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The Obligatory Pirate Bay Article

Postby SlyckTom » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:45 pm

Here you are - the obligatory “The Pirate Bay” article. Just about every major news outlet is covering some aspect of the trial. The history, defiance, and exceptional character of The Pirate Bay has conjured up the imagination of the press and the online community, as almost 10 years since the launch of Napster, there’s finally an P2P entity that’s once again worthy of mainstream attention.

A lot has transpired since June 1999 – the month the first release of Napster went public. Before there was Napster, there was still file-sharing, but it would be almost unrecognizable today. Napster is often given credit as the first P2P community, but that’s not really true. FileTopia existed before Napster, while search/indexing services were popular on IRC. Napster brought P2P in the mainstream, but it was by no means the first file-sharing community.

Nine years and 8 months since Napster's launch, we have another spectacle, this time surrounding TPB. Media attention on this trial has been intense, with global publicity on P2P at an all time high. This trial, in many respects, parallels the atmosphere surrounding Napster. Again, file-sharing is on the line, the future of P2P is in jeopardy, and victory for either side is a court ruling away.

Nonsense.

Let’s consider three possible outcomes of TPB trial – a draw, or a victory for either side. As it stands now, half of the charges against TPB have already been dropped. The Swedish prosecution has tried to pin TPB as directly responsible for copyright infringement by providing .torrent files. However, that aspect of their case had to be dropped as a result of a technicality - .torrent files aren’t copyrighted works. Instead, the entertainment industry is pinning its hope on the ‘making available’ theory – that TPB helps the end user engage in copyright infringement.

Although TPB’s initial victory is enough to stir the public relations pot in their favor, the case is far from finished. The making available theory could stick, and the TPB’s antagonizing logo and legal page could be used against them. If the court is convinced TPB is enabling users to infringe on the copyrights of others, the ownership could be fined, imprisoned, or both.

Even if there was a worst case scenario played out, the result of that circumstance is unknown. TPB’s ownership has stated that even they don’t know the exact location of their server farm – a globally dispersed tracker network that tracks torrent swarms. If this is true, and the court finds they are copyright infringement-enablers, will TPB suddenly disappear? It’s a significant question that may never be answered.

But the bigger picture is clear. BitTorrent, file-sharing, and P2P technology isn’t going anywhere. Even if TPB loses, their ownership thrown in jail, and their server network closed, the absence of the world’s largest tracker won’t injure P2P in the long term. Will there be a period of chaos similar to the period after the loss of Napster? Sure, but looking back, few can argue with the long term benefits of the post-Napster purge.




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Re: The Obligatory Pirate Bay Article

Postby Variant » Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:46 pm

excellent article.


lets not forget when suprnova fell as well ...

confusion led to greater and better P2P sites.
you would think the US govt would learn from this and let Big Auto just fail.
but no ........bailout. stimulus.

just reported: Chrystler is asking for another 5 Billion loan.

anyway.
great read. well written.

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Re: The Obligatory Pirate Bay Article

Postby FORT1 » Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:43 am

@Variant
----Show the World the PIRATE Party supports Barrack Obama ----


Off-topic, but your post contradicts your slogan. You see yourself, that with Obama, no policy is changed and the destruction of US economy and US dollar goes on.
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Re: The Obligatory Pirate Bay Article

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:27 pm

not only offtopic, but kneejerk as well. i am not stating that he will work miracles - but it seems to me that he deserves more than a month to attempt to undo the damage done over many years. i hope i'm wrong, but your post sounds like just another bitter republican potshot.

regardless of who you thought should be elected, you should hope that the person is successful. bush did nothing but fail for 8 years. give his replacement more than a month before you vilify him.
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Re: The Obligatory Pirate Bay Article

Postby Fartingbob » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:31 pm

MrFredPFL wrote:bush did nothing but fail for 8 years.

Thats why he's the only person to score a perfect rating on the dubya scale of stupidity.
In Internet terminology it was an EPIC FAIL.
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Re: The Obligatory Pirate Bay Article

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:42 pm

aye. in fact, it seems to me that an extra adjective is called for to precede the words epic fail in this situation. words which come to mind include definitive, quintessential, and textbook.

:lol: this thread went OT in a hurry. but then hey, what can you say about TPB that hasn't already been said? (hmmmm - or dubya, for that matter) ;)
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Re: The Obligatory Pirate Bay Article

Postby Fartingbob » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:47 pm

Quintessential failitude sounds good.
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Re: The Obligatory Pirate Bay Article

Postby voodoohippie » Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:55 am

I Hope TPB will continue as the seem to have the same philosophy as did ES5 when Sharepro and Filehoover defied the entertainment industry and even streamed new releases and allowed people to Upload copyrighted material. As far as we know they never were caught. Instead they were ridiculed for the name Earth Station Five and the Star Trek type theme on the p2p app which would allow you to change ip's like a Gatling Gun (Something Gnutilla clients should do). Just think if even Ares did this or the resurrected WinMX. I feel that The Pirate Bay will make an example out of these bullies and maybe even get to sue them and actually win after they are exposed for acting in an illegal manor themselves. We'll have to stay tuned for the outcome. Good article.
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Re: The Obligatory Pirate Bay Article

Postby in_hiding » Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:39 pm

voodoohippie wrote:I Hope TPB will continue as the seem to have the same philosophy as did ES5 when Sharepro and Filehoover defied the entertainment industry and even streamed new releases and allowed people to Upload copyrighted material. As far as we know they never were caught. Instead they were ridiculed for the name Earth Station Five and the Star Trek type theme on the p2p app

I think it was just a wee bit more than the name and theme: see http://www.slyck.com/news.php?story=678
My fave ES5-ism: "15 million users". :lol:
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Re: The Obligatory Pirate Bay Article

Postby Variant » Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:26 pm

by FORT1 on Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:43 am

@Variant

----Show the World the PIRATE Party supports Barrack Obama ----




I guess i should take the time and clean up my signature from 4 months ago .

or try and apply executive order to protect my friends 3 months after I'm not president anymore ....



oh wait that wasnt me .... it was ......



anyways .. I hope TPB guys are getting their fill of craft services.

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