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Old 01-19-2012, 03:54 PM   #21
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Justice Department calls MegaUpload an 'international organized criminal enterprise,' founder Kim Dotcom arrested in New Zealand | The Verge
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The founders name is Dotcom. Seriously?

PS. I loved megaupload for boots. How much longer until they get Mediafire?
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Not really, his real name is Kim Schmitz, but Schmitz is a pretty boring name: Kim Schmitz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

He gained fame in Germany during the dotcom bubble and, as many others, later was found guilty of fraud and cheating on the balance sheets.
Megaupload, just like torrents and other things, are very useful for so many legal things. I send everything via that site which is too large for e-mail.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:53 PM   #24
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you could be sure that an anonymous survey of all the staff from even just the next executive level down would show heavily anti-SOPA sentiment while still being heavily 'anti-piracy'. Shit like this makes it harder, not easier, to find a solution.
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He gained fame in Germany during the dotcom bubble and, as many others, later was found guilty of fraud and cheating on the balance sheets.

Megaupload, just like torrents and other things, are very useful for so many legal things. I send everything via that site which is too large for e-mail.
So what would some smart, doable, effective ways to combat piracy look like? I know a detailed answer could fill a multi-volume encyclopedia, but just a sketch overview.

Part of why I have a hard time working up much enthusiasm for this issue (though I have contacted my representatives about it) is the disheatening apparent reality that--as Schmitz's bio happens to illustrate--so many of the vested interests on both sides are lying, greedy, hypocritical corporate scum seeking to present themselves as righteous protectors of art/culture/ideas/knowledge, to appeal to an audience that in turn often seems to be worried more about loss of petty perks they never earned in the first place than by anything deserving of being called a commitment to intellectual freedom/liberty (look at some of the comments on that article, the usual pathetic dolts shrieking about how the US government is like Mussolini and Hitler because now they can't download their porn for free, etc.). I don't like to see stupid, hamfisted legislation that strangles legitimate opportunities for the many to protect the interests of the few get passed, but I'm also getting the sense there's an awful lot of knowingly insincere and token nods of acknowledgement to copyright going on, by people who have no intention whatsoever of respecting it.
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:48 PM   #25
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The founders name is Dotcom. Seriously?

PS. I loved megaupload for boots. How much longer until they get Mediafire?
Shit, your right, a whole bunch of U2Start's bootlegs just disappeared, at least in their mp3 form, and at least for now. That's a little scary.

Way to shut down a site that has a lot of practical purposes (I would consider hosting U2 bootlegs one, since U2 have said in the past that they don't care about not-for-profit bootlegging) other than piracy when very few people actually use it for piracy, government! The real piracy happens via BitTorrent. The Justice Department, like Murdoch and his pals, seems out-of-touch with what internet culture is actually like.
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Shit, your right, a whole bunch of U2Start's bootlegs just disappeared, at least in their mp3 form, and at least for now. That's a little scary.
That really stinks. U2start is among the most amazing sites on the web, I really hope this won't cripple them.

This whole act is ridiculous. First Megaupload, next what? Mediafire, Rapidshare, Hotfile, FileSonic?

Digitize is right: the real piracy is through torrents. I use torrents myself, but it's usually only for bootlegs.
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Not that I think the megauploads story is related to the SOPA story, but since we're talking about it

All the Insane Loot Seized from Megaupload's Crazy Owners
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:46 PM   #28
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and of course, this

The Evil New Tactic Behind Anonymous' Massive Megaupload Revenge Attack
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Scary stuff. I didn't know but apparently megaupload was more than just illegal uploads of albums (which I didn't mind anyway).
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So what would some smart, doable, effective ways to combat piracy look like? I know a detailed answer could fill a multi-volume encyclopedia, but just a sketch overview.

Part of why I have a hard time working up much enthusiasm for this issue (though I have contacted my representatives about it) is the disheatening apparent reality that--as Schmitz's bio happens to illustrate--so many of the vested interests on both sides are lying, greedy, hypocritical corporate scum seeking to present themselves as righteous protectors of art/culture/ideas/knowledge, to appeal to an audience that in turn often seems to be worried more about loss of petty perks they never earned in the first place than by anything deserving of being called a commitment to intellectual freedom/liberty (look at some of the comments on that article, the usual pathetic dolts shrieking about how the US government is like Mussolini and Hitler because now they can't download their porn for free, etc.). I don't like to see stupid, hamfisted legislation that strangles legitimate opportunities for the many to protect the interests of the few get passed, but I'm also getting the sense there's an awful lot of knowingly insincere and token nods of acknowledgement to copyright going on, by people who have no intention whatsoever of respecting it.
Kim Schmitz is quite a despicable person. It's not only for the beauty of the country that he now resides in New Zealand instead of Germany. In Germany people hate him because many people lost their savings in the dotcom bubble partly due to people like him, and he has always been the most arrogant of all. Even after he was found guilty. He's one of those people who'd sell his own grandmother and mother. Until the shutdown, I did not know that he was behind megaupload.
Shutting down such websites, however, is like abolishing cars because they also get used in bank robberies. Services such as megaupload, but also bittorrent, will always be exploited in order to share illegal stuff. But in the case of music, for example, it's been shown that a great number of people is perfectly willing to pay for the music if it's easy to get and there are no ridiculous limitations on the use of the good. There'll always be this residual who don't give a damn and will just download illegally.
The ironic thing is, the number of illegal sharing in the West is just such a tiny drop in the ocean when compared to piracy in pretty much all other countries of the world. Go to any developing or transitional country and on the markets you will not see a single original copy of music, movies or video games. Still, the content industry wants to introduce censorship and doing away with what is effectively the online version of the privacy of the letters to rescue a couple bucks.
As Courtney Love put it already back in 2000, during the heydays of Napster, the real piracy is often that from the industry itself, such as with music: Courtney Love does the math - Music - Salon.com
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I've used Megaupload dozens of times and never for pirated content. My training club used it to share photos and videos that we took of each others' dogs during training and competition. It was easier than trying to e-mail 300 photos or a 2GB .mov file to a dozen people.
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Old 01-22-2012, 04:42 AM   #32
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Very interesting infographic. By those claims, the movie industry is like a cat. It dies numerous times, but still lives.
The Entertainment Industry Always Tries To Suppress Innovation And Is Always Wrong (Infographic) | Addicting Info
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:49 AM   #33
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So what would some smart, doable, effective ways to combat piracy look like? I know a detailed answer could fill a multi-volume encyclopedia, but just a sketch overview.
Will never be able to completely stop it, obviously. And it's also very clear that if studios had most of their content available most of the time to most people in most regions for a reasonable price, then it would drop considerably. It all sounds easy and obvious, but it's not actually an easy thing to pull off (at least not quickly/suddenly). For the studios, it does or will involve a very decent drop in revenue, and in regards to the others in the business of making money off their content - cinema chains, tv networks, pay tv, retailers etc - there are a lot of reasons why it's hard to near impossible to just suddenly switch to, say, universal day and date releases across multiple formats, and to just suddenly switch to having the motherload of all your content out there and available all the time to everyone everywhere.

It's certainly where it will end up - some form of it - but it will have to be an evolution rather than revolution. It's too much of a shake up to be sudden. And of course technology is forever changing rapidly, and wider consumer habits are moving at different paces. But all those businesses - and the studios - are changing. Most are pro-active. And as I said, the attitude across the board from within is not aggressive/head in the sand. Most people within the studios and related businesses are fascinated/excited about the changes over the years ahead, and are working directly on that evolution, with exactly the same goals as the average consumer, and generally the same frustrations as probably most people who feel inclined or even 'forced' to go illegal to get whatever content it is they're after.
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^ exactly. i'm not speaking for myself, but for some shows, it can take a year or two before we finally get shows airing over here, and of course at that point they're on a huge delay. talk about spoiler alerts. there's so many shows i miss that i used to watch every week in the us, and now i'm stuck watching episodes i saw in 2009 here.

what's my options? i can be patient and wait 2-3 years for them to air the current season, which will still be behind at that point. i can download the episodes every week, which thanks to legislation passed here a couple months ago is risky. i can wait a year and shell out $30 per show per season and obtain dvds of these shows legally.

here's what i don't get: the us has made themselves a huge powerhouse for tv. ask most people in any english speaking country what their favourite shows are and odds are at least one american show will be in there somewhere. tv networks and such could do themselves a huge favour by having this stuff up online for streaming for a small subscription fee right after airing, and have it available (more or less) worldwide. i don't know the logistics behind this but i know it could be done if they tried hard enough.

tl;dr: technology's changing and the studios and networks need to realise this and change with it, much like music does too. if these two fields want the widespread piracy to stop or lessen, they can't expect people to just stop. they have to adapt.
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U2, so easy to love - U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Slams Google Over Its SOPA/PIPA Stance
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I'm not surprised. He's always been outspoken against pirating music. It doesn't bother me that Paul can say those things while Bono indirectly supports Wikipedia. "U2" is still five individuals if you include Paul and doesn't have to be a hive mind.
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I don't remember if we had a Net Neutrality thread, and I realize this isn't exactly the same thing, but in all the dress/llmaa/snowball haze, it seems people might have missed this:

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet' : The Two-Way : NPR
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