Blocking Pirate sites is ineffective
Recently, a new wave against the piracy website surged in almost all of the western countries. These countries have very strict rules about piracy and the accused maybe sentenced some years of prison along with a heavy fine. However, to make sure that no person makes the mistake of illegal downloads; they started blocking the access to these websites in their countries, and also seizing the domains, if existed. However, researches done on this method addresses the fact that there is no stopping to these ‘pirate’ sites. These websites are used to make good money by using adverts on them, which is also a great way of earning for many other entities. Researchers believe that this ad placing is the one thing that attracts more and more people to be involved in such illegal actions, and the only solution is to stop this kind of advertising.
Why is it so hard to stop piracy?
So what is wrong with taking the site down from the internet, or seizing the domains? Couple of years ago, FBI investigated about the content being shared on Mega Upload, and the website was immediately shutdown, after it was found that its owner was encouraging piracy. However, what the investigators didn’t know was that this piracy over the internet is like a hydra, the ‘many face’ monster. Although, they took the particular website down and closed it for good, in that duration, many new similar websites were opened. This means that despite all the effort put in to stop one site, caused many smaller websites of the similar category to become famous and upload more and more illegal content.
The point raised by the researchers is that since there is a whole ocean of illegal and pirated content, and the people fighting against it have only encountered a drop of it. This means that the pirated content is available in so many forms and so many names that the only solution for the anti-piracy organizations is to go through all the content, which might take quite a few years.
What is the solution then?
Even issuing notices is not worthwhile, believes one of the researchers. File sharing websites such as Rapidshare, Wupload, etc, are often warned about the content present on their websites, as a result these websites restrict access to such content, but this still is not a solution. Not every website is able to filter out the illegal or pirated content either. Now, there are more and more varieties of downloadable content and methods being introduced over the internet, which includes the one-click download, and paid file sharing. This is what the researchers literally called the game of cat and mouse.
According to statistics, there are 10,000 domain name and half the size of IP addresses that are involved in this ‘dirty work’. Researchers believe that even if stopping the advertisement is not a solution, one can simple deny process of payments to the owners and advertisers on such website. Although this solution is under the process of implementation, it might affect the business of e-transaction companies such as PayPal in ten folds, which has a real flare of business because of the payments made to the publishers.
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