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
    Michial Thompson, 17 Feb 2010 @ 5:59am

    Ignorance is truly bliss

    Y'all really are too blind to see WHY they keep playing Whac-a-mole???? Are y'all really so stupid as to keep posting about it and brining their game public?

    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...

    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.

    If idiots stop downloading illegally and also simply stop BUYING music and movies from these companies they would be able to put this to rest.

    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).

    So in the end mikee m calls the entertainment industry "the entitlement" group all the while he feels that the world is "entitled" to everything for free and those that produce those things should "just go find another way to make money off their hard work."

    OH and here's the real kicker, little mikee m flys around the world giving little talks about infinite goods all off the very advertising money given to him by an industry that has everything to lose if Copyright and Patents are abolished... Am I the only one that sees the irony in some of the banner ads that appear on this site?

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