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Despite the best efforts of the RIAA, MPAA, and others, citizens are still downloading just as much stuff.  (Source: Audio Junkies)
"You hear that Mr. Anderson?... That is the sound of inevitability..."

In May, the US Copyright Group's "pay or else" suit over torrent downloads of the movie The Hurt Locker slammed over 5,000 individuals.  One might have expected that downloads of the movie might have dropped.

However, they have actually been going quite strong; the film was downloaded 200,000 times in June, with 23 percent of the downloads coming from the U.S.  Some observers believe that the movie's producers may actually be content with the illegal downloads.  Despite losing millions of copies in sales, its likely still logging IP addresses and will be able to recoup millions in threat payouts.  For that reason, the film's producers have made no effort to remove the film from popular torrent sites.

Elsewhere, torrent sites 
are clearly being targeted for takedown.  Following the escape to overseas hosting in 2005 in the wake of the LokiTorrent and EliteTorrents suits, torrent hosters have offered up open defiance to anything media watchdog groups like the MPAA and RIAA can throw at them.

However, torrent downloads are actually continuing to increase, with the efforts against them seemingly having little effect, either on the downloads or the sites that host them.

The Pirate Bay, perhaps the best known site, is still very much in action and, according to some sources, turning a small profit.  Threats, police raids, civil actions, ISP-ordered takedowns, and even sentencing the Swedish admins that ran the site to jail time ultimately has offered no relief to the media industry.  The site still is up and running complete with copyrighted material.

Similarly, market-leading Usenet indexer 
Newzbin – after its recent defeat in Netherlands court over free-speech regarding piracy – is right back in the gray.  After a brief takedown, the site has returned to the same URL, with dozens of movie listings being added daily.  The site's admins, who have invested over $40,000 USD in the site, even brazenly boasted about plans to profit off of it.

That kind of sentiment seen by 
The Pirate Bay and Newzbin increasingly seems the sentiment in the pirate community.  And the public seems to be becoming increasingly brazen in their piracy as well.

Frustrated media watchdog groups are generally turning to two solutions.  Either to craft mass threat schemes like 
The Hurt Locker's or spend money lobbying the government for harsher punishments.  Both solutions are problematic for the industry groups.  The problem with settlement schemes is that law firms demand a big cut (in The Hurt Locker case, reportedly 70 percent of the settlements).  And the legislative effort is no better as it risk mass public outrage, if efforts such as the jailing of filesharers or repeal of free speech about piracy are passed.

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RE: The best possible outcome for all...
By Mitch101 on 7/6/2010 1:39:10 PM , Rating: 5
Especially Disney movies. Its especially annoying when the DVD gets older and then it keeps saying coming soon from Disney dvd and home video while your trying to drive your vehicle and the kids are in the back screaming when you just want the movie to play.

No Movie preview in a DVD has ever gotten me to buy that movie.

RE: The best possible outcome for all...
By Solandri on 7/6/2010 2:52:20 PM , Rating: 2
Um, you know you can rip a Disney DVD and burn it onto a new DVD without the forced previews? The tools to do so are technically illegal in the U.S., but widely available on the Internet. It's a good idea to do this anyway, and lock up the original DVD in a cabinet somewhere. That way if your kids destroy the "Toy Story" DVD, you can just burn a new copy.

Disney is actually the only movie company I know which will replace broken DVDs for a minor shipping and handling fee. But why bother with that when you can make your own backups and be up and running again in an hour?

RE: The best possible outcome for all...
By Redwin on 7/6/2010 5:01:09 PM , Rating: 2
They lock out all the your menu options and force you to sit through 5 minutes of commercials on a movie you just (over)payed for.

Saying it's ok for them to do that because you can (illegally) re-rip the purchased DVD is sort of like saying we don't need to reform drug laws because it easy to buy pot anyway.

It doesn't really address the issue at hand, which is the stupidity of the "official" system.

RE: The best possible outcome for all...
By Cypherdude1 on 7/7/10, Rating: -1
By MikeO on 7/7/2010 3:12:03 AM , Rating: 5
You never know the quality until your done downloading and it could contain a virus.

I hope you're kidding.

By jeff834 on 7/7/2010 5:43:32 AM , Rating: 2
Spoken like someone who has probably never used bit torrent let alone a private tracker. I am a fan of red box and netflix. Sometimes movie downloads are more about convenience than anything else. It's pretty hard to beat nearly instant movies, new releases and old, without having to worry about having the time to go out and get them or bringing them back. Frankly if you could watch any movie ever made at any time instant streaming for $1 per that would end about 90% of piracy. But that would be too much to ask for and frankly that makes it a lot harder to make $50 million suing people.

RE: The best possible outcome for all...
By bill4 on 7/7/10, Rating: -1
By smut on 7/8/2010 3:20:47 AM , Rating: 1
Uhh what? Hilarious that people will use any excuse they can to bash liberals or Obama.

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