Just like I told a French journalist and to the lady at the Washington Post, pirates are thieves and they do steal. Yeah yeah, “when I steal your DVD, you have no DVD, but when I copy a file, you still have a file” – I get that BS. We all know that it’s BS too. However, SOPAs and PIPAs create tyranny. If given the choice between thieves and tyranny, I’d rather stay with the thieves.
Suren Ter, creator of YouHaveDownloaded.com to Privacy Online News.
You Have Downloaded indexes IP addresses that have been used to download torrent files. If you visit the site, it will display what files have been downloaded on your network.
The site, says Ter, is a proof of concept to show visitors what the entertainment industry might see as it tracks downloads across peer-to-peer networks.
As we go deeper into an information age, I think that we need to have serious conversations about what is colloquially termed piracy. We need to distinguish media piracy from software piracy because they’re not the same thing. We need to seriously interrogate fairness and equality, creative production and cultural engagement. And we need to seriously take into consideration why people do what they do. I strongly believe that when people work en masse to route around a system, the system is most likely the thing that needs the fixing, not the people.
Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24/7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country three months after the U.S. release and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate’s service is more valuable.
Most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customer’s use or by creating uncertainty.
Our goal is to create greater service value than pirates, and this has been successful enough for us that piracy is basically a non-issue for our company. For example, prior to entering the Russian market, we were told that Russia was a waste of time because everyone would pirate our products. Russia is now about to become our largest market in Europe.
Google has become a global predator ruthlessly gobbling up potential rivals such as YouTube and ‘stealing’ the creative work of writers, film makers and the music industry…
…[A]ll over the world it is increasingly recognised that the search engine is like a giant vacuum cleaner parasitically sucking up content from media companies, publishers, film makers and musicians without paying anything back into the creative process that produces such high cost entertainment.
At the same time it is controlling the advertising slots on the web in its own pursuit of profit.
Alex Brummer, Daily Mail, Google threatens to destroy not only pop sensation Adele, but Britain’s film and music industries.
FJP: The man evidently fears the Interwebs.
NBC has commissioned a new study of online piracy, demonstrating the full scope of how much copyrighted material is in circulation every day.
Of the 23.8 percent found to be copyright-infringing material, bittorrents led the way as the most plentiful source, accounting for nearly half that amount (11.4 percent). Coming in second was so-called “cyberlockers,” otherwise known as file-sharing sites like RapidShare (5.1 percent), followed by video-streaming sites i.e. Megavideo (1.4 percent) and finally, Usenet and other lesser utilized P2P sites (0.86 percent).