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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    Mike, 17 Feb 2010 @ 10:48am

    Reality Check

    The reality of this is that it is a never ending game. Getting people to boycott all music to prove a point is as easy as getting a city to boycott gas to protest the outrageous price per gallon they charge. I for one could not boycott gas as I need it to get to work. Likewise I could not boycott music entirely as I need it to keep me from running morons off the road while I'm burning the gas.

    Further the consumers are no different than the industry. Like the industry we shop around for the cheapest prices and you can't get much cheaper than free. Also like the industry we are willing to fight on for or right of increased pay even if its a loosing battle we waste our entire lives on. For proof of the latter look to nearest retired guy that spent 30 plus years with same company for a meager 2.6% annual raise.

    All this crap on both sides extends from simple greed everyone including industry wants everything for nothing. Historically speaking the side with more pull and resources (Aka: big money industry) will win for a while until the world is out of balance. Now looking back at history you will see that every now and then this happens and once it gets to far outa balance you get revolt (ea: US & French revolutions).

    So in conclusion we as a society do learn from our past but will never learn to control greed thus leaving a person 2 options revolt or kick back and enjoy the ride. Personally for now I choose to sit back and enjoy the ride.

    Oh and they can block and shut down all the torrent sites they want I have one site that searches them all and updates its list regularly so not much changes for me. And as far as shutting down the site I use good luck it doesn't host links it just directs you to search results on other sites kinda like google.

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