkey balls.

RE: crap
By bigboxes on 5/18/2010 8:48:13 AM , Rating: 2
Dead as in gaining no traction in market share. The move to digital downloads and streaming has already begun. I'm guessing you live in a place in the world that doesn't have broadband. That's a shame. Just because technology hasn't filtered to your corner of the world does not mean it's not coming.

Blu-Ray? What do you need that for? You obviously upgraded your technology to utilize that (giant hi-def flatscreen, 7-channel receiver and high end speaker system). Technology has evolved faster than the past. Blu-Ray won the battle (HD-DVD), but lost the war (digital delivery/streaming). Netflix already allows you the ability to stream a large portion of their collection. As broadband improves you will see an increase in this activity. You want to cling to Hollywood's overpriced/low quality model then by all means continue to do so. Still don't believe me? Check out the last CES and see what they trend is in the electronics industry. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see where technology is going.

RE: crap
By Hyperion1400 on 5/18/2010 10:55:39 PM , Rating: 2
7-channel receiver

Talk about dead tech. Most people use 6 channel for 8 channel receivers. And, Yamaha's flagship is an 11 channel receiver!!!

Quadraphonic bass baby!

Anyway, until NF figures out how to stream video at higher than 3mbps than they are no competition for Bluray. In a few years, when ISPs decide to get off their collective asses, we may have fast enough internet to DL/stream movies at a reasonable rate, but right now, physical media still hold a major edge in terms of quality.

RE: crap
By Jalek on 5/19/2010 9:54:58 AM , Rating: 2
You might see an increase in streaming, but ISP's will be clamping down as streaming demand grows.

Comcast's 250gb isn't hard to reach streaming 1080 video for DirecTV's on-demand as it is, and their limit's higher than some other ISP's.

Many digital "purchase" systems are still far too restrictive, people won't want to repurchase movies every time they change hardware components as some of these schemes require.

Get past those issues and streaming could very well end physical media distribution.

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