News Analysis 6: Piracy

Soon, a very popular website is to be shut down due to piracy. IsoHunt is a popular piracy website that offers BitTorrents of most movies. Some people download series of TV shows, some people download movies and some people download games. This game has existed for a long time, it is well known among most pc-users. “A group of companies, including Disney, Paramount and Twentieth Century Fox, accused the site of wilfully infringing copyright by listing millions of popular movies and TV programmes – in a court battle that has lasted for more than seven years.” This court battle ended when Mr. Fung decided to give in. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and I have remained faithful. 10.5 years of IsoHunt has been a long journey by any business definition and forever in internet start-up time.” Why is it that the MPAA went through so much trouble just to bring down a piracy site? Was the argument worth the trouble for either of the sides?

I think that the MPAA went through all of this trouble just to get a single site down because IsoHunt harmed their profits and caused them to lose buyers. The logical thinking to this would be, “would I prefer to buy the real products from the movie companies or get copies of the real product off a website that offers it completely free?” Of course people would go to IsoHunt to download their movies, it’s cheap, fast, and you can do it from home. People do things the easier and more convenient way. People look for shortcuts that they can take in order to prevent going through all of the trouble that they would otherwise taking the normal route. People are born naturally lazy and selfish, they think for themselves before thinking for others. People fail to realize that by illegally downloading a movie, they are not only violating the law for piracy, they are also harming the artist because the artist doesn’t gain anything from them downloading the movie. My friend is different from the other people. He actually likes to support the artist because he feels that if you really like someone’s product, you should support him or her so that they can provide you with bigger and better version of it. My friend really likes Justin Timberlake, so he buys a lot of Justin Timberlake CD’s to support him. Everyone else that I know downloads music off of the Internet, from websites like www.mp3skull.com or www.baidu.com. There are so many of these piracy sites that I do not know why the MPAA went through so much trouble just to bring one down. I guess it’s because it’s the largest and most successful, so by taking it down they are reducing the piracy rate by at least 25%. But there are just so many of these sites that unless they find a way to completely reduce piracy, there is simply just no point.

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24580130

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