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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RE: I think this is good thing.
by snowbender on Sun 25th Mar 2012 11:29 UTC in reply to "I think this is good thing."
snowbender
Member since:
2006-05-04

You can try, but that is gonna be a neverending hunt. As soon as you close one down, two new ones are gonna popup. And it will be difficult if those servers are located in countries that are not that strict on copyright.

Another approach, is for those companies to give their real customers a better quality product than the illegal copies. Nowadays it seems like the real customers always get screwed with nasty DRM and with a right-in-your-face "YOU ARE A CRIMINAL if you make illegal copies of this product" warning. Whenever I play a dvd that I bought, I am forced to undergo a warning that I am a criminal if I copy the dvd, and with some dvds on top of that I am forced to look at a commercial for another movie. Nice way to treat your paying customer! And very convincing to make him pay again for another movie, while he knows he can download the same thing for free without any of that bullshit. Whenever I buy a music cd, there's a chance I will have trouble to rip it so I can conveniently play it on my computer. Whenever I buy a computer game, there's a chance that it's gonna infect my system with sneaky software that enforces DRM but that also might check which processes I am running (and then refuse to run when it detects something it doesn't like). With those computer games, it might also mean that I need to have a constantly online internet connection, that I always need to go find the dvd because it has to be in the drive so that I am able to play the game. And of course, when the big game publisher decides to take down the server that check whether my 5 year old game is a legal copy, I can no longer play that game. So, in a lot of those cases, the people that pirate those games actually get a higher quality version, than the honest people that go buy it in the shop, like me.

About games though, I have to say that Steam is really nice. It does have DRM and it does have some restrictions, but it gives so many advantages that recently I always buy new games on Steam. No hunting around for cds, easy to get latest patches, no in-your-face DRM (and if so, it seems to always be clearly indicated), very easy to browse a really big catalog of games, easy to find indie-games, very nice shopping experience: you just buy it and after 10 minutes or something, you can already play it. The only worry that I have with Steam is: what if Steam goes bankrupt? Then I lose all my games... but I assume it is not gonna go bankrupt and it is just way convenient and that is what is winning me over.

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

I'm only a casual gamer, but I did give up buying music and (mostly) DVDs because DRM kept breaking my access to media for which I had paid, or forcing commercials or special decoding hardware, or whatever. We listen to broadcast radio and Pandora, use a NetFlix account for a few dollars a month, and subscribe to a (non-DRM) podcast. That's plenty, thankfully.

I quit using Windows mostly because of a long conversation with their "tech support" when helping a friend rebuild a broken machine. He kept arguing that he had paid for the software, they kept arguing it was probably an illegal copy. It was 12 years ago that I switched to Linux, and I'm definitely happier as a result.

I've bought a lot of books in PDF format, and enjoyed reading them on phones and tablets; we also subscribe to a meal planning service delivered in PDF. I recently went to buy, ironically enough, "Atlas Shrugged" - it's election year in the USA and Ron Paul is running, so this seemed a reasonable way to obtain some background on his philosophy before voting - and was surprised to find no legal copies available in PDF or non-DRMed ePub. I finally bought a 49-cent used copy printed on a dead tree. *sigh*

Lest you believe I would understand if only I was a "creator" instead of a "consumer", search Amazon.com for my "Elven Fire" game manual. You can read the copyright page as part of the free preview. The rest of the book too, actually - it's cc except for a bit of licensed artwork. Yet I've sold enough to affect my taxes - it's more convenient as well as less expensive to buy a manual than to print your own.

Just my $0.02. I respect and follow copyright, but I also vote with my money for those who provide an excellent product experience - and DRM isn't.

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