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Studios mine P2P logs to sue swappers

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Studios mine P2P logs to sue swappers | Tech News on ZDNet

And so it continues.  It remains to be seen just how long the entertainment biz will continue suing Internet users in a vain effort to contain piracy online, but unless deterrence carries more weight than I think it does with the general public, I don’t imagine this appraoch is going to work in the end.  And a lot of people are going to be unnecessarily hurt along the way, unfortunately.  There is simply no case to be made on the ethics of this issue: whereas the greater good is the happiness and welfare of every individual in our society, the threat to copyright and intellectual property posed by copying media online and any harm associated therewith is far lower than that posed to:

  • the public’s perception of fairness in the justice system (i.e. should a college student caught unwittingly beieng spied upon by his/her educator and having their tuition funds wiped out over downloading an .mp3 they saw on a torrent site),
  • the good done extending monetary restitution of any monies allegedly lost by that copying of media to the entertainment industry, and
  • the entertainment industry clinging to pre-internet modes of marketing video and audio media because they simply can’t or (more likely) won’t bother to adapt to existance of the Internet and turn it to their advantage.

This isn’t an expression of support or advocacy of software or media piracy.  As a software developer myself, I’m somewhat sympathetic to the idea of intellectual property and one’s right to profit from its sale.  However, it’s a source of some frustration that the entertainment industry stubbornly refuses to adapt and has approached the problem in some extraordinarily bizaare ways.  Iit needs to adapt and instead of calling their lawyer to find a remedy, they should be calling a reputable technolgy consultant to examine technical solutions to what is obviously a technical and business problem.

And I’d even bet that the consultant’s per diem rates are more reasonable than the lawyer’s. 😉

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