Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2012 15:25 UTC
Legal "File-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK internet service providers, the High Court has ruled. The Swedish website hosts links to download mostly-pirated free music and video. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media must all prevent their users from accessing the site." Because, as we all know, protecting failing and outdated business models is more important than upholding stodgy old and annoying concepts like 'freedom of speech'. Repeat after me: we live in the free world, not China. Maybe if we say it often enough, we'll start believing it.
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The two extremes
by transami on Mon 30th Apr 2012 16:28 UTC
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Clearly content companies have a right to protect their assets, and thus they do everything they can to deter piracy. No one can blame them for that, and people that support out-right illegal distribution of copyrighted material are in the wrong. On the other hand, the content companies are too narrow minded to realize that pirating exists for very simple market-principled reasons --not simply b/c their are "thieves" out there that must be stopped. People want the content, but can't get access to it, either b/c it is not available or not for a price that people can afford. Case in point, I watch Project Runway. But last season I missed the first four episodes. I could not find any legitimate means to catch-up. I had to resort to illegal distributions. I can tell you that if I was not able to catch-up, I would not have watched any of that season at all.

So the real cause of piracy lies with content provider's own short-sightedness. There will alwasy be some piracy, of course, but if the content providers would simple make all their content available at reasonable cost, then it wouldn't be enough to fuss about.

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