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RIAA asks Bittorrent.inc to block infringing content
« on: August 07, 2015, 11:08:39 PM »

The RIAA has asked uTorrent creator BitTorrent Inc. to come up with ways to stop infringement of its members' copyrighted content. In a letter sent to BitTorrent Inc's CEO, the RIAA's Executive Vice President of Anti-Piracy points to BitTorrent's DHT system and asks the San Francisco-based company to live up to its claim of not endorsing piracy.

Read full article + letter here: https://torrentfreak.com/riaa-asks-bittorrent-inc-to-block-infringing-content-150804/
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Re: RIAA asks Bittorrent.inc to block infringing content
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2015, 11:37:09 AM »
I think that really demonstrate just how far these organisations are divorced from reality. The claim that piracy is caused by the protocol creators is akin to claiming that Karl Benz is responsible for all car accidents or the Romans for creating straight roads with a solid surface. or Tim Berners Lee is responsible for Internet pornography.
Why do they not see the very obvious way of gathering revenue for the producers of all kinds of media?
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Re: RIAA asks Bittorrent.inc to block infringing content
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2015, 02:11:25 PM »
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I think that really demonstrate just how far these organisations are divorced from reality.

Very true.

Its a big money game that is going on. This guys are earning so much money with dumb ideas to stop piracy its unbelievable.

A few examples of their (in my opinion) dumb ideas from the past:

- Shutting down a few sites here and there. What did happen? 1-2 shut down and are replaced by 10-20.
- Blocking sites in different countries. What did happen? So easy to bypass with proxies its actually funny.
- A few news articles now and then to scare some people that they are being ''followed''. What did happen? P2P has grown even more with their publicity.
- Stupid actions like ''16 year old boy getting fined for downloading a few mp3s'' with insane high payments. Why only 1 person? Music is being shared by unlimited data by millions of people daily! This is just an another scare tactic I guess that didn't helped anything, except for that 1 person perhaps.
- Not to forget uTorrent; uTorrent grown so fast in the past that it cought attention from RIAA/MPAA which caused to be sold out to Bittorrent.inc at the end who is known to be close with these organizations. uTorrent is still, without a doubt, one of the most used clients around. However its slowly going downwards by their own mistakes. It seems that almost nobody cared about this ''sold out'' issue and some still don't. ''Hey, I got nothing to hide anyway!''.. You're right.

The list can go on and on with this kind of things but im keeping it short.

Why did all of their actions didn't helped?
Just think about it.. If piracy would end (which is an impossible task, but lets say it did) they won't be earning this much money anymore so its being milked as much and as long as possible. The P2P users are their income and thats why they won't end this cycle. Now, copyrighted material are being shared over Facebook, email, cloud services and so on and is mostly done by using Windows. Perhaps the RIAA can send Microsoft a similar email and claim that 90% of all copyrighted infringement takes place in a Windows environment. Perhaps they can ask them to somehow implement these hash blocks, its crazy.

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Why do they not see the very obvious way of gathering revenue for the producers of all kinds of media?

Simple, they don't want to see this while knowing it :).

//Oftopic:
When I was copying a tape from deck A to deck B to an empty tape or recording radio stations to listen to it the other day was this illegal also? It probably was but nothing was done about it. Hell whole VHS tapes were being copied after renting from a videostore for a few days! They didn't cared and was all normal.

If I convert YouTube to a MP3 file to listen to it on my phone, or copy a DVD to watch it personally is this illegal? It probably is but nothing is being done about it. Infact there are dozens of sites like this who offer this service. Same for downloading off SoundCloud or any other music service.

The fact is: Its media that is being stored or streamed in a different way but at the end its the same for me if I copy a DVD or a VHS.
//Oftopic.

Its an endless discussion really (and I like to discuss :D).
« Last Edit: August 20, 2015, 02:25:32 PM by Nemo »
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Re: RIAA asks Bittorrent.inc to block infringing content
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2015, 10:28:37 PM »
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When I was copying a tape from deck A to deck B to an empty tape or recording radio stations to listen to it the other day was this illegal also?
It is. As is "protecting your investment" by making a copy of a CD/DVD to play (or keep/play in the car) while storing away the original out of harm's way. But they pay little or no attention to this because most countries have a royalty applied to recordable media, called the "Private Copying Levy" which is paid to the PRS, RIAA etc. The UK for example do not have this levy because there is absolutely no "private copying" allowed at all. Yet,  yet the PRS (Performance Rights) have said that it is impossible to apply this law and even if they could, the system would be unmanageable and cumbersome.
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