We are about to release a beta version of a self-service digital forensic application which you can run on your computer. It will tell you exactly what your position is and if nothing is found that you are being accused of downloading then an ECA (Early Case Assessment) certificate is produced which you can send to the complainants and your ISP.
When the application is finished a limited number of people will be allowed to download it and run it for testing purposes and to ensure that the system functions as expected. The beta testers will then have free access to the application when released properly. The application will be released for only £10 around $15.
If it turns out that nothing is found you would be entitled to counter-sue with bone fide digital forensic evidence to support your claims against their untested, un-validated assertions.
If you get a letter or email from them contact email@example.com. Send me your case number and contact details we will contact them and request to see their technology to test it for court compliance - if they refuse we will get a court order to force them.
If their technology is as suspected not forensically sound a report will be made public - and no one will need to pay again.
If you pass the list onto firstname.lastname@example.org - we'll get a few guys to manually go through the list and check each location for the legitimacy of the downloads - We will post the list of legit links on our site as well as download them all, hash them and add them to our white-list database.
The problem is the industry thinks that it can change the minds of the populous - what is the norm for a society can not be regarded as wrong - what is the norm for an entire species - can not be regarded as wrong - if we are looking at maybe billions of pirates - the vast majority of online users, then that is the norm.
It is the industry who have not realised that they can not and will never make money buy selling online, using the same methodology as they do offline.
Making money for the distributors, producers, managers, and lawyers is not money that gets handed down to the artists, and it is not benefiting those who purchase from their local stores.
Creating new stricter laws will not stop a society from the direction it wants, all Governments eventually fall when they try to force a society to do something so fundamentally different to their wishes.
Its not the Government, nor the Publishing houses, nor two-bit scam companies who feign to the courts that their investigations into pirates is legally accurate that will stop people pirating - it is a fundamental shift in perception of what piracy is.
Is it people refusing to be bound by unreasonable and probably unjust license agreements, or those forcing people to adhere to such excessive licenses?
Is the multi-national corporation the victims, or the pirates, taking the lions share of all money which rightly belongs to the artists? Forcing you to not move your downloaded song from the Apple device it is on, even after it fails to work? Or is it the people who rise up and say no more, we will not be victims of extortion and corporate greed? Who knows, but one thing is for sure...
Piracy has been a part of human existence since the beginning of humans - even before the internet was ever conceived... it is not going to go away, so accepting it is the only way to sleep at night - there are plenty of acceptable ways to earn revenue from allowing people to download freely from a particular site.
Imagine, how many pirates would be stealing from the internet, if they were legally allowed to get the file if and only if they went to website X? Website X, generated revenue from advertising, not just for themselves but for the production houses and artists as well! It would not be too surprising to see artists moving away from the big publishing houses and selling online directly - getting all the profits... but then the big publishers wouldn't like that would they, probably prefer to force people to rebel against their Stalinist control over individual's lives.
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