Sunday, December 11, 2005


Why downloading movies shouldn't be illegal?

The strength or weakness of any law is heavily dependent upon the values that society holds at any particular moment. For example laws against homosexuality, abortion or other controversial topics used to be heavily enforced when the moral fiber of society incorporated universal religious principles. Now that society is further encouraging separation, no wonder Hollywood can't stop music and movie piracy...

What appears as wrong today may at some future point swing towards tolerance and ultimately acceptance. This is the natural progression of most things in life. When I received my latest batch of movies from Netflix, I noticed the introduction of several movies have a commercial whereby they are attempting to equate downloading of movies with stealing TVs out of your neighbors home. Do they really think anyone will change their mind?

The one thing that software companies have learned is that the notion of community is vital to their existence. Open source at its roots is all about helping others. Maybe if Hollywood stopped being so anti-community the solution to their problems would emerge. Instead they seem to waste lots of time with digital rights management, algorithms such as CSS and protection mechanisms such as Macrovision. One would hope that they would have figured out that there are nations of people who aren't really that interested in your content but will put tons of effort into breaking anything that is anti-community.

Have you checked out the latest EMule Client? This program is 100% open source and lets users around the world share files. Maybe if you stopped fighting the community and started contributing your problem may go away. Instead, the community is now keenly watching your actions and follow your every move.

Over the last couple of months, these same folk have been busy by attempting to create spy servers on the network. These anti-p2p companies are setting up these servers to monitor what users are sharing and to spread decoy files in an attempt to frustrate file sharers.

Every time a file sharer connects to a server, a list of files they are sharing is sent to the server. Normally, this isn’t a problem since legitimate server operators do not care what you are sharing, but these anti-p2p companies are hired by the RIAA and MPAA to investigate matters pertaining to copyright infringement and record the IP addresses of alleged copyright violators.

Noticed how the perspective of whom is legitimate has changed?

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