It seems that, rather than shut its doors like other high-profile BitTorrent sites like Suprnova.org, the BitTorrent site LokiTorrent.com is soliciting donations for a $30,000 legal defense fund to fight the MPAA’s cease-and-desist orders against it. Apparently successfully, too.
To paraphrase Paul Simon in a song I wouldn’t be suprised to find available in some collection or other via that very BitTorrent site, “Who do, who do they think they’re fooling?” You have only to go to that site and look to see all the copyrighted games, music, and videos they’re offering for download. This isn’t an innocuous “save the bandwidth” torrent site for publicly available files, like the Slashdot Effect Victims ‘torrent; this is a directory for out-and-out piracy. The “but gee, officer, we’re just providing a directory” defense didn’t fly with Napster, and I don’t think it’s going to fly here, either. The most they’re going to do is set another anti-piracy legal precedent, just as the Napster case did.
It’s happening just as some people in the content industry feared it would. Today’s Internet culture doesn’t just feel that piracy is okay, they actually feel a sense of entitlement to pirate. I’ve written about it before, how there are still people out there sharing files even though the RIAA is suing people left and right over it.
As I wrote then, I can’t find it in myself to feel very sorry for these people. They knew what they were getting into when they started the game. If folks continue to share these files, they should be ready to pay the penalty when they get caught.
(Oh—and I have news for you BitTorrent users. You’re nowhere near anonymous; they only have to access the tracker with a simple http query and they can get all the IPs of everyone connected to it. The MPAA is watching you, and will probably be suing you next.)