21.4.09

Progress Leeching Dinocrats



Avast ye mateys!

Looks like the brave shipmen of the good ship Pirate Bay have been slapped with a 4million-ish euro fine and a year in prison. Well and truly a modern showtrial, the media circus and the powers that be had long since decided the outcome. Nobody makes fools of the major media. Nobody!

Or rather, that was what the dinosaurs desired. In actual fact, the people at Pirate Bay have seen this as just one giant piss-take.

“Stay calm - Nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file-sharing whatsoever,” says brokep. “This is just a theater for the media.”

“Really, it’s a bit LOL,” he added. “It used to be only movies, now even verdicts are out before the official release.”

The outcome, if not predicatable enough, was leaked the night before. Really the entire charade is just a message to the pirating industry. "Don't fuck with us".

Of course their entire case against these are bogus. Pirate Bay isn't even the biggest torrent search engine. A search engine that links to coyrighted material? I challenge them to find a single search engine that doesnt. Can guarantee we won't be seeing Google executives going to prison for it.

Again, blinded by greed, the relics in charge of Universal, Warner, whomever, fail to see that they cannot stop progress. At every turn their plans to keep their music safe from theives has backfired.

Tapedecks could only eventually be beaten by offering better quality CDs. Making CD burners illegal in the 90s just led to a lucrative black market and before long they gave up the futile fight. The case of Sony putting spyware on their CDs uploaded to user's PCs along with the content resulted in massive law suits. Their attempts to shutdown Kazaa, Shareaza, Napster back in the day forced the pace of the evolution of torrent downloading. The farce of DRM might be the most obvious example.

To counter filesharing, mp3 players would be locked to playing licensed content. Upon release, Microsoft's Zune wouldn't even play Microsoft's own music, ironically, entitled "play for sure". Belatedly the music industry has copped that people don't like DRM or anything like it. A progression in the last 18 months to sell DRM-free music has actually seen massive rises in legit music sales online. Surely that makes no sense in the major label dogma? Next they'll want to lock us up for playing the songs ourselves on our guitars no less!

Now the pursuit against torrents is just quickening the pace of its own evolution/alternatives. Things like IPREDator, advanced proxy settings and port forwarding allow you to be completely anonymous in downloading/uploading.

Instead the companies should have worked with the torrents or p2p filesharers at a point where they could co-operate and the technology would be undercontrol in a fair way that there would be no incentive to force the pace. It is these pirates whom are ten-times more likely to purchase music. Legal actions like these only serve to alienate them from their entire customer-base further driving the will to download illegally almost out of spite.

Word-of-mouth has been known as the best sales technique in punk/indie circles for generations. How often have you been awakened/introduced to a band by a rousing rendition of a bands song by your mate on guitar? "Billy" downloads the new Green Day single and shares it with 9 of his friends. All 10 end up loving it and going to the gig. For a loss of 99c on iTunes, Green Day earns 10 tickets @ 50 euro each. Independent artists never expect to make much, if any, money at all on music sales. Do not believe what they say, iTunes is not an income source for artists. Major artists make absolute fortunes on tours and merchandising anyway. How much do they need? The only person you are "fucking over" are the millionaires at the top.

At the end of the day, on appeal, the "Pirate Bay Four" will have a massively reduced sentence/fine if any. The proof of the pudding of this whole ridiculous process is that the Pirate Bay is still alive and kicking and the increased media exposure has given it a 9.5percent increase in site traffic.

The idiocy of the record company executives is unfathomable. Survival of the fittest; adapt and prosper or die out like the dinosaurs they have consistently shown themselves to be. Isn't that what capitalism is all about?

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