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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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No excuse
By damianrobertjones on 7/6/2010 5:58:41 PM , Rating: -1
There is absolutely no excuse for piracy. None. I, after many years, now (at least) rent movies on dvd to ensure someone gets money back. I buy all my books, even if they're second hand and purchase my music from Amazon, even if it's at a cheaper price.

If you don't like DRM, then don't buy or download the media
If you're unhappy with the price, then don't buy and don't donwload the album

Media, games and books are a luxury and you and I are NOT entitled to them at any stage for free. Just stop pirating this stuff and MAYBE someone somewhere will get the hint.

RE: No excuse
By JacFlasche on 7/6/2010 10:19:37 PM , Rating: 4
You are so moral. Don't you feel bad about ripping off the authors of books you buy second hand? The publishers and creative talent make nothing on your purchase. Yet you get to enjoy their creation. The money that is made by second hand book stores and such is entirely equivilent to the advertisement profits made by torrent indexing sites. It profits the artist nothing and is only ok in your oh so moral eyes because of outdated beliefs if the thingness of a book you posses as appossed to a procession of ones and zeros. That second hand book is exactly equal to a pirated movie in that those who created it loose money because you don't buy a new one, and make nothing on your consumption of their work -- mister superficial morals.

RE: No excuse
By roadhog1974 on 7/7/2010 3:17:09 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think you can equate second hand books
with copying.

Photo copying would be more accurate.

To sell a book required surrender of the ability to read it.
To copy and then sell the copy does not.

Often second hand books come from places like libraries
which then turn around and buy more books, so money does
end up in the authors hands. Money is contributed
to the chain.

Is anything contributed to the production chain when
a copy is downloaded?

Ultimately authors of a work should have the right
to dictate how that work is used, or surrender those
rights if they so choose.

RE: No excuse
By damianrobertjones on 7/7/2010 9:04:30 AM , Rating: 2
You make a valid argument.

I will now purchase all books brand new and if they're too expensive, I'll wait for an Amazon sale.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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