When will the media realise that people are going to get their hands on products regardless of who they target? When you shut down one website, another opens. If you take down people for allowing file sharing, I’ll bet that another ten will replace each one in a hydra-esque spawning, probably hiding behind pseudonyms and other such measures, but still active. If you make your products hard to get a hold of especially, people are going to find a way to get their hands on it if they enjoy the product. Is that not a good thing? Are the people that are so desperate to see something that they can’t wait until the DVD comes out or until they can afford the DVD the more long-term fans of whatever your selling? Aren’t they the people that will later buy the merchandise, tell all their friends about it (and subsequentlly convert a few into buying what you’re selling) and in the long run be the best investments under your radar? I suppose I’d be able to answer that question if I’d have taken a business course instead of a Biology one, but it does really interest me, because that seems like a logical train of events to me, and something that I don’t think I thought would spew from my fingers onto my keyboard when I thought I’d say that I think the arrest of the founder of the pirate bay was a dick move.
Also, you probably knew that I would have something essentially akin to that to say about the incident. I wouldn’t want to disappoint you by being unpredictable, especially when I feel strangely passionate about the freedom of people to fileshare.
Perhaps I would sympathise if I was in business. Perhaps I’d look at what’s changing in the way we consume media and think that it’s a big problem that needs to be solved. Instead however, I’m looking at the way it’s changing and the media’s extreme reaction to it, and thinking to myself that this could probably be resolved a lot more quietly by finding a way in which both new and old methods of distribution can marry without either side damaging the other as much as it appears they are trying to.
Perhaps I’m too ignorant of this topic to understand it properly, but it seems to me as if the first instinct of the larger corporations to what the internet has allowed us to do is to declare war on something that they don’t quite understand.
So apparently the UK ban on the pirate bay has actually increased the site’s traffic. Well I’m glad something good’s come out of this stupidity. With so many sites offering file sharing, it’s a bloody stupid move to get rid of one of the best ones. What does that leave us with? The flea bitten remnants of sites that have viruses embedded into them? Where there are about five ‘download this torrent’ links, which, by the way, is so many that I can’t tell where the real one is.
And this just goes to show that the ban has made very little difference to the cause that the government were trying to work towards, illegal downloading is still going on, it’s just going on on different sites, and sometimes shadier ones. Unfortunately for me virgin media’s decided that I’m not allowed to use the site, which just sucks leagues and leagues of… penises.
Personally this censoring of the internet gives me a bad feeling, it’s as if these rules are made to protect a straw man, because they don’t understand what they’re dealing with with the internet, it scares them and they want to have control over it.
Having control could be reassuring, but this grasping for it makes it seem as if the previously-unrestricted world of the internet is some sort of threat to lawmakers. And some things definitely need to be checked over and kept safe. I don’t believe however, that this zero-tolerance policy on file sharing is a necessary enterprise, or even a good idea. People are going to get the files they want, you might as well let them do it from a site that’s relatively safe.
Welcome back to the blog republic of internet.
I bet you thought I was going to say something about the pirate bay today didn’t you, with its relevance to pretty much anything to do with the spread of information across this wonderful invisible superhighway we take for granted?
Well, as much as I would give my right leg to save the pirate bay unfortunately the Queen will have my head if I even hint at such a thing. As such, under British law I am required to ‘keep my trap shut’ or ‘sod off’, but there’s England for you.
Even if I did want to rebel against this law it’s not like there are computer programs you can use to get around the forced-blocking of the site by Britain’s main ISPs.
Oh wait there are.
Well, there’s your answer, the world is safe for another day. You can illegally download the avengers and then realise that you missed out by not seeing that amazing, amazing, amazing movie on a mahoosive screen.
It does really annoy me when these kind of laws are dreamed up however.
I understand that there are issues with copyright laws and the income of the people involved in movies and the like that don’t make the millions of dollars per movie that Tom Cruise does, but it seems like a lot of the time people coming against internet piracy really strongly seem to ignore the other side and proclaim it ‘stealing’.
Stealing? Really? Fine, when I’ve finished the thieves guild questline in Oblivion I’ll come back to you and we can talk about stealing.