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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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Defending piracy in any capacity...
By Willhouse on 2/14/2012 3:12:49 PM , Rating: -1
is asinine. The argument that you pirate to "try it before you buy it" is ridiculous. There are plenty of options to stream things, read reviews, etc to get a feel for what you are buying. Further, it seems illogical that you could afford to buy a computer and internet connection from which to pirate things, but can't afford the ~$1 /song or ~$7/matinee movie ticket, or even a $50 computer game.

Stealing something because *you* find the price unfair is just that, stealing. Don't make yourself out to be Robin Hood; the poor don't have computers and high speed internet connections from which to pirate things.

By Rukkian on 2/14/2012 4:17:46 PM , Rating: 2
I don't acutally pirate, (anymore) but I also see his point. It used to be that pretty much all games had playable demos (not just the videos of handpicked short gameplay) and you could try them out.

Unfortunately, the studios would rather pump out 200 crap games and flood the market while only putting out 1 or 2. I also don't put alot of stock in most reviews, as many are biased. I would probably buy more games if I could try them first, as I am not keen on paying $50 (or more) on games that will not hold my interest.

In the past I used to torrent some games if it was something I was pretty sure I would not like. There were a few that I was pleasantly surprised about and went out and bought them, however the others were what I expected and I quickly deleted them.

Even if games get critical acclaim, different people have different tastes. Give us some time limited demos (maybe 30-60 mins) then an offer to purchase to unlock the rest.

RE: Defending piracy in any capacity...
By dsumanik on 2/14/2012 5:16:37 PM , Rating: 5
I made a switch to the iphone ecosystem back in 2007.

From 2007-2008 i made a reasonable amount of purchases, id say $300-$350 in content, apps, music, and movies with my itunes account.

I would wager, $75-$100 of the apps i legally purchased did not work correctly as advertised, and were installed on my iphone for about 10 minutes while i fidgeted trying to get them to open without crashing or do what they were supposed to do. They did not recieve updates and never will, i may as well delete them from my hard drive it is wasted space.

Basic things, like export contacts etc. Things that a "smart" phone should do out of the box.

Then i discovered jailbreaking, and all my problems were solved...apps that provide basic functionality missing from iOS.


My purchase amounts have declined somewheat compared to pre jailbreaking but is only because i am not blindly purchasing software and "hoping it would work". I only pay for quality items now, and that is only fair.

As far as your argument is concerned,

my phone is jailbroken, i no longer have to pay for any app if i dont want, yet i made a purchase about 15 minutes ago. Ill provide a copy of my reciept if you dont believe me and a screenshot of my jailbroken iphone as proof if you like.

So yes try before you buy is working on me.

The "legal" alternative is buy then hope it works.

Sorry not gonna happen anymore.

I would not ask apple or any other company/customer to purchase ANY product be it new or used if it didnt work as advertised, let alone leave them with terms to litigate, revoke or limit its usage in any way shape or form as i saw fit in the future.

Imagine if samsung sold apple defective software, or hardware.


yet Apple, and its appstore partners and the RIAA/MPAA. continue to do this on a daily basis.


I can go on the app store right now and download $100 in software that does not work as advertised, and never will in about 10 minutes flat. In fact, i bet i could burn a cool $1000 with a little effort and a few hours of my time.

Further proof:

If i double click my legally purchased avatar rip to open with anything except itunes it will not play and iTunes WONT PLAY AT THE FULL 24 FPS...MORE LIKE 10 FPS!!! (a quicktime rendering bug since itunes 10 on windows last year) Yet higher bitrate DRM free 1080p content plays fine in VLC.

The products they sold me simply do not work as advertised and this argument is irrefutable. I wanted to stream this video to my tv and some other devices...I paid for this convenience.

I can't.

End of discussion.

Furthermore, the avatar file is 2gb standard definition and poor quality.. a joke compared to modern HD AVC encodes available via torrent. To this day my DRM videos will not play on my tv or in any other player except when synced to my iphone.


I guess i could buy an apple TV....but why do i need an apple tv just to play a movie i legally purchased? iTunes purchased episodes of The Office are about 350 meg per episide in SD 480p crap quality yet I could pirate the entire series in 720p DRM free WITH subtitles at 250MB per episode in far superior quality that will play anywhere on any device zero headaches.

So you tell me, why i would see any reason to continue content purchases through the itunes store when torrenting offers:

- superior products (lossless music, better quality rips of movies)
-DRM free
-larger selection of subtitles / chapters /languages etc
-larger selection of music/video (discontinued/foriegn not availible in itunes for instance, the band tool)
-full album artwork, not just the cover.
-faster download speeds

Basically every shortcoming, headache and problem that comes with staying within the legal ecosystem is solved...


oh yeah, by the way and its free...except for your bandwidth costs.

So no, as long as consumers feel like they are being taken advantage of, there will be a backlash...whether it is legal, morally correct or otherwise.

I would not do what the RIAA, Apple, or MPAA did to me or anyone else...and for god sakes..I was a good boy and **tried** to give them my money!!!!

so in summary my friend:

What is asinine, is expecting to sell consumers inferior products:

-large filesize inferior quality video rips that only play in pre defined conditions
-lossy aac/mp3 vs lossless,
-malfunctioning unuseable softeware

then limit what consumers can and cant do with said product they legally purchased while simultaneously expecting mindless unquestioned compliance and continued payment.


By Unspoken Thought on 2/15/2012 4:29:22 AM , Rating: 2
then limit what consumers can and cant do with said product they legally purchased while simultaneously expecting mindless unquestioned compliance and continued payment.

Why do I picture LLC when I read this comment. I know there is an analogy in there somewhere.

Excellent comment btw, I could almost feel the tech frustration.

By ff7fan4eva on 2/15/2012 8:38:02 AM , Rating: 2
Just created an account to say great comment, exactly how i feel/experienced with android (for apps) and itunes (Music and video)

By NiM0r on 2/15/2012 1:10:32 PM , Rating: 2
wait.. you guys buy the stuff after you get good rips of it?

hmm. interesting.

By JediJeb on 2/15/2012 6:52:48 PM , Rating: 2
Need a new law requiring a line in all Terms and Conditions that come with software to say, 'the Company agrees to refund $1 of original purchase price for every "bug" found after release of aforementioned "Product" '

Everybody would have free Windows, iTunes, games, ect for life. Well not iTunes since Apple considers such thing as "features" and not "bugs".

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs

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