A lot has been going on in the world of file sharing and for once it’s not all bad news.
- Torrent.is set to return next week (for once, news of a tracker going UP and not DOWN)
- UMG Calls Infringement Damages “Excessive” (I am literally laughing so hard tears are coming to my eyes)
However, it’s not all good news.
- Entertainment Industry Leaned On Los Angeles Politicos to Declare Piracy a ‘Public Nuisance’ (Use of unethical strongarm tactics? Really? I’m shocked!)
- BitTorrent Community Mourns as Tracker Founder Passes Away (Moment of silence)
The question of using a “free” version of IP to promote a commercial version is a long and twisted tale (tail?), with multiple examples of the model working including but not limited to: Bruce Sterling releasing The Hacker Crackdown on FTP sites in ASCII, Incunabula being in circulation since 1993 in multiple electronic formats and still managing to sell CD ROMS and print versions, Acrobat Reader being given awayand yet becoming a multi-million dollar a year product that survives to this day, this recent story and this one as well. The list just goes one and yet, BSA Releases Latest Stats; Stands By Same Old Story. *sigh* Education is the key here, learn to protect yourself while the rest of the corporate dunderheads catch up. Remember when MP3 was evil? Well, as the old saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. (?) It seems that the edutainmentcorporatebehemoth just doesn’t want you to DIY. They miss you when you go away. I mean, c’mon. $500 million in one week, just ain’t enuff!
Until next week: Run cloaked, share at least as much as you download and support your community.