As Expected, IFPI 'Advertising' Helps Boost BitTorrent Search Site

from the the-definition-of-insanity dept

For a group that claims it’s focused on “educating” people, the recording industry seems amazingly thickheaded in learning lessons itself. Just last week the IFPI succeeded in having an Israeli court demand that Israeli ISPs block bittorrent search site HttpShare. As we noted in that post, this would likely act as tremendous advertising for HttpShare — and, indeed, that’s exactly what has happened. The site claims that traffic has jumped, even requiring the site owners to upgrade the hardware hosting the site — all thanks to a little “IFPI Advertising.”

What’s most stunning, however, is that the IFPI didn’t realize this would happen. After all, it’s happened again and again and again. In fact, just a month ago, a similar action in Denmark over the Pirate Bay greatly increased traffic to the site. Hell, the Pirate Bay first came to international attention (beyond a much smaller niche group of users) after the IFPI pressured gov’t officials to take the site down. Of course, rather than recognize this, the IFPI and the RIAA (and the MPAA at times as well) always claim that each of these “shut downs” is a “significant blow” against piracy. Apparently, they never consider what happens next. Makes you think that the execs and lawyers at the recording industry probably aren’t very good chess players.

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Lisa Westveld says:

Of course it's a significant blow...

These significant blows are very useful to boost piracy and thus provide the RIAA with proper evidence of how bad things are. They need more pirates so they can justify their own actions. First the piracy problem in Israel was just a minor thing, not worth much attention. After this blow it suddenly becomes much more popular to visit a piracy site and thus they create the evidence that shows how much piracy there is. They promote piracy so they can make a better case against it.

Pretty smart strategy, if you ask me. Very successful too. Now they can push governments and ISPs into introducing packet filtering to fight copyright violations at the core. This is exactly what they want.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Of course it's a significant blow...

“Pretty smart strategy, if you ask me. Very successful too. Now they can push governments and ISPs into introducing packet filtering to fight copyright violations at the core. This is exactly what they want.”

Even if that’s the case and various government to introduce packet filtering it won’t stop copyright violations. All it will do is push it deeper underground with much better methods of hiding what’s actually being transmitted.

I agree that piracy is in the best interests of these agencies, without it they’d be out of a job.

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