Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Mar 2012 16:43 UTC
Internet & Networking "The Pirate Bay is not only the most visited BitTorrent site on the Internet, but arguably the most censored too. Many ISPs have been ordered to block their customers’ access to the website, and recently Microsoft joined in on the action by stopping people sharing its location with others. Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger now refuses to pass on links to The Pirate Bay website, claiming they are unsafe." They refuse links to The Pirate Bay. In that light, here are a bunch of completely and utterly useless links to The Pirate Bay. And some more. And then some. Update: We have some more links to The Pirate Bay.
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NON OS news Just Theft news
by jefro on Sat 24th Mar 2012 22:15 UTC
jefro
Member since:
2007-04-13

Another story about how the poor people in Europe can't steal movies and music. Boo Hoo hoo.

I thought that the words OS meant Operating System.

It must be my fault. It must mean Obviously Stolen News.

Why can't those people in Europe get a job and buy movies and music anyway?

Even better is when this gets voted down in an attempt to censor it.

I think this illegal downloading is some kind of addiction. Like a old woman with too many cats.

Edited 2012-03-24 22:17 UTC

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RE: NON OS news Just Theft news
by phoenix on Sat 24th Mar 2012 22:34 in reply to "NON OS news Just Theft news"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

In many parts of the world, downloading a copyrighted movie is not illegal. It's copyright infringmenent in some cases, but that's a civil matter, not a criminal code matter.

Uploading, or otherwise making available, a copyrighted movie, without prior permission to do so, is illegal, though.

So your post is pretty much a waste of electrons, and rightfully should be voted down into oblivion as a troll.

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RE: NON OS news Just Theft news
by saso on Sat 24th Mar 2012 23:05 in reply to "NON OS news Just Theft news"
saso Member since:
2007-04-18

Obvious troll is obvious...

Seriously though, I have no problem with copyright infringement in our current legal climate (and I say so as an ISV myself). If copyright served the purpose it was supposed to, fine, then I might agree with you. But given the current state of law (where you can never ever ever do anything with the content you bought for the next gazillion years) and how big media corps use it to strong arm small producers and consumers to their will, I will happily and without a single afterthought or nibble of my conscience pirate whatever content is produced by big content that is laden with DRM, restrictions and a myriad of other ways in which they try to screw the rest of us over. Meanwhile, I happily contribute to small producers through non-retail channels (either through direct donations, or via indie projects, e.g. Humble Bundle).

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snowbender Member since:
2006-05-04

For me, this is not about illegal downloading or not. In the first place, this is about censoring. Microsoft censors your instant messages (without you having an option to configure this kind of censoring). Microsoft is judging what you are allowed to tell to your buddies. I don't like that. At all.

Out of principle, I wouldn't even like it if Microsoft censors messages or file transfers that it deems to be viruses (if they don't give the users an opt-in for that functionality). I would understand why they do it, but wouldn't agree with it, because it's still censoring. I have the same kind of remarks for the new functionality in browsers that warns the user that a website might contain viruses. Those browsers could not give the user any option and just block all websites that according to them might contain malware. That is censoring. Giving the user the option to check the urls he visit, and give him a warning that the site might contain malware, is a lot better.

MSN Messenger giving you a warning (that you can disable) when you try to send a piratebay link to a buddy would be a whole different thing.

I am more and more convinced that all types of services we use on the internet should be based on open protocols and should be decentralized, so that everyone can run their own servers, or use servers they like. So, instead of MSN Messenger, start using Jabber with a Jabber client, and a Jabber server that you trust.

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RE: NON OS news Just Theft news
by jefro on Sun 25th Mar 2012 23:02 in reply to "NON OS news Just Theft news"
jefro Member since:
2007-04-13

So you don't mind censoring my point of view but hate companies that are trying to follow the law.

By the way. You guys are skirting the laws because you are addicted to this type of theft. Your country does in fact make it illegal to possess copies of stolen works. It may be true that the act of downloading is not a criminal matter but the sad truth is the copyright laws are still in place. Why don't you download a copy of that law.

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