Build up your stash, for your downloads are about to be tracked. Hardcore.
Despite not knowing a damn thing about how BitTorrent works, MPAA/RIAA conglomerates Center for Copyright Information and MarkMonitor will begin tracking users’ downloads on the popular file-sharing platform very soon. Different from previous anti-piracy efforts, five internet service providers have agreed to shell out all your personal info to the organization, giving you “six strikes til you’re out” before legal action will be taken.
Advocates of the program state that it’ll give content providers retribution who leaks their data, but at the expense of harming individuals who may not even be aware that their networks are being used for illegal activity. Because, you know, they’re dead. It’s no surprise, however, that the organizations want this…they have been hemorrhaging money. Instead of innovating, they’d rather punish independent labels and the artists themselves for not jumping aboard the sinking ship. It’s awfully common these days to release your own creations on your own, and I think plenty of artists are doing just fine. Or they can always shame and extort you into paying them.
It pays this day to be safe. I use BitTorrent more these days for legitimate purposes. After all, the only way to be completely safe is to not do anything illegal at all. However, if Big Brother won’t agree to be human about it, there are always ways to beat them at their own game.