Torrent Talk Wrap Up: 05-23-08

by Joseph Matheny on May 23, 2008

Torrent Talk:

The Ice Age

Pale Rider

You know, we have entered a brave new world. Chilling Effect doesn’t even begin to describe it. We are in a virtual Ice Age. Trackers, search engines (well, not the big ones) are being sued, not for any money they may have (they don’t) but rather to set precedents and make examples.

I would normally write several paragraphs of flippant commentary peppered with links that punctuate my points through association. Not today. Today I have decided to utilize a method known as The Wall of Shame. Shame to the entertainment industry for being (once again) so myopic, reactionary and greedy in the short term at the expense of the long run. But also, shame upon us for laying back and letting it happen. It’s like the artificial shortages and inflation of costs for energy, food, water, et. al. We just keep paying. That’s a form of support you know. No protest equals permission.

I see the same things happening with the torrent/intellectual property communities at large. Sure, there’s the odd rebellious organization or person to stand up (and to sometimes take one for the “team”) but by and large, what I see and experience first hand is a lot passive leecher behavior but not a lot of active participant (seeder) behavior. Shouldn’t we be lined up in front of Shell Oil and Warner Brothers, throwing rotten tomatoes and declaring, “I’m not buying your shit anymore until you wise up!” Shouldn’t we support our right to information? Shouldn’t we do everything we can to set up guerrilla operations, that move swiftly and silently in the night, swapping IPs, locating to new countries at a whim, and multiplying in numbers so large that the idiots finally give up through the sheer force of attrition?

Yeah, right.

Without further adieu, this week’s wall of shame.

Until next week: Run cloaked, share at least as much as you download and support your community. (Oh yeah, and if some freaking movie studio and oil company offices (unoccupied) were to mysteriously incinerate in the middle of the night, it might make old Uncle Torrenttalk very happy.)

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Pale Rider May 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Addendum: Looks like Torrentfreak picked up the ACTA story (above) and did a nice break-out here:Proposed Treaty Turns Internet Into a Virtual Police State- http://torrentfreak.com/proposed-treaty-turns-internet-into-a-virtual-police-state-080524/

Defining statement: “In the form that it currently appears to exist, ACTA would ratchet-up further the rights of Hollywood and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) at the expense of all of our civil liberties. It provisions to criminalize information use practices currently allowed under U.S., European, and international law are completely disproportionate to the ‘problems’ it claims to address.”

Pale Rider May 24, 2008 at 4:46 pm

also, see the source for the above post: http://jamie.com/2008/05/23/we-must-act-now-against-acta/

khayroll April 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm

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