Friday, February 11, 2005

Internet Terrorism

Hrm... BitTorrent seems to be taking a pounding. First Suprnova. Now LokiTorrent. But despite the closing of those two, there's a rumor, or rather an observation, that provides some points that may get people to think twice before visiting or using a torrent site. It's sad but it's also horrible. Nowadays, it'll be so hard to ever trust any bittorrent site. Yes there are still some that are true to their words and true to their involvement in the community. But alas, the latest blow by the MPAA will forever strike paranoia into the people who have more than enough reason to gain a backup copy of their purchases.

Eventually, people will find a new place to flock to. Or that they'll simply move deeper into the underground, eventually going back to the old roots of simply using IRC to download whatever stuff that they want. What will become of those who use it? Personally I've used Loki a few times before. But it's been that long ago that... I completely forgot what crap I've downloaded from them. Then again, there's just something that doesn't motivate me to download a bunch of movies. Yes, there are some good ones. Yes, they're good to download in order to preview what the movie's about. But what happens when you delete those files and purchase the DVD of it at your local store? Does that still make you a criminal? The MPAA isn't stopping when they wanna catch people who have illegally downloaded copyrighted movies. But what right do they have in throwing various accusations to people using an IP address?

Let's use MPAA's outrageous rulebook for the moment here. That means having a legit copy of a DVD at hand and letting a friend borrowing it is illegal. So... what about rentals? Rental shops let you 'borrow' a movie for a fee for a period of time. About roughly the same concept of letting a friend borrowing your copy of the movie for a period of time. And what about those real pirates out there? The internet is just a medium. And yet the MPAA is focusing so much on that? Why can't they just go to their local low-class neighborhood stores and look into that? They don't. Why? Maybe some of the MPAA staffers also buy bootleg copies of their own movies from there too. Oooh, conspiracy. They claim that they lose millions due to piracy. I doubt that is the reason. I believe the problem stems from them being incapable of filtering out bad ideas for movies. And part of that problem also comes from bad direction.

Here's to hoping I won't be brought to court, even tho I believe the chance of that isn't that great.

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