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  (Source: The Pirate Bay via TorrentFreak)
No more torrents will help more content to be shared, render "copyright watchdogs" more toothless

The Pirate Bay has long been synonymous with one thing -- torrents.  The world's largest torrent site has had more than its fair share of legal headaches [1][2][3] over the years for promoting the ubiquitous file-sharing mechanism.  Consequentially on Feb. 29 in will be taking what on the surface appears to be a mind-blowing move -- deleting all torrents hosted directly on the site, which are being actively shared by more than 10 individuals.

But in reality this move is not as mind-blowing and drastic a departure from the site's operational model as some are thinking/hoping/fearing.

The site will continue to host the content, where possible, via magnet links.  All new content will be hosted via magnetic links.

The new approach is a "step forward in technology", according to the site's admins.  And it's the worst nightmare of the Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Picture Association of America.  

The Pirate Bay can now be compressed to a 90 MB torrent-free site, for easy hosting.  Under the new scheme scores of new users will be able to host free proxy servers for The Pirate Bay, helping it escape takedown attempts, local firewalls, or ISP restrictions.

At the same time The Pirate Bay washes its hands of any of the actual process of file-sharing.  It is simply hosting magnet links -- links to torrents which share the same unique hash value.  In that regard, thousands, if not millions of users will be privately hosting the scores of torrents that make up The Pirate Bay users worldwide know and love.

Magnet links

And it will be far harder for lawyers and regulators to pin wrongdoing on The Pirate Bay -- assuming that the members of the international judicial committee understand how the technology works and are willing to give a fair trial, at least.  In short, magnet links are the future of filesharing and The Pirate Bay's decision to force their adoption is a sound one in terms of its future.

Magnet links represent the supreme ultimatum to media organizations (many of which themselves engage in active for-profit piracy that steals hundreds of millions of dollars from independent artists annually):

Develop fair, reasonably priced, accessible content distribution and create content that users think is actually worth paying for, or you can and will be pirated.

In essence it will be impossible for the RIAA or MPAA to put millions of Americans in prison or fine them.  So ultimately, magnet links and other new technologies may force the RIAA, MPAA, and government to abandon traditional enforcement of file-sharing.  Thus the groups' long-standing dream of taking down The Pirate Bay's torrents has just become their worst nightmare. 

It should be interesting how the self-proclaimed "anti-piracy" advocates by day, for-profit pirates by night globally react to this new technological marvel.

Sources: The Pirate Bay, Torrent Freak

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High Horse
By Theoz on 2/14/2012 1:26:51 PM , Rating: 1
Develop fair, reasonably priced, accessible content distribution and create content that users think is actually worth paying for, or you can and will be pirated.

Yes, because of course people won't pirate things that are reasonably priced, accessible, and that they think are worth paying for. You can and will be pirated either way, because anonymous stealing is easy and unlikely to be prosecuted.

Agree that there is some give and take with the level of pirating vs. the accessibility and price of content, but it isn't absolute as you state. I don't understand why you need to include this asinine statement into an article that is factually interesting, especially given recent SOPA/PIPA news. Just report the news please.

RE: High Horse
By prophet001 on 2/14/2012 1:42:36 PM , Rating: 2
So true.

I was going to post something to the same effect.

RE: High Horse
By Denigrate on 2/14/2012 1:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
There will always be jokers who want something for nothing. However, that small percentage wouldn't buy the game/book/movie/music even were it priced reasonably. The majority want to reward those artists/publishers who please them, and will be more likely to do so with reasonble pricing.

RE: High Horse
By twhittet on 2/14/2012 2:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
Also, along the same lines - when user 1 pirates something, says it's awesome, and tells all his friends, user 2 hears how awesome it is, and goes and buys it. Piracy can be a free advertising tool for a good product.

Piracy hurts those with crappy products the most (a good reason why The Hurt Locker was trying to sue the whole country). Good products make $, bad products don't. Isn't this capitalism at it's finest?

RE: High Horse
By Manch on 2/15/2012 1:33:31 PM , Rating: 1
No, it just means user 1 is a thief.
User 2 could just as easily get a word of mouth review from other people that have also bought the product. Review sites *ign, gamespot, etc are other places that user 2 could have acquired information.

Piracy hurts everyone. Piracy ups the price, makes companies employ ever more invasive DRM schemes that only hurt paying consumers. Piracy is the reason why good PC games are so far and few now. Yeah theres piracy on consoles but not to the extent of PCs

The makers of The Witcher got it right. No crazy DRM on their game. Following the logic of a lot of people on this article, they should have been relatively safe from piracy. Nope, there game was still pirated like crazy.

You can try to justify stealing as free advertising, sampling, sticking it to the evil corporations or whatever you want to call it but stealing is stealing.

I dont agree with how a lot of companies apply DRM. I think its invasive and detrimental to the user experience, but I cant blame them for wanting to protect their property.

While were at it, lets address other reasons people pirate

Games cost too much: Well too bad. Wait till theyre on sale. I want a Mustang BOSS. Cant afford it. Ill have to wait until I 1 afford it, buy it used at a cheaper price.
There are lots of things I cannot afford, but that doesnt give me the right to steal them

I cant try games before I buy: You can, not all, but lot of them have demos. Try it out at a friends house. If a demo is not available then you have to choose. Now you used to be able to return games. Unfortunately since people would just buy the game, copy it, and return it, store policies changed. Same with DVDs. People that pirated created the hostile atmosphere at retail stores.

The content doesnt justify the price: Then dont buy it!

I g=could go on forever with all the BS reasons for justifying pirating. Hell, I used to do it when I was a kid. Once I grew up, got a job and realized I dont like people stealing my stuff I couldnt justify it anymore.

Ive been burn buy crappy games. HomeFront was a joke. I wish I had waited, instead of preordering it. If I had, I would have read teh reviews and not bought it.

Anyways, the point is, no matter how you slice it, piracy is stealing, not capitalism, not justified, or any of the other crap arguements.

RE: High Horse
By Tyr0ne on 2/14/2012 3:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I have bought several iPhone apps that are great. Why? Because for 99 cents or $1.99 cents that reasonably priced and its easily accessible.

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