View Full Version : The Pirate Bay is enemy #1 for digital piracy foes
01-21-2012, 10:02 PM
One day after a massive online protest against proposed new anti-piracy laws (http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/19/wikipedia-other-websites-back-after-anti-piracy-bill-protest/?iid=EL), federal agents shut down Megaupload (http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/19/technology/megaupload_shutdown/index.htm?iid=EL), a popular hub for illegal file sharing.
But the most famous nexus for digital piracy sailed through the week unscathed. It's called The Pirate Bay, and it's the poster child for the kinds of "rogue" overseas sites Congress took aim at with a pair of bills called SOPA and PIPA.
01-22-2012, 12:51 AM
They will never be able to shut these websites down. Shut one down and another pops right up. There are so many ways to share files. Their approach to fighting digital piracy is just plain wrong.
01-24-2012, 08:54 PM
Unless they are able to shutdown all the various sites at once, I do not see it killing piracy much.
Even if they shutdown all these sites, there are many ways to pirate things. I do not see them stopping piracy anytime soon - if ever....
As mercurial said, if they shutdown one site, another will just pop up. It is rather easy to be anonymous on the internet which is great for starting such sites and making use of them. Well, not just sites. Methods.
The pirate bay do not really do anything wrong though, they simply host .torrent files... The users host the actual files.
They most certainly promote piracy and encourage it, we all know that.
I do not think the pirates need to worry about piracy being stopped anytime soon. I do not see that happening.
Is it even worth completely stopping piracy? Stopping it will have a MASSIVE effect on the internet, people and the companies who make software, movies, series, music etc. Not necessarily a good one either.
01-24-2012, 10:39 PM
It's been a few days and MegaUpload alternatives are all not working or not working well at all. A bit worrying. There were many legal files hosted on those servers that are now gone. That's not cool at all! I frequent XDA and they use Megaupload to upload new firmware all the time. Now we don't even have that.