MPAA targets core BitTorrent, eDonkey users

The MPAA strikes again

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 by Frogboy | Discussion: Personal Computing

The Motion Picture Association of America launched a new legal campaign Tuesday targeting the BitTorrent and eDonkey file-swapping networks, two technologies widely used to trade movies online.

Ratcheting up its previous online antipiracy efforts, the Hollywood group is working with law enforcement agencies in the United States and Europe to target and arrest individuals who play a critical role in the functioning of each type of network.

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Reply #41 Friday, January 7, 2005 7:53 PM
Sharing isn't illegal. What we now call "file sharing" isn't REALLY sharing, it's COPYING. Sharing implies that only one person has that shared object at one given moment. Sharing ususally involves sacrifice, and there is nothing wrong with that. But reproducing a file one thousand times so that one thousand people AND you can have all have it certainly doesn't involve any sacrifice and certainly has nothing to do with sharing. The law prevents you from photocopying a book and distributing the copy, and the same should applie to music, movies or software.
Reply #42 Sunday, January 9, 2005 7:44 PM

"Sharing' means more than one person has part usage of the same object.

'File-sharing' of a MP3, for example means that more than one person EACH has a copy.

The multiplicity of 'copy' is what copyright is ALL about.

The word says it all copy - right.

File-sharing  [in its most popular usage] is a violation of the rights of the original owner of the object/work/song/art/etc.

Reply #43 Sunday, January 9, 2005 9:50 PM
It IS funny that all of this is called sharing. That key word is the central cause for those who continue to do it.

I still think, though, that BitTorrent has an idea that could change the way movie files are distributed, and at lower costs. I guess that would mean a change in the business model.
Reply #44 Monday, January 10, 2005 10:45 AM
CD sales have nothing to do with this. Artists make most of their money performing live, so you can't exactly say file sharing hurts them. If anything, it's good for them and I'll explain why in a moment. Labels on the other hand, make most their money through lawyers and crooked deals to nab ninety nine percent of an artist's revenue. Who's the thief here?

File sharing has seen the rise of indie bands into the world market. They can distribute their music freely, and this scares the bejeesus out of labels because they're simply not needed anymore. Same goes for video. Look at stuff like Homestar and Red vs Blue. These people are their own labels. You can and will find their material free on the web, or through file sharing, but they still offer their own merchandise which still sells. The physical medium still appeals to fans who enjoy the feeling of owning the material goods. CD sales are still rising, because more bands are getting equal play these days. People don't just listen to the radio or tv when they decide what bands to like anymore. They get their reccommendations through buddies with mp3s who say 'dude, you're gonna love this'. There's definitely bands out there who've discovered the marketing potential of file sharing and cut loose from the labels.

The labels themselves aren't hurting. The rise of online music and video stores is proof enough. They're just scared they'll fade into nothingness when all their big acts catch on to the idea of self-marketing.

Don't give the labels your hard earned money. They're ripping off artists and have been for years. When you find a band you like, I urge you to find a way that you can purchase their music directly from them. I bought a few albums from Jim's Big Ego a while ago, and I appreciate it more than anything I've ever downloaded.

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