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, 18 Nov 2009 @ 12:36pm

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    I have a neighbor who tends to frequently get both high on prescription drugs and drunk from alcohol at the same time.

    And both of those are (in some form) legal.

    If drugs are so safe, then would you drive while stoned? Or how about LSD? What's your take on hallucinogens?

    No. I also wouldn't drive under the influence of Ambien, or while drunk, or after spending an hour smoking hookah, or after taking cold medicine. But all of those are legal. All (or at least most) will likely get you arrested if you try driving after using them. But you won't get arrested for taking cough syrup or for taking your legally prescribed Ambien - you'll get arrested for reckless endangerment or other similar laws, depending on what exactly you did. So why should Marijuana or LSD be any different? Especially marijuana - as I already said, it's physically impossible to die from smoking weed, and it's quite unlikely to make a person violent at all. LSD, sure it's dangerous, but so are a lot of other legal drugs. There are plenty of perfectly legal hallucinogens, what makes LSD so special? And not all of the legal hallucinogens have medical uses, though some do...and LSD has potential medical uses as well. In fact, the FDA recently approved a study on medical LSD, which I believe was in Sweden, though I'm not entirely sure.

    Maybe there shouldn't be any legal drugs - but my point is basically that many of our illegal drugs are far less dangerous than the legal ones. I don't see any way you can make a logical argument stating that alcohol should be legal but marijuana shouldn't. Hell, there's even some research to suggest that marijuana may be less harmful (and it certainly has more medicinal uses) than tobacco.

    Yes, people make stupid decisions. Arrest them for those decisions. There's absolutely no reason to arrest thousands of people just because they're doing something that might cause 1% of them to harm someone - because that means 99% of them are innocent. If we stopped spending such an enormous amount of time and money hunting down non-violent drug offenders, we would actually have the money and manpower to do something about those people who actually are causing harm.

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