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McGruff the Crime Dog says this is exactly how piracy works, so don't do it, kids!
Or, as the Wired article points out:
"We found no evidence of systematic links between media piracy and more serious forms of organized crime, much less terrorism, in any of our country studies.
What explains this result? Invariably, the rationale offered for criminal-syndicate and terrorist involvement is that piracy is a highly profitable business. The RAND report, for example, states (without explanation) that “DVD piracy… has a higher profit margin than narcotics”—an implausible claim that has circulated in industry literature since at least 2004.
We think the record is clear that piracy was a highly profitable business through the early 2000s, when optical disc production facilities were expensive, industrial in scale, and relatively scarce… We see no evidence that piracy, outside a few niche markets, is still a high-margin business.
Increasingly, commercial pirates face the same dilemma as the legal industry: how to compete with free. This decline in costs is, in our view, the primary factor shaping pirate markets and a growing disincentive for traditional organized-criminal involvement. Yet, to the best of our knowledge, no industry or law enforcement statements about alleged criminal connections have thought this worth mention. As in other contexts, the issue is avoided by conflating piracy and counterfeiting under the rubric of what Interpol calls “IP crimes.”
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Reason: fixed video embed
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to me, that clip perfectly explains why we download stuff/pirate media. I still think it is "wrong" to do so, but still..
also to mcgruff, skip the scary ethnic types on the street and skip straight to bittorrent, problem solved!
Last edited by link zalcon on December 2nd, 2011, 2:21 am, edited 1 time in total.
I was a heavy duty pirater about 6 years ago.
Two things changed me: Netflix and Steam.
It all comes down to ease of acquirement. Now the only thing I "pirate" are the rare current TV shows not appearing on Hulu.
yeah I am with you. Sometimes I pirate shit just because it comes out a few hours early lol (I ABSOLUTELY didn't do this for the finale of breaking bad) it is a matter of convenience.
more often then not, I turn to torrents for rare or oop stuff.
I was most recently tempted to snag "drive" but decided I'd wait :up: there is plenty of junk on netflix to hold me over
Trust me, you don't want to get busted for downloading Drive. Horrible, horrible film.
That commercial was probably funded by movie studio billionaires and that "Marijuana funds terrorism" commercial was probably funded by pharmaceutical companies.
Youtube has been redisgned. I think it looks pretty slick, actually!
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Ooh, I bet that fat bastard half-way in is the owner of MegaUpload. He seems like a delight: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Schmitz
I can't view that video. Should I blame SOPA?
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I'm guessing that is the video. Watch it quick!
also: what the fuck? It looks fake, but like a good fake. Why the fuck would kim kardashian love megaupload? Or maybe it is just so stupefying I can't believe it
Last edited by link zalcon on December 10th, 2011, 4:18 am, edited 1 time in total.
I wish I only watched the first minute instead of the whole thing.
M E G A upload for free today.
Back in cat hair-covered black.
If all those celebrity types in the ad actually knew what megaupload was all about I don't think they would "love it".
I love megaupload because I use it to download all your shit without paying for it. Suckers! (I'm not saying I use it to download p-diddy albums and episodes of the kardashians, but in general )
I bet they do use it, but aren't aware of all the pie-rats making up 99.9% of the userbase.
If you listen to interviews with the "young kids" makin' music today, they often collaborate online -- they'll make a track and send it to someone else so they can produce it or remix or add vocals. In the olden days, that would be via a private FTP. Today, it could be MegaUpload.
It's not uncommon for one artist who is listed as "Featuring" on a record to have never met the other collaborator.
Having said all that, it's pretty sneaky. And fits in well with Megaupload's owner's other shenanigans.
"Universal music files fraudulent copyright complaints with YouTube, censors pro-Megaupload song
By Cory Doctorow at 5:50 am Saturday, Dec 10
Yesterday, I blogged about the tribute raised to Megaupload by several famous recording artists, who objected to their labels' campaign against the service. Overnight, Universal Music filed a series of fraudulent copyright complaints against the song, prompting YouTube to repeatedly remove it, and to threaten to terminate the Megaupload YouTube account for incurring multiple piracy complaints.
Either Universal has done this deliberately, to stifle debate over its policies using false copyright complaints, in which case it would be social suicide for America to pass SOPA and give Universal the power to shut down any website with a fake copyright complaint.
Or perhaps Universal did this through blundering, inexcusable incompetence, a total inability to distinguish between the music it owns and the music everyone else owns. In which case it would be social suicide for America to pass SOPA and give Universal the power to shut down any website with a sloppy, erroneous copyright complaint.
Either way, Universal and its pals have demonstrated their absolute unfitness to wield power over free expression.
“Mega owns everything in this video. And we have signed agreements with every featured artist for this campaign,” Kim told TorrentFreak.
“UMG did something illegal and unfair by reporting Mega’s content to be infringing. They had no right to do that. We reserve our rights to take legal action. But we’d like to give them the opportunity to apologize.”
“UMG is such a rogue label,” Kim added, wholly appreciating the irony.
A few minutes after this exchange Kim contacted us with good news. After filing a YouTube copyright takedown dispute, the video was reinstated. But alas, just seconds later, it was taken down again.
“We filed a dispute, the video came back online and now it’s blocked again by UMG and the automated YouTube system has threatened to block our account for repeat infringement,” Kim explained. "
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