File Sharing proponents are fucking stupid.

On Nov 26th ICE took control of several Torrent websites and set up the following splash page:

It actually kind of looks fake but it is honest to got real.

There is a full break down of the sites that are affected at the following link: http://torrentfreak.com/u-s-government-seizes-bittorrent-search-engine-domain-and-more-101126/

None of this is that interesting to me since the goverment here in the states as well as agencies in several other countries have been working on shutting down some of the larger sites like thepiratebay.org for a while now.

If you don’t know how a torrent works, this is how it works… nope let’s just toss up a wiki quote instead of me breaking it down.

The BitTorrent protocol can distribute a large file without the heavy load on the source computer and network entailed by standard Internet hosting that sends a separate copy to everyone requesting one. This can easily overload a standard host. The protocol works as an alternative data distribution method that makes even small computers, e.g., mobile phones, with low bandwidth able to distribute files to many recipients.

A user who wishes to distribute a file first creates a small torrent descriptor file that he distributes by conventional means (web, email, etc.). He then makes the file itself available through a BitTorrent node acting as a seed. Those with the torrent descriptor file can give it to their own BitTorrent nodes which, acting as peers or leechersdownload it by connecting to the seed and/or other peers.

The file being distributed is divided into segments called pieces. As each peer receives a new piece of the file it becomes a source of that piece to other peers, relieving the seed from having to send a copy to every peer. With BitTorrent, the task of distributing the file is shared by those who want it; it is entirely possible for the seed to send only a single copy of the file itself to an unlimited number of peers.

That explanation is pretty straightforward, but basically someone puts a file on their computer and uploads something to the internet that says “hey here is a link to a file i’m hosting on my computer, come download this awesome file.” Kind of like napster.  When someone downloads this file it is then stored on their computer and is also able to be downloaded.  Pretty soon more and more people have the same file on their computer making it easier for new people to download it since even though they may only be able to take 2 or 3 kb of data from anyone person, if they are downloading from 30 different people the total amount of data they are downloading greatly increases.  Since the file is the same on all computers you can download the first 3 mb of data from one persons pc while also downloading the final 2 mb of data from another persons pc.

What makes this a tricky problem for law enforcement is that no one person or site is actually hosting the data.  in fact I may only have downloaded 60 percent of a file and still be able to upload it to other people who are missing those peices that I have already downloaded. So the problem becomes similar to the problem they had with napster.

Napster was basically a site that was enabling illegal activity knowingly.  There were a few instances where law enforcment went after individuals who had thousands of titles on their PCs and were uploading them to many more thousands of people, but mostly they targeted the Napster site itself since napster was not only the vehicle for which people were able to share these files illegally but they also provided the search engine and the connections.  With Napster they weren’t hosting the files, but they were involved in virtually every other aspect of the file sharing.

With torrent files, these websites are only hosting very small files that contain all the tracking information on where these files are being located.  You then have to use a seperate program not affiliated with the site that you found the torrent, and use this software to manage the connections with all the different peers.  The software isn’t centralized so the software makers can’t be faulted for not over seeing the connections and files being transfered since they can’t see it.

You know what, I don’t know why I got into all of that.  The only thing I wanted to talk about is how bat shit crazy illogical the peer to peer proponents on the site I listed above have been in the comment section of that article.  Here’s the thing. No mater how you look at it. If you are using a torrent service to download for free material that is copywrite protected, than you are breaking the law and doing a bad thing. It is not the worse thing in the world.  It might not be a completly victimless crime but it probably doesn’t hurt a lot of people in a profound way for sure.  Still. It is on some level immoral, and any argument you make in support of file sharing is just your attempt at rationalizing the fact that you are doing something that is on some level wrong.

So if a TV writer puts a lot of effort into creating a TV show, a network buys the script, hires actors, producers, directors, pays for advertising for the new show and then you come along and download it for free resulting in lower ratings and decreased ad revenue, then yeah the makers of the product do have a legitimate gripe.

I need to stop talking and just do what I intended to do at the start of this. Here are a bunch of the more absurd comments I found posted about this articles comments section:

I think its time that ICE feels the real force of what they are messing with.
But…
As long as they remain in THEIR country, I say let them keep playing. The moment they set foot outside the US territories and attempt to do the same is when the true “Violence” shall arise as they will be show that no one country may hold control of the vast internet and the liberties it shares amongst the people who use it.

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Who do these bastards think they are, Seriously. They’re americans not gods, Let’s get that into their thick ignorant skulls. They can do whatever they want within their borders. The internet is not within those borders.

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I wondered where all the nazi’s went when germany didn’t want them anymore – now we now!

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U$A = worse than nazi totalitarian imperialist dictatorship, never ever been a democracy at any point in its short history of mass-murders.

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It’s funny how the US always parades freedom like it’s a bloody cult, and then they pass legislation that’s the opposite of freedom.

This is starting to look like a regime in it’s prime.

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The entertainment/media companies refuse to understand the very simple concept of evolve or die and apparently so do the USA authorities.
I see sinking to such desperate depths as good news, it clearly demonstrates they are on the back foot and grasping at straws (in the same way as the trolls on TF with their pish poor attempts to change popular opinion) whilst file sharing becomes ever more popular, the war is not over yet but we really are wining and hopefully forcing a change for the better. Some good stuff came out of the ddos attacks (ACS Law) but seeding and boycotting is hurting them far more than ddos attacks ever will.

It amazes me how much these people act like it is an actual war and that their freedoms are being trampled upon.  Look it would be one thing if the majority or even a small but valid percentage of the files being shared were not copy written then I would under stand their anger. But almost all are illegal files.

 

 

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