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Planet RIAA

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Mitch Bainwol, CEO of the RIAA is muttering non-sense just like the MPAA did when it claimed it sank The Pirate Bay last month. In this article he claims that “we believe digital downloads have emerged into a growing, thriving business, and file-trading is flat” and that file sharing is “contained”. Pretty funny if you ask me. From my observations, and conversations with even the most non-tech people, file sharing has become even more widespread and publically acceptable than it was a year ago, two years ago, etc. I believe TPB tripled its members/usage after the ’sinking’ incident.

A note to the RIAA and MPAA;
Adding press, good or bad, to anything only makes it more well known. If you want to ‘contain’ file sharing you’re going to need to drop prices and your stupid constricting DRM models. Enthusiats/hackers/coders/pirates will always be two steps ahead of you.

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Google Torrent Search

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Ethan was apparently playing with Google which reminded me of Google’s ‘Vertical’ searches. If the MPAA or RIAA ever manage to completely shutdown all the Torrent search engines out there… you’ll have to go no farther than Google for a replacement. Just use “filetype:torrent” in your search query to find your favorite TV shows, or anything else, such as The Simpsons. In a quick check, I noticed that Google currently has more than 400,000 Torrents indexed. So why haven’t the RIAA and MPAA gone after Google? My guess… they’d probably lose a major battle, set precedence, and lose the war.