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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 Hyperion1400 on 5/17/2010 6:11:09 PM , Rating: 2
Fredrick the Great's Instructions to His Generals
Article 3: Of Sutlers, Beer, and Brandy

"As soon as an army enters an enemy's country, all the brewers and distillers who are in the neighborhood must immediately be put in requisition: the distillers, in particular, must be instantly set to work, that the soldier may not lase his dram, which he can very badly spare"

Bare with me, I'm getting to the good part. Basically, what FtG is saying is that alcohol is required to maintain the function of an army by means of maintaining moral. So, although it does not directly nourish the soldier, it does lead to his eventual survival.

"...where provisions cannot be had for money. At such a time we are justified in not being overly nice with respect to the peasantry."

"...The price of provisions is however, a matter that requires much attention, as the soldier ought to be allowed to purchase at a reasonable price, and at the same time the sutler should derive an honest profit."

I think the last two are self-explanatory. You get your nuts slapped if you try to price gouge and profit monger. In FtG's day, it was probably a quite literal nut slap, but in today's world it comes in the form of "piracy". So, it can be said that "piracy" of popular media is a result of Big Corporation's ineptitude and not mere douche-baggary.

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