So if you are new to the internet then the word torrents or magnet links mean absolutely nothing to you. But if you are from the internet boom age of 2001 then words like Bearshare, KaZaA, Limewire, Frostwire, (Original) Napster, eDonkey Network and the grand daddy Gnutella are familiar. Recently while talking to a friend of mines I over heard a couple talking about how the internet is an evil place for porn and other evil things. Of course they were an older couple that saw a computer as an over sized calculator. I didn’t pay it no mind but that conversation bothered me a little bit. I thought about the amount of porn I downloaded over the years with these programs. Sadly I realized I also downloaded much more than porn since then. It has become very easy for me to gain access to computer games and mp3’s with ease. I think because of this I wanted to become more familiar with computers and the software that made this life possible.
Which brings me to the matter at hand. The Co- Founder of the website Piratebay.org oh wait no Piratebay.pe have been arrested and treated like a terrorist. Reading this article made me think. Check this out.
The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, known under the alias ‘Anakata,’ is facing hacking charges. The 29-year-old has been jailed in Denmark since November, after being extradited from Sweden.
His mother, Kristina Svartholm Warg, described the conditions her son is being kept in as “torture.” In an interview with RT, she said that Svartholm Warg is denied access to books, media, and computers, and is banned from communicating with other inmates. She personally believes that her son is innocent.
Hacktivist group Anonymous launched an online campaign to protest against the prison’s treatment of Svartholm Warg, calling it “wholly unacceptable” and “inhumane.”
The group demands fair treatment of Svartholm Warg and an end to his isolation. “He is not a terrorist,” it said in a statement.
The group called on supporters to join them on Monday in a ‘tweetstorm,’ using the hashtag #Freeanakata.
The culture of this digital age we have seen hackers being prosecuted and jailed for cyber crimes. Site owners like Kim Dotcom who owned the Mega Upload website sent to jail for hosting DRM content such as movies and music. Downloading content that you have not bought can get you serious jail time. So why so much people still do it. Why is it so alluring for people to download their favorite TV shows and cartoons willing to risk jail time?
I will try to answer that question. I think it is because it is free and easy. Although many look at that kind of behavior destructive to the movie and music industry it did kind of brought something else to the table. The Prophet Steve Jobs realized that people like to download stuff. It was better than going to your car and buying the CD and ripping it to fit on you phone. So he created the App Store. Revolutionized how we buy music and games. So looking back on it all we basically paved the way for download gratification. Also not to mention the many games we have now with in app purchases and free games that have many people addicted. Games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds. Most games like that would make you spend more than $60 just to be able to get to the next level. Crazy but in this download age I wonder what will be next. I look at sci-fi movies for that answer. Everyday we imagine what we can do and eventually it becomes reality. Then it becomes the Norm and we take a step further.
So what are the plans for the infamous website Piratebay.pe you ask. Well the Owner had this to say.
The website’s operators said earlier that along with Peru, it had a number of options, for its new domain. They added, however, that they do not plan to be on the run permanently.
The website’s team is working on updating its massively popular web browser, allowing users the opportunity to store and share files without the need for central hosting and domain names, TorrentFreak reported.
Addressing Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN “and friends,” The Pirate Bay warned that while shutting down domains may currently be an irritant, that loophole will not be open forever.
“They should wait for our new PirateBrowser, then domains will be irrelevant,” the source told TorrentFreak. “Once that is available then all links and sites will be accessible through a perfectly legal piece of browser software and the rest of it will be P2P, with no central point to attack via the legal system.”
The new system will reportedly appear as independent software and Firefox and Chrome plugins.
Look like these boys will keep the piratebay alive and strong. With hacker groups such as anonymous showing support only time will tell if this site will ever go down. Just like the mythical creature Hydra if you cut off one head two grow in its place. Well you get the idea. I don’t see pirating off the internet going anywhere anytime soon. To think of it I really need to grab the Kill La Kill episodes. I heard they are pretty cool. Oops…Ah well.