Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th May 2012 13:10 UTC
Internet & Networking "The Russian based 'Pirate Pay' startup is promising the entertainment industry a pirate-free future. With help from Microsoft, the developers have built a system that claims to track and shut down the distribution of copyrighted works on BitTorrent. Their first project, carried out in collaboration with Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures, successfully stopped tens of thousands of downloads." Each of which, naturally, ran out to buy the film in question right away, recouping the costs for hiring the firm. None of these people, naturally, simply tried again a few hours later. Primo plan, guys.
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You did understand that honest people buy things they want. Well, you don't. You keep on this it is legal to download but never say that it is still illegal to possess unauthorized works. Why don't you admit that you are breaking copyright laws? Why be a crooked person and steal movies and music? Can't your promote a civilized world?

Lets assume you are right (not sure, but whatever), then the question is, "is this really how things should be"? Why should all the Artistic wealth be in the hands of so few? There are a handful of companies that make all the money (but pretend they don't). Why do these companies get to use the governments around the world to protect this wealth stream? My taxes are paying to help these companies maintain their strangle hold on the artistic community.

I'm going to go ahead and answer "no", status quo is not right. I disagree with it. I vote with my $ and my actions. I support the music industry now via buying through iTunes and similar services. It is a pretty slick service. TV, Movies, Books, all need to catch up. Make it easy, make it reasonable, and stop assuming the worst about me.

The solution to the 'bit torrent problem' is so easy, already invented, up and running, and doesn't involve end consumers needing to worry about 'copyrights', government, courts, or people like you on high horses.

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