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momoluvsu
We live in a parallel universe
03:13 PM on 01/21/2012
Well-written, and interesting. Smart kids are a real treasure! Way to go, dude.
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06:20 PM on 01/21/2012
If you actually think this article was written by a kid instead of some adult rushing to beat his deadline with this trite and poorly written fake story about getting scared and stopping pirating, then I have some real estate you may be interested in.
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Sam Engwall
03:08 PM on 01/21/2012
Torrents are dangerous to use- they are easily trackable by the RIAA and MPAA. Lately, it doesn't seem like they have been as aggresive slapping lawsuits on alleged offenders; but, instead they are sending C&D notices to their ISP's. Although all service providers have different policies, mine has a 3-strike policy where you lose access after the 3rd C&D.

Torrents are a bad idea when it comes to potentially getting busted. Basically you are sharing your IP address with all the other people who are downloading that particular file at that particular time. If one of the other downloaders happens to be working for MPAA/RIAA, then your IP address gets logged and your ISP gets notified.

Direct downloads/streams are not fool proof either, but they are safer... atleast for the time being.
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06:21 PM on 01/21/2012
Unless of course you get a good blacklist program like PeerGuardian, and then assuming you keep it updated, you'll be safe from being tracked.
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thereisonlyoneparty
more amazing than you
06:36 PM on 01/21/2012
Assuming your list blocks out all of the IP addresses/ranges that could be problematic.
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MISTERUNCONVENTIONAL
The only attitude I've ever had is a bad one.
03:04 PM on 01/21/2012
As I understand it most American TV and movies are broadcast via satellite in the rest of the world. (And burned onto DVD's elsewhere)

FREE for anyone with a receiver to watch, record, TIVO, etc. Legally or not.

So "Hollywood" wants US, we US CITIZENS, to pay for their production costs etc while the rest of the world gets it free.

Anyone else have heartburn with that?
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ispani
03:12 PM on 01/21/2012
You understand wrong, I live in Italy, the European satellite network, Sky is owned by Rupert Murdoch. You pay for everything you get because they pay royalty fees. If you don't want to pay for that movie ticket or new CD, don't buy it; that's the way to change things. If you happen to be an owner of an Intellectual property, you would understand why.
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editorjuno
Musician, wordsmith, accidental mystic, etc.
03:12 PM on 01/21/2012
"Hollywood" must be talking to Big Pharma -- same deal there, U.S. consumers pay for the rest of the world's free (or at least much cheaper) stuff.
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03:02 PM on 01/21/2012
As many will point out, the car analogy is wrong - you're not "borrowing" anything, you're simply making a copy. If we had machines that could copy 3D cars and share them, then we'll be talking about the same problem.

"Theft" demands that I deprive you of the use of something physical.(Chattel) Copying something doesn't deny you the use of anything. The reason they call it "infringement" is precisely because it doesn't deny the use of chattel. You "infringe" by horning in on someone's temporary monopoly market.

When US Copyright was invented, copyright lasted 28 years, then it went back into the public domain. Which would mean everything copywritten in the US before 1984 would belong to all of us.
Fast forward to 2012 and we have people being indicted CRIMINALLY for sharing files. Most recorded works SHOULD be in the public domain, if we recognize the purpose of copyright is to promote the useful arts and sciences. We're so far out of balance on this issue that people are afraid to sing a song at a wedding for fear of breaching copyright. I know this because I get e-mail all the time asking for permission.

We need to roll back copyright law to meet the true Constitutional purpose of promoting the useful arts and sciences instead of giving corporations, the ability to claim ownership of ideas that they had no part in creating in the first place.
06:02 PM on 01/21/2012
Spoken like someone who has nothing on the line.
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GentleGim
The opposite of austerity is GROWTH.
06:55 AM on 01/22/2012
If copyrights were only valid for 28 years we would have lost nearly all of the films and TV shows created before the digital age. It takes money to store negatives, it takes money to restore decaying films. It was only the birth of the TV syndication market and home video that finally pumped enough money into the system to goad studios into paying the exorbitant costs of maintaining their libraries. Orphan films were not so lucky and many have been irretrievably lost over the decades. Hopefully the best survive, but only because it is in someone's financial interest to keep them alive.
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eletryxx
squiggly lightning bolt
03:02 PM on 01/21/2012
Simulcast is the only way to eliminate television file-sharing. Have the advertisers put up a little extra to pay for the servers and bandwidth needed to make the episodes available online at the same time the show airs on live television and then allow the episode to be available via a Hulu-type set up with truncated ads after the west-coast airing. It works in the UK.

As for music . . . hello? There's YouTube and radio and all that so for the music companies to go after music downloads is a little iffy all said.

Major motion pictures should be available via Pay-Per-View opening weekend. Those who want the theater experience will still go out, those who would be inclined to download would prefer a clear HD and legal copy the Friday of release then a grainy bootleg the following Saturday or Sunday.
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tazmodious
Left Hand of Darkness
03:01 PM on 01/21/2012
Piracy is payback medicine for the record industry that chose to treat its customers poorly instead of adapting.
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editorjuno
Musician, wordsmith, accidental mystic, etc.
03:17 PM on 01/21/2012
Not only customers -- they historically exploited the artists too, megastar exceptions notwithstanding. Recorded music is becoming what it originally was circa 1920 or so: a promotional item sold cheaply or given away to promote personal appearances by the artist.
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tazmodious
Left Hand of Darkness
03:29 PM on 01/21/2012
Thank you for brining up another salient point about the recording business.
06:02 PM on 01/21/2012
Yeah, so now you get to exploit the artists too! Those darn record companies, keeping all that fun for themselves.
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tazmodious
Left Hand of Darkness
07:59 PM on 01/21/2012
If the putting work on the internet is prone to being pirated, then you need to either not put your work on the internet or re-evaluate why you put it on the internet.
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Recalled
03:00 PM on 01/21/2012
"Illegal" is a loose word in the USA. Illegal to download a song... the horror! Arrest! Prosecute! But sending US troops to Iraq for profit or allowing Wall St a blank check, goes unquestioned. Oh, and God forbid you jay walk.
03:01 PM on 01/21/2012
That was just silly.
03:06 PM on 01/21/2012
Yes we shouldn't enforce any laws, or prosecute any criminals because somebody somewhere else got away with something.
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02:59 PM on 01/21/2012
Well written.

Just one thing...bit torrent, is not new, nor is it the new napster.
02:58 PM on 01/21/2012
Newsflash: everyone does
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tazmodious
Left Hand of Darkness
02:52 PM on 01/21/2012
There will always be art. People will pay to see concerts or obtain paintings and sculptures they like. People will always do art for the enjoyment and passion of it. It amazes me that tickets for older rock bands bands like CSN and the Roling Stones are often over $100 per person and yet they still fill stadiums.

Art is often controversial by its nature so it shouldn't be a surprise that there is this controversy in the world of art/music.

Due to the nature of the internet as it exists, people will always find ways to around get around the system. I think this is good. The internet is like a great purifier. It forces people to think. It cleans out old ideas and makes way for others.
02:51 PM on 01/21/2012
Bittorrents are never going to be stopped. Period.
02:53 PM on 01/21/2012
Nope you are wrong.
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tazmodious
Left Hand of Darkness
02:58 PM on 01/21/2012
Correct, another format will replace them if they are removed or blocked.
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02:59 PM on 01/21/2012
lol...don't know that the next evolution is already waiting in the wings eh.
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modernman55
Just a sample of carbon-based wastage
02:51 PM on 01/21/2012
I think we need to just reevaluate the entire definition of "intellectual property". The idea that one can own an immaterial abstract collection of data no longer makes sense. We are trying hard to connect labor and property to items that do not really exist with the intent to protect the monetary value of these nonexistent items. I understand the arguments of software engineers and musical artists, but perhaps the problem is in your respective industries not being able to adapt to the information age or change the way they fairly compensate your labor instead of attaching it to immaterial products.
03:06 PM on 01/21/2012
The idea of "intellectual property" makes perfect sense, and ideas do exist.

How would you suggest a software engineer make money? How is software a viable industry without "intellectual property"?
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modernman55
Just a sample of carbon-based wastage
03:25 PM on 01/21/2012
We could have a philosophical debate on what exists and what does not, but I do not think that is necessary. I am not too savvy in the programming field, but Id say same way authors do it. Writers have to show all of their sources where they got their information from. If they are found plagiarizing they are chastised pretty hard by their field. You can do the same with digital items that are made, designed, or enhanced by programs. Upon release of the digital product there is a list attached to it that will show proof of purchase of the programs utilized in the product's creation. Not sure if something like that is currently in effect. If you are making a profit off of other people's work, that is wrong. If you are not making a profit off of it and you are a torrent junkie who downloads these software for the sake of downloading it then I do not really see where a profit is being denied.
04:36 PM on 01/21/2012
Open source. Hello, Mozilla, Linux, and Apache.
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spytheweb
Black Democrat
02:45 PM on 01/21/2012
File sharing is a effective way to borrow a movie from your friends. Next they will be telling you if you rent a movie no more than 2 people can watch it and you can only watch it once.

Downloading  music is against the law, but you can hear the same music free on over the air radio.

They want to own the internet or kill it. File sharing is not going to go away no matter how many are jailed or fined. How about making music and movies more affordable?
04:36 PM on 01/21/2012
You hear it free on the radio, but the radio station pays to play that music
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Bryan Walker
02:41 PM on 01/21/2012
Now that you have posted an admittance of theft, I hope you get caught and fined.

This is my favorite part:
"Reprinted with permission. Copyright by Youth Communication/New York Center, Inc. See www.youthcomm.org for information regarding reprints of Youth Communication's copyrighted stories."

Irony !
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jayded
02:40 PM on 01/21/2012
To all people arguing that this is stealing from artists: Artists have been complaining for ages about how the labels rip them off....countless horror stories of young, talented people creating timeless art only to be on food stamps a couple years later because of that dubious recording contract. Many artists (most notably, 50 cent) argue that the current model actually favors the artist because now their content is more readily available to be discovered and appreciated by fans, which in turn leads to increased sales of things like concert tickets, ringtones, and endorsed products. For how long have artists been complaing about how they get NOTHING from album slaes anyway? This whole argument is about the corporates, not the artists. If the artsists took that much issue with it, they'd probably say as much in their music, since they obviously have that platform.
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04:34 PM on 01/21/2012
Let's see... If record labels rip off artists, then we can help the artists by ripping them off, too. I'm not sure how robbing someone twice helps them, but hey, it justifies stealing and that makes it okay, right?
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tazmodious
Left Hand of Darkness
09:20 PM on 01/21/2012
If a music artist puts his or her work out for me to listen for free online or the artist allows his or her music to be played on independent radio stations like radio 1190, I will want to go see them live when they come to town. That is if I like the music.