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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 Thalyn on 5/19/2010 12:59:15 AM , Rating: 2
That's basically it - the huge quantity of crap is leading to movies (and music, and games, etc) being downloaded. Fool me once and so forth.

Personally, I have never downloaded a movie. I have, however, received copies from people I know for the purposes of previewing the movie before I decide whether I buy it or not. I have never kept a copy of a movie that I have watched, unless said movie is simply not available to purchase. Why? Because if it was any good I bought it (full retail price - AU$35 on average, because I buy BluRay) and if it wasn't than I wasn't going to buy it anyway. As a result, I own over 400 different titles; not including series.

Why not just rent it? For starters, it's nice to be able to watch it - rented discs over here are invariably in terrible condition. Second, frequently the Pirate versions come out with or before the US DVD release - a good few months before I even have the option to rent (sometimes even before I have the option to see it in a cinema). This is also why I own multiple copies of some movies, as I've purchased both a region 1 and region 4 version (there's been a 3 year lapse between releases for some of them).

Piracy is only detrimental to the industry if all they release is crap. But that's only because of the few people who accidentally buy that crap, rather than previewing it first and learning that they shouldn't.

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