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Citing increased pressure from piracy enforcers, operators call it quits

Within the last week, two popular BitTorrent sites began blocking users located in North America: Isohunt.com’s trackers now block users in the United States; and Demonoid.com blocks users located in Canada.
 
Starting last week, Canada-based Isohunt posted a notice on its front page, stating that it has disabled access from users in the U.S. to the BitTorrent trackers at Torrentbox.com and Podtropolis.com, which are operated by Isohunt.  Isohunt elaborates, “This is due to the U.S.'s hostility towards P2P technologies, and we feel with our current lawsuit brought by the MPAA, we can no longer ensure your security and privacy in the U.S.”  Isohunt, which only indexes the torrents posted at other trackers like The Pirate Bay or TorrentBox, then asked U.S.-based users to add and use other, unrestricted trackers in its search results.
 
Shortly afterwards, Demonoid.com – also based in Canada – went offline, and many speculated that the site had either been taken down by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), or suffered major server failures.

With rumors flying, P2P news site ZeroPaid.com received an e-mail of indeterminate source which confirmed the server troubles, and that the site was indeed undergoing a rebuild. However, because the e-mail could not be verified, and Demonoid’s operator “Deimos” never officially commented on Demonoid’s status, ZeroPaid’s e-mail was not posted until today.
 
Regardless, Demonoid’s tracker was up by September 29, 2007. The website followed, resuming operations on September 30.  Unfortunately, the return has a catch: due to interference from the CRIA, Canadian users are now blocked from Demonoid’s website and its trackers. 

Instead users are now redirected to a web page with the following message: “We received a letter from a lawyer representing the CRIA, they were threatening with legal action and we need to start blocking Canadian traffic because of this. If you reside in Canada, [this] is the reason you are being redirected to this message. Thanks for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience.”
 
With the rising popularity of BitTorrent, piracy enforcers are giving the protocol increasing amounts of attention. Recent e-mail and source code leaked from MediaDefender indicate that the firm seems to devote the most attention to BitTorrent, which, according to a widely-quoted 2004 study, accounts for at least a third of all internet traffic.

While sites like Demonoid and Isohunt appear to have caved in to these pressures, others choose a defiant path and turn pressure into mockery: The Pirate Bay’s legal threats page posts dozens of takedown notices and their humorous replies, and MiiVi.org advertises itself as a “tribute to the fall of MediaDefender,” hosting an open tracker sponsored in part by The Pirate Bay, Suprnova, Mininova and others.


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RIAA and the likes vs. Radiohead
By thegrimace on 10/1/2007 12:28:27 AM , Rating: 3
Just wanted all of you who actually think about how "the system" could be fixed, Radiohead is releasing an album in 10 days for "free" digital download. The only reason I put free in italics is because you simply pay what you want. Of course such a strategy would never work with lesser known bands, but it can with Radiohead. With how much of your money typically goes to the industry we all hate, $5 would easily make Radiohead more money than before. And of course you can order a hard copy for the some-what ludicrous price of roughly $81 US, this gives you the vinyl, CD, and eCD. It makes me wonder if they are pricing it so high so that chain stores will not bother buying it and trying to sell it at a markup.




RE: RIAA and the likes vs. Radiohead
By xsilver on 10/1/2007 1:04:11 AM , Rating: 2
This is brilliant!
I've been seeing more and more bands trying to take control of their record contracts and some forgoing their contracts altogether to try something exciting.

Rabid fans will be able to put $100 if they want and casual listeners might only put $5
Hopefully it balances out in the end. Plus for people that put $5 and are pleasantly surprised by the album can always buy/donate some more for another "copy"

What remains to be seen is if they are going to try make instore sales available or stick to mail order only.


RE: RIAA and the likes vs. Radiohead
By TomCorelis on 10/1/2007 4:27:36 AM , Rating: 2
But if a band takes control of its record contracts... then it has to hire its own mastering engineer, handle its own duplication (which may not be necessary now), and run or rent its own studio... none of which is cheap. A big reason why the big labels work is because they provide facilities for the band to apply polish in return for a sizable cut of the revenues. Of course, there's more to that... but in my reading, I've found it costs $5-$10k to release a single--including mixing, mastering, duplication, and distribution. And what if the song doesnt catch? Very few bands can afford the risk.


By xsilver on 10/1/2007 11:09:47 AM , Rating: 2
For a band that relies heavily on expensive studio equipment and whatnot, yes I agree that costs can be too much for a small band to bear. For a more acoustic sound or a record like thom yorke's "eraser" (recorded primarily on laptop) It is entirely possible and already happening.

If you really wanted, you could record in your mum's basement doesnt make a difference unless you make it an excuse that your music is not good enough. Major bands already do records not in large studios but in their own houses or other celebrity houses.

Whats crippling is that for a new band to sign a record deal, have a hit single, expect to get paid only to find out that their share of the profits could have been had working night shift at burger king.
The sad thing is then for a niave public member to say OMG, xxx you're my hero cause u so rich! lol.

Oh and duplication and distribution are being cut out of this new buisness model, thats the whole point.


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