Torrent sites: Here today, gone tomorrow and no one even cares
Brein orders pirates to 'clog off!', TorrentFreak goes into meltdown
Dutch anti-piracy group Brein claimed last week to have closed down 422 torrent sites in the first half of this year, but shockingly* nobody actually noticed until today.
TorrentFreak belatedly reported that it had failed to read Brein’s press release, dated 8 July, and the freetard-loving site apologised to its readers for the oversight, before explaining that the whole torrent community could be doomed.
According to TorrentFreak, Brein “stunned the world” by being so active against torrent sites so far this year.
However, the world doesn’t actually appear to be listening all that much to Brein right about now, given that TorrentFreak was the only blog to eventually get around to reporting about the pro-copyright group’s breathless restlessness in the face of pesky pirates.
"Today … we have a big apology to make,” wrote TorrentFreak’s enigmax.
“We’ve let you all down and we’ve let ourselves down too by completely missing one of the biggest developing stories the BitTorrent world has ever known. We’ve totally neglected to cover what can only be described as a wholesale slaughter of file-sharing venues in The Netherlands, and for this we wholeheartedly apologise.”
Brein claimed last week that it had successfully cut off 422 “illegal” websites, including 384 BitTorrent portals and 29 link sites to so-called cyber lockers. In addition, the outfit said it shuttered five Usenet indexers, six streaming sites and one FTP summit site.
So it’s been pretty busy this past six months. The only trouble is, no one really noticed… or even cared. ®
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I love this
While the anti-filesharing groups see this as a victory personally I see this as nothing more than highlighting their fail. They spent all that time effort and money to achieve nothing, sure some sites got shut down, more came back in its place so much so in fact that no one even noticed. It takes news articles after the fact for people to find out.
That's not having a major impact that's just plain ineffectiveness. The problem is filesharing and software piracy is never going away. Even if every torrent site and usenet site in the world was shut down it would still exist, even if all sharing of files over the internet was stopped people would share them using physical means (hard drives are getting damned cheap). Trying to stop it isn't working and the sooner they realise this the sooner they will look at new approaches that may have more success.
No one cares
Because you take down a few torrent sites and fifty more spring up. There's always IRC for your warez and a plethora of ftp servers with terabytes of content. Who gives a damn. You can get whatever you want whenever you want and this isn't going to change.
"Maybe if the author of this Reg article actually understood anything about torrents she would have realised that the Torrentfreak article was filled from top to bottom in sarcasm"
Yet you somehow managed to miss all the sarcasm in the Reg article? The whole article is about Torrentfreak's sarcastic posting.