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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Filed Under: bittorrent, italy, pirate bay, traffic
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    December Advocate (profile), 17 Feb 2010 @ 5:54am

    again?

    i dont even know why you bother posting about this stuff, mike. apart from the nauseating precedent set by this legal battle (although i expect it only applies in specific scenarios of infringement via the internet), i expected just as much from the entertainment industry.

    ironically enough, the only 'entertainment' these companies provide is watching them crash and burn!

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