The RIAA's Dream Turns to Nightmare -- Inside The Pirate Bay's Torrent Purge
February 14, 2012 12:47 PM
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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 [
] 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
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
"step forward in technology", according to the site's admins. And it's the worst nightmare of the
Recording Industry Association of America
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
, local firewalls, or
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 --
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.
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
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.
The Pirate Bay
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RE: Defending piracy in any capacity...
2/14/2012 4:17:46 PM
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.
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