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You can run but you can't hide from the MPAA

The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) has expanded its crackdown on online movie piracy by filing seven new lawsuits against online sites. Websites targeted include Isohunt.com, BTHub.com, TorrentBox.com, TorrentSpy.com, NiteShadow.com, Ed2k-it.com, NZB-Zone.com, BinNews.com and DVDRs.net.

“Website operators who abuse technology to facilitate infringements of copyrighted works by millions of people are not anonymous – they can and will be stopped. Disabling these powerful networks of illegal file distribution is a significant step in stemming the tide of piracy on the Internet,” said John G. Malcolm, Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA.

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RE: MPAA/RIAA need to take a math class.
By DrMrLordX on 2/24/2006 3:02:06 AM , Rating: 2
They also fail to take into account that file-sharing piracy, either via the Internet, a local network, or portable media has a "free advertising" effect similar to "word-of-mouth" advertising. The single best way to hook someone on your product is to give them(or inadvertantly let them) get ahold of it at no cost. One guy juarezes a game, loves it, and hooks his buddies on it. Soon, copies of the game are sold that might never have been purchased. I see it happen all the time, especially when you have games with activation keys that can only be played offline when pirated, but can be played online by way of a peering service only if a legit key is used during installation. NWN was a good example of this for me. I bought the base game ages ago, pirated the expansions, then went back and bought the Platinum Edition(base game + both expansions) to play online with friends on Persistant World(PW) servers. Bioware got my money even though I pirated it. Several of my friends got their money, too.

This so-called piracy feeds into unintended viral marketting processes that actually INCREASE SALES for software, music, and television/movie DVDs. To what extent, I do not know, but the effect is there. It is possible that publishers of popular content might actually lose money if all so-called piracy stopped.


By masher2 (blog) on 2/24/2006 10:19:21 AM , Rating: 1
What a way to justify theft and piracy. That's like a guy claiming his theft of a few XBox 360s were only intended to "get the word out" on how good the product was.


By bob661 on 2/24/2006 2:14:53 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
juarezes
Is that spanish?


By clubok on 2/24/2006 10:20:50 PM , Rating: 2
There's an important difference here, one you point out yourself. Pirating NWN works fine for playing single-player, but you need a legit key to play online. So the pirated copy was enough to suck you in, but not enough to give you full functionality. In a sense, the pirated copy worked like a demo copy for you.

The difference is that when you download a movie, there is little more to be gained by buying it - especially if you get an ISO image.

That said, I suspect that a fairer way to count lost revenue from file sharing would be to assume that the piracy replaces rentals - not sales. My guess is that most people downloading a movie just want to watch it once - not keep a permanent copy. (Again, a major difference from NWN, with its near-infinite replay value.) I bet that a lot of people download movies not because it is cheaper than renting, but more convenient than taking a trip to the video store or library. If the torrent sites went down, many of them would simply rent the movies. And those who did want permanent copies would simply copy the rental.


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