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. icon
    vivaelamor (profile), 17 Feb 2010 @ 3:58pm

    Re: Ignorance is truly bliss

    "The REAL problem is idiots keep downloading the music and movies illegally."

    No, the 'real' problem is that they are illegal in the first place. While you may not agree that infringement is a good thing, you say 'well the real problem is that you're infringing' yet tell people to boycott instead. If the 'real' problem were that of infringing then you wouldn't bother with a boycott. How about this: the 'real' problem is twits misusing language to make their arguments; whether it be confusing theft with infringement or calling something 'real' for faux emphasis.

    "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)."

    Let me raise that label of twit to conniving moron. You've gone from suggesting that people should not infringe but should boycott, to attacking Mike's economic analysis on the basis that things cost too much to be free (which misreads his analysis entirely). That isn't having your cake and eating it, that's having your cake and eating someone else's. While you start off giving the impression that you would favour a boycott you go on to say that those who should be boycotted are right.

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