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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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By JacFlasche on 7/6/2010 10:40:16 PM , Rating: 2
Firstly the main problem with this nonsense is that the MPAA is doing the moral equivalant of charging someone who sneaked into the movies through an open back door and left it open, with holding up the box office at gunpoint. No I take that back, if you actually held up a boxoffice at gunpoint you would probably get off with less real punishment than if you get caught up in the brutal legal thrashing of a frustrated bully.

The other thing is this. These bastards aren't willing to pay the real money to hire the world class talent that could make their digital content secure.

This is the equivalent of building an amusement park without a fence or watchmen, so all the neighborhood kids can go there at night and play on the rides, but instead of building an effective fence, every month or so they send in the goons to catch a few and beat them and tell them to stay out.

In the law this is called an attractive nuisance and the amusment park would be up to it's neck in law suits. Especially if someone is injured. I propose that the fact that the producers of creative works have not built their fence by securing their content, they are creating an ongoing attractive nuisance and the sooner that someone kicks their ass in court using this ploy the better.

Remember the Supreme Court already ruled long ago that copy right enfringment is NOT theft. Argue with them.




By roadhog1974 on 7/7/2010 3:25:09 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The other thing is this. These bastards aren't willing to pay the real money to hire the world class talent that could make their digital content secure.


technically that is impossible.


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