Want To See How Pointless Shutting Down OiNK Was?

from the the-hydra-at-work dept

When the file sharing system OiNK was shut down last week, we pointed out how silly it was for the recording industry to go after such a site. The RIAA has been shutting down sites like that regularly for years, each time claiming that it was a significant blow against piracy... but then many more new services would pop up, each one more underground than the last, and the amount of file sharing would increase. In other words, this was a strategy that doesn't work at all. Predictably, some folks came by to attack us in the comments, insisting (incorrectly) that having your music on file sharing sites meant you couldn't make money and that the RIAA needed to shut down these sites as a "deterrent." That, of course, is ridiculous. The simple fact that every time these sites get shut down more open up and more people use them shows pretty conclusively that it's never been a deterrent before, so why would it start this time? In fact, as TorrentFreak is monitoring, a bunch of new sites have quickly sprung up, attempting to replace OiNK. In other words, by taking down this one site, the recording industry has just helped create a bunch more, many of which will build up pretty strong followings. The end result doesn't make things better for the recording industry -- it makes things worse. So why do they keep doing it?

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    Brother, 1 Nov 2007 @ 9:26pm

    Re: New Generation

    I guess the point I should make is... there are Ten Commandments ("commandments" - NOT suggestions), and the fifth one is "thou shalt not steal".
    I guess you must have missed the one about "thou shalt not bear false witness" because that's exactly exactly what you're doing when you accuse someone of theft for infringing copyright.

    By the way you ignore the new testament I'm also guessing that you're not a Christian. But still, I'm reminded of the story of Jesus multiplying the fives loaves of bread to feed the multitudes. He didn't run to the bakers and buy a bunch of bread. He took what he had, multiplied (copied) it and shared it. That seems to me to be a lot like file sharing. Did he "steal" bread from the bakers? No. What Jesus a "thief"? No. But if you call people doing things like that thieves, then that's exactly what you're calling Jesus. However, if you're not a Christian then I suppose you don't care about that or that Jesus didn't much like hypocrites either. If you are, then brother, you better think about what you're saying and start doing some real soul searching. Fast. You never know how much time you have left.

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