Italian Pirate Bay Block Leads To Massive Traffic Boost For Competing Torrent Sites

from the whac-a-mole dept

A decade into the entertainment industry's massive game of whac-a-mole when it comes to file sharing sites, you would think that people would realize that blocking or banning any particular site doesn't do a damn thing to slow the pace of file sharing around the globe. Instead, it does two things: (1) informs more people of the social norm of unauthorized file trading and (2) causes people to scatter to more sites, usually further underground and even more difficult to identify and stop. And, indeed, that appears to be the case in Italy. You may recall that the Italian Supreme Court recently decided that it was okay for a lower court to block The Pirate Bay (the lower court is now deciding what to do), but in response, it appears that users have already figured out how to scatter to other sites, as many other torrent sites have seen an influx of Italian users. Another mole whacked, and yet, more keep popping up. It's difficult to see how this is a particularly good strategic policy.
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  1. identicon
    robin, 17 Feb 2010 @ 7:05am

    Re: Ignorance is truly bliss

    They don't care if it stops piracy at all. My guess is that their worst lawyers are even the ones assigned to the game.

    As long as they keep playing and keep piracy in the press they spend lots less on lobbyists for the politics. The press keeps talking about the game, the politicians keep seeing the press, and when someone comes to them and says "this is out of hand we need to do something" it's easier to justify the position there-fore costing less in lobbyists and bribes and time etc...


    probably maybe even very true. big content's cynicism knows no boundaries, nor does their lack of respect for customers and potential customers.

    The REAL problem is idiots keep downloading the music and movies illegally. By downloading the music illegally the idiots not only add fuel to the anti-piracy cases. In the end the movie and music people just turn around and use the fact that someone downloaded their product as proof that there is a demand for the product.


    a hint of understanding: "piracy" is actually market intel (well done sir!). One of techdirt's premises is that what kind of company actively fights against what their customers are telling them they want. oh yeah, one that believes it's customers are "idiots".

    BUT instead little mikee m cry's about how these companies need to embrace the free market with their "free infinite goods" and just accept that the billions in production costs are not really a part of the cost of those infinite goods, and settle for selling t-shirts (oh by the way little mikee m says you shouldn't protect your brand name or trademarks either on those t-shirts and anyone should be able to sell them too, making it even harder to make your money back).


    strawman, meet haystack, you guys should be good friends.

    ...all the while he feels that the world is "entitled" to everything for free...


    seriously??? c'mon, now you're just making things up.

    ...talks about infinite goods all off the very advertising money given to him...


    seriously??? c'mon, now you're just ignoring facts: techdirt's been very open in describing how advertising space is a terrible way to make money, and in fact is not at all how the firm makes money.

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