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
    Chris Grundemann, 17 Nov 2009 @ 3:44pm

    Couple Ideas

    These are not new ideas but they are viable options:

    1) Give recorded music and motion pictures away as a method of promoting performances. This works more for musicians but also for movies. Experiencing live music is something that is very hard to reproduce, likewise, theaters offer far better sound and picture then your typical living room - or even home theater. Musicians have already done this to some extent via the radio for a long time.

    2) Movies and Music as a service. If you can pay a nominal amount per month and listen to / watch anything you want, you have a lot less reason to pirate anything - why go through the hassle. My time is worth something to me anyway.

    Maybe artists will have to make less money and that probably means that all of the "industry" players that feed off of the current ridiculous amounts that some of these folks make will get squeezed out to some extent. But other than themselves, who is really concerned that a some managers and agents etc will have to find other work?

    Maybe a larger number of lower paid artists would be a good thing. Does anyone really deserve 20million dollars for a single movie? I for one have seen and heard a LOT of great actors, writers, directors and musicians of all sorts that can't make a living on it - perhaps a shift away from the giant plastic disk manufacturing model would allow more of them to be seen and heard?

    Don't expect those that live off of the current model to stop fighting anytime soon though...

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