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    http://www.mpaa.org/press_releases/2006_02_23.pdf

    I wondered how long it would take. Is there anything else they can do besides take down "pointer" sites? Must frustrate the hell out of them...

    Al
    "Are my pants...threatening you?"

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    That figures. What about the people who already own a copy of the movie but want a digital backup in case their CD is scratched, or what about others who baught the movie and it was broken, and the salesperson won't replace it? Both people in this situation paid for the ability to own a copy of the movie. Is it really right to take that 'backup' ability away?
    -Ridirich

    "When you're called upon to do anything, and you're not ready to do it, then you've failed."

    Commander W.H. Hamilton

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    • #3
      Even more valid than any of those arguments is the fact that all of these tools... newsgroups, eDonkey, BitTorrent, etc... their main purpose is the legal exchange of files and information. i think eDonkey and BitTorrent were specifically written for and are used the exchange of huge files like software ISOs, etc etc. i'd bet that almost half of the traffic on those networks is legit. that's way more than you'd need to prove that they have merit.

      this, plus the fact that many tracker site ops have takedown policies where copyright holders contact them and specify the particular torrents which are illegal (which the MPAA and others refuse to do out of sheer laziness and the fact that they think they're above such matters) makes the case strong for the P2P networks on this one.

      of course, the administration has packed the supreme court with pro-business/pro-corporate fanatics so we'll have to see how high this case goes.
      "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
      - Trent Reznor

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      • #4
        Uh, Ok

        I realize there are many people on this forum that are Bittorrent advocates and I'm sorry they're trying to shut down these sites.
        What's concerns me more is that they're mentioning usenet. Do you think they'll start pressuring US servers?

        Al
        Last edited by alklloyd; February 26, 2006, 04:54.
        "Are my pants...threatening you?"

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        • #5
          MPAA has no authority overseas.....so I would think, Yes.
          -Ridirich

          "When you're called upon to do anything, and you're not ready to do it, then you've failed."

          Commander W.H. Hamilton

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