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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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By priusone on 2/14/2012 2:30:59 PM , Rating: 5
Back when I was a kid, I would take apart our VHS tapes and literally cut out the 10 minutes of commercials from the beginning. I rip the DVD's now, remove the bloat, and burn the vobs onto DVD's, put those in the DVD case, and then put the originals in my room. This way, when I want to watch a DVD that I have purchased, I don't have to sit there and keep pressing the menu button just to get to the title screen. It is the MPAA's fault for making .avi files so much easier to deal with than DVD's.

By The Raven on 2/14/2012 5:13:30 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah and they keep holding back features so that you have to keep buying 12 different versions of the same damn movie. It makes me want to break into the damn Disney Vault and spread the contents to the masses lol. I think this is one the reasons why people stop buying crap. They have to upgrade their collection every 5 years because of the next big thing. Well unfortunately for the studios, I think the 3D fad isn't cutting it and everyone is happy with DVDs and/or BDs. Their revenue stream will dry up fast (the disc sales portion of it I mean). So I would expect other portions of their sales to experience a price increase (e.g. theatre tickets, online rentals/Netflix, etc.).

If I am right, I think piracy will decrease due to the increased satisfaction people have by buying discs. But piracy will increase when they raise prices in other areas. Whatever... I have Netflix (ironically something the studios want to kill) and have not had the inclination to pirate ever since I first subscribed. I have so much stuff to watch via Netflix that I don't have time to watch anything else (e.g. pirated movies).

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

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