Why Mr. Steele, how nice of you to join the conversation :-).
Any particular reason we should feel sorry for someone that deliberately posts porn online then trolls the downloaders for infringement settlements to 'protect' them from the embarassment of a court case? The docs at this point seem to make it clear that the downloaded materials in question were in fact *uploaded by Prenda* and/or its associated shell companies. IANAL, but I believe this would be termed entrapment were it done by the authorities.
Given the above and the dubious explanations provided by Steele &c, pardon us for not feeling too upset about his current butthurt.
The movie/music industries may have failed to realize the value in torrents, but I know the usual torrent network ports have to be available on my machine for WoW to run its updates...
A lot of torrent sites require registration; a subscription site, run by , allowing torrents of their media products, would let them distribute easily and offload most of the bandwidth requirements to their customer base.
Admittedly the market for x86 UNIX has collapsed in the face of Linux' rise, but the bankruptcy trustee's attitude about the lawsuits seems to be there's-so-much-horse-there-must-be-a-pony-in-here-SOMEWHERE.
The trick will be to ensure some overeager IP troll doesn't pick this up and start the whole damnable thing up all over again.
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