The Pirate Bay Goes More Distributed, Shuts Down Tracker

from the legal-issues? dept

So this is interesting. The folks at The Pirate Bay have shut down its tracker for good, and switched entirely to a distributed, decentralized system, called DHT. As others are noting, this is quite a milestone, but I actually wonder if it will also have legal implications. Basically, using such a distributed system takes The Pirate Bay even further out of the equation in terms of its role in the sharing of content, and in theory could impact the ruling against The Pirate Bay. Of course, the entertainment industry will say it doesn't matter, and the courts (who don't seem to understand these things very well) might not realize the difference, but it is meaningful in terms of how involved The Pirate Bay actually is in the activity that's happening.

But, of course, even if this makes no difference in how the courts view The Pirate Bay (as expected), it does show the inevitable trend of these things: making them ever more and more decentralized and harder to shut down. When the RIAA shut down Napster, what came out of it was even more decentralized and harder to stop. Now the same thing is happening with the attempted shut down of The Pirate Bay. Even if you don't like what sites like The Pirate Bay do, at some point you have to wonder what good it does to keep shutting down these offerings when all it does is drive people to the "next" offering that's even more difficult to stop? At some point, someone is going to get the message that you can't stop this stuff. So why not figure out a way to use it to your advantage?

Filed Under: bittorent, distributed hash tag, tracker
Companies: the pirate bay

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Nov 2009 @ 2:17pm

    Those who willingly break copyright law, we'll call them pirates, are the same as those who broke the drug laws back in the 1960s, you know, hippies.

    And the hippies must never win. Which is why medical marijuana is still classified as Schedule 1 meaning it has no medicinal value.

    So, the pirates must never win. "Stronger copyright laws are needed!" It won't help, at all. "We have to incarcerate non-violent drug offenders!" Not helping, at all.

    Maximalists don't care if the laws don't quite work out in their favour. They just want to punish the hippies. Punish the pirates. They must win and everybody else?

    Bunch of losers who deserve to lose.

    I still love the anecdote of an recording industry flak back in the 1990s when they were shown an .mp3 file for the first time. Some nerds were putting together a website/service idea and the flak just politely chuckled.

    "People aren't going to listen to music on their computer?!? Computers are for work! In the future music will be broadcast via a set-top box attached to their televisions. Silly nerds."

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