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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    Urza9814, 17 Nov 2009 @ 5:14pm

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    Copyright infringement and illegal drug trafficking is a little different. One kills the nation's youth and one kills a bloated, outdated middleman. I wouldn't argue for copyright reform by comparing file sharing to drug use.

    No, they're not. First of all, he wasn't really talking about drug trafficking, he was talking about drug _use_. HUGE difference.

    Secondly, it doesn't really matter. You know, before passing the first ever anti-drug law (the Harrison Anti-drug Act) in 1914, 1.3% of our population was addicted to drugs. 56 years later in 1970, before starting the 'War on Drugs', 1.3% of our population was addicted to drugs. And guess what? Today - 1.3% of our population is addicted to drugs. Incarceration DOESN'T WORK. We're spending BILLIONS of dollars every year to arrest people, a huge percent of which are STUDENTS who are doing nothing more than hanging out and having a smoke! It's cheaper to send them to rehab. It's more effective to send them to rehab. It makes them less afraid to call 911 in an overdose situation if we send them to rehab. Yet instead, for some crazy reason we keep putting students in prison. You know why we have so many managers and so few scientists in America? All the bright young future scientists got curious (as scientists generally do), tried some drugs once, and are now _living off minimum wage_ because they can't go to school anymore because they were convicted of a drug offense. Smartest kid I ever knew, frickin' GENIUS, who in 11th grade was _teaching AP physics_ to half our friggin highschool while taking college courses, got arrested for marijuana. Spent a year in prison, some time in various mental facilities, and is now working at _McDonald's_ trying to save up enough money to go back to school. But hey, he's lucky. At least he didn't get _SHOT_ for it like U Michigan student Derek Copp.

    Why is it that you can own an automatic rifle, capable of killing hundreds of people, yet you can't legally own a little bit of weed, which would require _violating the freakin' laws of physics_ to die from? Seriously, you can walk down to any grocery store and buy hundreds of drugs that are more dangerous than weed. And hell, some of them will get you a better high too - I know, I tried quite a bit of them in highschool.

    Oh, not to mention the fact that Marijuana's classification as a Schedule I drug, under the Controlled Substances Act, is currently in violation of _the Controlled Substances Act_. Yes, that's right, the very act that bans it says it cannot be banned. It can only be filed under schedule I if there are no recognized medicinal uses in the US. Well, CA, AK, CO, HI, MA, MI, MO, NE, NM, OR, RI, VT, and WA are all in the US, are they not?

    Ok, I'm done now. Sorry for ranting, but US drug policy is one of the most ridiculous sets of laws I have ever seen.

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