Founder of KickAss Torrents has been arrested by the US government

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  • #7210
    Mr.K
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    Another torrent site has been taken down and it’s founder, Artem Vaulin, was arrested by the US government in Poland thanks to the aids of Apple and Facebook with both of the companies suing Artem for 1 billion dollars worth of copyright infringement of movies, TV shows and music. The government hasn’t seized control to the site yet but it seems it’s no longer functional and it’s another big blow for torrent users who use the site to see content without paying extra or needless ads.

    Here’s the full story down below:

    KickAss Torrent Founder Arrested by the US government

    In other news, there’s been reports of a KickAss Torrents clone site that has been up for a while now but it may not be long before it gets taken down for copyright law infringement:

    A KickAss Torrent Clone Already Exists

    What do you guys think?

    "The world is merciless and it's also very beautiful."

    #7213
    KahunaDrake
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    So dumb.

    No matter what these companies do, people are still going to find a way to pirate stuff. The PirateBay has been taken down numerous times only to be put back up. Speaking of clones, last time I checked, Silk Road 2.0 was a thing after they arrested the site owner.

    Either optimize the consumer experience and increase product availability or shut up! Even then, you will still have the cheap-skates so its a lose-lose situation (spending millions on lawsuits and still having piracy).

    Don’t get me started on DRMs.

    Also, shouldn’t Facebook be reporting terrorist accounts to the government instead of getting involved in this legal mess?

    Rabid ecstasy, 1997

    #7215
    Shinra Kuroki
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    I do think piracy is an issue. In gaming, it’s a part of the reason AAA devs have so much clout & why a lot of indies are having trouble staying afloat. Only big companies have the means & the capacity to only host their content in ways that keeps them from mass piracy while still making a profit. Since they’re desperate to have their game hosted anywhere, indie devs leave themselves vulnerable to the grey market of resold game keys. It’s a huge barrier to entry for indie devs, usually resulting in them selling out to a AAA dev upon realizing they can’t compete against mediocre AAA games while besieged by vile filth eroding their profit margins. This is why we can’t have nice things, cause nice things that are designed in a board room don’t have the protection that come from being bank rolled by a AAA company.

    “Musicians” now have to live off their celebrity status, which means they only release songs to remain relevant & the quality of their music has suffer for it. Maybe I’m just too old, but mainstream music really sucks. Ask yourself, if the main income of musicians came from their music, wouldn’t their music have quite a lot more polish then it does now? With music being so easy to pirate, not many can make it all about the music.

    I understand pirating cause of abandon wear & region locking, but we need to reward people when they make a good products. Buying something is voting with your wallet, & if you steal instead of pay that market incentive is gone. There’s a reason we have government and one of those reasons is to enable a free market free of force & deception. You have to be principled & treat all acts of theft as immoral & unjust. If you can’t do that, the distortions in the market will be very discernible for those smart enough to look at the repercussions of said actions.

    "Now, I’ve forgiven the world and myself, too. I teach myself to smile again. One day I’ll get there, I know I will. Even if it takes me not nine, but nine hundred lives." -Susan Ashworth from The Cat Lady

    #7216
    KahunaDrake
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    As a writer/game dev, I would be more concerned about people not being able to view or not crediting me (hence copyright) for my content than piracy.

    I personally do not condone piracy (I like to get paid too) and I like to support content creators. However, I see why people would be driven to torrents. As discussed in an CCS After Hours, piracy is not necessarily a bad thing and most issues point to companies failure to manage content in a way that is beneficial to the customer.

    Piracy is a risk that is unavoidable for creators. Porn companies have sued individuals for pirating their films but there are millions of people who still do not pay for the porn content they view.

    When I publish my novel and future games, I understand that some people will pirate. But, there are others who will purchase it and if they enjoy it, support any future works of mine. There are venues for indie game devs to host their games for free while monetizing their content (https://itch.io/docs/creators/faq).

    Also, don’t worry about people who will have no interest in buying content anyway. There are always people that will try to get something for nothing.

    Rabid ecstasy, 1997

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