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Torrent trackers close to avoid Pirate Bay's fate

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 21 Apr 2009 11:22 User comments (13)

Torrent trackers close to avoid Pirate Bay's fate Despite its operators being found guilty of making 33 files available for illegal download, infamous Bittorrent tracker website The Pirate Bay is still operating pending appeal. But there have been other casualties in the form of private tracker communities, many of which have closed down in the aftermath of the Pirate Bay trial.
One tracker based in Sweden, NordicBits, replaced their website with a simple page explaining "We have to shut down the site now due all circumstances. We don.t have time to do anything to the code, we don.t have interest to it, we don.t have any more money and the biggest reason is The Pirate Bay info."

TorrentFreak is reporting a dozen or more trackers will be shutting down soon.

No doubt the entertainment industry will spin this as a victory for copyright holders, like the verdict itself. Considering the history of file sharing, it's hard not to find that a little naive.

Even before the Pirate Bay trial began, there were signs people were moving to other services like MegaUpload, and even to Usenet thanks to providers like Giganews and UseNeXT. There's no evidence to suggest taking down some search engines and punishing a handful of people is going to make file sharing go away.

Napster was shut down in 2001 and its owners sued. File sharing didn't disappear. It became decentralized.

Grokster was sued out of the P2P business in 2005 and file sharing didn't disappear. Their users just switched software and file sharing networks.

Torrent trackers from ShareReactor to EliteTorrents have been shut down by law enforcement officials. Some disappeared for good while others came back. Meanwhile file sharing traffic has increased steadily.

If you accept the fact that file sharing won't be shut down, the next logical question is how, as a content owner, to turn P2P into profit. There are many ideas around about accomplishing that.

One thing that isn't likely to work is driving it underground to make it look like you beat the pirates.

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13 user comments

121.4.2009 19:47

Pirates won't be stopped, they'll get their good in one way or another, no matter what.

221.4.2009 20:12

Seems like Usenet was starting to gain popularity...all this will do is speed up the adoption rate.

321.4.2009 23:00

iRC is still alive and kicking.

422.4.2009 8:13

Why do they close their sites? They should just come to Spain. Everyone knows is legal over here (to list links).

522.4.2009 16:03

i know everyone has heard this before:

if you heard something on the radio you would RECORD IT
if you saw something on tv, you would RECORD IT
if you wanted something that your friend had, you would BORROW IT, and maybe RECORD IT.

624.4.2009 10:38

I heard the riaa is sending in the navy seals to deal with piracy

724.4.2009 12:13

Quote:
No doubt the entertainment industry will spin this as a victory for copyright holders
They'll probobly forget completely that there are still other sites and say something like it was so easy to use....

Half the people I know didn't know about/use torrents till stuff about it being a free way to get music came on the telly.

824.4.2009 12:19
aszbaz
Inactive

Originally posted by keith1993:
Quote:
No doubt the entertainment industry will spin this as a victory for copyright holders
They'll probobly forget completely that there are still other sites and say something like it was so easy to use....

Half the people I know didn't know about/use torrents till stuff about it being a free way to get music came on the telly.
And this just adds to the publicity lolz. Now thousand of people who didnt even know wbout torrents have learnt about them on the TV
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Apr 2009 @ 15:11

924.4.2009 12:28

Originally posted by Amak:
Seems like Usenet was starting to gain popularity...all this will do is speed up the adoption rate.
Heh, usenet has always been popular for pirating files long before p2p clients were available. In the old days you had a newsgroup and used ftp servers mainly to share files before Napster came along. Its funny how the old becomes new again :)

1026.4.2009 5:15
davidrose
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Hope to see Pirate Bay win there appeal. I for one will miss Pirate Bay.

1127.4.2009 8:09

davidrose
Agreed, the Bay is an icon.

1228.4.2009 4:09

Originally posted by luckybleu:
I heard the riaa is sending in the navy seals to deal with piracy
What the eff? Where did you hear that?

1328.4.2009 6:10
varnull
Inactive

The site isn't illegal .. that one has already been tried and failed.. it stays up and operational.

All this court case has done is make a mockery of any kind of evidence and due process... The actual charge is related to uploading content through the tracker by the individuals.. and when they couldn't make that stick they invented something else... helping other people to do something...

Right... next time a kid dies in a knife related incident lets sue the shop where the knife was bought and send the members of the board and the manager of the group of companies to prison shall we? Or somebody dies in a bank job.. and a car is used in the getaway.. lets sue the state for building roads and ford for making the car.. because they both assisted in the crime.

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